An Open Letter to the Mean Girls in High Schools

Picture a girl who is 15 years of age. She is starting her year for the 10th standard. Excited for the new chapters coming up in her life, she is fond of reading, drawing, playing with paint and colors and most of all, being happy in who she is. Fast forward to the middle of 10th grade, she is fighting for her place in between the truckload of students in her school. Schools, which are famous for producing machines who have the same thought process for each individual just different life stories (let’s leave it at that, as it would start another debate.) She finds and confides her whole being to a handful of friends, showing her weird, crazy and traumatic side and only asks for watching her back. Holding her trust close to their hearts and just being there.

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She soon realizes everyone is walking away. Wait, is it because I told them a bunch of stuff which didn’t fit the ‘cool code’? She wonders, she wonders day and night. Hiding in the bathroom, hiding in the library, she wants solace. Unable to seek help, her frustrations are buckled up deep inside. Unable to communicate she is getting agitated, she wants out. Three years go by, she has given up. Her former friends bully her, they look at her with ridicule. What a loner, they say. She needs to get a life, she doesn’t say much, why is her hair that way, she doesn’t smile. This is the best one, go away from here, you freak! This girl right now might as well be dead.

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Redefine The Way You Think

Feeling Down?

Feeling Down?

You wake up and realize, another day has been dumped upon you. The weekend is over and Tuesday still hasn’t got you back to routine with studies, work and their respective assignments. While dreading to do the tasks, you remember the good ol’ five days off because of Eid when you had no care in the world. Now you’re back to the point where you don’t feel like talking and despise anyone who does. You basically hate everyone and the love of your life your snuggly cuddly bed keeps popping up in your thoughts.

As much as you loathe the ongoing activities for the day, you plaster a smile on your face to assure others that you’re the most excited, over-efficient person in the whole wide world. Each second that passes on your watch brings you closer to home time where you don’t have to deal with people and/or any kind of interaction.

NOW let’s change the gear.

I’ll start this post with a different perspective and you will feel the variation in your thought process.

How slow were the holidays? Didn’t you, at some point, just want to return to your routine already? The beginning of your week gives you the chance to start afresh. With so much hustle and bustle of the city, daily contradictions with others, a new day gives you a chance to clear your head. You set fresh goals to achieve. One can untangle situations with patience. As you return to your studies/work, you get a sudden rush of adrenaline that today I will learn something new, garner experiences with limitless learning. When you meet someone new, they teach you something unique.

There are a few things that make the morning of a new day even better. You wake up early thus most of your day isn’t spent sleeping. You are proactive and feel prolific. A new day indicates that good things come to you; you just need to take charge and recognize them.

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Start your day with a positive note. It can be as simple as ‘Say yes, and you’ll figure it out afterwards’.

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Being Beautiful On The Inside

The world comes to an end when you hear ‘Sorry ma’am that dress isn’t available in your size’. Being someone who hears that often and it’s not limited to dresses only. Shoes, pants, t-shirts and anything I can think of. I have always needed a ’bigger’ size. ‘Ma’am your feet are too wide”, “Um that is fat protruding out of the clothes, ye to exercise se trim hoga” are few of those many opinions/judgments/criticisms I have to hear about my body from complete strangers.

The Perfect Person Doesn't Exist

             The Perfect Person Doesn’t Exist

I have never reacted to people. I just smile politely and move on. The only thing that itches me is that who has given these people the right to object on me? Stare, point and laugh, speak in hushed tones and comment on my body? I chose what I want to do with my life. Will your XYZ herbal diet I must must try or special ‘magic doctor who made you lose 10 kgs” advices make a difference in my life? I know you’re a concerned citizen who just cannot bear to watch a heavy burden on the world moving like a snowball but could you like just back off? Making me feel uncomfortable to fulfill your weird feel good about yourself desire that “thank god I’m not in that position”, “poor soul”, “don’t her parents don’t do anything about it?” thoughts.

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Brutal Is The New Strategy – India, Are you Ready?

The Cricket World Cup 2015 is finally here. With only one day to go, the fans wait in anticipation for the matches to start which will declare the Top 8 teams that will be playing the quarter-finals. Pakistan did win the warm-up matches against Bangladesh and England on Monday and Wednesday respectively, shaking up the fans if Pakistan could actually repeat its 1992 victory.

I have kept my expectation zero until now since I haven’t even heard the names of almost half of the players on the team. One of my friends who’s a die-hard cricket fan even asked me if we should follow the World Cup or not because every move by the Pakistani team will hike our blood pressures.

As the days are coming closer to the spicy match with India on Sunday, I can hardly sit still. The Paksitani team might be nervous, but winning this match will give our team confidence and give it a boost to stand in the competition with poise for the next six weeks. Tendulkar will be missing from the Indian batting line-up which will be a huge advantage for us. Although the World Cup stats after the 1992 World Cup are slightly in favour of India, the spirit of each individual in Pakistan watching are sky high.

With eyes glued to the screen, Sunday may create new records for TV audiences all over the world if the match lives up to expectations. With advertising up to the roof, all major brands and labels promoting themselves by carrying out campaigns and ads related to the cricket World Cup thus their consumers remember them in each passing cricket moment to garner as much attention and profit as they can.

