Chapter 29: I tried writing a book

At the age of 12, my mind resembled a jolly playground of spinning fantasies and swinging creativity. As my fantasy world expanded every day, I also began to knit characters and stories around it. Eventually, it became impossible for me to keep all this yarn of tales locked away in my head, and that is how I came to my first attempt of writing a book.

Chapter 25: Happiness is a mindset

Why can things not work out for me for once? You have perhaps asked yourself this question too, one time or another.

Nobody can outrun disappointment, frustration, bad luck, or loss. Yet, we chose how much we let these harbingers of unhappiness affect us, discourage us, and throw us off balance.

Chapter 24: Lessons for life (pt 1)

Being young comes with an admirable recklessness and an emotional intensity that adulthood cannot compare with. But when we are young, we are also blinded by emotion and deaf to reason. I keep browsing through my memories, with my attention especially drawn towards life choices which I now cannot identify with anymore. To ensure that my future self will not repeat these past mistakes, I have created this list of important lessons my younger self has taught me…

Chapter 20: 1300 days of university

Reflecting upon the journey I have travelled on this road called University of Glasgow, a content smile settles on my lips. The last four years as a student seemingly passed in a heartbeat. I remember the naïve, self-centred, insecure, and biased girl from First Year who knew little about herself and others. It makes me happy to see that she has grown into a more considerate, open, and confident person over the past four years. University life been the most wonderful journey of learning new skills, discovering new passions, making new friends, and finding myself…

Chapter 17: Keeping grounded during the Corona madness

The Corona madness has reached Glasgow now too. The problem is that panic is more contagious and harmful than the virus itself. Anxiety, when escalated to panic, is very powerful. The last thing I want is to join the public panic, the mass hysteria. However, it is incredibly hard to remain calm in times like these when a pandemic has taken over.

Chapter 16: Up and down

I thought, I spice things up this week by presenting some poetry of mine. The poem in fact was written during a very emotional time.

“I go through high,
I go through low.
An ever-changing, rolling flow.
Up and down,
steep and shallow,
sometimes hard,
sometimes mellow…”

Continue reading the full poem on the post 🙂

Chapter 15: My new hobby: attending job interviews

Job interviews are quite the nerve-wracking experience. But sooner or later we all must face them. So, I decided to apply for basically any job I come across because of the experience that comes with it. Not only does it help me to improve on my job application game, it also helps me to normalise job interviews, making them a far less dreaded procedure. I hope that some of the experiences I share here may help you with your job interviews in the future.

Chapter 12: Time as our slave driver

Rushing from one event to another, chasing deadline after deadline, I find myself enslaved to time, and I am noticing the side-effects rather pronouncedly. This is the first moment in three days that I am properly calming down, taking time for myself, without the next appointment on my schedule haunting me.

Chapter 11: Facing peer pressure

We have all seen the ugly face of peer pressure before. Peer pressure is so powerful that it can make us ditch our principles, values, and habits, only because we want to belong. Facing it is not easy, but together we can do it!

Chapter 9: The journey is the destination

Recently, this saying has been on my mind a lot. Contemplating about it, I realised that as a child, even as a teenager, I never truly understood what it meant. I had not actively felt it, experienced it, embodied it, and thus, I had not understood it in its full depth.