The Art of Doing Nothing!

It takes a bunch of leave letters, dozens of permissions, and  a couple of projects more than the routine pile to snatch that right to vacation and head straight home. And all this stress to attend a family function or visit that similar spot where all your folks meet every year or to take a trip, spend a fortune, come back tired and dull? Sad! All these vacation plans of yours might be fun at times but trust me it is not a ‘break’. You don’t take a break from your normal routine so that you can go labour at some other stuff which is quite not worth the toil that you intake round-the-year. You take a break that serves as nothing but a BREAK. Or, call it doing nothing which by the way is hell lot contradictory to its meaning.

Have you ever come across a man walking by the beach eating his farm-fresh carrot or just lying on the grass under the sky? He does nothing and that nothingness is ditching the clock and doing what he feels like doing and not escaping or postponing what needs to be done.

This ‘doing nothing’ break is sure not difficult but absolutely more interesting than it sounds. It is not one of those days when you get an unexpected off and you rot in front of TV like a couch potato. It is one such break where you ignore all the chores that need your attention deliberately with not a dot of guilt to stain your hiatus. It is about ruining your routine with pleasure. It is like treating your place as a farm-house. Waking up at odd hours, taking long showers, living all the while in your PJs, moving in that worn out yet comfy slip-on, having cookies for lunch and cornflakes for supper, forgetting the day and the date or even the month if you can, answering the door-bell only if you feel like getting up, experimenting a recipe from Google if you want to play a chef, painting the pots even if you suck at it, going out for a midnight walk without deciding on route and duration, falling asleep with a popcorn tub on your lap and book on your face, watching sitcoms all day long and trying to balance the number of seasons with the ice-cream tubs; like not caring enough about what next. It has to be a break from your regular activities. It is a clubbed set of many little things that you do back-to-back subtly that when asked “what are you doing” you would smile and say “nothing”!

 

-Moulika Y Danak

Chubby cheeks?!

​Chubby cheeks

‘Must be office-fix’;

Dimpled-chin:

‘That’s her win!’

Eyes are big;

‘Must work to trick!’

Curly hair?

‘Get them straight!’

Very fair?

‘Then, hell with her flair!’

Rosy lips, teeth within?

‘Can be called for mortal sin!’

Shallow retards, aren’t we?

‘YES, YES, YES!!’

-Moulika  Danak

On Your turning 21!

 

With all the perks of crossing two decades and officially entering the adult world, ‘21’ is a gung-ho age! Yet, those who turn 21 do not necessarily feel the same way on their D-day. Some of them actually feel like only yesterday they were in  cradle with a booger in their nosey and suddenly when they woke up today, BAM…21! They say these are the longest years of one’s life; sure, life is a devil racer!

SO, as today my bff turns 21 and I being 2 months senior to her in that matter, here I write her and all you lovely readers 7 of the many things that age ‘21’ brings with it!

(Yep, just two months into it and I have already gathered a few lessons: P)

So yeah,

Here’s to your turning 21, Kiddo!

 

  1. ‘21’ welcomes you. With a tiara. that reads “ADULT”.

Gone are the days when you can get away with,”Hey! Come on, I am just twenty!” The teen-feels that extend till 20 ruthlessly leave you as soon as ‘21’ embraces you!

  1. We grow up and that is conspicuous in our choices and decisions. Suddenly, News and movie-reviews interest us. Also, concerts and Stand-up acts become our thing!
  2. You start investing in experiences rather than materials. Unless, of course, Gucci announces Big Fat Flat Sale! 😀
  3. You come to accept yourself the way you are without seeking approval over not seeking approval! You become unapologetically you and that is probably the best thing about turning 21. Eventually, your ‘me-time’ becomes a priority, not just a choice!
  4. I am not really sure how beneficial is this change but it happens so that you at least begin to take relationships seriously!
  5. Also, you stop fighting against the inevitable, and accept your mistakes, draw-backs and regrets with grace; or at least you begin in that direction. Comparisons and expectations don’t pop-up so frequently!
  6. This is probably the last hyped-birthday ‘because now on birthdays will look more like some big digits photo-bombing the parties and celebrations defocused in the background! Now on, each number might look like a barometer of how much you have achieved and how much more you have got to! Sadly enough,’ eenie-meenie-weenie’ won’t make random decisions for you. It will feel like you have been left alone in an island, of which, you’ve only heard and read but to which never been before. And that is pretty much exactly what 21 is and extends to be. So, to be precise, Happy- Self Discovery!

 

P.S. – Happy Birthday. Have a scintillating year ahead! Stay awesome, stay you. 🙂

May we troll more and pull even more pranks than we do! 3:)

Lots of love!! ❤

 

P.P.S. – 21 or 71, I am going to be there for you. Always, all the way!

Oh, Silly You!

Of all the people I know,

Your nothingness is more meaningful to me than their substantiality,

Your silence way cosy than my conversations with them,

Your absence more prominent compared to their presence,

Your flaws far beautiful than their perfections!

Yet you wonder if I love you?!

-Moulika Danak

Him!

