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30 Day Writing Challenge. DAY 18: Your Beliefs

Okay first off, let me start of by saying sorry for not posting more often and keeping up with the challenge. Was flooded with work and did what I do the best when I have work, wasted away on my bed like a vegetable.

 

My beliefs. What I believe in. Honestly I think there is so much and so little at the same time. And so dynamic.

I believe you should be humble. A human being needs to be humble before anything and everything else.

Humility is very important to grow as in individual. I think if you aren’t humble, you will grow but not really. Of course that is very personal, I don’t think I can have any growth if I don’t remember humble origins and accept it.

I believe that when life gets tough, step to the side switch on the television and watch friends while eating chicken, drinking and having a tub of Mississippi Mud ice-cream from Basking Robbins

I believe that we are all good and bad and we all manifest good and bad all the time but it’s up to us which we want to live with: The bad version or the Good and whatever you choose, remember it’s your choice and at the end of it you can’t blame another or thank another.

 

I believe sometimes just staring at the rain or walking in it or playing in it and then falling sick is perfectly okay

I believe we all deserve a chance to be equal even with our differences. I believe that I should be not given the opportunity not because I am brown, a woman, thin but because I may not be skilled enough.

I believe that food, movies and books solve the problems of a broken heart

I believe that we are all different. Our differences make us same. And that is something no one can take away.

I believe that tattoos are beautiful and travelling is for the wise and the passionate

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30 Day Writing Challenge. DAY 16: Your Views on mainstream Music

So let’s begin with clearing out the air about my musical knowledge. It is very limited in terms of knowing artists, but I do listen to a lot of what they call ‘non-mainstream’ stuff.  So if I do make comments or have opinions which you don’t agree with, please feel free to leave a comment or your opinion on it.

Mainstream music, they say it’s the kind of music that is known by general public and which may not always sound great but will make it to a large audience because of the attention it generates. This is sometimes because of the music videos, the popularity of the artist and or the negativity attached to it (Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines)

I think mainstream music is, on a personal level, pretty okay. It is music and on a personal level it is a musical choice for some. Maybe this music is more ‘them’ than other non-mainstream music. This is there expression of music. The Beatles, were a mainstream band and so was Queen but today people believe they are legends ( I would not like to contest that, because I believe it). What is mainstream for our generation is legend for another.

The strongest argument towards mainstream music is the lyrics that are being used or well lack of it. Of course this isn’t true for all ‘mainstream’ music. Lifehouse, Seal (Kiss from a Rose), Maroon 5, Goo Goo Dolls have been part of this list of ‘mainstream music’ and the lyrics they have for many of their songs are far from ‘nonsensical’.

I mean really, where do people get this shit? Real music is everywhere.

We need accept and appreciate the fact that in today’a day and age the taste for music has changed. The kind of music that is appreciated by the larger audience is of a different sense and just because it is ‘popular’ doesn’t mean it sucks. It is part of someone else’s frame work of great music and maybe a few years later the music being played will be part of the new generation’s framework of what constitutes good music.

The music we love today probably was what mainstream in some day and age and not loved by all. The music we believe is brilliant and not mainstream could one day become mainstream and maybe lose some part of it’s musical charm because of that.

Music, especially mainstream is also a reflection of the westernized times we live in. We do live in a day and age of drugs, sex and alcohol and we need to accept that too. Music reflects this, most lyrics talk about ‘partying it up’ and ‘getting drunk’ before was the time of greater revolutions within the world. About changing things. And how the music changes the world and affects society too.

‘Viva la Vida’ lyrics in 2008 v/s Hip-Hop music, 1990s is a strong argument against this,

 

Of course music fanatics would argue with me and sya that music isn’t about the popularity and would if it’s good music it would be appreciated by all. This isn’t about the popularity alone, it’s about the kind of music that is popular and how it isn’t ‘really music’. In terms of that i think the old music, the music we refer to classics today isn’t very much appreciated by the younger generation because it wasn’t mainstream enough then and neither is it now. Is it then correct to say maybe the ‘non-mainstream’ is the kind that sucks?

Probably not, because I love this off beat music which tries and mashes world’s together and the world they mash up isn’t even aware of this mash up. A lot of times we miss out on beautiful music because of the mainstream culture taking over. the absolute indifference to different kinds of music is a little unnerving too.

