Cardboard and Kids

There are few things that give you immense satisfaction. I recently had a wonderful experience with little kids from a government school in Hyderabad running around with a Google cardboard stuck to their eyes, reveling in the joy of virtual reality for the first time in their lives.

Some of us might never understand what they felt when they were transported to a different world. For a privileged few among us, virtual reality is a means of entertainment in our free time. But for those kids, it was an experience they’ll remember all their life. They learnt about the human body by travelling through it, as a cell. And it was a sight to see them zooming around the classroom, driving their rover on the moon. And the fact that I was instrumental in providing this memorable experience to them fills my heart with unbound joy.

Children do find everything in nothing, and make you wonder why you haven’t been paying enough attention to marvel at that nothingness. As adults, what we learnt in that classroom was very different. It was everything that we knew as kids, but had pushed it somewhere in the dark corners of our mind as we grew up.

The experience had as much impact on me as it did on the kids. And I hope I carry the learning with me throughout my life, just like I hope they will.

Life Update

I’m alive!

I haven’t been blogging for a while now, all credits to the fact that I’m now a working individual (read corporate slave). A corporate slave, who spends a lot of time playing Foosball and Pool. If I’ve spoken to you since I started working, you would know how much I love my office. I agree I don’t have a basis for comparison, but I love it. I don’t hate my job either (*gasps*). Sure, sometimes I get a little tired, and I still look forward to the weekends so I can watch movies, relax, play games and go out. But I also look forward (most of the time) to the weekdays so I  get to learn new things, talk to people and code! I might not be an outstanding coder, or the best at grasping new concepts, but I enjoy doing it.

There’s not a lot more to life right now. A little work, a little fun. My new blogging aim is to try and start the monthly movie wrap-ups again. Or make it bi-monthly. But I will write! This post was just to tell you all that I haven’t disappeared from the face of the earth.

That’s all folks! Have a great upcoming weekend.

A Very Happy Birthday Indeed

I’m writing this post at 2 a.m. because I had to write now, when I still feel this surge of emotion in my heart. This year’s birthday saw another strike-through in my Bucket List!

I wasn’t happy about turning 22. Because being 22 means I continue to be an adult. But you all made me so incredibly happy, I teared up. I quite like being 22 now, because these 2 hours gave me so many memories to cherish. And all I can think right now is

I don’t know about you
But I’m feeling 22
Everything will be all right if
We just keep dancing like we’re
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The moment I stepped out of my room, I was greeted by excited screams, jigglypuff’s song, and the shimmer of fairy lights and candles in the dark. And then came the tears, for a couple of seconds, but they were there nonetheless.

Thank you for the wonderful track – with Jigglypuff, Pikachu and Boom Boody! Thank you for the beautiful decorations, thank you for all the effort you put into making this day special for me. Thank you for the great gifts. I love them all! Thank you for the surprise visit, for the dance performance, for your birthday wishes. Most of all, thank you for all the memories.

I missed a lot of people, who couldn’t be here today. I wish you were here, so we could stay up and talk all night. But you were, in one way or another. Being physically absent doesn’t mean you’re not a part of my life anymore. After college, we’ve all moved on to different phases in our lives, but you’ll always be a part of mine.

I wish my parents were here, just like they were for 17 years. I wish my sister were here to trouble me. And I wish my dog were here, wondering what all the fuss is about and why we aren’t asleep yet. I miss you all dearly, but I’ll be seeing you in a week.

Two more stuffed toys have now been added to my collection. Welcome, Minion and Pikachu.

Another year older, but am I a year wiser? Yes. Yes I am.

If You Were Here Today

If you were here today, I would have invited you into my room and showed you the place I’ve been given for a month. It has comfortable beds and the softest pillows I’ve ever come across! I would have offered you the laddoos that my mother sent with me, just a little snack from home. You know how mothers are. You would have loved them.

I would have told you about my first day at my first job. I would have told you how surprised I was that I didn’t get bored in the orientation. You would have loved the people here, at least those that I’ve met till now (save a crabby cab driver). Then I would have told you how lost I was about the income tax returns, and the various banks. I would have cribbed about how I don’t feel old enough to do all this and you would have laughed. You would have told me to grow up. Well, the process has begun.

If you were here today, I would have told you about the delicious bagara baingan that I had for lunch today. It tasted just like my mother makes it. I don’t know if I’ll ever learn to cook. I think I’ll just manage to survive.

I would have told you how excited I was to start the new chapter in my life, and at the same time, how intimidated. I would have told you that I’m scared I’m not good enough, and you would have encouraged me. And you would have made me see that I am. I can almost hear you say ‘You deserve this’. And I would have believed you. I would have believed in myself.

Then I would have told you how frustrating it is to look for houses. I would have told you how I want to step into a house and see my home in there. Too much of a dreamer? Maybe.

If you were here today, I would have told you how I had forgotten that I’m growing up. I’m almost 22 now, but I don’t feel like an adult. I don’t feel responsible enough. I’m not. I won’t make a great adult. But I guess I’ll settle for being a good child-at-heart adult.

If you were here today, I would have had a lot to tell you.

If you were here.

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TommeTopple Readathon & TBR

I’ve never participated in a readathon before, mostly because they are focussed on read-as-many-books-as-you-can for the short duration of the readathon. I have never wanted to compromise on quality for quantity, which is why this readathon caught my attention. Thanks to Ayunda from Tea & Paperbacks for letting me know about it.

TomeTopple is a 2-week readathon, from June 5 to June 19, created by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes. The goal of this readathon is to check off some of the intimidating big books (500+ pages) from your TBR shelf. I have quite a few tomes in my TBR, so this readathon is perfect for me! Here goes to participating in my first ever readathon.

