The Stars Shine Down

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No one expected this to happen
But we knew it was for the best
All the uncertainties so far
Were finally laid to rest

I love the way this started
Slowly at first and then all at once
The darkest times then turned bright
Leading to a thousand splendid suns

Growing Up Without A Role Model

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People seldom improve when they have no other role model but themselves to copy.” – Oliver Goldsmith.

Role models are important for one to grow, there is no denying that. There needs to be someone to look up to, someone to motivate you, someone to show you what to strive for. What happens when you don't have a role model? How does one turn out in that case. For children, role models are usually parents, teachers, siblings, or someone from within the family. Someone they are close to. I am someone who grew up without a role model. Honestly, the concept of having a role model was alien to me thanks to the people around me. Positive role models influence our actions and motivate us to strive to uncover our true potentials and overcome our weakness. Having them pushes us to make the most of our life. While I had no one to look up to, there were plenty around to mock and ridicule. There was no one to guide me professionally or personally. I did a lot of trial and error, and made my own choices. While people were standing ready to call out names and point fingers, no one was there to hold my hand and take me along the right path, if I was on the wrong one. Fortunately, I wasn't.

Sparked

PHOTO PROMPT © Anshu Bhojnagarwala

She looks at me from across the campfire, her gorgeous face a subtle shade of gold.

"Why are you so quiet?" Nadia asks, poking my elbow.

Action Replay + Gratitude List: January 2019

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January got done, just like that! I still can't believe that we are one month down already for 2019. Why is time passing by so quickly? January started off brilliantly and has remained a pretty stable month for me. Ever since I chose 'Simplify' to be my word of the year for 2019, I have been seriously implementing it. I do not think too much or complicate things anymore. I don't take things to heart or mull over it for long periods of time. This has helped me calm down immensely. Personally, January has been a month of slowing down and taking things one at a time. It has worked out beautifully for me, thankfully! I read a quote recently that said, "A wise man once said, fuck this shit. And he lived happily ever after". Oh yeah, the wise man was right! Or was it a woman?

Book Review: Everything I Never Told You - Celeste Ng

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Title: Everything I Never Told You
Author: Celeste Ng
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group; new edition (1 February 2015)
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Price: Rs. 379 on Amazon
Pages: 304

Hero To Zero #NotAMovieReview

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I've been a die-hard Shahrukh Khan fan since I was a little girl. I've loved him right from his 'Baazigar' days and have been a loyal fan throughout. So much that I even endured the torture called 'Fan' just for him. While 'Jab Tak Hai Jaan' gave me the mother of all migraines, I still forgave him for that. My love for him was not something a bad movie could diminish. Then 'Jab Harry Met Sejal' happened. It tested my love to the core, and yet it survived. Though terribly disappointed and angry, I still forgave him. After watching 'Zero', the second day after its release, for the first time ever I questioned my love for him. I then swore to never watch a movie of his again so that my memory of him will still remain that of love. But, as a crazy fan for close to three decades, I had many many questions in my head to ask him. That's when I decided to call his team and ask for some of his time. This is how it went.

Dear Woman, Don't Apologize

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You don't have to be always alright
Sometimes, it is okay to not be nice
For being honest about what you feel
Dear woman, don't apologize

You don't have to do it all
Everything you don't have to supervise
For getting that me-time to relax
Dear woman, don't apologize