Get to Know Me Tag

I saw this tag at Rae’s blog and I decided to do it but I never got around posting this. So here it is.

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Vital Stats

  • Name: Vrushali
  • Birthday: 21st July
  • Star Sign: Cancer
  • Occupation: Student

Appearance

  • Hair color: dark brown/ black
  • Hair length: just a little past my shoulders
  • Eye color: brown
  • Best feature: eyes/hair
  • Piercings: Two in each ear
  • Tattoos: I want something but I haven’t decided what

 

Firsts

  • Best Friend: There was this girl who was my best friend in 3rd But then I shifted and we lost contact. I still remember her though.
  • Award: I got 99.75% in 1st It’s true! Somehow in India, it’s possible.
  • Sport: Soccer
  • Real Holiday: summer vacations
  • Concert: I haven’t gone to any concert. I went to programs by some singers but they were not really concerts

Favorites

  • Film: Made of Honor, Titanic, all the Marvel movies
  • TV Show: One Tree Hill, House
  • Color: RED!!
  • Song: currently… Pillowtalk by Zayn
  • Restaurant: US Pizza, Pizza Hut, Domios Pizza.. you see a trend?!
  • Shop: Crossword
  • Book: Shantaram, Pride and Prejudice, Midnight

Currently

  • Feeling: Happy
  • Single/Taken: Single
  • Eating: Just finished a pizza!!
  • Thinking About: What should I do next?
  • Watching: unnecessary TV
  • Wearing: Capree and a t-shirt

Future

  • Want children: I don’t know
  • Want to be married: Maybe
  • Careers in Mind: Chartered Accountant and a blogger and an author
  • Where you want to live: I haven’t thought about it but someplace good

Do You Believe in…

  • God: Yes
  • Miracles: Yeah I believe sometimes they do happen
  • Love at First Sight: I think it is more of attraction at first sight
  • Ghosts: yes, I need to see them before I really, really believe them
  • Aliens: I do but I want to see them too!
  • Soul Mates: maybe not
  • Heaven: Yes
  • Hell: I do believe
  • Kissing on the First Date: Depend on the person
  • Yourself: yes! What does this mean? I do believe in myself!

 

See ya!

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True Story of an ex-DUFF


*This is an unedited version I wrote a year ago but couldn’t put myself to publish. Here it is anyway because I shouldn’t be embarrassed of who I was, or who I am. No one should. And neither should you.*


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If you have ever seen the movie “The Duff” you’ll know what it means. But if you haven’t, it is simply an abbreviation for ‘Designated Ugly Fat Friend’. They are the kind of friend that almost every group has; the kind of friend who is the ‘approachable’ one. He/she is the friendliest of all the people in the group among the rest of style divas or rock stars. If you look around you’ll see a DUFF in every group. They may not be ugly or fat but the essence of this is that they are the people who are in front of their friends and guard them from all sorts of people out there.

I was a DUFF and this is my story.

This is about 4 years ago. I had a best friend. She was beautiful, intelligent and kind to me. We met in 8th standard and we were inseparable since. We went everywhere together. We ate our food in the recess together, played games together and talked to each other almost every day. She was the best ‘best friend’ I ever got.

At that time I was more of a shy girl and I didn’t know how to talk to boys and what to talk about. It was then that my best friend came to rescue me. She used to talk flawlessly to them and I decided to learn by observing her. But unfortunately my social skills didn’t permit me to even open my mouth in front of them.

Then came a time when most of the boys came to talk to me. They’d ask random question about my best friend and I’d happily answer thinking I was improving my talking skills. It was practice.

Everything went smoothly until my best friend ended up in a different class than mine because of the subjects she chose. We talked for about a few months but we both knew we were slowly getting apart due to studies and lack of time: she went to study in an academic institute after school so that left us with no good time together. This growing apart costed us and we both lost touch even though we were still in the same school.

Then she got new friends and I got too but I never forgot her. But I guess she did. During my last few months at school she would often pass by and won’t even notice me.

We are no more best friends. I still feel bad for our friendship and her.

It was not until I saw the movie few months ago that I came to know what happened with me 4 years ago. I was the DUFF. There are many things that are mentioned in the movie and I don’t want to spoil you so I’ll just tell you the basic things.

The DUFF is the one that more friendly. That was me. The DUFF is also the one who’s more approachable: for their friends. I was that too. Boys came to me to ask about my best friend. The DUFF is often caught either talking to their friends or talking about their friends to other people. That as me too.

And as I saw the movie I realized I was a DUFF (I’m no longer one). To tell you the truth being a DUFF is nothing to be ashamed of. It sure feels like an atomic bomb when people point that out in your high school but it is not bad after all. Actually it’s nothing but a silly abbreviation created to make people feel bad.

Here’s what I think.

