On Change and Contentment

They say the first thing someone notices about you is your shoes, so I wear old sneakers with frayed laces and flats with scuffed edges. And when I’m faced with a scorn and a shrug, I know where I don’t want to be anymore. My faith in first impressions is non-existent – I have fallen…

Perfect Girl

I would make a perfect girl (If I were quieter, gentler, mild) I would make a better student (If I were compliant, agreeable, tame) I would make a better daughter (If I were dutiful, malleable, resigned) I would make a generous friend (If I were docile, compliant, yielding) I would make a great colleague (If…

Conversations with a Rishta Aunty

The wedding season has brought with it a drought of rishtas. It’s been three months since the last time you were approached about your daughter and then they had turned instead to the daughter of those rich neighbors you were warned about. Sigh. It’s not that you’re nervous, exactly. No, your daughter is smart, hardworking,…

Bananas & Milk Diet (Day-by-Day Review)

So the claim of this diet is that you can lose three kg in three days if you limit your food intake to three bananas and three glasses of milk for each of the three days. My original reaction? That’s a lot of threes! But getting to the point: I’ve been baking and eating out…

Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownie Pie Recipe

The title sounds like a bit of a mouthful but this dessert is mouthwatering and well worth the wait. It’s also ridiculously easy, although it certainly looks impressive enough to gain the approval of your most tight-lipped critic. I love brownies. I love peanut butter. I love chocolate. And this pie combines the best of…

Must Read Young Adult Novels

It’s been a while since I last blogged and, aside from school, exams and a few other family affairs, one of the main things that kept me occupied was reading. Some great person once said, “I write because I read.” And, for me, that’s pretty much always been true. The featured image is a painting…

Creative Bursts

Have you ever had a sudden urge to do something so big, so amazing and so original that you feel as though you’ll burst if you don’t get it over with? Lately, I’ve been feeling that way a lot. I call them “Creative Bursts” because you feel creative and you’ll burst if you don’t do…

It’s Just Not Sweet

“You’re insecure, don’t know what for…” “If you let me inside of your world, there’ll be one less lonely girl…” “You’ll never treat yourself right, darlin’, but I want you to…” “I know when I compliment her, she won’t believe me…” WHY, OH WHY, DO GIRLS LIKE THESE SONGS? Personally, I don’t dislike the bands…

My Psychoanalysis of the Need to Psychoanalyze

The psychology of humans. So diverse and broad, I can’t even dive into the subject without taking a deep breath first. As an A’level student in my last year, I’m currently taking Psychology, learning all sorts of things from theories by Milgram, Zimbardo, Loftus and, of course, Freud. Just recently we studied the disorders “kleptomania”…

Bits of Me

Crisp autumn leaves, snow that falls early and melts late, a baby’s hiccuping laugh, the smell of old quilts and woollen sweaters, the playful melody strummed on a guitar, rain heavy enough to leave me drenched, endless nights where the darkness thickens outside my car window, cream-coloured walls with soft yellow lights, rainbows in grey…