Attending social gatherings

Let’s just say, that in today’s world, it is a part and parcel of our lives to be social, keep meeting people off and on, hang out.

It enriches the mind with new thoughts, fresh ideas about the way the world works and how others think, act outwardly. Without actually knowing people around you, it is hard to create an impression of the world outside your house, your four walls, and the place you take refuge in.

There is undoubtedly a lot to learn about others. You cannot just sit and think that nobody matters in your life, and that it is just you…you alone. It is not like that.

The idea is to take an interest, and basically get to know as much as you can before you say goodbye. The final goodbye, that is.

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Inspiration from James Altucher and other writers

I am surprised to find so many articles and information about the art of writing and expression through WordPress.com. I never thought so many persons across the globe would share the same interest as me. Same pursuit. Moreover, they are quite successful in this venture, which gives me a good incentive to try it out for myself…!

I cannot deny for a second that reading a good article, anything articulately described or explained, sharing of an idea or experience makes me instantly happy and perked up. It surely goes to show that I am genuinely fond of reading, writing, words and expressions in their entirety.

Surely then, I think, I cannot let go of the habit of typing things out every so often and just letting out that wave of emotion..

Must read, way more. Must read.

Amen!

‘Silicon Valley’ Masterfully Skewers Tech Culture

I have watched the first season of this show. I found it pretty darn engaging. A very well written and acted out tv program.

Longreads

At The New Yorker, Andrew Marantz takes us behind-the-scenes at the HBO comedy “Silicon Valley,” revealing how its writers and creators are so good at accurately skewering the tech world:

The show’s signature gag, from the first season, was a minute-long montage of startup founders pledging to “make the world a better place through Paxos algorithms for consensus protocols,” or to “make the world a better place through canonical data models to communicate between endpoints.” This scene was set at TechCrunch Disrupt, a real event where founders take turns pitching their ideas, “American Idol”-style, to an auditorium full of investors. Before writing the episode, Judge and Berg spent a weekend at TechCrunch Disrupt, in San Francisco. “That’s the first thing you notice,” Judge said. “It’s capitalism shrouded in the fake hippie rhetoric of ‘We’re making the world a better place,’ because it’s uncool to just say ‘Hey, we’re crushing it…

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Why I stopped watching GoT towards the rear of Season 5

The now immensely popular and widely recognized HBO Tv series “Game of Thrones” has had a huge impact on my thinking and way of perception since the time I had started watching it, which was October of 2013 as I last recall.

As a kid too, I had generally grown up being obsessed and grossly involved with one particular TV series or several at a time even,  being constantly updated with the latest gossip, news or episodes to stay in the know and be among the so-called “cool” lot..(essentially, howdefined coolness).  Towards the closing of my school days, my cousin sisters, along with my aunt and uncle, had come to stay with us for a short duration back when we had an apartment in the city of Noida.  They both had started watching a brand new tv series called “The game of thrones” which they watched late into the night while I used to lie around thinking of falling into a slumber, yet trying to stay alert and keep up with them, because after all I idolize them and had much to learn.

Much later, in the autumn of 2013, I found myself getting immensely bored and having nothing to do during the “Durga Puja” vacations that lasted an entire month. I hardly had company, I couldn’t even get in touch with any of my school friends because they were busy setting up a life elsewhere, so I decided to start watching something engrossing, after which “GoT” popped into my mind as my younger sis Krittika (Tiny) had been insisting that it was amazing and what not.  Little did I know that this program would have a huge impact on my way of looking at things in general.

I don’t know how to explain the connection and intense awe that I feel when I watch the show, be it the characters, the vast vast set up of scenes, the “epic-ness” of it’s feel, it was definitely something unlike what I had ever seen before. Moreover, it kept getting better with each passing episode and more engaging and engrossing than ever..

I started recommending it to every other person I met, some of who had actually started watching it too, like me. They also may form their own opinions, but personally a character that I found myself connecting with, was Arya Stark. Be it her general tomboyish nature, unwillingness to be “lady-like” or immense bravery and courage in the face of danger and threat, i found her awesome in every possible way.

So much so, that a college friend, who has also been watching the show with great interest, gifted me a portrait of the character on my birthday to be framed, which he drew on his own!! I was surprised and delighted at that…

However, if you talk about the progression of the show in general, many rumours had been floating around about what could or was going to happen, but I kept on watching it although so many good characters were butchered, murdered or simply turned evil..

Especially towards the close of season 5 due to pure hurt and disappointment, I just did not watch few of the episodes thinking that there was no good left on the show. This is because Arya was being turned evil by the annoying and pointless Jaqen H’gan while I am of the opinion that good must remain good. They CANNOT turn evil, on principle. She was being “punished” and what not for not serving the Faceless Men but I was unsure of what good was coming of it.

Well, season 6 has not particularly disappointed me so far, barring a few instances here and there, so i’m okay with watching it for the time being..

Triumph

What is victory? Success?

A mere illusion, you try to achieve it

Some for their entire lives, some for little

A small life interspersed with moments of success.

 

Who I am and why I’m here

I am Devangana, an Indian undergraduate student who just completed her bachelor’s degree in Science from a prestigious Indian college, St.Xavier’s, Kolkata.

I am 20 years of age, soon to be 21 and am kind of going through a semi-awkward phase where I’m not sure of what exactly I want to academically pursue and achieve in my field of study. I have been studying Microbiology honours, but am not exactly sure whether I would call myself passionate towards this field of study. I have been a decent student in the past, but honestly, I have been missing a sense of freedom and space to understand myself and analyze my thoughts and express myself in a way that I would have liked otherwise. Somehow the rigorous nature of the course that I have been studying in has taken away from me my personal space of creativity. That is perhaps what I wish to achieve by writing my own blog, re-acquaint myself with my creative, expressive side and stay closely in contact with the written word, because I love words, phrases, expressions and everything to do with it.

Of course I would like to indulge in discussion and intellectual activity to keep myself stimulated. Maybe also learn how to write humour…

Finally, I recently re-discovered the joy I feel on reading a good book, books in general. What would we do without them?

Heart

Above all, to my heart i’m true

It does not tell me what to do

It beats, I live, it beats again..

For what? I wish I knew it knew.

-Vikram Seth.

These are the four concluding lines of a poem called ‘Heart’ that I recently set my eyes upon from the book of poems called “All You Who Sleep Tonight” by the author. I increasingly find myself becoming an ardent fan of his, his writing is lucid yet conveys so much in short verses. I can’t wait to get my hands on “Beastly Tales from Here and There” which will give me a short insight into the humourous aspect of his writing. All in all, Vikram Seth is surely one of those Indians-writing-in-English authors whom I have come to thoroughly savour reading.