My week in Instagram pictures

I love Instagram. I’m not addicted, but I definitely love it. So here’s my week  in Instagram pictures!

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Life update

As you probably guessed from the title, this post is just a life update about what has been going on in my life recently.

I was really busy these past few months because I was having my term end exams. They’re finally over and I had a week’s holiday. School is going to start again next week. Ugh. I can already tell that this going to be familiar theme on this blog, with me complaining about how much I have to study. But this is my final year of school before I go to college.That makes me feel nervous and excited at the same time.

Since I had only a week’s holiday, I was determined to not waste it. I watched movies, I made brownies, I went shopping with my mom, I went to eat mandi (traditional arabic biryani) with my friends, I read books. I had to buy a lot of stuff because my cousin is getting married in April which means we get to go to India then (yay!!).

I have been listening to a lot of new music lately and I have been loving this band called Bastille. Here are some songs that I’ve been loving.

 

I couldn’t find an official video for this but here’s the song anyway.

And of course, this song.

 

Also, in the beginning of this month, something very sad happened. A boy from my old school passed away. I didn’t know him that well, having only met him a few times but nonetheless, it was very shocking and saddening, especially when I heard it was suicide. They say it was due to exam stress. It really makes us question ourselves and our system. Are we really doing the right thing by putting so much pressure on our students? Look at what has come out of it. But I still can’t believe that he felt like his life was so bad that he had to do something so drastic and final. I don’t even want to think how his friends and family feel.

‘Maybe all the strings inside him broke.’ -John Green, Paper Towns

 

I guess that’s it for now. I think I should do these kinds of posts more often. Maybe I’ll do one every month? I’ll try.

Love you all!!

As always, I love receiving comments so please give me your feedback. If you just want to talk, I’m fine with that too. So what are you waiting for? Go ahead and comment 🙂

The Liebster Blog Award

I cannot believe that my first post of 2014 is in March. Wow. Way to go self.

Anyway. Back to the topic of this post. The Liebster Blog Award!!

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I have been awarded The Liebster Blog Award by the amazing standinginthe storm from http://standinginthestorm.wordpress.com

Thank you so much! I’ve never got this award before and I’m really excited about receiving it.

*squeals with excitement*

Rules:

1) Thank the person who nominated you and link to their blog

2) You must answer the 10 questions given to you by the nominee before you.

3) Nominate 10 of your favorite blogs with fewer than 200 followers and notify them of their nomination.

So now….moving onto the questions that I’ve been given.

1) Dragons or Mermaids?

I would have to say mermaids. Mermaids have fascinated me ever since I was little and I love reading myths and stories related to them. For example, did you know that mermaids are sometimes associated with perilous events such as floods, storms, shipwrecks and drownings. In other folk traditions (or sometimes within the same tradition), they can be benevolent or beneficent, bestowing boons or falling in love with humans.

2) What’s your favorite color and is there a back story?

My favorite color is purple and all shades of purple. I just think it’s a really pretty yet subtle color. It just feels so sophisticated and yet so funky. And also purple is associated with royalty.

(AND WE’LL NEVER BE ROOOYALS. Sorry. But I had to do that)

3) What made you decided to start blogging?

During summer 2013, I made a promise to myself to write more. And what better way to do that than to start a blog? That hot afternoon, at my grandparents house with terrible internet connection, Bouts of Lunacy was born.

4) How would you describe yourself?

Hmm. This is hard. I’ve always wished that I could meet myself so that I would know what I was like, from another person’s perspective. Does that even make sense? I don’t know. But if I had to describe my self, I would say that I am friendly, sarcastic, bookworm, cat lover and generally AMAZING. (Joking. Even I’m not that self absorbed.)

5) Who’s your favorite Disney Villain (If you haven’t seen a Disney movie then animated villain)

I don’t think I have a favorite Disney villian. Althought my mom told me that when I was little I was really afraid of the big bad wolf in Red Riding Hood.

6) What was your first pet?

My first pet is my cat Garfield. He’s currently six years old, brown and is the cutest cat in the world. He’s so cute I just want to SQUEEZE HIM. Not in a creepy way. In a loving cat way.

