Tuesday, October 27, 2015

This is Not Enough

He sits with a singular meal
broken and in tears
Calls for his mum and dad
for they are his only dears

With barely a single cloth
he faces the harsh winter
keeps himself warm with the fire he built
with those soft, tiny little hands

Hands that long to open the books
he sells sitting on the street
hoping he could decipher 
what that ink on paper means

He walks with a blurry vision
no hand to guide him through
for his sight can become better 
if those clear lenses reach him somehow

He sleeps on the concrete floor
and loses himself in a dream world
of the royals and the riches 
he never can be.

The father works away his life 
to support his children and wife
only thinks about the food on their plates
knowing, that this is not enough

Srish. xx

Friday, June 12, 2015

Maybe Someday | Book Review

“Sometimes in life, we need a few bad days in order to keep the good ones in perspective.”
Hey Guys!
I spent the majority of my yesterday, engrossed in a novel called 'Maybe Someday'. It is a novel written by one of my recent favourite authors, Colleen Hoover.
Novel : Maybe Someday
Author : Colleen Hoover
Genre : Romance/Contemporary Romance
My Star Rating : Star Rating (4/5)
Here is a link for Goodreads, that gives a better synopsis than I ever could (considering the fact that I may just reveal all the interesting details, if given the opportunity).
Personally, after reading Slammed and Point of Retreat I became a fan of Colleen Hoover's writing. Her writing style is easy, cheerful, it is usually in alternating perspectives but uses first person speech, and she uses her gift of poetry really well.
You go through the emotions that characters are going through. You smile, laugh and cry with them. I found myself in tears and laughing in hysterics at some points. There was light humour which was relaxing and relate-able. It never became way too intense that I had to put it down, and it never became open ended. It is continuous and has no breaks in the writing, and it is a fast paced novel. There is something happening every moment.
I definitely did not want to put down the novel even for a second. The characters that Colleen Hoover painted were extremely realistic and relate-able. The protagonists, Sydney and Ridge fell into place perfectly. They were shown to be like real humans with realistic flaws and imperfections, and with realistic perfections as well (considering a fictional world).
The novel did remind me of Thoughtless by S.C Stephens in a way, despite the story-line being completely different. I could feel that the underlying theme, the undercurrent of the story was quiet similar.
All in all, I loved the novel and I can't wait to read Maybe Not (Maybe #1.5) which features Warren, a secondary character from Maybe Someday who was possibly my favourite character (after Ridge) in the first book.
I hope you like it too!
Keep on reading.
Srish. xx

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Aladdin | Movie Review

Be a prince, princess, king, queen, but most importantly Be You.
Hey everyone! I will be reviewing one of the most beautiful movies ever made, Aladdin. Disney has been great in sharing with us folk tales and stories from centuries past, and all of them have a special message to convey.
Aladdin is a story about a young boy, a ‘street rat’ who survives on petty thievery to fill his stomach. He along with his friend Abu, live like nomads, always on the move. But his nature is beautiful. He is caring, loving, charming and his looks are to die for! Then there is princess Jasmine, beautiful, sweet and a strong minded woman. Her father, the Sultan wants to marry her off but according to the scriptures, she needs to be married to a prince.
A parallel story is of Jafar, the advisor to the palace. He is crude and manipulative. He wishes to seek a magic lamp, but for that he needs Aladdin. However, when Aladdin gets the possession of the magic lamp, he meets Genie. Genie is there to grant Aladdin his wishes. And Aladdin wishes to be a prince, so he can happily marry his true love, Princess Jasmine.
And I am sure, by now you know how the story goes. I am here to share with you a few things that I learnt from this movie/story.
tumblr_m104anjWhw1rogs7xo1_500The Genie is a representation of the Universe. The whole Universe is your wish granting factory, all you have to do is ask for that wish, and believe that it will happen. You also learn that on achieving what you ask for, it is important to appreciate it, to work for it, to know that it can only truly be yours by hard work.

The second most important thing is that this society has made up a hierarchy. Love is a very delicate feeling, an emotion, and for that our society has bars. There is a social hierarchy and you can only fall in love with someone based on their lifestyle and prosperity. It is important to see the richness of the heart. The richest may not be the strongest of heart.
You will face many obstacles in life, but to face them head on and to have strength will help conquer the toughest of situations. :)
A lesson that we are taught right from the start: Sharing is caring. All of us learn to share, in school, we share lunch, as we grow older, we share notes or clothes and so on. However, this simple lesson is very easy to slip, and there is a subtle yet beautiful reminder in the movie.
tumblr_inline_mw7r03niYj1ro20drThe seemingly normal lamp had a treasure so big that one can’t even fathom. The Genie in the lamp signifies that it is not what is outside, but what is inside that counts. So, never judge a book by its cover.

