Birthday fever

What is the creepiest thing that society accepts as a cultural norm? by Dylan MacIntyre



Perhaps, it is good to always be curious and seize. Seize the nuances of a new art form, the precision of an artistically challenged individual and the success mantra of the invincible. Perhaps, if there’s nothing to learn there’s nothing to live for and thereby, nothing to die for.

Coronation of someone as a Jack of all trades has come at the cost of being master of none from times immemorial. Literature dictates how someone holding a sturdy command over myriad arenas falls like nine pins in front of the one who’s immaculate in exactly one thing.

Raising fingers at adages seems cool unless you’re an old school. But bereft of sounding all cool and wayward, let’s derive some logic to counter this one. Putting it across simply, you just CAN’T be a master in one without being a Jack of all trades. Say, you want to hone your skills precisely in cricket. What do you do? Hit a ball all around the park throughout the day? Bowl over to three pale stumps infinitesimally? Definitely not!

You start with athletics. You run and run till you realize that the challenge isn’t to beat anyone else less the little voice in your heart that wants to give up. You boost your stamina this way. Then, you exercise and learn that every push up, squat, lunge and plank are important. Strengthening of core is inevitable. Nutritious diet plan is extremely significant. You toil in the sun, in rain and in storm to push your limits up. Not undermining the fact that you abhor every drop of sweat drenching your body yet you do it all. And ultimately, when you take field after such meticulous efforts, you see the silver lining!

Your throws are now like arrows on the dart board: accurate and quick. Your ball races up with pace too, swinging here and there at will, and the focus and the consistency to hit the deck hard again and again at right areas springs up from under your sleeves like a genie. While batting, your endurance to see the bowlers through under the scorching sun becomes less perturbing and hand-eye coordination notches up as well. And, that’s how winning is done.

You see, for being a Virat Kohli you need not be another Bolt or Tyson. You just need to be a Jack who can run decently and is fairly strong. And this is merely the physical context we’ve covered up by now. High tensile mental strength is a necessary condition to be fulfilled too, if you want to win it big. Soaking up all the pressure like a sponge, battling illnesses at times, overcoming losses of things and people near and dear, humility, benevolence all contribute to your success. One way to achieve this is meditation and from where I can see, probably, the only way.

In addition to this, travelling to different places for various tournaments can be invigorating too if you’re not accustomed to changes and a minimalistic lifestyle. Eventually, a lot of mental, physical and personal training remains an ongoing process throughout the journey.

Conclusively, being a master in one turned out to be a process comprehending sparse parts of an extremely larger universe.



Just like decorating oneself is a privilege, so is embellishing your sweet home. In the daily juggernaut of work and life, one often misses out on pampering their sour walls and clichéd couches.
Summer break has always been rejuvenating for your skin and soul; spare this time a few moments for adorning your bedroom and furniture too?
Juggling between latest fashion gizmos and budget constraints, home decor can be one heck of a job. Here are a few summery cool ideas to jazz up your house a notch higher.

1. Go for green.
Green is the divinity of nature and an epitome of prosperity. It provides one with a refreshing tinge of life to break the monotony and daily repetitiveness. So, color your walls green with a crispy or velvety touch to ensure that the enlivening atmosphere persists not just outside but even within the four walled chamber.

2. Use artwork and paintings.

It isn’t always a good idea to buy that painting from the auction or exhibition, you know. Sometimes just let your creative juices flow on the canvas or derive something artistic from the old casket of bottles! They will seize more eye balls than a commercial piece of art.

3. Use flowers.

Blooming buds or bushy galleries, the charm of flora is one of a kind. Terrace gardens, flower vases or balcony flower pots; the vividness, the fragrance and the exuberance they bring is no clandestine to any man on Earth.

4. Set up a sassy table in your backyard or front lawn.

Those extra hours of sunlight in summers should warm old family bonds by having meals together in the lap of nature.

5. Use party themes.

If you are a live wire and crave for everything eccentric, then why leave your house behind from grooving to your music? Go for flashy lights and lanterns, floor pillows and swanky cutleries, such that next time you put your dancing shoes on… Your house cooperates.

6. Rearrange your furniture and update the old one.

No matter how dear that dressing table is to you, once in a blue moon giving your furniture an ultra-modern touch is a requisite. (see Summer Decor )

7. Use fashionable fabrics.

Ditch that old bed sheet which looks a century old and opt for floral prints and botanical shades this summer. Make it a point to change your curtains, table covers et al every now and then such that your guests always have something new to look up for.

8. Scent up your house with freshness.

Use cucumber, melon and peach flavored scents to always make you feel vibrant and positive.

9. Rush open the back doors and the window panes of your house unlike winters, to bask in the glowing sun and lightening up the interiors of your house as well.

10. Set the mood at your place with graphical napkins and cocktail glasses, and enjoy a drink with your loved ones.

Such arrangements are always pleasing to the eye and novel too!

Apart from these supercool ideas; there must be so much more going through your head, right? Well these were a paltry sum of ideas from the box of overflowing home décor suggestions that are light on your pocket. I hope they spread happiness and goodwill in your sweet homes.



Individual sports have still got it easy, at least in relativity. You can bleed in sweat to reach the pinnacle of success singlehandedly if the perseverance is to the mark.

What robs of my sleep is the knowledge that there can be 2 girls in a cricket team, moving boulders to surmount glory; 4 in a soccer one and 3 in hockey who’re made of the same grit and vigour.

But, to their woes the incompetency will be dodged by the remainder of the team. Thus, quite unwillingly, they perish!

Kudos to the steely hearts who still fight everyday because they believe too much in “one wo-man shows” and “match winners” !!!

You’re worth every dream and hope.


From being the hush of a locomotive engine, it creepily crawls into an uneventful conundrum: “Am I the zenith? The murmur of the chirpy aerial characters? The grandeur of the villas? And the silvery spark of the lakes?”

“Or, the perennially oscillating advanced apes hopping in/out the city? The motion of the chaotic engines? The vividness of shoppers’ paradise?”

“It is an autocrat with plutocratic souls resting in its palaces and forts: all international. It is a peasant housed with herds of guides and travel agents and camel riders: all local”, is how I mull about my sojourn with remarkable difficulty.

Anyway, whoever you’re, whatever you’re, I hope you’re, you just are… Immortally like an always and never like a yesterday. May you always envelope your crisply edged Aravalis in the darkness of the sky as the naughty moon attempts to mar its beauty. May the sun Gods always embellish your scars with intricacy and placidity as the blackness gets dispelled, every single time.

The city of lakes retains its perplexity unlike the iridescent travelers, tourists, backpackers or whatever you summon yourself/others. May its paradigm smoothen all irregularly curved turmoils of your life, your own universe in the compactness of Earth’s infinity.

Decipher my heart

Ishita Nagpal

I never solved the labyrinth of your heart. But, you ruled mine. The stars in my heart spelled your name each night. The flowers in my heart had your fragrance. The rivers whistled your name. Your unvarnished magic charm captured my heart. There was no way that I restrained that organ. Beyond the smell of ardent love, I had a phobia, the phobia of losing you. The day you will leave, I shall not persist. My demons shall not sleep. My nights shall not see the face of light and my poor heart shall turn melancholy blue.
But.. Still..
You left me like summer leaves for the cold and bitter winters. I couldn’t forebear and died inside. All the days I loved you secretly seemed in vain. It felt like a zillion knives into my heart at once. Last thing I know is that no one can decipher my heart…

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