A to Z Challenge 2017: Theme Reveal #atozchallenge

This is the fourth consecutive year that I'll be participating in the A to Z blogging challenge for April. Last year, my theme was "All about me". I initially thought that it would be easy, but it got really difficult to talk about me so much. While I'm a pretty talkative person and narcissistic enough to talk a lot about myself, I did get bored after a point of time. Much before 2017 started, I had a topic in mind for the A to Z challenge for this year. Since the current times have been really trying, I thought a lot about taking up this challenge this year. You see, even if I have done this for three years earlier, doesn't make it any easy now.

A to Z is a very tough challenge since you will be writing for 26 days in a month. Also, coming up with new content everyday is really hard. If your theme is random, you can just write something or even post a picture some day. But if you have a theme set, coming up with related content is quite a hard task. Choosing a theme isn't easy either. It should make sense in regards to the theme of your blog and you as a person. Else you wouldn't be doing justice to the challenge or to your blog. Most people write a series or a novella over 26 posts. I think that is the best idea if you already have a story with a start, end and a middle on your mind. Else, you'll just get stuck at one point and struggle later. Plus, the letter 'X' doesn't help either. Coming up with a chapter or a title starting with X is something else altogether.

When The Going Gets Tough

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"Life is what happens to you, when you are busy making other plans" - This happens to be one of my favorite sayings, but when it took a severely literal effect on my life, I did not know what to do. There are a lot of things that we take for granted in this world. Maybe it is time we sit back and take a look at those things closely. Life has been hitting me with one tragedy after another since the end of last year. No matter how strong a person you are, there is only so much one can take. Just when I thought 2016 was the worst year of my life, 2017 seems to be hell bent upon trying to prove me wrong. My life has always been a roller coaster ride, with me handling a million things at every point of time. I have no complains, as I love the busy life that always keeps me on my toes and active. But I was in for a nightmare a few days ago.

Monday Musings #13

Topics I Hate To Talk/Write About

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I am a very opinionated person. I always have something to say about everything around. Mostly I talk about what I feel, other times I just let it be. People who know me personally know that I'm a person who loves to talk. I'm almost never politically correct, and that's the very reason people like me. I have varied interests in life, so I never run out of topics to talk about. The only time I keep mum during a conversation is when the other person is boring is hell. Apart from the me time that I enjoy on a daily basis, I love to talk. It is always nice to have conversations with a smart set of people. Else, I'll just go back to reading a book. Or day dreaming. Conversations to me are not only about talking. It is nice to hear the different opinions of people and you always get to learn something new from it. While someone can teach you to look at something from a new perspective, other just let you know how ignorant and boring they are, yet again.

My blog mainly runs on the zillion opinions I have about a million things. While there are a lot of things that I talk about, there are a few topics that I hate talking about. Or writing about. Ironically, people use these very topics to break the ice with me. That is when I think why can't people talk about the good old weather instead. I love talking about books, emotions, travel, sports, movies, music and relationships. And food! Talk to me about food and you're golden! While I don't limit my conversations only to this, the below topics are what I hate talking about.

Call It Magic

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They say love is nothing short of magic
After all it makes the world go round
When it comes to a realist like me
Balderdash, these all did sound

You'll feel the butterflies they said
I laughed knowing I'll feel nothing
But when it did happen
I felt this love was quite something

The first time I fell in love was beautiful
I did feel something within too
But magic was far away from it
Even though it seemed too good to be true

Movie Review: La La Land

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Movie Name: La La Land
Cast: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone
Direction: Damien Chazelle
Genre: Musical/Romance
Duration: 2 hours 8 minutes

I normally do not watch award winning movies. Mostly because I fail to understand them. The same goes with books that win the Booker prize too. I find them too complex and tedious to read. Of late, really good movies are getting made in Hollywood and such movies are coming in to focus thanks to the various award ceremonies that take place at the start of every year. The first time I saw the poster of 'La La Land', I found it so magical. Plus, it had the ever gorgeous Ryan Gosling. Sadly, I thought that it would be like any other rom-com and the fact that it was a musical did not pique my interest to watch it. I have never seen a musical before. I've heard of 'Chicago' and 'Moulin Rouge' doing really good as musicals and turning into cult movies later. But the first time I sat down to watch 'Moulin Rouge', I found it to be too loud and sparkly. Ten minutes later, I was watching 'Rain Man' for the millionth time.

When La La Land did a clean sweep of all the awards at the Golden Globes, and with Ryan Gosling winning the best actor award, I had made up my mind to watch the movie. Sadly it released in very few theaters in Bangalore and finding a place that suited our free time was difficult. And when we had the time, tickets were sold out. Finally over the weekend, we were able to get the tickets and went in to watch it. The theater was full and I was transported to another world right from the first frame. The movie starts off on a crowded Los Angeles highway, where the people stuck in the traffic suddenly break into a song! 'Another day of sun' is such a beautiful and happy song that had me smiling from the word go. Finally I realized what a musical is and before the first dialogue was spoken, I was in love with the genre!

Between Him And Her

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"What ever I tell you, you shouldn't tell it to your husband", this was one of the things my mother-in-law told me during the early days of my marriage. I found it extremely odd but did not react. Five minutes later, I told my husband about this. While I'm pretty good at keeping secrets, I do not hide anything from my husband. I never did, I never will. It is not something that is a compulsion, it just comes out effortlessly during a conversation. Same thing with him too. We don't plan a list of things to tell each other. We just talk and end up speaking about everything around. While most couples do not spend time talking to one another, conversations are something that keep us going. If you feel the need to hide something from your partner or intentionally decide to not tell him/her about something, then something is not right. Well, unless it is a pleasant surprise for an occasion, hiding things is not good for any kind of relationship. Especially the one between a man and wife.

A lot of people told me not to tell my husband everything about my family and my past. I found that hideous. They said that he might use it to point a finger at me later. Some people seriously do have the wildest of imaginations. A few years ago, when an ex of mine found out that I was getting married he left me a message telling me that he's gonna let my future husband know about all the things that happened "between" us. I asked him if he wanted my fiance's email id or phone number to let him know. I haven't heard from him since that day. It is amusing to think that people assume that there are certain secrets between a man and his wife.