I found him looking at me,
With wide eyes glowing more than his yellow baggy tee,
He looked away but not for long!

Our eyes met again,
He gazed,
I looked away
To let him have his way!

We caught our eyes again and this time,
This time he walked towards me,
The rhythm of his feet tuning to my heartbeat,
With a half hidden smile I breathe a little deeper!
He had sealed my time
The dewdrops were pearls,
Flowers eternal,
All sound was music,
All in-between the essential nothings!

“This!”my soul cried!
Oh yes, It was a beautiful tide!
And so, eyes denied looking away,
‘Coz soul knew I had found my bae!

7 Reasons Why You Should Devour “Wuthering Heights”!

Reading fictions is sort of virtual travelling. It takes you places- in different country, weird city, scary house, unknown planet; where you come across  all kinds of people- laconic, garrulous, cunning, gullible, optimist, pessimist, vindictive, kind, biased, disinterested…all those people that you’ve met and all those that you haven’t. There is a myriad of fictions written in this world but only few make sure that their work becomes the reader’s journey. Rest just type and sell.
So here, let me give you some reasons as to why you should grab and glue to one of the most intriguing fictions- “Wuthering Heights “(by Emily Bronte)

1) Brevity.

It is like a perfect cuppa.  A little sugar, distinctively dark and brewed in time. Just as you like it. Nothing more. Nothing less. The choice of words, imagery, style of narration- each of the part feels just correct. We may find deep interpretation in a simply uttered sentence. Bronte sure knew how to say more with few words.

2) Classic.

It is a 167 years old book, yet it has a fresh essence. The subject is so realistic that no generation would feel it unusual. The root and nature of human emotions and sentiments never lose its substance. Even the contemporary readers can identify and relate to the feelings of the characters. All those who have read the book are amazed at the layers and the intensity that it carries.

3) Multi-faceted.

Wuthering Heights is difficult to categorise. On surface, it is just a love story. But figuratively it is so much more. It has symbolic interpretations. It talks about the importance of class and status and to what extent people took it seriously- making it a social novel too. Also, one can notice how each character displays attributes of psychological impressions. Plus, it also falls in the ‘gothic genre’. Multiple issues are raised in one story. Themes like class, social mores, cruelty, child abuse, yearning, domestic violence, deception, reconciliation, eternal love etc. are so articulately described that you feel you are living through them in that dark ghostly setting.

4) Narrative Technique

With a distinct narration it builds a story within a story. Basically it is an omniscient third person narrative but the interaction between Mr. Lockwood and Nelly Dean begins the main story. And this makes it ‘The Interviewer’ technique. It doesn’t simply show us the characters; instead, it exposes us to them by telling minutely the traits and details which leads us to the study of the weakness of human nature. The questions that Lockwood asks Nelly, unveils us to a clandestine world enchanting the readers and making them incurably curious.

   5) The Anti-Hero Lead

Bronte has created human flesh and not just characters. Among them all, Heathcliff is one who leaves a strong impact on the reader’s mind for long. He evokes all sort of emotions in the reader. He has a typical enchanting aura. His emotional complexity is captivating. You can hate him one moment and sympathise with him, the next. He has some heroic traits like his undying love for Catherine, his desire to prove his worth and to rise in society and to be a living answer to Hindley’s abusive and neglected treatment to him. He is also courageous to an extent but all his good qualities are overshadowed by the darkness that he carries with himself. He is full of vengeance. He is willing to destroy anyone for his own good. He knows neither mercy nor compunction. He is blood thirsty for revenge. All this apart, looking at his child-hood and the betrayal that he recieved in love, we understand what led him to becoming so evil.  He is hopelessly in love with Catherine yet nothing stops him from putting her in miseries. He is powerful but emptiness has eaten him up. He yearns for Catherine. He is every bit of an unruly beast. He is swarthy, brooding and obsessive but all of it is a product of terrible sadness that he feels beneath. 
     
        6)  Quotes.

Wuthering heights has some real touchy, fascinating and impactful quotes. Here, I have listed some of them for you-

•”My love for Linton is like the foliage in the woods: time will change it, I’m well aware, as winter changes the trees. My love for Heathcliff resembles the eternal rocks beneath: a source of little visible delight, but necessary. Nelly, I am Heathcliff! He’s always, always in my mind: not as a pleasure, anymore than I am always a pleasure to myself, but as my own being.”

•”Treachery and violence are spears pointed at both the ends; they wound those who resort to them worse than their enemies.”

•”The entire world is a collection of memoranda that she did exist, and that I have lost her.”

•”He might as well plant an oak in a flowerpot and expect it to thrive, as imagine he can restore her to vigour in the soil of his shallow cares!”

•”He is more myself than I am.”

7) In a nutshell you should read it because it is not an ordinary predictable romantic saga. It is a story taking you to moors to witness and experience a pathological love affair having gothic essence, rich dialogues (and monologues) and a consuming plot. Also, after reading it, you’ll have reasons to go back to this book once in a while. And before you begin, make sure you keep a tissue-box by your side.

Go dive in the wild!