On Ash Wednesday this year, I made a decision that I had been avoiding for a few weeks. I decided that, for the first time since when I was about 13 or 14 years old, I would not be sacrificing anything or abstaining from anything during Lent this year. It was a decision I knew … Continue reading On Religion and Reasons: Why Fast for Lent?
It's a long-running joke in my house that we're not allowed to curse. And by curse, I mean anything as strong as an innocent "damn". My sister and I are highly amused by my mother's insistence upon this rule, and the fact that till date, with us at ages 16 and 20 respectively, everyone around … Continue reading On Expletives & Expression
Diwali, the festival of lights, is the celebration of Lord Rama's return to Ayodhya after 14 years of exile, and the defeat of Ravana. It is the season of pujas and festivities, diyas and lights, Rangoli and colour; celebrated with new clothes and gifts, sweets and food and, of course, family. Diwali is a festival … Continue reading Diwali, a Festival of Lights or Pollution?
Do you think you have self-control? Or are you impulsive, and give in to every need? More importantly, how much do you think you should have self-control? I consider myself a reasonably self-controlled individual, when it matters. And by that, I mean that I can stop myself from indulging in something if I know I really … Continue reading On Self-control & Satisfaction
It's a bit late in the year to be setting goals, I am aware, but a lot of these have been ongoing for a while; I'm just making a conscious decision to post about them because I've realised I have only 2.5 months left in the year, and I want to make sure they're productive … Continue reading Goals for 2017: Before I turn 21
If you could have one superpower, what would it be? From when I was a young child, this is a question that I have asked and been asked on numerous occasions. I was an avid reader, and the large number of fantasy books I read definitely must have influenced me to genuinely dwell on what … Continue reading Superpowers in Real Life
If you're having a bad day, here are 20 things you could try doing to feel better. I know they're all things that help me! 1. Eat some comfort food. 2. Listen to some good music ^ My choice for today because I'm so happy he's back and making such good music :") 3. Do … Continue reading Bad day?
When writing short stories or poems, I rarely know the story when I first begin writing. Often it's just a vague idea or situation I picture, which I then develop upon as I write. Sometimes I realise what my primary plot-line will be, sometimes I think of an ending that I like and write towards … Continue reading Alternate endings
Ask me the lyrics of any song from Taylor Swift's 'Speak Now' album, which I listened to on repeat in 2011, and I will perform the entire song for you perfectly (well, as perfectly as I can) despite not having heard it in years. Ask me the ridiculously long name of a character in a … Continue reading On Memory & Mnemonics: Specific Ways to Learn Information Efficiently
I lived in the UK for 2 years when I was young, and the primary school I attended gave a great amount of importance to music. Children as young as 7 years of age are introduced to the recorder, and then over the consecutive years of Primary 4-6 they are offered the chance to learn … Continue reading On Piano lessons & Prodigies