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Wherever life plants you
Bloom with grace
It is okay to fall
But come back with an ace

The Gully Gang

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You would have to be someone living under the rock, if you haven't heard of 'Gully Boy' until now. I watched this movie on the first day of its release and loved it! While the movie is good, I honestly felt that it was a tad bit long, a trim of 15-20 minutes would have made it great I suppose. What works the best for this movie are its characters. Each and every one of them. Very rarely do you come across a movie that has such realistic characters. I have always loved Zoya Akhtar's visualization of her characters. She keeps them real and flawed, that makes them more believable. Be it Konkana's character, Sona and Farhan's character, Vikram from 'Luck By Chance', or Hrithik's character, Arjun and Kalki's character, Natasha from 'Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara', or all the Mehras and the supporting cast from 'Dil Dhadakne Do', she oozes life into her characters and they can be anyone among you and me. More often than not, that's the beauty of her movies. The characters in it.

A Decade Of LOL

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Ten years ago, I was in one of the most toughest phases of my life. I had just started working and while I had to deal with the pressures of corporate, my relationship of three years also ended at the same time. Emotionally, I was a lost cause. That is when I turned to writing. It helped me heal to a large extent. I was just penning down thoughts and poems in a book and it helped me feel light. Words somehow understood me and I was glad to have a space to vent. A good friend then suggested that I start a blog as she thought I was good at poetry. That's how LOL was born and my first post saw the light of day on this day in 2009. This space was started with the intention of healing a broken heart, but over time it has become one of the most important aspects of my life. LOL has seen my journey from a brokenhearted cynic to the happily married independent woman that I am today.

Girl, Just Do It

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Let them call you emotional
It only shows how strong you are
Equality is not a small battle
Come on girl, prepare for war

Let them call you dramatic
Express yourself whole and soul
Do not listen to what they say
Winning should be your only goal

Action Replay + Gratitude List: February 2019

The shortest month of the year did feel short. When you are busy, time does fly indeed. Work has been keeping me busy since last August and I've been working non-stop because of it. Once I have taken up something, I will not rest until I complete it. So, well, it will be sometime before I rest. Apart from work, February has been a pretty moody month for me. I did manage my time better and yet was not somehow in the mood for other things. While I have slowed down a lot in terms of everything around me, in February I paused quite a bit. It did me good, honestly. We women have this innate need to want to do everything around us pretty much at the same time. This is what causes us stress, this is what makes us feel bad about not being able to do it. Over the past few months I have learnt to slow down and take one thing at a time. In February, I paused a few of my hobbies just to be with myself and not do too much.

The Inheritance Of Loss

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"I can't believe dad didn't tell us where he hid the gems." Neil says angrily.

"You convert your earnings to precious gems and not tell your children where you kept it?" Nathan says.

Book Review: Apple Tree Yard - Louise Doughty

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Title: Apple Tree Yard
Author: Louise Doughty
Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main - TV Tie In edition (5 January 2017)
Genre: Crime, Thriller & Mystery
Price: Rs. 142 on Amazon
Pages: 448

I heard of this book thanks to social media. A couple of friends had highly recommended this book and that was reason enough for me to pick it up. The blurb sounded really interesting and I was looking forward to dig in to this psychological thriller.