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IPL: I love you no more

The sixers and the fours have kept the audiences on the edge of their seats. The people are mesmerized by the shiny bright red uniforms and the blue passionate people with their instant reactions to countless flips of the bat. My personal favourite is always Rajhastan Royals but I can’t help but get excited about KKR aka Kolkata Knight Riders.

THE Players!

THE Players!

If we look back in the history of the first Indian Premiere League which was graced by our Pakistani players be it Sohail Tanvir or Shoaib Akhtar. They marked their place with their Punjabi slash fast bowlers and 6 out of 6 yorkers. If Shipla Shetty was reading this, she must be clear that the team RR is a great blessing for her. Shane Warne did his magic and left the world in awe of his brilliance. The way he spins the ball; leaving the batsman in a predicament of keeping their balance to decide their shot. Even Shane Watson has kept his cool during all the IPLs we have seen as yet.

Shane Warne: The Magic Man

Shane Warne: The Magic Man

It’s a second versus tick tock game and I love every minute of it AND here I raise the question of deciding if emotion and love will make the IPL work better than the previous IPLs. I would specifically like to talk about Virat Kohli over here.

VK has, I would say put his heart as he captains the RCB team. If you watch his closely, he kept his anger in control giving full support to Yuvraj Singh wherever possible. Virat has shown patience and determination which leads to the question to all those link ups we hear regarding all the players in IPL. One can only guess and ramble about the fact the why did Raina’s nephew tweet about Pakistan. Oh well, I will leave it to that. One just needs to “relax, because nothing is in control”.

-Leslie Chow

10 Things I Hate About You

Best friends go a long way!

What is a feeling if not described by beautiful words filled with wrath and dismay. The common man searches for a moment of sanity among all the confused bickering faces of new love bidding in the hearts of girls and men. The sudden change to be a perfectionist model slowly leaving the owner’s head of a thousand possibilities. If “everything” is helpful then why the sudden surge of gargling your mouth filled with the sour and bitter taste of human flesh.

The first thing which comes to your mind after opening those eyelids while breathing in the environment you forgot in your dreams is what will make your world work. Either you can be the claustrophobic manic screaming to get out OR be the subtle relaxed individual who smiles even at a minimum gain situation.

The 2 star situations are not new. Staring at the sky has been there since Lion King and Lion King 2. Imagining the past and future in the most dramatic way to kill the sound of a clock ticking in the most beautiful/horrific manner.

Kovu in Lion King 2

Kovu in Lion King 2

I leave my sentences unfinished to create a bubble which only games of titanic will understand. If the criss-crossness of a simple second in my watch couldn’t stop a jungle king from reaching his “whats it called” destiny then I’m part of that grain of sand or a single drop of water from the skies has made my intense intelligent persona as a safety net. For the glance of red, you first need a bit of navigation to the rest-stop facing you on the never ending road of popularity among the hills and speed-breakers.

So they keep saying, to be or not to be. The ideal space which I would turn the world for is “personal space”. Let’s elaborate on this, shall we?

Kovu goes all serious

Kovu goes all serious

Living a life of 2 into 5 equals 14, I have ample respect for the sudden reactions I receive when I say *shotgun*. The attitude does not matter. The abilities matter to that level that I know you know what you are and do not need constant reassurance. If I look back, each individual in my life has taught me a system. To live, to breath and here is the tricky one, “appreciate”. The ads, the movies, the frickin billboards teach you something meaningless and important at the same time. It depends on how you relate to them. If you’re not spending each “second” with the thirst of making the next “second” better then you’re going in reverse. And let me tell you that’s not a good combo.

A girl slash blossom told me you’re a prisoner of the soul.

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“1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die” | Listology

I found this list while I was browsing through quotes from books on Pinterest. Check.

Heaven

Heaven

“1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die” | Listology. 2000s

  • Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Saturday – Ian McEwan
  • On Beauty – Zadie Smith
  • Slow Man – J.M. Coetzee
  • Adjunct: An Undigest – Peter Manson
  • The Sea – John Banville
  • The Red Queen – Margaret Drabble
  • The Plot Against America – Philip Roth
  • The Master – Colm Tóibín
  • Vanishing Point – David Markson
  • The Lambs of London – Peter Ackroyd
  • Dining on Stones – Iain Sinclair
  • Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
  • Drop City – T. Coraghessan Boyle
  • The Colour – Rose Tremain
  • Thursbitch – Alan Garner
  • The Light of Day – Graham Swift
  • What I Loved – Siri Hustvedt
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – Mark Haddon
  • Islands – Dan Sleigh
  • Elizabeth Costello – J.M. Coetzee
  • London Orbital – Iain Sinclair
  • Family Matters – Rohinton Mistry
  • Fingersmith – Sarah Waters
  • The Double – José Saramago
  • Everything is Illuminated – Jonathan Safran Foer
  • Unless – Carol Shields
  • Kafka on the Shore – Haruki Murakami
  • The Story of Lucy Gault – William Trevor
  • That They May Face the Rising Sun – John McGahern
  • In the Forest – Edna O’Brien
  • Shroud – John Banville
  • Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides
  • Youth – J.M. Coetzee
  • Dead Air – Iain Banks
  • Nowhere Man – Aleksandar Hemon
  • The Book of Illusions – Paul Auster
  • Gabriel’s Gift – Hanif Kureishi
  • Austerlitz – W.G. Sebald
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