A DUFF is a normal person like you and me. A DUFF is only labeled that because of the fact that they hang out with people who are not like them. Like in the movie Bianca, the main lead, has two beautiful best friends and she feels judged when she is with them. She feels that everyone will judge her by comparing her with her best friends. The thing she feared was the people’s thinking about the outer breauty. Sure Bianca was beautiful from inside but are there people who still believe that people are actually beautiful from inside. After hearing that she’s actually a DUFF she breaks her friendship off with her two best friends.

At the end of the movie she comes to know that they were actually her best friends. She felt bad because of the fact that she was the one when guys came to, to talk about her best friends. But then she understood she’s no DUFF, she’s herself. And she’s proud to be someone who’s different from others.

If you’re reading this and you think you’re a DUFF, cheer up. It’s no bad thing. It’s something which will help you to be you. If people say you’re a DUFF, say yes and move forward. Be the bigger person. Dress up like you want. Eat what you want. And be the people you want. Be the approachable one or choose to be different. It’s all your choice.

But just remember: You being the DUFF is something that’s temporary. A few years from now you’ll realize that you are no more the person you were before. You changed, for the better.

 

What Is Love?

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Love. What is love? I guess, I can tell. Love is when your mother tastes the coffee before giving it to your father. Love is when you see a stranger smiling and you smile back. Love is the look on your face when you just opened your birthday gift. Love is dancing in the rain like no one’s watching. Love is the tear in your eyes when your friend forgives you. Love is doing what you love even when people are against you. Love is saying ‘thank you’ even when it’s not Thanksgiving. Love is helping your younger brother with his homework. Love is exchanging friendship bands even when it’s not ‘Friendship Day’.Love is helping your mom without her saying so. Love is spending more time buying a gift for someone else than shop for your own clothes. Love is hoping for the best when everything seems wrong.

Love is making every day count. Love is believing that you ‘can’ when everyone is making you believe you ‘can’t’. Love is thinking about others before thinking about yourself.

Love is love. Love is red. Actually love is every color you can think of. Love is sympathy, kindness, happiness and courage. Love is bravery. To love is to be brave. Sometimes loves makes you stronger and vulnerable at the same time; stronger by making you believe, making you ready for all kinds of people out there. Love makes you vulnerable by making you open your heart to someone who can either care for it or break it. But according to me, love is the most special feeling of all. I guess believing in love is the next thing to believing in magic!

Art Journal Pages #1 

I’ll be sharing some of my art journal pages in a book. You can find my post explaining it here.

You can also see my other art journal pages on my Instagram account @vrushalipathak. I update there more frequently. 

I made this without any printed material. And that’s a kind of challenge I’m accepting – not using any kind of printed paper or image. I’ll be drawing and painting everything by myself. And so far I’ve been very honest to this challenge. Let’s hope I keep it tgat way in the future. 

The color combination in this page is soothing to the eyes. Nothing bright. Just neutral and soft. I like the girl and the camera illustration. The girl I drew myself without any reference and the camera I referenced from Pinterest. 

Friday Art #17 – Lord Ganesha 

Lord Ganesha is a elephant-faced Indian God and my favorite. Although I don’t play any favorites but He’s the one that listens to me when I talk to Him. It’s true. I close my eyes and simply pray to Him. And I ask Him a favor which is usually about people I know and (you can choose not to believe it but it’s true) almost every time I get my wish. Well, not every time. Just mostly. 

And now for those who think “Why didn’t you wish for a million dollars kind-of-thing?” God answers the prayers which are free of selfishness. I’m not praying about me. I had my exams and I never prayed that He should pass me. I orayed that he should pass me if only I did good. And I’m not the most religious person you’ll meet but you need someone, right? Just don’t be selfish for a second when you pray to God. 

And here’s a painting I did 3 years before and gifted to a friend. 

Book Review – Seeds of Hatred by Christian Nadeau

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BOOK COVER BLURB
As a former assassin, a man on the run for years, Marac survived taking on odd jobs, living on society’s fringe, never putting down roots for fear of having to run again. Until he’s hired to steal a trinket from the Brotherhood.
Newly graduated, Soren is ready to shoulder the responsibities that come with an officer’s commission. Serving in the Brotherhood of Khanbis a privilege, one that he abandoned everything for. But when an Angel calls on him, he knows his first assignment is more than it seems to be.
As a Lightbearer, gifted with the power to shape light to her will, Alex lived a sheltered life in Tyranor’s monastery. Should the Brotherhood find out what she was, they’d kill her, but the monastery is underground, safely hidden from their prying eyes.
Then It all comes crashing down. A terrible game is played, and when the powerful move, pawns are doomed to be sacrificed.
Are they?

