The Subtle Art of writing a good self-help book: A review


Look around you. The world is in shambles, isn’t it? Everyone suffers from some kind of inferiority complex, or is sick of giving too much to their relationships, or is devastated about a recent failure- to the point where they believe life is no longer worth living!

In times likes these, we need somebody to help point us in the right direction-and not everybody has the time or the money to pay regular visits to a shrink, not to mention that what most people need is a tap on the shoulder, not a professional who asks useless questions in a detached manner.

In the age of the self-help booksplosion, Mark Manson’s “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck” is perhaps one of the most real books I’ve read and reviewed till date.

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Alone on a Wide Wide Sea-a tale as capricious as the tides it describes

Yet another story on how war tears apart the lives of the innocent, this book grips the mind, tangos with the heart, and leaves you warm and teary-eyed.

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Huffpuffs for the win!

//Yes, another Harry Potter post. Deal with it.


So, I had to rejoin Pottermore. 

Don’t kill me, don’t kill me, I don’t remember when it happened, but it appears that Pottermore has been completely redesigned since I was last a member there. I had a ridiculous username I made up myself, and I think I was a Gryffindor when I joined. I remember being very pleased with myself about it.

But then I got real busy because of all the work I’ve been having to do, and I would keep up with Harry Potter news via articles I read on Facebook. I haven’t been on Pottermore in a while, but I did decide to take a look at the website because of the whole Cursed Child fiasco. 

To my surprise, I couldn’t log in with my username. I had to rejoin. And once I did, being the rational idiot that I am, I decided not to reclaim my wand and house, but to take the new quiz instead, as that would be the fairest means of being tested. And guess what? Everything changed! 

I went from brave and determined to steadfast, loyal and hard working in about 60 seconds! I got a new wand, and I got sorted to-no prizes for guessing-Hufflepuff! Wohoo.

I’ve got to admit that at first, I was a little disappointed. Just a teeny weeny bit because part of me wanted to be the ambitious and cunning Slytherin that knows the ways of the world and I got Hufflepuff instead, seemingly the antithesis of Slytherin’s qualities.

However, the Sorting Hat is never wrong and I shall stick by its decision, mostly because I now seem to identify with the house somehow, and, after a lot of impartial deliberation, I’ve decided that it’s truly a gem.

You want to know why?

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Why I am NOT excited about Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

DISCLAIMER: This is NOT a review. It’s me talking about my sense of foreboding regarding this book-script. Or script book. Whatever.

WARNING: Long article ahead.

Also the ” /*(text)*/ stand for “comments” as they are known in the language of programming. They aren’t a part of the main text but for the readers to get a better understanding of the programmer (in this case, the author’s) logic/train of thought while writing a program (read: article). Enjoy.


This image began my more-than-a-decade long romance with the Harry Potter series. I watched the first four movies before reading the books (There were books? More of them? What?) and I can’t say that there is any other series that has captured my heart better than this one. I’m an ardent Potterhead, and I pride myself on being the only person I know who knows the name of the gamekeeper during Molly Weasley’s term at school by coming across that one insignificant line in the books. I adore this series so much that you’ll find me incredulous to the point of hysteria when someone comes up to me and tells me that they “don’t like Harry Potter”.

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