Then again, all that being said, I am not against mainstream music. I think it’s different kind of music with a larger following. Mainstream music tends to the hearts and souls of a larger audience and connects with a larger audience( negatively, positively)  and that in it’s own is a huge thing, a thing that should be appreciated and not ostracized. Don’t ridicule mainstream music just because ‘it’s too mainstream’, back this hate up with a stronger argument or not.

Well anyywaay

These mixed feeling maybe confusing. BUT Mainstream Music for the win ( for the people who love it!)

 

 

30 Day Challenge. Day 14- Your Earliest memory

My earliest memory. Wow, the only thing that I remembered when I read this was me being really young like 2 or 3 and my mom and my brother were chilling and I wanted to chill with them but they refused because I was a baby and they were having their moment and they had their secret. Also mom threw something and I went to hunt for it and it turned out to be a band-aid. They laughed and were being weird. I never understood it and never understand why that is probably one of my earliest memories but it is. I think a large part of it is because they are the same entity even now. or at least my brother is closer to my mom than I am and a part of me is super jealous of this closeness they have. I always wanted to be on my mom’s team but she had already chosen the baby she wanted because she believed she was horrible to him as a child. I think even now when my brother and my mother are together this memory is the one strong thing that hits me. I realise that sometimes, some people are always going to enjoy each other’s company more than other people. there is nothing wrong or right with it of course but that is the way things work.

30 Day Writing Challenge. DAY 11: Put your music player on shuffle and write 10 songs that pop-up

Here are a list of 10 songs that popped when I shuffled my music player. Some I love, some not so much.

Let me know which one’s you like and which one’s you wish I’d deleted

1. Guaranteed- Eddie Vedder

His voice is beautiful. SO brilliant.

2. Hall Of Fame- The Script

3. Vienna- Billy Joel

4. Paradise- Coldplay ( Listen to the ThePianoGuys cover of this it’s beautiful too)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1G4isv_Fylg&feature=kp – Coldplay

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cgovv8jWETM&feature=kp – ThePianoGuys

5. Kabira- Tochi Raina and Rekha Bharadwaj ( Yeh Jawaani hai Deewani)

6. Yellow Submarine- The Beatles

7. All I want for Christmas- Michael Buble

8. Ride- Lana Del Rey

9. Dil Se Re- A.R. Rahman

10.Metamorphosis- Anoushka Shankar

 

I shall dedicate a whole blog to 10 of my favourite songs on my play list soon!

30 Day Writing Challened. DAY 5: How would you describe yourself

This is probably one of the toughest topics EVER. So much to say but nothing to write, aah the agony!

How would I describe myself. I want to paint this very cool and awesome picture of me but I can’t really. I am ordinary.

I find happiness in little things like finding out that I still have coke left from a night before, that the book I am reading has a few more pages left, that I answered in class when there was this super smart discussion, that I got an extra piece of chicken in my Chicken Curry and Neer Dosa. The fact that humans say nice things about me, the wind blowing in my face when it’s a hot day, that my room has more books than I can possibly read that in two months I will be going home to my best friend and boyfriend. I believe that you should be your dreams. You should dreamer bigger and larger than life itself and you should follow those dreams. And I think if you don’t achieve those dreams, it’s okay because you tried to follow them and that takes courage in itself. I also believe in little things, dreams, everyday people, me make the biggest change

I am not the smartest person around. I am not the quietest either. I stand up for what i believe in, even if doing so scares me shitless. I take extra care to look pretty when I am out with the boyfriend even though he thinks I would look good even without taking a bath, unkept hair and food stuck in my mouth. I do things based on how I feel that particular morning and refuse to engage in things that upset me over long periods. I also read things that are super serious and sometimes love movies with social issues and work in areas where happiness is measured and given.

You will find me in the trains, in parks, laughing and crying and I will be the girl you will easily forget but always describe because there are millions like me.

I am confused as fuck. About life, about people, about my feelings towards them. I am also twisted. I am one of the most twisted people I know and one of the most sorted people others know. I don’t trust myself and like myself sometimes but on most days I think I am a good human being.