PLOT
The story basically revolves around these three people, as mentioned in the book blurb, but it isn’t just limited to that. As the book started I thought- “So only these character’s point of view is used.” And I was wrong.
There are many short paragraphs (basically they’re sections) which change the point of views some times. And they didn’t confuse me at all. Now I haven’t read many fantasy books and I know the struggle to literally get into the book. And the start seems to be the most difficult part because all the characters are getting introduced. (AND THIS BOOK HAD 80+ CHARACTERS) And so when I started reading it flowed smoothly. I understood what was going on. No unnecessary action sequence to throw me off. The whole book was crisp, up to the point and just the best example for why we really should concentrate on editing more.
(The author ‘Christian Nadeau” himself told me that the original draft was 320k words and he edited to make it 180k and still it’s a lot of words.)
So plot wise, I’m impressed. There are like different factions made up – Brotherhood, Lightbearers, Darkbearers, Fey, Thrall, Revenants, etc. And they all had their own reasons to start a war. Some were trying to stop it and some were in favour it. It just was a mix of opinions and egos.
But the book ends in a CLIFFHANGER. I seriously thought the war was going to take place in this book but IT DIDN’T. And it’s okay no hard feelings (though I screamed a little inside because I wanted to KNOW MORE) *deep breaths* And seriously does any war just start like that? No it doesn’t. Hence the book was REALISTIC.

CHARACTERS
Now this is what I call a ‘strong character’ book. Every character was well thought out. But there was this minor problem. I thought about how the characters, which I repeat were 80+ could have been cut short a little. Because somehow the author named every soldier and every slave and I know it could’ve been hard on him too. But that’s just creative criticism.
I couldn’t actually write about each and every character there is but I can assure it will be like Game of Thrones level characters in a single book (and I haven’t even read Game of Thrones, so don’t quote me on that!)

WRITING
The writing was sharp and not too much description but just enough to make you know what was really happening. And I can’t just write anything more about it because by now you would’ve known that I love this book! (Not forgetting that it ends in a cliffhanger!) *runs away to sob again*

MY REVIEW
Overall just because it was huge to read and took me almost 10 days of my life I would give it 5 stars. No. that wasn’t the real reason. The real reason being that I haven’t read a good from a very long time (like 6 months) and reading was a fresh experience for me.

You’ll LIKE it if:

  • You like a fantasy world based novel
  • You like a book with a truck load of characters
  • You like a book that’s well thought
  • You want to really not want to miss out on a great book
  • You want to read a series

You’ll NOT LIKE it if:

  • You want a light read
  • You don’t like too many characters
  • You don’t want to read a series

*The author provided me a copy and it in now way affects what I think and my review*

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UPDATE: New Blog Theme And Related News

Hey! If you looked at my website before, you would have noticed some changes. Some major changes!

I GOT A NEW HEADER!

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I have been meaning to get a new makeover for my blog but let’s just say I was unsure about many things. (or scared) But after I read Analee’s post which is linked here, I thought about how easy it is to really just change.

And hence, as Analee suggested, I went to Canva’s website  and just made a new header and related images for my blog.

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You noticed my new post topic-changer thing?! Also my new theme is black and white. I wanted red and black but I guess red is too harsh on the eyes and you’d never come back to my website if I did so. So classic black and white it is…

Also I have a new “Let’s Chat” image. I want to interact with you more and thus I decided to have this image at the end of every post.

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What do you think of my new blog theme and design? I wanted it to be slightly formal but slightly informal too. Do you like it? Don’t feel shy. Let’s communicate.

P.S. Look down. Yeah, that’s my new ‘sign off’ kind of thing.

P.P.S. Also I’ll be editing and deleting all the posts. Major changes on the way!

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Get to Know the Blogger: 100 Questions No One Ever Asks Tag (Part 2)

 

If you read the first part to this two-part series, you’ll know I took more time than intended to write the rest of the answers. Here’s the link to the first part, if you’re interested.

So let’s get started…

 

Q51: Last time you got a portrait taken by a photographer?

A51: I think many, many years back. I’m immortal and so I don’t really remember it that well.

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Q52: Do you think musicals are cheesy?

A52: I don’t really have an opinion on this. I saw a few musicals and they seemed okay.

 

Q53: Is Christmas stressful?

A53: We don’t celebrate it. I don’t hate Santa Claus. I’m an Indian. That’s why.

 

Q54: Ever eat a pierogi?

A54: I don’t even know what that is.

 

Q55: Favourite type of fruit pie?

A55: Never had one.

 

Q56: Occupations you wanted to be when you were a kid?

A56: Teacher.

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Q57: Do you believe in ghosts?

A58: Yes.

 

Q58: Ever have a Deja-vu feeling?

A58: Yes.

 

Q59: Take a vitamin daily?

A59: Nope.

 

Q60: Wear slippers?

A60: No, I like to be barefoot.

 

Q61: Wear a bath robe?

