I’ve had a lot going on. So we’ll catch up on that, first.
My summer vacations ended on 14th July. During my holidays, I went to a few places in South India! It was super fun. Then I got a library membership on 27th June. So, so happy with that. And school started all too quickly…
But I read a lot of books during my holidays! Here are the reviews of some:
1. Faces in the Water: A book on female infanticide in India. Ranjit Lal wrote on a highly repressed topic of Indian society with great sensitivity. Definitely worth a read. ⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑/⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑
2. Karna’s Wife: This book is told from the point of view of the Mahabharata (an epic from Hindu mythology) character’s Karna’s wife, Uruvi. To be honest, I never thought I would read such a book. The author, Kavita Kané, executed the idea perfectly. ⭑⭑⭑⭑⭒/⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑
3. One of Us is Lying: If I had to sum up the book in one adjective, it would be: mind-blowing. The characters are cliché, but the unusual thing is that Karen McManus did is openly acknowledge it. And made it a bit more unique for me. And the ending left my jaw hanging. If you haven’t read it, you definitely should. ⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑/⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑
4. The Bone Sparrow: This book tackled a topic I’ve never read about: the lives of refugees in camps. The special thing: It was told from the perspective of a nine-year-old child named Subhi. Zara Fraillon gracefully fuses the two different lives of Jimmy and Subhi into one beautiful and crazy adventure. ⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑/⭑⭑⭑⭑⭑
5. The Hunger Games: OH. MY. GODS. I AM ABSOLUTELY MINDBLOWN. This book beautifully describes every single place Katniss is in, what she’s wearing and what she observes. And the storyline, oh my gods. I got absolutely addicted to this book. So much that I stayed up till 1:45 a.m. finishing it. That might not seem much to you, but it is a lot for me. 😀
Since my birthday was yesterday I got a ton of books:
Today I have had the privilege to interview a wonderful painter and art enthusiast Harleen Chhibbar!
Art is a creative work of expressing oneself. Harleen developed her interest in art when she was 7 years old. She’s 14 and has been taking art classes for 6 years now. After a few moments of meet-and-greet, I asked her a few questions which she answered and I wanted to share them with you guys.
My first (obvious) question- Why do you like painting?
Harleen smiled- “Painting relaxes my mind and boosts my creative thinking, I am fond of it as it nurtures my imagination”
I agree with that on her. Painting has always helped our minds to calm and relax. It most definitely boosts our creative thinking!
My next question for her is- How much time can a painting take to be completed?
Harleen responded- “It all depends on the painting, actually. Most of my paintings take 1-2 months to complete but some can take up to 3-4 months even and some finish within a week!”
After a short juice break, we move onward and I asked her the 3rd question- What paint type do you prefer in your paintings and why?
Harleen answered- “I have always used either acrylics or waterolors, Each paint has its own advantage. Acrylics dry fast, have clarity and transparency, and can give watercolor and oil color effects. Watercolors are light and give a beautiful pastel impression.”
My next question was related to the previous one- Mostly what type of things do you paint?
She revealed- “I have always painted nature sceneries. I am not much into humans. I love nature and really enjoy capturing it on my canvas”.
I once again agreed with her. Nature indeed is a beautiful thing itself!
The final question was very important indeed- What would you like to say to the people who are reading your interview?
Harleen paused for a few seconds and replied- “I would thank them for taking their time to read my interview, Life Is like a blank canvas and it is our job to fill it with paint and make it colorful in our very own way, so I implore to take up a hobby and pursue it. Take out time for yourself and do what you like the most.”
And with that, we ended our interview. We enjoyed talking to each other and I most certainly loved listening to her answers!
From perspectives of fairy tale characters to haikus, it’s been one hell of a journey.
My current stats are:
60 posts (61 if you count this) · 210+ likes · 82 followers (including email followers)
It just seems yesterday that Kaashvi texted me on Google Chat on 26th May last year, that
But anyway, I accepted. Kaashvi uploaded my first ever post, Goldilocks and the Three Bears. And the next day, The Three Little Pigs. And then I got an idea: a perspective from a supposedly negative character. And that’s how Draco’s Diary was born. I, however, abandoned the project because of the increase in schoolwork. Then I dabbled in a little bit of art.
And then, I READ LITTLE WOMEN!!!!! And I created a story, The March Sisters. It’s my favourite story till now.
And then, well you guys know what I’ve been posting. Haikus, Books Worth Reading, a book review, interviews with fictional characters (Voldemort’s remains a favourite 😂), Harry Potter and Percy Jackson stuff, among other things.
It’s been an incredible journey, and I wish it will go on forever! 🙂
(WAIT, that sounds like I’m going away, but I am not. I repeat, I am NOT.)
My first wrap-up! I cannot believe March went so fast!
I did, let’s see, 5 posts this month. *shuffles guiltily* However, I’m very proud of my haikus! My post, Some stuff I wrote has the highest amount of likes I’ve ever gotten. Thanks everybody! I feel really appreciated! : )
I do not have much to look forward to in April. Cross that out. Anything at all. So let’s get on with Books I Read in this month.
I devoured read five books during this month, and I’m currently reading Magnus Chase and The Sword of Summer and Percy Jackson and The Greek Heroes. They were:
1. Heroes of Olympus and The Lost Hero 2. Heroes of Olympus and The Son of Neptune 3. Heroes of Olympus and The Mark of Athena 4. Heroes of Olympus and The House of Hades (the first book during which I sobbed cried.) 5. Heroes of Olympus and The Blood of Olympus
Lots of variety, right?
A review may or may not be possible because of my highly packed day, I barely find time for myself.
Admittedly, I do not listen to a lot of songs. *cue you all asking me how because nearly everyone I know nowadays is addicted to songs and I’m not even exaggerating* I dunno, I’m not obsessed with artists or songs. I never was. I think. Anyway, the top 5 songs I listened to are: