Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Au Revoir, College // Just a Random Update #5

My first year of college is OVER!

Can I just say how surreal this feels? It feels like only a few weeks ago I was a scared, pessimistic first year student who was home-sick and lonely and friendless... and here I am, almost ten months later, completely the opposite.

It's hard to believe that ten months have passed since my first update post. And if you've been following my blog for the past year, you'd know that I wasn't too optimistic about college or exams or life in general.
And I guess part of that was justified, considering the fact that a business school isn't even where I belong. But my first year of college has taught me a lot, and I'm incredibly grateful for everything that has happened so far.

I've learnt that home isn't a city or an apartment or a place. Home is where your loved ones are. Home is where the heart is.

I've learnt that you can't judge people because of their looks or where they're from or their drinking habits or their marks. People are people. At the end of the day, I like to believe that they all have a good heart. And most of the time, I'm right about that.

I've learnt that happiness isn't defined by the number of friends you have, your marks or your relationship status. Happiness is defined by you. In most cases, you can choose to be happy.

I've learnt that being alone and being lonely are two completely different things. I'm often lonely in a crowd, but almost never when I'm alone. Solitude is one of the greatest things in life. I've learnt to treasure it. And if you're a quiet person about to go to college - trust me, you're going to cherish every single moment of solitude that you can get.

I've learnt that being good at something isn't enough when it comes to your future career. You aren't necessarily good at the things you like, and you don't always like the things you're good at.
For me, it turns out that although I may be good at what I'm currently studying, I don't enjoy it enough to practise it for life.

I've learnt that teenagers are not particularly my favourite kind of people. But they do have their virtues. (At least some of them do.)

I've learnt that the friendships you had in school may not continue forever. The friends you make in your first week of college may not be the friends you end up with on your last day of college. The friends you make just a few weeks before your last day might end up being the people you're going to live with for the next two years of your life. And that's okay.

I've learnt that time flies by before you even know it. So don't waste it doing the things you hate. Don't waste it doing the things that make you sad. Don't waste it doing the things that make you happy now but will make you miserable in the future.

Just live for happiness. And food. And books. And friendship. And love.

As far as I'm concerned, that's the only life worth living.

Have an amazing summer vacation, Geeks! I'm going back home tomorrow night, and I can't wait to spend the next two months with the people I love the most in the world. Let's hope I'll have an eventful summer, so there are at least a few things to blog about. Until then, farewell!

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

8 Things I Want to be When I Grow Up

I wish I could tell you that I'm one of those people who has everything in life figured out. I'd like to say that I know where I'll be in five years.
Unfortunately, I'm clueless.

But that did give me an idea for a new blog post today: everything I want to be when I grow up.
(Let's forget for a few minutes that I've already grown up.)

1) Writer

Okay, this one was fairly obvious. But writing has always been one of my passions, dating back to my childhood when I used to write fantasy, to now, when I write young adult novels.
As of this moment, I have about six or seven book ideas in my head. I don't know if I'll ever publish my works, and I don't know if my writing is good enough for me to land a job at a magazine or a newspaper or even as a screenwriter for a TV show.
But I do know that there's nothing I'd enjoy more than all of the above.

2) Blogger
Although I really love blogging at Geekie Chic, I doubt I could ever do just this for a living. I'd need something more concrete. I don't know a thing about monetizing my blog, and as of now, I don't have any plans to do so.
But I still want to keep doing this for the rest of my life. 

3) Motivational Speaker
A lot of people think I'm shy or quiet, but I'm actually very talkative when it comes to things I enjoy talking about. I also tend to be very philosophical in my ways. Put your hands together and what do you get?
A motivational speaker! I'd love to help people achieve their potential and make it big in life. What better way to give back to society, really?

4) Detective

Everyone wants to be a detective when they grow up. So do I.
But I don't want to be just any detective. I'd like to solve murder mysteries and make a name for myself in the world of crime-fighting.
And, hey, if that doesn't work out... someday I'd like to write murder mysteries. Just so I could fictionally save lives.

