Of Expletives & Expression

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 Of Expletives & Expression

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Diwali, a Festival of Lights or Pollution?

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?

Of Memory & Mnemonics: Specific Ways to Learn Information Efficiently

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 Of Memory & Mnemonics: Specific Ways to Learn Information Efficiently