UGLY

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HOOK, LINE AND SINKER

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She saw HIM, across the room as her gaze fell
His eyes – brown or black ;
From this distance she couldn’t tell.
Her sensory receptors seemed to be on attack,
By their dazzling sparkle, oh so bright !
He stood with poise, spoke with conviction.
Her mind grew aflutter at this sight,
And she smiled in silent admiration.

Her first impression of him was indelible.
She prayed with all her heart,
For him to be single and available ;
For an enduring relationship to start.
Little by little, she got to know more
Through friends, shared projects and trips
He was genuine, witty, warm to the core ;
Easily able to tease a smile from her lips.

When they spoke, there was no filter
A sense of ease emanated.
Many a ballad in her mind, did enter
At this providence life had orchestrated.
He was her pipe-dream turned into reality ;
Fantasies ran in her mind helter-skelter.
She fell for him totally, utterly & entirely
Hook, line and sinker !

TYPES OF SIBLINGS

Because most of us have siblings – brothers, sisters, twins, step-siblings, foster siblings or adoptive siblings.

1. THE BODYGUARD

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The Bodyguard’s number one goal in life is to (you guessed it) PROTECT you. Usually an older sibling that you can count on when you need a ride late at night, scare away unwanted or shady people and even rough up your jerk of an ex !

2. THE PARTNER IN CRIME

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Want to go to a movie, play laser tag, visit the new art gallery in town, plan a surprise for your significant other, experiment in the kitchen or just laze around and watch TV. This sibling is your “go to” person. He/ She is open to trying out new things and knows how to have fun. What’s more, you are super comfortable with them.

3. THE WRESTLEMANIA OPPONENT

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You have a love-hate relationship with this sibling. Your perspectives and opinions are so varied that you end up fighting over most things. Which channel to watch on the TV, who gets the remote, who gets the last slice of cake, which colour should the bedroom be painted – the battles that ensue are no less than a wrestling match.

4. THE SWEET DEVIL

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Watch out for this sibling, because he / she is the picture of perfection when your parents are around BUT turns into a devil when alone with you. Remember Megan of “Drake and Josh” fame ?

5. THE BORROWER

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Money, your car, clothes – the list goes on. As the years roll by, only one thing remains constant – your sibling borrowing stuff from you.

6. THE IDOL

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When the teacher asks you to write an essay about someone who inspires you and is your role-model, who do write about ? Your Sibling of course. You imitate them and hope that someday you’ll grow up to be just like them.

7. THE OVER ACHIEVER

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This sibling is taller than you, smarter than you, prettier than you AND gets better grades. They’re good at everything they do and your life is constantly compared to theirs. Everyone makes it a point to tell you how you’re falling short of the benchmark your “perfect” sibling has set. Sometimes you wonder, are they really an upgraded version of yourself ? Is your situation like Luke Dunphy (of Modern Family), always overshadowed by Alex Dunphy and her achievements ?

8. THE SUPERHERO

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You can ALWAYS count on this sibling to get you out of sticky situations. He / She will be there for you Anytime, Anywhere ! Have a math test and need a tutor ? Need relationship advice ? Looking for a travelling partner ? Need help convincing your parents to increase your allowance ? Fret not, your superhero sibling will come through for you.

9. THE PARENTAL SUBSTITUTE

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This sibling is like a third parent. Usually older than you, they take babysitting to a whole new level. They make you do chores, scold you when you’ve done something wrong and sometimes even take stay up at night until you’ve returned home safely.

10. THE MIA SIBLING

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You never get to see or spend much time with this sibling because they’re either studying abroad, living by themselves or staying in another city due to work. You exchange pleasantries on the phone and meet them over the holidays, but that’s just about it.

What is your sibling like ? Tell us in the comments section below .

6 REASONS ONE SHOULD LEARN TO COOK #Burp

1. I COOK, THEREFORE I AM

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There is some comfort in the fact that if you were stranded on a deserted island with a kitchen and a fully stocked pantry, you wouldn’t die of hunger. Dying of boredom is another matter entirely !

Larning how to cook means that you don’t have to depend on your mom or the pizza delivery guy to satiate your hunger pangs. Ever ! Feeling independent doesn’t get any more awesome than this.

