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    Culture,  Lifestyle,  Personal Notes and Opinions,  Study Life

    Eight Years Of A Disoriented Career Life – Relatable?

    Last week, at therapy, we were discussing why I end up taking multiple final decisions with respect to my career choices every two years. This has started to seem like a futile activity now because I keep circling back to the same field that I’m currently in. The goal of the session was to understand why I constantly choose this field in spite of being internally aware that this is not the best path ahead for me in terms of interest as well as ability to perform beyond expectations. What started as a casual career discussion turned out to be a haunting exploration of my personal insecurities. I’ve partly documented…

  • Culture,  Movies and Media

    You Will Love This Literary Conversation From The Movie ‘The In-Between’ ✨

    Skylar: The movie is a bit of a downer, so… Tessa: It’s a love story S: I mean, not all love stories are downers T: The good ones are — Romeo and Juliet, Anna Karenina, The English Patient S: Mm—hmm T: I think it’s the ending of a relationship, that’s what makes a love story so memorable S: What about Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre? Those both have happy endings T: That’s only because the writer chose to end their love stories prematurely S: Wow, that is a really interesting way of not admitting that you’re wrong You can watch this movie on Netflix– it’s been rated a 5.9 on…

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    Book Lists,  Books

    Peep-Into The BookTok Awards 2023: The Complete List of Nominations

    TikTok is hosting its first ever BookTok Awards this year. The BookTok community refers to the the TikTok members and influencers who majorly work with literary lifestyle and book interests as their niche. There are over 158 billion views on #booktok for all actively interested members who love these tiny videos on books which include but are not limited to book cover introduction, mini book reviews, funny observations on reading-relevant daily instances, book lists (current TBRs, monthly TBRs, favourites in a categorical list) and much more. There’s been a definite edge that readers have witnessed through all three mediums – BookTok (TikTok), Bookstagram (Instagram) as well as BookTube (YouTube). It’s…

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    Culture,  Personal Notes and Opinions

    Healing The Past Or Growing Forward: How to Pick One

    Let’s have a little bit of context first – This Saturday was a disaster. The schedule was horrible and the mess-ups were worse. Over the weekend, the plan was to attend my therapy session and the goal was to feel a little uncluttered in life. Honestly, I was really desperate to find help this particular weekend because lately things have been piling up one after the other. And of course, my self-management skills are not exactly pro-version. However, I ended up with a therapist who wasn’t available and it appears there was a miscommunication. I took the first chance to pounce at some retail therapy and later scrolled through Practo…

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    Culture,  Personal Notes and Opinions

    From Anxious to Excited: All About My First Therapy Session

    Disclaimer, I’m over-excited today because I’m really looking forward to my upcoming session and I’m taking therapy again after One. Whole. Year. This post is all about channeling my energy as well as being nostalgic about the first time I walked in for therapy. I hope this helps you get an understanding of what you can expect as well as encourage you to take the first step if you’re somebody who is contemplating going for profession help. It’s been almost a year since I went for my last session. Over these five years, I’ve been constantly taking sessions and they’re not all with the same mental health professional. However, they…

  • Book reviews,  Books

    Book Review: A Woman Is No Man – Etaf Rum

    Synopsis: PALESTINE, 1990 Seventeen-year-old Isra prefers reading books to entertaining suitors her father has chosen for her. Over the course of a week, the naive and dreamy girl finds herself quickly betrothed and married, and is soon living in Brooklyn. There Isra struggles to adapt to the expectations of her oppressive mother-in-law Fareeda and strange new husband Adam, a pressure that intensifies as she begins to have children – four daughters instead of the sons Fareeda tells Isra she must bear. BROOKLYN, 2008 Eighteen-year-old Deya, Isra’s oldest daughter, must meet with potential husbands at her grandmother Fareeda’s instance, though her only desire is to go to college. But her grandmother…