5) Psychologist
If there's any subject I could study all day long, other than writing, it's Psychology. I love watching people. I love reading them. I love thinking about what they're thinking, and why. Although I may not enjoy interacting with a lot of people all at once, I would love to study them and find out what makes them tick.

6) Restaurant Owner

One of my favourite PC games is a series called 'Delicious', following the life of a young restaurateur Emily who broils, sautées and bakes her way to success.
I may not know a thing about cooking, but I love food and I love making other people happy. So someday, I'm going to open my own restaurant: 'The Gourmet Geek'.

7) Fitness Instructor
I love working out. I love dishing out fitness tips. And I also love the idea of having my own fitness show on YouTube. 'Get Fit with the Geek'. How does that sound?
It'll be a while before I'm fit enough to actually give advice to people on camera, but it's a nice fantasy for now. 

8) Superhero

Fiiine, I know this one isn't remotely possible. But a girl can dream, can't she?
The only issue is that a lot of superheroes rely heavily on their aptitudes for science - a trait that I clearly lack. I'd probably end up outsourcing all my work: creating gadgets, fixing those gadgets, stitching my costume... in short, I'd be the worst superhero of all time.
But hey - at least I'd get to be one.

Yes, I know that I'm currently doing my bachelor's in business, and it may seem like it has no relevance to my future dreams. But I like to believe that it's not the degree that matters, it's what you learn while getting the degree that shapes your life. And I've learnt a lot about myself and my strengths in my first year of college. I can only hope that the next two years bring me even closer to becoming all the things that I want to be when I grow up.

Geeks, are you just as confused about life as I am, or do you have a Plan? Tell me what you're currently doing and what you'd actually like to be doing in the future. 

I'll see you later. Bye!

Saturday, 18 April 2015

'Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)' by Mindy Kaling: A Book Review

In Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, Mindy invites readers on a tour of her life and her unscientific observations on romance, friendship, and Hollywood, with several conveniently placed stopping points for you to run errands and make phone calls. Mindy Kaling really is just a Girl Next Door—not so much literally anywhere in the continental United States, but definitely if you live in India or Sri Lanka.

Let me first be frank and admit that I didn't know who Mindy Kaling was or what she did before finding this book on Goodreads. I hadn't even heard of The Office before deciding to pick this one up. 

Actually, a few weeks ago, I had come across an article on some website where the writer spoke about reading a comedy book every day for a week and the wonderful impact it had on her happiness and emotional stability. And since it's my New Year's resolution to be happy every day, I decided to do what she did. 

And that, dear readers, is how I met Mindy Kaling. (And Amy Poehler. And Tiny Fey, although I already knew and loved her thanks to Mean Girls.)

Right from the first page of this book, Mindy tells you that this is not a self-help book, because she of all people has no right to give others advice. This book, she says, will not help you lose weight or succeed or revolutionise the way you feel about your boring job. 
But on the other hand, it will teach you a few things about love, friendship, and laughter - and aren't those the best lessons from life?

I didn't know what to expect from this book other than a couple of laughs. Well, I definitely got more than that. Reading things from an Indian-American's perspective is always refreshing, not to mention amusing when it's Mindy who's the author. She narrates like a friend, funny and relatable, and that's probably why I found myself reading her book during break-times instead of continuing with my Harry Potter re-readathon. 

Here are some snippets from the book that I really liked:

“There is no sunrise so beautiful that it is worth waking me up to see it.”  
(I have recently started getting up at the crack of dawn - if six a.m. counts as 'dawn' - even on weekends, but I'm sure most of my readers can relate to this one.)

“This book will take you two days to read. Did you even see the cover? It’s mostly pink. If you’re reading this book every night for months, something is not right.”  
(Mindy will not accept 'I have no time to read' as an excuse to not read her book.)

“Teenage girls, please don’t worry about being super popular in high school, or being the best actress in high school, or the best athlete. Not only do people not care about any of that the second you graduate, but when you get older, if you reference your successes in high school too much, it actually makes you look kind of pitiful, like some babbling old Tennessee Williams character with nothing else going on in her current life. What I’ve noticed is that almost no one who was a big star in high school is also big star later in life. For us overlooked kids, it’s so wonderfully fair.” 
(I really do hope this is true. Most celebrities claim they were unpopular in school, don't they?)