There are 5 mini challenges in this readathon:

  1. Read more than one 500+ page book
  2. Take graphic novel breaks
  3. Read a book that is a part of a series
  4. Read over 500 pages in one week
  5. Read a 500+ page adult novel

I don’t read a lot of graphic novels. So I will just skip challenge #2. For the rest of the challenges, here’s my TBR:

Mistborn: The Final Empire, by Brandon Sanderson

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This book has been in my TBR for a very long time now. So I’m finally going to go ahead and read it. I’ve heard lots of praises about this book and I’m really looking forward to reading it. It has been a very long time since I have read fantasy so this book will, hopefully, also satisfy my growing craving for the genre.

The Book Thief, by Marcus Zusak

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Another great book that I haven’t read till now. I have seen the movie though, and it made me bawl like a baby. If I liked the movie so much, I’m sure I’ll love the book.

If I am able to read both these books, it takes care of challenge #1. By reading Mistborn, I will be completing challenge #3. I will try my best to complete challenge #4 starting next Monday, since I will be too busy packing and flying this week. And I think both these books are adult novels. They’re not YA for sure. So I guess I’m all set for the challenge!

I wish I had time to read more of those big books in my shelf, but I’m going to have a busy 2 weeks. I’ve got packing to do, and then I have to leave for Hyderabad. I can’t believe I have to start working. It feels like college just started yesterday. But well, these are some ramblings for another time.

I would love for you to join me in this readathon. Let me know if you are. I would love to read your TBR and updates.

Until next time.

 

Top Ten Characters I’d Like to Revisit as Adults

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme / feature created by The Broke and the Bookish.

Today’s topic is: Ten Childhood Characters You’d Love To Revisit As Adults (i.e. a novella or something to see what they grew up to be) — you could always just pick YA characters you’ve read recently you wouldn’t mind revisiting in 10 years or so. Or you could pick 10 characters and guess what you think they’d be doing in 10 years or 20 years. OR you could go the other way and wish for coming of age stories for adult characters you love. 

My list is going to be a mixture of childhood and YA characters, and the last one is a coming of age story I’d love to read. In no particular order, here goes!

1. Joe Hardy from The Hardy Boys

I was a huge Hardy Boys fan as a little girl. Reading about them solving mysteries used to be extremely thrilling. I would love to revisit Joe Hardy to see if he’s still the fun, mischievous person he was as a teenager.

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2. George from The Famous Five

George was my favorite character from The Famous Five. She was bold, mischievous and resolute. And her dog! I adored Timmy. The books just wouldn’t have been the same without the two of them.

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3. Julian from The Famous Five

The most mature of the group, Julian was an absolute delight to get to know. At 12, he displayed exceptional intelligence and was one of the most reliable childhood characters I knew.

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4. Jack from The Secret Seven

Jack was very headstrong character who didn’t think twice about standing up to the group leader, Peter, when he was being too unreasonable. I loved reading about Jack and his arguments with his little sister Susie.

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5. Fatty from The Five Find-Outers

All my favorite childhood books were mystery books. I am still a fan of the genre, but I suppose ‘Fantasy’ overtook ‘Mystery’ after I read Harry Potter. Fatty, though boastful and annoying at times, was very clever and shared all his money with the group. He was a kind soul, always being nice to Bets, the youngest in the group, whom the others didn’t want around. I would love to revisit him to see if he perhaps stopped boasting after he grew up.

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6. Jesse from Bridge to Terabithia

This book broke my heart. I would love to see how Jesse grew up to be. Did he ever get over the death of Leslie? I know I haven’t.

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7. Teddy Lupin from Harry Potter

I’m sure Teddy never felt unloved. But I would love to see him grow up with a little bit of both Remus and Tonks. JKR, if you’re listening, please?

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8. Minnie from Mini Shopaholic

The shopaholic series was a guilty pleasure for me. The books were absolutely hilarious, and with Minnie, trouble was bound to ensue. Did she grow up to be a hot mess like her mother? I need answers!

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9. Elizabeth from The Naughtiest Girl

This book made me want to go to a boarding school. That never happened, so I visited her world instead. I would love to see if she remained as mischievous as she was a little girl.

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10. Young Sherlock Holmes

In keeping with my love for the genre, I would love to see a young Sherlock sleuthing around.

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Well, this was my list. Who are your top ten picks?

NaPoWriMo Day 23: The World of Books

As I sit here reading and turn the pages,
Gleefully, I visit many lands unknown.
I see a ruthless king on a mighty throne.
Unseen, I travel through the ages,
With witches, wizards, Gods and sages.
One day, I’m in the hut of a crone,
Another, with a pipe and a mystery of my own,
Amidst torrid affairs and worldly outrages.
One day, on the back of a Hippogriff I fly,
Or soar across realms, from the Landing to The Wall,
And beyond, where White Walkers crawl.
One day I’m off to where shadows lie,
To find the one ring to rule them all.
As I turn the pages, worlds fly by.


Prompt: Today, I challenge you to write a sonnet. Traditionally, sonnets are 14-line poems, with ten syllables per line, written in iambs.You can write a “sonnet” that doesn’t have meet all of the traditional formal elements, but still functions as a mini-essay of a sort.

Since today is World Book Day, I decided to base my sonnet on the World of Books. I chose the Petrarchan sonnet with the following rhyme scheme: a b b a a b b a c d d c d c
I haven’t followed all the iambs. Turns out, writing a sonnet is not as easy as it looks.
Hope you enjoy it 🙂