7) What book are you reading right now?

The Mortal Instruments series. I have currently finished the fourth book.

8) Has anything profound ever happened to you?

I have had moments of clarity or realization. I consider all those moments profound.

9) What your opinion on giving diamonds as gift?

To each his own. If you want to gift someone diamonds then that’s your choice. The important thing is that it should come from your heart.

10) What is the most amazing thing that has ever happened to you?

I can’t pick a single thing because many amazing things have happened.

Now the nominees for this award:

http://thelilliumcandidum.wordpress.com/

http://hanatelige.wordpress.com/

http://oceanowl.wordpress.com/

http://themeepingkoala.wordpress.com/

I’m going to be a rebel and nominate only 4 people.

(Actually the internet is being very slow and annoying and I need to get this post up today.Sorry for not following the rules 😦 I’m a very bad example.)

Okay, so the questions for the nominees are:

1. What is the story behind the title of your blog?

2.Do you believe in ghosts?Why/Why not

3. Your favorite quote and the reason why you love it. (Can also be a song lyric)

4. Name one of your favorite childhood memories.

5. Cats or dogs?

6.If you could eat only one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

7. What inspires you?

8. If you could be a character on any tv show, who would you be and why?

9. Describe yourself in a single word.

10. Which song do you currently love?

So those are my questions. Enjoy!

Thank you for reading! Love you all.

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2014 is almost here!

I cannot believe it. I literally cannot believe that 2013 is almost over. Where did it go? It seems like it flew away.

When I look back at this time last year and now I’m amazed at how much has changed. So many things have happened some good and some…not so good. But I believe everything happens for a reason. Even though it’s not always clear at first.

I thought I’d maybe make a list of all the things, good and bad that have happened to me this year.

THE GOOD

New School

I had shifted schools this year and at first I was totally convinced that it would be horrible, I would hate everyone and everything and not have any friends. But it turned out to be the complete opposite and I absolutely love it now.

Grade 10 results

In grade 10 we had our board exams (which is a really big deal, if you didn’t know) and our results came out this April and I got a cgpa of 9.8 which made my parents and me very happy. It’s nice when all your hard work pays off.

My new friends

I made a lot of new friends this year and I’m so happy about that because they’re all amazing! You know sometimes, when you meet someone and you talk to them and you know that they’re on your wavelength and you’re like ‘I want to be friends with you forever’? That’s how I feel about all my friends.

I turned 16!

Finally.

The bad.

Youtubers in Dubai

Some of my favorite youtubers like zoella, alfie, marcus and some more had come to Dubai. My friend and I really wanted to meet them but we couldn’t during the week because we had school. But we were planning to try and meet them at atlantis on friday but they left on friday morning. We were really sad. 😦

My old school

I really, really miss a lot of my old friends and I had planned to meet them during the holidays but I can’t since my mum’s gone to India and there’s no one to drive me.

Growing apart

I hate it when you grow apart from your best friend. I had wrote a post about it long back and had hoped it would never happen again….but it has. It really depresses me because I was so close to this person and we thought we would be best friends forever but we’re not. That makes me sad.

Eleventh grade

Eleventh grade has been so so stressful. For one thing, it’s a big leap from, like, tenth grade. All the subjects are so hard and there’s so much to study. Even if you study a lot, you’ll end up getting a C or a D. There’s so much to do ugh.

There’s been good and there’s been bad but overall, I think that this was a pretty good year. I hope 2014 will be better though!

I guess that’s a roundup of my year. Tell me about all the good and bad things from your year!

Oh, and I also hope everyone had a great Christmas 🙂

Catching Fire

So on Thursday I went to watch Catching Fire.

*deep breath* Stay caaalm.

Calm? I don’t do calm.

OMG I SAW CATCHING FIRE IT WAS AMAZING AAH PEETA KATNISS OMG SO MANY FEELS.

Now that I’ve let that out, I think I talk about the movie more calmly and rationally. Maybe. I might freak out somewhere in the middle of the post. You have been warned.

