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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Dice Media’s “Adulting” : the first impression

Dice Media, known best for its web series “Little Things” starring Mithila Palkar and Dhruv Sehgal, as well as its other shows “2by3” and “What the Folks”, has been churning out new content.

On 18th April, Dice Media dropped the first episode of “Adulting”, starring FilterCopy’s popular Aisha Ahmed and Dear Zindagi actress Yashaswini Dayama as two women in their early twenties figuring out adulthood, and a life away from home.


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Small life update: I’m actually a Slytherin?

Okay, so, don’t hate me, but I had to delete my previous Pottermore on the account of it being “too distracting” for me during my board exams.

So, I went the on the website again recently, to get a new account, with a whole new house, wand, Patronus, and Ilvermorny house. I’d love to share all of them right now but I don’t think it’s as interesting, because I’ve already done a similar thing for a time when I was in Hufflepuff (and that post will need editing lmao)

Rest assured I am never deleting my Pottermore account again. This is my identity and I love it.


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Die Trying by Kenny Sebastian review

Let me start off by saying I love Kenneth Sebastian and I usually relate to his humour really well. He’s never distasteful, and always comes out with lineups that are extremely well-thought out, thought he could sometimes be a little pheekha.

Given the slew of Indian standup comedian-themed content on Amazon, Kenneth’s web series Die Trying immediately grabbed my attention.

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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.

Oldie but goodie!

Alone on a Wide Wide Sea was written by Michael Morpurgo, and published in 2006. Given that it’s literally been a dozen years since this came out, this review is probably a teensy weensy bit late, but I assure you, I’m not wasting your time.

One of the many orphans to be sent out of their homeland and relocated to foster families in other countries, Arthur heads to his first “new” home in Australia. With only a key around his neck, “London Bridge is falling down”, and a vague memory of a sister he may or may not have made up as his only memory of home, the miserable and bullied boy befriends Marty, and the two become as thick as thieves.

Child abuse, inhumane living conditions, and quiet rebellion characterise Arthur’s childhood till the unthinkable happens- an incident scarring both Arthur and Marty, prompting them to take charge of their lives and run away. They meet the kindly Megs, who takes them under her wing, making independent, literate beings out of them. Not one to get so attached she’d end up clipping their wings, she lets them go when they’re ready.

While Arthur sails through many tragedies, and has people he loves wrested from him, he never gives up on finding Kitty, so much so that he brings up his young daughter Alexis on the seas, promising he would build her a boat that they could sail to England to find her aunt.

Thus, eighteen years later, the headstrong and skilful sailor (whose voice the second half of the book is in) hops on to Kitty Four, on her one-woman journey across the wide seas.

Morpurgo doesn’t sugarcoat the harsh realties of life. He draws the reader in slowly, with the promise of hope, and strikes them down with one tragedy after another, just enough to keep them guessing whether the characters ever meet their goals or keep dreaming past their graves.

Taking inspiration from accounts of real war-orphans who were relocated, Morpurgo once again gives us insight into the lives of the people nobody looked at after the war  when they studied in their history textbooks.

Arthur is an open book, who sinks his hooks into you so that his every weakness feels like your own. When he laughs, you laugh, when he cries, you cry and when he talks about Alexis, you glow with pride over her as though she were your own daughter. Alexis is spirited, optimistic and resilient. She loves her father deeply and is a stubborn, resourceful child of the sea.

Hot chocolate, Alexis’s favourite beverage

Morpurgo tugs at the heartstrings with every relationship, every log, every storm rise and fall. He makes you marvel at nature’s bounties that are out there in the deep waters, he makes you want to sail the seas like a free bird, he shows you the small wonders of life that you can see by just reaching out- as Alexis did to an astronaut, or Arthur did to his wife.

There are explicit and extensive references to The Rime of the Ancient Mariner-Arthur’s favourite song- that give the book a magical and almost ethereal quality that envelops you and draws you in to the waters of the sea. Written with extensive research, this is yet another book that focuses on the journey- not so much the destination. “Follow your heart”, it says, “and you will never regret it”.

Albatross that guides Alexis

Simply because this book was so complete, I give it 4.25/5 stars. (Yes, that sounds so utterly snooty, but whatever.) It’s a book that makes you feel. I found it to be beautiful, and yet not very intense and depressing. A book full of bittersweet moments for sure.

 Author’s note:

My dad bought me this book back in 2009, and being young as I was, I kept it aside in favour of the Percy Jacksons and Alex Riders that were trending at the time. I wouldn’t have appreciated the book anyway, since the lack of “cool” (or the short list of things I thought were cool back then) elements in the book would’ve left me frustrated and unable to continue reading it till it came to the end.

9 years later, I can safely say that I don’t regret buying it, or reading it.

Have you read Alone on a Wide Wide Sea? Did you like it? Would you be willing to give it a try?

Let me know!


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5 things my first semester at college taught me

So, as I may have mentioned before, I am now in college! *cue balloons and party sprinkles*

After I had completed my “schooling”, I had had a 2-month period to take the world in and have the time of my life before I would be thrown into the ninth circle of Hell-college. Everyone told me it would be a huge change but I didn’t know just how bad things were going to be.

Added to that, my particular university (yeah, my college is now a “deemed university”), was known for being more like school and less like how college should be. I assumed this would just be on the rigorousness in the academic front and so, jumped in without realising what a grave mistake I was about to make. But that’s another story.

Here are 5 things I have grasped during my first semester here:

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Look what you made me do- and be afraid.

I don’t like your kingdom keys

They once belonged to me

You asked me for a place to sleep

Locked me out

And threw a feast

I just came across Taylor Swift’s new single- Look What You’ve Made Me Do. I’m not here to diss the track or speculate about who she’s talking about. For once, I want to be someone who sympathises with a singer, about how their music is an out for their despair or joy.

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To engineer or not to engineer?

I’m an Indian.

It’s so funny how, most Indians would immediately sympathise (and probably empathise too) with me the second they read the title and the first line. And with anyone who’s noticed the huge influx on Indian immigrant engineers in the States or anywhere else in the world, this might be some sort of a joke. Something you chuckled at. Well, let me tell you that for someone in the eye of the storm, it is NO laughing business.

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