I have a lot of doubts about myself and who I am and what I am doing in life and whether it really adds up to anything and how I need to change the world. Like every warm blooded teenager. But I think I can’t and that I won’t make a difference.

I am also lazy. I make promises to myself that I don’t keep. The only promises I keep are those to my best friends. I think they are the only people who bring out the best in me and see the best in me.

I am lost and I am also sure of where I am going.

I am confused. Did I already say that?

I also firmly believe

But I forget.

So basically I am your average teenager, lost on how to explain who she is but has a plethora of things that she wants to say and great things that describe her but can think of nothing. I am, so to say, ordinary.

30 Day Writing Challenge. DAY 4: Your Views on Religion

” Imagine there’s no heaven It’s easy if you try No hell below us. And no religion too. And the world will be as one. You may say I am a dreamer, but I am not the only one”- John Lennon

The earliest memory I have of religion when I was in second grade and some girls cornered me in the bathroom and asked me which religion I belonged to, I had no fucking clue what they were talking about, I stared at them blankly and then they repeatedly asked me this question, finally one of them asked me which God i prayed to at home. My grandmother had Krishna’s and Jesus Christ’s statue in the small temple at home but I said Krishna because there was more of him. They broke into a smile and said ” Oh! She’s a Hindu.”
Utterly confused I went home and asked my mom “What is Religion”

Religion for me will always be a mystery. I don’t actively follow my religion but I don’t disrespect those who do. Anyone who can follow any religion isn’t wrong in doing so, in my opinion. I do though have a problem with religious fanatics who are out to prove that their religion and their teachings are better than the rest

That their truth, is the only truth. This goes to Atheist too, their religion is science of course. As much as they would like to disagree. They impose their beliefs and facts (teachings) to the religious (non-believers), I believe it amounts to the same thing.

Religion even today practices and believes firmly in hierarchy and a structure of sorts from which no one is can truly be free. Hinduism still practices untouchability, Christianity discriminates in the way you practice faith and even Buddhism discriminates on similar grounds.

 

I think the idea of religion of equality and treating men with equal amount of respect was just part of paper, never practice. With time religion, I believe vanished and in it’s place stood a farce/superstition behind which stood Politics.

 

My religion changes, so do my beliefs. I respect people with religion. I can’t stand the dogma attached to it and the pain that comes out of belonging to a particular faith. I hate the idea that if I believe one part of a religion is better than another I should be scared of the soci-cultural backlash even though it’s an honest opinion.

I also think not having any religion is a religion to. You have an idea and a set of beliefs and practices that you follow, which you may or may not propagate with different degrees of assertiveness. I think religion is a part of us. I think it’s lost but the facade of it, or the running definition will always be a part of me and you.

The thing I think I can’t stand about how religion is practiced is the way it advocates, via the holy books (which are sometimes misinterpreted via the religious leaders) the right and wrong of a world where right and wrong is chosen on basis of convenience. I hate that people can take these examples of things advocated in the books and call it religious reasons for totally shunning people and groups from communities. Of course this is no fault of religion in itself, but the people who believe in it so vehemently they can’t see faults in it’s working.

 

The thing I think I love about religion is that it can be as simple and as complex as you make it. Also that it gives a certain amount of hope and faith to the faithless. It’s beautiful, in that sense. How something which almost makes up human life and it’s settings can be as simple as praying in the train to building big gold platted statues for. I love that the same religion can have good people practicing and advocating it and making and not making it part of who they are similarly bad people practice the same rules and principles and advocate the religion and may or may not make it part of who they are

Religion for me always will be finding faith in other people. Things. Places. And answers i make for myself. That or nothing is my religion. Of course this doesn’t mean I have no love for those who follow a wider religion

A very wise old man had once said to me, about Islam, a religion a lot of people make to be a religion of the ‘terrorists’ (which is utter crap.) and a religion which has many orthodox laws in many middle east countries:

“Yeh mahsab bohot aasan hai beti. Agar sar par dupatta nahi hai, toh bhi bhagwan aapko dua dengey”

“This religion, my love, is very simple. Even if your head isn’t covered (when you enter the mosque) God will still bless you”

Which made me realize, religion, even the one’s people follow collectively is viewed so differently. So simple and so complex.