Saturday, 19 November 2016

The Universe of Us by Lang Leav: Book Review

How often do you come across books which touch your soul and change your life? For me books with which you can relate are the best read. Having followed Lang Leav's writing on Facebook for quite some time now, I went ahead and ordered her recently launched poetry- The Universe of Us in order to keep her poetry closer than just screenshots in my phone.
For the one's who have absolutely no clue about the author, Lang Leav's bio section on Facebook will tell you that she's the international best-selling author of Love & Misadventure, Lullabies and Memories. She also happens to be the winner of a Qantas Spirit of Youth Award and coveted Churchill Fellowship. A former artist and fashion designer, The Universe of Us is the fourth book my Lang Leav.

"He and I collided like two predestined stars and in that brief moment I felt what it was like to be immortal."

Launched on 4th October '16, (my blog's birthday date!) The Universe of Us is a poetry collection which talks about the pain one feels when somebody is gone. It talks about love and the power it has, to change a person from who he was to what he's become now. It talks about both being lost and found. Lang talks about self-love and how it can give you inner calm and peace. She talks about loving somebody so deeply that you can't help but feel more and more each day for that person. Or in her words, "tomorrow I will tell you that I love you. And nothing in the world can stop the maddening rush of those three words." But most importantly, this book incorporates emotions which are universally felt. The book doesn't only have pages filled of the emotions felt by a person. But it also talks about hope, solace and epiphany. You can learn, get inspired and feel a lot more better from this book. It has word which you will fall for. Words which will break you. And words which you can only say to yourself.
This book will stick with you forever, making you face the hard reality of life along with hoping for the best.

You can get your copy from- www.amazon.in/Universe-Us-Lang-Leav


-Shweghna.


Monday, 14 November 2016

Street Shopping Guide: Paharganj

Located near the New Delhi Railway Station, Paharganj is a place not known by many. Those who've never gone there think of it as a place which is very very far. (I happened to be one of those people)
Having heard a lot before about Paharganj's accessories, I decided to finally go explore this intriguing place. Now you have to keep in mind a lot of things if you're going to Paharganj for the first time.
For all the people who've never been there, this post is going to really help you guys out.



HOW TO GET THERE-
Avoid taking your car or going in a cab because the roads are not that wide. Metro is your best option as the market is just walking distance from the metro station. On the plus side, every body is very helpful and will guide you in case you're lost.
Nearest metro station: Ramakrishna Ashram Marg
Get down on gate no. 2 and start walking towards the shops. That is the starting point of Paharganj's main market, called the Main Bazaar.


WHEN THERE-
As all the shops are located at short distances from each other, you'll have to walk. Taking a rickshaw or auto is not an option. Paharganj has a huge variety of jewellery, clothes, juttis and Indian handicrafts so it won't be difficult to find the things you want. Oh, and I also spotted many dream catchers of different sizes and colors in every shop!
Once you've decided what you want, bargain for the item at a reasonable price which will suit both you and the shopkeeper. (bargaining is tough in this market so be careful with the price you quote.) For those who are not used to walking a lot, please keep a bottle of water in your bag and carry a chocolate to keep your sugar up. You'll also be able to easily spot eating joints and departmental stores there.
I took Rs.1500 which included Rs. 200 for travelling and rest for buying only earrings.
I came home pretty pleased as I got 15 pair of earrings, one bracelet and one ring for 1300 bucks!







FEW THINGS YOU SHOULD KEEP IN MIND-
1. Only wear flats when planning to go to Paharganj. You have to walk a lot and uncomfortable footwear just won't do. 
2. Carry only change. Your bargaining will be of no use if the shopkeeper sees the amount of money you're carrying. 
3. Your attire should cover your body to a good extend because Paharganj is very crowded and you won't always find good crowd there. (I went to shop in a suit!)
4. Always, always take a friend along because the market is pretty huge and there are chances you might get bored if alone. After all, what's more fun than twinning with your best friend?
5. Carry a big bag. Your things will be safe and secure if you have a big bag to store them in. Thus reducing the chances of theft. 

This market is a must visit for all the fashion lovers and enthusiasts. (Specially for the girls who fell in love with Anushka Sharma's earrings from Ae Dil Hai Mushkil!)

-Shweghna.

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Has Social Media Ruined Everything For Us?

Every morning after my alarm clock greets me, the first thing I do is check the updates on my phone. Every morning I also end up never making it on time to class because of those updates. And I also know as a matter of fact that a huge lot of you do the exact same thing. Those messages which reached my iPhone overnight are not running anywhere or my previous day's Instagram post isn't disappearing in thin air. But it still doesn't stop me from staying in my bed for extra 30 minutes to go back and forth the same social media apps present in my phone. Social media is also the reason why I pull all nighters every now and then. We'v all been in that place where we tell ourselves, "one more minute and then I'm off to sleep."
Don't get me wrong dear readers. It will be hypocritical of me to say that I'm against social media. Social media has helped my blog really grow and reach a larger audience than word of mouth ever could. To be honest, I'd feel brain dead without my phone. But it didn't hit me until the fashion week that social media has truly ruined everything for us. With hardly any time to spare, I somehow managed to watch a great deal of the final day's shows. With 11% battery in my phone (fuck you Apple), I couldn't make much use of my phone so I put it in my bag and decided to retain the shows in my mind. That was the time when I saw how engrossed everybody was in tweeting or instagramming instantly. (I do know the amount of  conflicting arguments this point may raise) Media is after all supposed to inform their audience about the event they're covering. But what about the hard work put in for the setup or the details of the clothes? Did you give the footwear a glance? Did you relate with the muse or the theme of the show?
Social media has distanced people from each other. Just the other day, my best friend was at my place and she spent a good amount of time sending snapchats to her friends in the dog filter. After that ended, her Whatsapp conversations started. Then came the casual Facebook scrolling. She eventually had to put her phone in the bag or I would have smashed it. So social media did ruin the time my best friend and I could spend together. We had a great time after that but the time she wasted on checking the same notifications could be spent in talking for some more time.
My friends know it by heart now that if they're coming to meet me, they have to leave their virtual self who is active on all apps at home.
It's not like I don't use these apps a lot. I'm pretty active myself.
But I've made it a point to not survive by these apps. You should also not.


-Shweghna.