Home And Hiraeth

 

Once upon a time;

Under the inky sky,

Lying supine,

Counting the stars,

With you,

Made me feel at home.

But today;

Under the same inky sky,

Lying supine,

Counting the stars,

Without you,

Makes me feel hiraeth.


Today, I stumbled upon a new word. Hiraeth, it is. The moment I found the  word, I thought I should scribble a poem. And this is it-the outcome of the excitement of learning a new word and a disturbed mind.

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His mind brimmed with thoughts,

That gushed through his veins.

Filtered by each cell in his body,

It oozed out from the nib of his pen,

Refining themselves into scripts,

And thus, he bled poetry.


And finally, even I created an Instagram profile to pen down more of my musings. Click here to follow me 😛

The Pessimist Parable

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 Adhithya says HI!

Ever heard of strategic pessimism? 

Well, let me explain one theory which I follow in my life. A theory which is crazy yet coherent.

This is what Wikipedia says:

Defensive pessimism is a cognitive strategy identified by Nancy Cantor and her students in the mid-1980s. Individuals use defensive pessimism as a strategy to prepare for anxiety provoking events or performances. When implementing defensive pessimism, individuals set low expectations for their performance, regardless of how well they have done in the past. Defensive pessimists then think through specific negative events and setbacks that could adversely influence their goal pursuits. By envisioning possible negative outcomes, defensive pessimists can take action to avoid or prepare for them. Using this strategy, defensive pessimists can advantageously harness anxiety that might otherwise harm their performance.

I think you have got the gist of the concept. Now let’s dive into my life –

One of the main thing which gives me collywobbles are EXAMS. I get panic attacks before almost all the exams. I feel my peace of mind strained away by the thick textbooks. Although I’m a student with decent grades*Now that’s the goddamn problem 😛 !*, I get high-strung when my exams are round the corner.

Green switch pressed. Defense Mechanism on.

The defense mechanism of my brain is ‘ Defensive Pessimism’.

I coalesce the most crummy situations that can happen as the aftermath of the exams. I visualize the entire godawful scenario and play it in my mind- the teacher announcing my marks and shouting at me; tears welling up in my eyes ; running to the washroom, locking it and turning on the waterworks, like some blasted dam ; coming back and telling the teacher some damn excuses; back to home and justifying blah blah blah. Sometimes, I practice the conversations that must take place in such a situation on the night before the exam! Some self-solace too.  I train myself to cope up with the situation.

As I am already geared up, the doom and gloom doesn’t affect me much. But the topsy-turvy scene has just a mere chance of happening. It’s mostly * M.O.S.T.L.Y not always* the brighter side that turns up for me *Lady Luck loves me :)*. In such a case, the win is a bit more intoxicating and invigorating. It has a tremendous tang. It’s more like you have not been blown up by the pressure cooker called ANXIETY but still you have got the optimum!

Now this pessimism isn’t the ‘ Glass Half Empty’ type. My pessimism is tinted with lighter shades of optimism too. At the corner of brain when the worst is happening, I still have pinned up my hopes on something good that will happen. But the prime fuel is the   ‘ WORST’. It pumps me to put my level best and prune the size of my panic. The important part is that I am Prepared- either for the Seventh-Heaven or for the Wretched Hell!

So, this is my outlook towards life. A perfect dose of the Pessimist Potion! What’s Your’s ?

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♥ One Lovely Blog Award ♥

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Hello World,

I have been nominated for the ‘One Lovely Blog Award’ by Shilpa  of  I Am A Blogger Too. Thanks a double tonne to this marvelous blogger who considered me worthy enough for this award. If you have not dropped in by her blog yet, click on the link and dart off to her ‘One Lovely Blog’. 😀

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Rules

1. Thank the person who nominated you and include a link to their blog.
2. List the rules and display the award.
3. Add 7 facts about yourself.
4. Nominate 15 other bloggers and…
5. Leave a comment on one of their posts to let them know they have been nominated.


Facts

  1. I am  bespectacled.
  2. I am a sweet tooth.
  3. I love my amazing, close-knit family.
  4. I am a single child.
  5. I am almost 5’2.
  6. I love the Debby font.
  7. I am a strategic pessimist.