On Thursday, the 21st of November, Catching Fire released in cinemas across Dubai and other parts of the world. So of course I went to see it with my friends.

As soon as I sat down in the theater, my excitement threatened to overwhelm me but I managed to control it and contented my self with small squeaks of excitement.  Next to me, my friends where also making similar noises. I also felt a bit nervous. What if the movie didn’t live up to my expectations? But it did and I’m SO HAPPY.

In this movie, we get to see more of the capitol which is very interesting. I loved the opening ceremonies for the quarter quell and the interview with Caesar when Katniss twirls and her wedding dress burns away to reveal a different dress underneath. Then she realises that Cinna has turned her into the mockingjay. During the victory tour, Katniss speech about Rue was touching and I almost cried.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In this movie, we see each character growing. Katniss and Peeta’s relationship too is growing. Peeta tells her that he wants to get to know her and doesn’t want to just act for the cameras and then ignore each other. I also kinda like Effie now. When Katniss has to go back to the arena for the quarter quell, Effie actually cries and tells Katniss that it wasn’t fair, and she deserved better.

There are signs of the rebellion everywhere, with mockingjay’s and people fighting against the capitol. As Prim said, “There’s something different now. There’s hope.”

I was also really interested in seeing the arena, and how it translated onto the screen. The action scenes were very, uh actiony, meaning we screamed and clutched each other many times and almost fell off our seats.

Katniss is of course, my favorite character in the movie. And just in case I haven’t mentioned, I’m on Team Peeta. But I have to say that Jennifer Lawrence’s performance in this movies was amazing. It didn’t feel as if it were Jennifer Lawrence playing the part of Katniss, it felt as if it was Katniss herself.

Catching Fire was a pretty long movie but you don’t really notice it. In Hunger Games, towards the end, I couldn’t help but think “this movie is reaally long”.

So all in all, I LOVED Catching Fire, I’m probably going to watch it again and again. I cannot wait for Mockingjay.

May the odds be ever in your favor.

 

Rachana

Feels.

I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned this but I am a VERY emotional person. I just have a lot of feels. Sometimes I get overwhelmed.  I cried when I changed schools and had to leave my friends. I cry whenever I have to leave my grandparents after the holidays.  I cried when my best friend and I started to move apart. I cry whenever my favorite character in a book dies. (Fred Weasly ahhh why). You get the idea. So its only natural that I cried today at the airport when we went to drop off my aunt who is going to Malaysia.  I’ll only get to see her next year. So, of course I blubbed and made every one sad too.  I can’t help it. I’m like that. It just shows that I care.
Also I feel like everything is changing. Too fast. I don’t like this.
I guess thats it. I feel sad now.

Rachana.

Reasons why I loved The Scorpio Races.

I don’t really write book reviews. I wish I could though because I love a lot of books and I love reading reviews. Everyone writes reviews. But whenever I try to write a book review, my mind just becomes completely blank and I’m just like “what was the name of the book again?”

But I just finished reading ‘The Scorpio Races’ by Maggie Stiefvater and I absolutely loved it and just HAD to write this.

Reasons why I loved ‘The Scorpio Races’

  • The descriptions (without being too descriptive) made me feel like I was really on the Island of Thisby. I could picture the beach and the cappaill uisce and the sea and the mist and everything. I know this is kind of, well, cheesy, but I felt like I was really there.
  • The writing was just amazing. When the race was going on, my heart was pounding. When Sean fell, I almost died. And the last line of the book? It was so beautiful I cried. Well, inside. I cried inside. Outside, I was trying to stay calm. *deep breaths*
  • This book made me FEEL a lot of things. Excitement, sadness, happiness, fear.  Gah. SO MANY FEELS. It’s been a long time since I read a book that made me feel like this.

I want to tell you my favorite parts of the book but they might contain spoilers and I don’t want to spoil it for anyone who hasn’t read it and is going to read it.

I issued this book from my school library and I have to return it on Tuesday and that makes me sad. *weeps* Maybe I’ll read some of my favorite parts again? (note- definitely)

So yeah, that’s it. I hope you enjoyed this post!!