And also, at the end of them, truth is always the best solution. You will keep piling on lies one over the other, and it will get you nowhere. However, the truth has to come out in the end anyways, so why worry, just tell the truth, whatever has to happen, will happen.
Also, while you're here, why don't you revisit your childhood and listen to the most beautiful song ever? Here's a link:

CheersSrish. xx

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Weighed Down Childhood

Hey Guys!

I am back with a new poem. I hope this opens our eyes about poverty and misfortune. I hope that we can do something for the underprivileged of this world.

Rags, clothes and dirty dishes
a tiny heart, waiting for just three wishes.
Sand, pebbles and sticks are his best friends,
unaware of the modern world's trends.

His tiny dirty hands
unclaimed by watches and wrist bands
broken toys, headless dolls
drowned in a mother's unheard calls.

Carrying bags of weight around
sweating, playing and sleeping on the same ground.
Bent, malnutrition-ed, burned and lost,
paying his childhood's cost.

Walking barefoot on this heated earth,
food and water, a capital dearth.
Slaves of their own birth,
lost calls and unsaid worth.

See you soon
Srish. xx

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The Fault In Our Stars : Movie Review

Hey Guys!

I got a beautiful opportunity to watch the movie, ‘The Fault In Our Stars’ today. The movie is based upon the bestselling novel by the same name written by John Green. It was a pleasure watching that movie, and I definitely recommend it to all of you out there.

The story revolves around two characters and their families and their love story – Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters. They are star crossed lovers, but unlike other romance novels, they both suffer from various forms of cancer. It is a sad story, yet a believable one. It is a sad story, yet it is beautiful. It is a heartbreaking love story, yet it is magical.

The movie takes you through a rollercoaster of emotions. A little bit of dry humour also makes the movie very heart warming. If there is one thing I learnt from the movie, it is the value of living in the present. There is a quote in the movie (and the book), that says, “There's no way of knowing that your last good day is Your Last Good Day. At the time, it is just another good day.” I feel that this quote applies to us all. We spend so long not living our lives to the fullest, being sad, depressed, annoyed or angry. Life is much more. It is only upto us, to make all our days ‘Good Days’.

There is a lot more this beautiful work of fiction teaches us. Another one of my favourite quotes is, “If you want a rainbow you have to deal with the rain”. If we want success, we need to work hard, if we want love, we need to love more, if we want to find gold, we have to deal with digging for it! It is something that we all neglect. We end up just running in our lives, thinking that we can find that rainbow but we forget to let it rain.

This is definitely a must watch movie, and if I could, I would give it a million stars. The fault is not in our stars, but in our own mindset. Let’s move beyond, let’s move forward. The fault is nowehere. This movie showed me that life is everything, yet it is nothing.

So, thank you John Green for writing this amazing book. No matter how much I appreciate it, it would be less. I thank you, Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort for making these characters come alive. Thank you for blessing the world with a beautiful love story and an even beautiful message.

Definitely guys, go and watch this movie!!!!

P.s: I advise you to carry a box of tissues :’)

See you next time
Srish. xx

Monday, June 16, 2014


Given the board exams,

our brains, the human RAMs.
Finally the results are out
it’s time to scream and shout
with joy and laughter
the school is over, the close of a chapter.

Now we plan for university

career plans have a diversity.

The admission process is not so easy
entrance exams, not so breezy.
Competition overloaded
young minds hard at work.

But Alas! You did not do that right

A negative mark and the goal drifts from your sight.
Parents are worried, children are sad;
“What is going to happen to our young lad?”.

Soon these children will move away

To a city afar, a different day.
They are self built with care and love.
I can assure you now,
these gems will change the world! 

I hope you liked this short self composed poem! 
See you next time

P.s: Special Announcement!!!! This is the 50th post on my blog. I have finally made half a century (if this was cricket, it may have been a big deal). I genuinely thank all the readers for encouraging me to keep writing! :D

Monday, March 31, 2014

Captivating Canada, Bewitching Belgium and N'ticing Netherlands

A few month back, I got an opportunity to go to Canada with my mom. It was an amazing tour where I got to learn about the different culture and lifestyle.

We landed in Montréal, Canada in the evening and made our way to the hotel - Château Versailles. The feeling of clean roads and such less traffic was very difficult to absorb in at first. That day we just walked down the streets of Montréal and discovered the shops and of course ; where to get our food from!

The next day, we went on a full day tour of Québec city. They are French speaking area, and so, I even got to try out my French speaking skills there! Québec city still had some melting snow and my most fav

orite part of the trip was Montmorency Falls. Running white along snow capped areas, it was a marvellous view.

On the third day, I went to the conference on domestic workers with my mom at McGill University. It was nice because I got a lot to learn via the conference. Professor Adelle Blackett, under whose guidance the event took place, was very friendly, kind and supported my coming there. I did get to learn how the conditions of the domestic workers are around the globe and how people are trying to improve it.