* Omitting the letter ‘I’ is turning into a mare’s nest ! *


 

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  1. Ranu
  2. Pratyusha
  3. Navya
  4. Ameena
  5. Noorain
  6. TeeKay
  7. Aadhira
  8. Vikram
  9. Blue Notebook Girl
  10. Mal Raj
  11. Sonia
  12. Sanghamitra
  13. Visakha
  14. Anusha
  15. Apoorva

 

~Toodles~

From the cray called Adhi 😀

The Wedlock

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Her venust eyes,

Twinkling like the twilight,

With lambent light of hope and happiness.

His winsome dimples,

Concealing, yet revealing,

The jubilant jouissance of dream and delight. 

From her pink attire,

To the ivory of his apparel.

The sanguine of vermilion,

And the gold of the hallowed twine.

Needless to say, the hues of redolent blooms.

Her hands on his,

The primrose of promise,

To illume the sunshine,

Crystallize the moonlight,

And to drizzle the rain,

Over the labyrinthine of life.

Two lovebirds, already engaged,

Their hearts pirouetting,

To the mellifluous cadences of love. 


 

Wish you all the happiness for your nuptial bliss, dear Brother. 😀

The Immortals Of Meluha~ A Review

 

Note- I am no good at analyzing and reviewing things. This is just an assay into doing so.

 

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BACK PAGE BLURB

THE STORY OF A MAN WHOM LEGEND TURNED INTO A GOD.

1900 BC. In what modern Indians mistakenly call the Indus Valley Civilization.

The inhabitants of that period called it the land of Meluha- a near perfect empire created many centuries earlier by Lord Ram, one of the greatest monarchs that ever lived.

This once proud empire and its Suryavanshi rulers face severe perils as its primary river, the revered Saraswati, is slowly drying to extinction. They also face devastating terrorist attacks from the east, the land of the Chandravanshis. To make matters worse, the Chandravanshis appeared to have allied with the Nagas, an ostracized and sinister race of deformed humans with astonishing martial skills.

The only hope for the Suryavanshis is an ancient legend. “When evil reaches epic proportions, when all seems lost, when it appears that your enemies have triumphed, a hero will emerge.”

Is the rough-hewn Tibetan immigrant Shiva, really that hero?

And does he want to be that hero at all?

Drawn suddenly to his destiny, by duty as well as by love, will Shiva lead the Suryavanshi vengeance and destroy evil?

This is the first book in a trilogy on Shiva, the simple man whose karma re-cast him as our Mahadev, the God of Gods.

MY REVIEW :

Wow Factors-

  1. The concept itself is fabulous- ‘ A person turns into a God not by birth but by his deeds’.
  2. The language was lucid and coherent.
  3. The explanation of the incantation,  ‘Har Har Mahadev’ was awe-inspiring.
  4. Indus Valley seals used as section-separators and as a designer element at the start of each chapter was an amazing idea. It worked as a tool to convey the setting of the story that is 1900 BC.
  5. The idea of putting offensive words in Shiva’s dialogues was an amazing technique.  ” I think it ( swearing) shows tremendous character. It shows that you have the strength and passion to speak your mind”  { pg. #296} was a wonderful explanation to this.
  6. Some of the lines that I loved are:

“Your destiny is much larger than these massive mountains. But to make it come true, you will have to cross these very same mountains.” { pg #4}

” The bhav (emotion) is something that you cannot learn. It comes to you if you can create the space in your heart for it. “ {pg #77} 

” I don’t believe that perfection can ever be achieved. It is more of a journey than destination.”        { pg #108}

” The most powerful force in a woman’s life is the need to be appreciated, loved, and cherished for what she is.” { pg #155}

” Sometimes one needs a little bit of faith when faced with a difficult situation.” { pg #198}

” His burden didn’t feel any lighter. But he felt strong enough to carry it.” { pg# 400}

 

Minus Points-

  1. The romance between Sati and Shiva was a stale and a typical Bollywood one. It just turned all the more cheesy and could be employed in some KJo movie.
  2. The dialogues of all the characters came out some what similarly. The schooled and the unlettered spoke in the very same way. This turned out to be a flaw.

 

MY VERDICT-

So this is what I loved and loathed in this book by Amish Tripathi. It turned out to be a good read and a page-turner. The book never made me repent on picking it up due to the magnificent cover, neglecting the line ‘ Don’t judge a book by its cover’! It ended as a cliff-hanger which makes me think that I should read the recent installments, ‘ The Secret of the Nagas’ and ‘ The Oath of the Vayuputras’.

It is an amalgam of mythology, history and epic fantasy and definitely was a kick-start for my recent delight called READING.

 

MY RATING:

Cheerios 😀