A61: No.

 

Q62: What do you wear to bed?

A62: Whatever clothes I wore that day

 

Q63: First concert?

A63: Never went to one. Somehow I don’t like the idea of squishing yourself by a truck load of humans to listen to music. You can do that with an iPod.

 

Q64: Wal-Mart, Target or Kmart?

A64: Never been into any of these.

 

Q65: Nike or Adidas?

A65: Adidas

 

Q66: Cheetos Or Fritos?

A66: No one. I like Lays.

 

Q67: Peanuts or Sunflower seeds?

A67: Sunflower seeds.

 

Q68: Ever heard of the group Tres Bien?

A68: No. But I know Tres Bien means ‘very good’ in French!

 

Q69: Ever took dance lessons?

A69: Yes. I used to go to dance classes when I was in 7th grade. Major hobby at that time;

 

Q70: Is there a profession you picture your future spouse doing?

A70: Nothing particular. But it would be GREAT if he’s a bookseller!

 

Q71: Can you curl your tongue?

A71: No.

 

Q72: Ever won a spelling bee?

A72: Yes I remember once I participated when I was very very small. It was school level spelling bee. And I was one of the two finalists. And the final spelling was “symbol” and I knew the correct spelling, I swear. But I don’t know what came over me and I wrote “S-I-M-B-O-L” Epic face palm moment.

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Q73: Have you ever cried because you were so happy?

A73: Yes. Many times.

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Q74: Own any record albums?

A74: No.

 

Q75: Own a record player?

A75: No.

 

Q76: Regularly burn incense?

A76: My mother does.

 

Q77: Ever been in love?

A77: I don’t know, so probably no.

 

Q78: Who would you like to see in concert?

A78: One Direction? Just had them at the top of my head.

 

Q79: What was the last concert you saw?

A79: Never went to any.

 

Q80: Hot tea or cold tea?

A80: No tea. I don’t drink tea.

 

Q81: Tea or coffee?

A81: Coffee!!

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Q82: Sugar or snickerdoodles?

A82: What are snickerdoodles?

 

Q83: Can you swim well?

A83: Nope. Swimming isn’t for me and I’m not for swimming. I went a swimming class for a month and learnt nothing except for how to hold my breath and how to dive awkwardly in a pool.

 

Q84: Can you hold your breath without holding your nose?

A84: Yes.

 

Q85: Are you patient?

A85: No.

 

Q86: DJ or band, at a wedding?

A86: I’d prefer DJ.

 

Q87: Ever won a contest?

A87: Yes.

 

Q88: Ever had plastic surgery?

A88: Yes. And now my own parents don’t recognize me. (No, of course not! Don’t believe everything I say)

 

Q89: Which are better black or green olives?

A89: None.

 

Q90: Can you knit or crochet?

A90: I learnt to crochet six months back. And I made a phone case for my phone. It’s too embarrassing to post a picture of it. It’s ragged and somewhere the design changed completely. Just a novice’s work.

 

Q91: Best room for a fireplace?

A91: Living room.

 

Q92: Do you want to get married?

A92: I don’t know.

 

Q93: If married, how long have you been married?

A93: Not married.

 

Q94: Who was your High School crush?

A94: I won’t put his name, but a guy who I spoke to but then I stopped speaking to him. Still in love with him to this day.

 

Q95: Do you cry and throw a fit until you get your own way?

A95: Yes. Sometimes.

 

Q96: Do you have kids?

A96: No. I am basically a kid.

 

Q97: Do you want kids?

A97: Undecided.

 

Q98: Whats your favorite color?

A98: Red!

 

Q99: Do you miss anyone right now?

A99: Yes, too many people.

 

Q100: What ware you dressing up this Halloween?

A100: I don’t celebrate Halloween. Though I would’ve dressed up as a zombie. Or Captain America.

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That’s all for this tag.

I’ll meet ya tomorrow with an update! (Shh..it’s a secret!)

 

SUMMER OFFER- 12 eBooks for $24?? (Am I kidding?) // No I’m not!!

You want to make your summer more interesting? Don’t have enough money to buy ebooks? What if I told you that you can get 12 books worth $50 for less than $24

Beginning June 21st until June 30th ALL of the eBooks will be discounted to $1.99 … that’s TWELVE titles in all from 50-75% off.  

And, they’re not all one genre either.  Cynthia Roberts is a romance author that likes to mix it up from Suspense, Contemporary, and Western/Native Indian Romances.  

Think of how much you will get to save … all 12 in total normally sell for $50 incl. tax and are now available for less than $24 … and that’s more than 3 months of reading.

If this isn’t a money-saver offer, I don’t know what is.

And the best part? You can shop from whichever online retailer you like! 

 Links for all the online retailers below.

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

Smashwords

Kobo

Apple