The next day was fun with a with a three hour trip of Montréal city in the morning. During this trip, my most favourite view was of the Olympic Stadium that I captured easily in my camera! Later in the afternoon we enjoyed going around the city taking long walks. That evening, we made our way ta a restaurant for a pizza and for the first time I actually saw teenagers on the streets!

A prominent difference is the number of poor people. Since Canada is a developed country, the amount of people below poverty line is very less, but, India being a developing country country, has a large amount of its population below the poverty line.

When I went to the café, there was one thing I was shocked to see. The Lays chips that we get in India for Rs 20 were for 2 dollars, which when converted to the Indian currency was suddenly quite expensive.

By the next day, we had sat in the bus that took us through the lovely towns of Canada, into Scarborough, Ontario. There was a sudden change in culture from French to Indian. As you know, Toronto is also called the second home of Indians and Scarborough is nothing but an outskirt.

At Scarborough, I enjoyed my first few days at the ashram. Shatrupa Baiji was very kind, helpful, funny with an endearing personality. I still remember the mouth watery pizza I ate there! I also got to make many friends along the way. My closest friends were Hina, Richa and Nidhi. All were very accepting.

The funny incident that happened once was :- we were waiting for a bus on the station. Soon the bus came and we went inside. We discovered shocking scene. All the passengers in the bus were Indian and the driver was Canadian!

We went to visit Toronto the next day. C.N Tower was the most breathtaking views of my trip. At a height of 553.3 meters it was just amazing! We reached the topmost story from a high speed lift and saw the whole city beneath us while standing on the glass floor. We even took a harbor ride from which we could see a wonderful view of the C N Tower and Toronto Stadium.

Moving our journey forward, we went to the most famous Canadian attraction - The Niagara Falls. On our way, we had a stop at the wine yard, where my adult bus mates got an opportunity to taste the Canadian special Ice Wine. Oh, and I got a tingy grape juice.

We also aw the whirlpool made by the Niagara River during the ride. Niagara Falls were a stunning view. One could see three rainbows together! From Canada, we even saw the Niagara Falls from New York. For the New Yorkers', there was a raised platform like structure made to view these astounding Falls.

We enjoyed a trip of Behind The Falls and missed The Maid of The Mist ride by just a day. Then we made our way to the restaurant with a grumbling stomach. I got to go to Wendy's which was really yummy! We even went to Louis Tussuad which was a parody or copy of Madam Tussuad.

Before going ahead with my journey let me tell you one of my favorite places places. Favorite scenic places are a lot but something other than beauty is food. I loved Timmy Horton's! I rally wish it opens in India.

I also stayed in Brampton for two days. There, I got to sty with my relatives. They were friendly and very welcoming. They took us out for a scrumptious dinner at Chopstix where I got my very first fortune cookie! The Mehta family made our stay very homey and comfortable.

Another fun part was going to the Eaton Centre in Toronto - The biggest mall in Canada. But, let me tell you, it wasn't as big s Ambiance Mall in Gurgaon, India.

Step by step, we were moving towards the end of our journey. But don't worry, we still have five days left!

The next station of our flight was The Netherlands. It was an outstanding place. Landing in Amsterdam, moving to Hoofddorp and then enjoying the tour of the countryside was stupendous. The charm of Netherlands was the tulips that grew about everywhere along with their shoes!

In Amsterdam, a pleasing welcome was given to us from my grandfather's friend and himself lawyer, Jasbeer uncle. He made our stay exciting by taking us on a very enjoyable journey of Holland. He along with his wife and kids made us enjoy every moment of our stay.

We also visited the fishermen's village in Holland which was spell bounding. I got a taste of the true city there. Hoofddorp, where we stayed was an incredible place. Separated by small streams, it had a charming view ; something that a person fantasies in fairy tales.

On the tour of the Amsterdam city, we got to visit Madam Tussuad and got to click pictures along with many leaders, actors and sportsmen. We did the famous ship ride and saw the spectacular view of the seven canals.

Our next stop was Belgium. We sat in a bullet train and entered the beautiful country. A bus ride showed us the phenomenal viw of the parliament as well. Stopping at the Atomium - The atomic structure made of nine atoms we saw the spectacle of beauty shimmer. On the inside, it had steep escalators making us reach to the various floors with their exhibitions.

On coming out of the Atomium, we went to look at Mini Europe, made in Brussels, Belgium. Miniature models of all important places stood there. Most favorite of them were the Eiffel Tower and the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

Here was the end of my educational and fun tour. Yup, I almost forgot...I got loads of Belgian chocolates as well!

On my next tour, I wish to see all the beautiful places in the world. And, because everything and everyone is beautiful, I want to see each and every part of this amazing and beautiful paradise!