“Maybe the point is that any marriage is work, but you may as well pick work that you like.”
 (Her book isn't just funny - it's also deep and thoughtful.)

Another reason why I enjoyed this book is that I've slowly started reading more and more non-fiction books. Does that tend to happen when one grows up? I sure hope so. As much as I love fiction, because it lets you into an entirely different world with all new characters, non-fiction is what keeps me grounded and helps me connect real life with what I'm reading. 

I am very thankful that I read that article on the internet, because that's what made me read this highly entertaining book that actually does help you succeed in life, contrary to what Mindy claims. You can read the first half of this book and know what not to do, and the second half to know what you should do if you want to be where Mindy is today - rightfully very well-known in her field. 

I'm going to go with 4 stars out of 5 for 'Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)'.
Witty, entertaining and comforting, Mindy Kaling's take on life is sure to put you - and your mood - on the right track. I'd definitely recommend this to everyone who's currently reading this post. 

Word on the street is that Mindy is currently working on her second book, and I'm definitely looking forward to it. Meanwhile, I will watch all the episodes of The Office and become a fangirl.

If you're a Mindy Kaling fan, or if you've already read this book, tell me what you thought of it. Did you find her frankness off-putting or endearing? 
Also, if you know any similar books that aren't 'Yes Please' or 'Bossypants', both of which are next on my TBR list, please tell me so I can get more books. I like books. 

See you later, Geeks!

Saturday, 11 April 2015

3 More Favourite Trailers!

Hello, dear Geeks.
As you may already know, I'm a big fan of trailers, and last year, I even made a post discussing my top five favourite trailers. Since then, I've discovered a few more movies and their trailers, so here we are today. Read on to find out which three trailers made the cut (in no particular order)!

1) Little Manhattan

Little Manhattan is one of my favourite movies, but considering the fact that it's a decade old, I had never been able to watch the trailer until recently. And then I fell in love with the movie all over again, and I also discovered two songs that are now on my 'favourites' playlist: 'Miracles' by Matt White and 'Someone Saved My Life' by Elton John.
Check out the trailer below. Is there anything more adorable than baby Josh Hutcherson? I think not.

Favourite dialogues: 
Gabe: "Hey there, pretty lady. How's it goin', girl? Hey, Rosemary Telesco."

Gabe: "It only lasted two weeks. But when you're eleven years old, two weeks can be a lifetime."

Favourite scene:
1:45 onwards.

2) The Divergent Series: Insurgent

Although this trailer makes the movie look like the cinematised version of a different book altogether, you have to admit that Insurgent's trailer is jam-packed with action. And the music in this trailer gives me goosebumps - every time.
If you're a Divergent fan and you haven't seen the movie yet, you should consider it. Here's my review.

Favourite dialogue:
Tris: "I'm not gonna fight you."
Jeanine: "Of course you're not. You're gonna fight YOU."

Favourite scene: 
Coincidentally, 1:45 onwards again.

3) The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Perks has now made it into the list of my all-time favourite movies ever. Although I'm not a fan of the book, I loved the movie adaptation, and I loved this trailer even more. It's so relatable. I feel like a lot of the things Charlie says in this trailer are things I've thought myself. For example: "Tomorrow is my first day... and I really want to turn things around this year."
The heartwarming music helps, too. One of the first track they use is also used in the TFIOS trailer, another one of my favourites.

Favourite dialogues:
Mr. Anderson: "You know, they say if you make one friend on your first day, you're doing okay."
Charlie: "If my English teacher is the only friend I make today, that would be sort of depressing."

Charlie: "Do you think if people knew how crazy you really were, no one would ever talk to you?"
(Sam and Patrick laugh)
Sam: "Come on, let's go be psychos together."

Charlie: "I really want to be a writer, but I don't know what I'd write about."
Sam: "You could write about us."
Patrick: "Call it 'Slut and the Falcon'. Make us solve crimes!"

Sam: "Why do I and everyone I love pick people who treat us like we're nothing?"
Charlie: "We accept the love we think we deserve."

Charlie: "I know there are people who say all these things don't happen. I know these will all be stories someday. But right now, we are alive. And in this moment, I swear we are infinite."

Favourite scene:
Gah, I can't pick. I love every second of this trailer. I'd say as of now, this is my number one favourite trailer. I like it even better than my fandom trailers.

I know this has been a short post, but I do have quite a lot on my plate at the moment, so forgive me for that.
Anyway, these were some trailers I really wanted to share with the world. I'd like to know what your favourite trailers are. Are they also your favourite movies? Let the comment box know.

Bye! :)

Friday, 3 April 2015

Divergent GIF Challenge!

Hi there, Geeks!

Last year, I did a Harry Potter & The Hunger Games GIF Challenge on the blog, and it was very well-received, so now it's time for me to step into another one of my fandoms.
Obviously, this post has spoilers for the first Divergent book.

Using every third GIF in my collection to show my reaction to every situation, presenting to you... The Divergent GIF Challenge!

What you think of Abnegation:

To be honest, I do like the idea of simple living. As long as there's wifi and music and books, of course. 

What you think of Erudite:

People who always wear blue and spend all their time indoors? THESE ARE MY PEOPLE!

What you think of Amity:

... Well, then I clearly can't be Amity. 

What you think of Dauntless:

More like it's-always-get-beaten-up time, but sure, maybe they have great pizza along with the chocolate cake.

What you think of Candor:

The truth is overrated. 

Your reaction to your aptitude test result:

I guess I'm really looking forward to pizza, simple living and staying indoors. But wait... despite being Divergent, I still have to pick just one? I can't do all three?

When you find out that you're Divergent:

Swati, stop it. Your Erudite is showing.

Your family's reaction to your new faction:

Thanks for that, sweet parents and beautiful sister. No Dauntless cake pizza for you. 

Your new faction's reaction to you:

They love me so much they're feeling all the Feels. Wow. I must be something awesome in this universe.

Meeting Four:

The young but mature, strong but silent Four is going to be my mentor and potential love interest? Clearly, this universe is verrry different from reality.

Reaction to Eric:

I don't like you, Eric. 

What Christina, Al and Will think of you:

They either hate me or they think I'm as strong as Katniss and Gale. I think I'll go with the latter, thank you very much.

Your reaction to Al's confession of love:

Uh, wait, what? I barely even know you, kid.

How you fight during initiation:

I need to control my superhuman strength to prevent myself from accidentally killing off my peers. I'm so heroic and selfless in this world!

How you feel about Peter:

Come on, that's Miles Teller. Of course we're going to be best friends. 

Your reaction to Al's death:

I am a bitch. Peter is clearly a bad influence on me.

What your fear landscape is like:

Being positive is my fear landscape, is it? Sounds like 2014 me.

When you go through your fear landscape:

I found the silver lining! And it isn't scary at all!

When your parents die:

Why am I not crying? Why am I - oh, wait, I must have found some silly silver lining and decided to be happy in spite of the fact that my parents are dead and I now have to take care of that wimpy brother of mine. Yes, I mean you, Caleb.

When you have to shoot Will:

Miles Teller - er, I mean Peter - and I are now best friends. We were going to lose touch anyway, Will. Goodbye.

When you and Four take down the simulation:

That wasn't so difficult, was it? And all that happened was that three of my favourite people died. What a wonderful world!

On the train to Amity:

The adrenaline rush is gone and common sense has kicked in. I am now fleeing from the government. Of course there's no silver lining. Everything is a trap.
At least the handsome Four and the funny Peter are next to me. Go away, Caleb. You're annoying me.

For some reason, all these GIF challenges make me out to be some sort of horrible person. I guess it's a good thing I'm not a character out of any young adult dystopia... but what if I am?

I guess we'll never know.

Part of this challenge was taken from Tumblr, and a part of it was coined by me. Feel free to do this challenge, but make sure you send me a link so I can see what kind of Divergent you would be!

That's all for today, Geeks. Bye!