2. CREATIVITY ON MY PLATE

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Hundreds of ingredients, thousands of ways to combine them to create a million different delectable dishes ! Experimenting with flavours or cooking techniques invariably brings out your creative best. Having said that, not all experiments end in success. You just learn to take the disastrous ones in your stride. Putting your grey cells to work doesn’t get any more inspiring than this !

3. ALL AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 PLATES

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Every city, every town, every country has its own way with food. Exploring a place through its culinary heritage is educational , fascinating, not to mention an absolute treat for your taste buds. Imagine recreating and eating Waffles from Belgium, Tacos from Texas, Roast Beef & Yorkshire Pudding from England and Tandoori Chicken from India ! Upholding your identity as the citizen of the world doesn’t get any more fantastic than this !

4.BEAUTY AND THE FEAST

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‘The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach’. No, this isn’t a decleration made by someone who flunked biology. Well, this much exhausted piece of advice wouldn’t have lived for this long if it weren’t true. And this applies not only for men, but practically everyone from your teacher to your dog. Winning someone over doesn’t get any easier than this.

5. WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU LEMONS…

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Bake lemon cake, or tart, or curd. You will be appaled at the Plethora of things you can make from the same boring, old ingredients that you find in your fridge. We all know about comfort food, but we strongly believe that comfort cooking is also a thang. Cooking can be a stress buster and in some cases even therapeutic. Giving life your best shot doesn’t get any better than this.

6. #FOODSTAGRAM

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In this day and age, no one can possibly resist Food porn on Instagram. That moment of glory when you get more likes since you’re the one to have concorted a culinary masterpiece, is priceless. Impressing people doesn’t get any easier than this.

6 STRUGGLES OF A PERSON WHO HATES PHONE CALLS #DontCallMeMaybe

There are two types of people in this world. Those who love talking over the phone and the other, who will do anything to avoid them. If you are a part of the latter category (for reasons ranging from ; a preference for face-to-face interactions, the need to look at the other person’s expressions while you talk, innate introversion, inability to articulate your thoughts while on the phone, a strong liking and sense of ease with texting or just plain dislike for any form of social contact) read on !

1. THE PREPARATION RITUAL

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Do you feel the need to mentally prepare yourself to pick up that phone and dial a number ? *We feel you* To overcome this dread, we often try and think of the things we want to say in our heads. Perfect our lines, so to speak. The more we hesitate, the harder it gets.

Don’t even get us started on the fearful anticipation that comes along with our ringtone. The wild frenzy of trying to think of the reason someone is calling you accompanied with the last minute dash to come up with your response is nerve-wracking to say the least. Our ringtones might as well be “The Rains of Castemere” *Shudder* Life would be so much simpler if along with Caller ID we got to see the exact reason someone was calling us for. Alice *wants to gossip*, Eric *will beg for money*, Sam *wants to invite you to a party* 🙂 We could screen calls that we want to take and just ignore the rest.

2. THE WHAT’S NEW CONUNDRUM

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The most common question we’re asked – What’s up ? What’s new ? A question that begs us to analyze our life and rack our brains for an answer that’s suitable. #NothingMuch doesn’t count !

3. THE AWKWARD SILENCE SYNDROME

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So we’ve braced ourselves and made the dreaded call, successfully manoeuvred the conversation due to our meticulous preparation BUT alas ! When faced with *Awkward Silence* our grey cells just refuse to function.

4. THE CONFERENCE CALL VORTEX

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What’s worse than being on the phone with one person ? Being on a conference call ! Keeping track of who’s saying what, trying to avoid a situation where several people respond at the same time, finding the right time to have your say, making sure you’re not just a mute listener – phew ! Conference calls sure are hard work.

5. THE BIRTHDAY / ANNIVERSARY PERPLEXITY

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So you’ve wished the person on the other end a very happy birthday / anniversary and politely enquired about their plans for the day. What next ? How do you ensure that the conversation doesn’t inevitably end in a awkward pause ? Tell us if you find a way. Does practising on a banana phone help ?

6. THE ROMANCE RAMIFICATION

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You love your significant other. Very much. But you can’t seem to spend hours happily chatting on the phone like other couples do. How do you convince him / her that it isn’t because your love for them is any less ? How do you make them understand that need to avoid phone calls is just who you are ?