Bullet Journal May 2018

Hey everyone!

March and April went by in shifting from one place to another. Come May, I am happily settled in Mumbai – in my first adult apartment. Its brilliant! With a view of the lake and a window ledge that fulfils all my reading nook dreams. The best part – I can implement all the amazing decorating and organising ideas I checked out – and create some of my own πŸ˜€

This month for my bullet journal, I picked the theme ‘Honey’. Honey goes with the season, and reminds me of my green teas. Plus, yellow is a colour I think I can start liking – I always have found it quite unappealing.

Here are my spreads-

That’s it for my basic spreads. I dont think habit trackers are for me – they are just not practical.

I will be adding a Music page though! Will be updating May playlist by the the end of the month.

Cheers,
H

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Trancewriter on DENTAL CARE

Today I want to talk about something which is not being discussed at all in India. Infact, we are so busy talking about Padmavati and writing open letters to the PM that we are ignoring our role in what the future holds. Today, I ask everyone to make a small lifestyle change and start brushing their teeth twice a day with bamboo brushes.

bamboo brushes

bamboo brushes from bambooindia

With the recommended switching of brushes every 3 months, an average person would use 4 plastic brushes an year, you multiple that with the population of India (a proxy, because I cannot find stats for people who brush in India) and the numbers rise exponentially. This is HUGE environmental cost!

However, there are multiple India-specific issues to consider, which also explains why this conversation is not happening here, while departmental stores in the US have been carrying this product since forever. These are listed below:

  1. Availability – These brushes are not readily available in stores as we do not have any dedicated green-chain. These are only available online and the packaging can cause just as much harm as using a plastic toothbrush would.
  2. Cost – Like always, there is a green-premium attached to this product which makes is less viable for a large majority of Indians.
  3. Bristles – The most eco-friendly bristles available in India are Nylon-4 bristles which are not bio-degradable. BrushWithBamboo has developed a better kind, but even this falls short of the desired level of eco-friendliness.
  4. Religion – The bio-degradable option that is available is made out of pig-hair which is an extremely controversial medium in India, not to mention the reason behind the revolt of 1857 and an extensive chapter in our history books. We don’t want this again. Plus, we cannot guarantee if these are cruelty free.

All that said, BambooIndia does have a good option where they promise using eco-friendly packaging. I suggest you buy directly from their website as buying from Amazon would lead to extra packaging waste generation.

Round Ireland With A Fridge

Round Ireland With A Fridge

Round Ireland With A Fridge

Round Ireland With A Fridge
Tony Hawks
Ebury Press, 1999
Genre: Comedy, Travel
Pages: 248

I am as vary of a flamboyant title as any discerning reader should rightly be. Luckily my little brother, not so nuanced yet, order this book. I happened to find this abandoned on one of my short trips back home. What can I say, one man’s junk is another woman’s treasure.

The title is not a click-bait (buy-bait?) at all. This book is actually about a man who goes around Ireland with a fridge. A fuckin’ fridge! The fucking eejit!

This is a book written by a stand-up comedian who I hadn’t heard about until I started reading this. It was interesting, because until now I have only consumed comedy in movies, live shows, or the worst form of them all – podcasts. This surpasses any book that has ever dared to call itself a comedy. This is beyond a forced situational comedy that one is used to, which uses vulgar sexual innuendos to justify itself. No sir, this is a book I wish I had read sooner.

I wonder why his Wikipedia is so barren? I also wonder why anyone reads On The Road when this masterpiece clearly exists.

I wonder further how a fan meeting would go. Now that the fridge journey is over, must we carry our own home appliances (because it is not about the fridge, ofcourse, but the fridge-philosophy) and get them signed by him? Cricketers sign bats, baseball players sign balls, and The Fridge-Man should definitely sign my travel sized kitchen appliance.

Fridge Goes Surfing

Fridge Goes Surfing

If this was done in 2017 instead of 1997 with all the social media exposure available, I wonder if this would still be considered a challenge. I doubt it – most (including me) would dismiss it as a PR stunt. Are we all too skeptical these days? I wonder if it was easier to trust people before the social media intervention – before every good/fun thing was just another photo-op.

My wonders should end here.

Except for the last one, is there a Fridge monument in Ireland? That would surely make me put Ireland on top of my priority travel list. Everyone likes to visit places from their favourite books πŸ˜€

I hope I am able to do something quite crazy like this. The inspiration necessitates a drinking session.

Until then πŸ˜‰

Rating: 5/5

 

New Hobby – Bullet Journaling

I have been putting away bullet journaling for quite a long time because though it looks pretty, it seems like a lot of work. Plus, instead of spending so much time on ‘organizing’ and ‘planning’, I can actually do stuff.

However, when I did jump on this bandwagon, it was for very different reasons. I kept missing emails and deadlines – couldn’t keep track of them, especially during a particularly busy term in B-School. It was funny because I tend to have periods of crazy work schedules and then a lull where I have no idea where to spend my time.

I swore to myself that I won’t go all crazy and invest in tons of pretty stationery. This Leuchtturm1917 itself seems too serious to me for an interest that I might not even want to pursue 2 months later. Plus, there is something about fancy notebooks that deter their usage (I said as my beautiful leather-bound diary angrily spewed dust in my direction.). I am absolutely terrified of making a mistake and having ugly pages everywhere. I needed a solution which rid me of this fear and allowed me to express my creativity.

What I did? I took a simple a4 size folder and chopped it off to an a5 size (because a5 size folders were impossible to find). This is a great way to start off because if you don’t like your pages, you can tear them right off without making your notebook look unsightly, not to mention – without killing the spine.

When I have these aforementioned ‘lulls’, I paint small a5 size prints, lay out my diary in advance, and just carry a small black gel pen with me for updating purposes. There you have it – a simple, yet cute solution, without wasting much time and effort.

Here are some photos:

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Original Folder

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Cropped Folder

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February Spread

  1. Normal sized folder (and a sorry first attempt at flat-lay with my iPhone camera)
  2. Cut-out a5-sized folder contrasted against the original-sized folder.
  3. February Spread (Because January/New-Year was too much pressure to begin with. However, I did end up making a half-month spread for January in order to keep track of my classes, but mainly because I had too much time and couldn’t wait to start filling in books and movies for the month!)

BEST PART

I have used simple printer sheets, cut them in half, and punched them along the holes of my folder to make the pages – making this option super cheap.

The best part of this format is that I can keep the current month’s pages in the front of my folder to make them easy to find and them put them in chronological order once I am done with that month. I can also throw them away when the folder gets too full.

Additionally, if I make a mistake, I can just put that page at the back of the journal and use it as a rough area to outline my sketches or layouts. This way, you never waste paper and also never run out of pages πŸ˜€

There it is, I hope you get inspired to start a bullet-journal (or perhaps inspired to learn flat-lay photography)!

 

YOU MAY SAY I’M A DREAMER

“Logic will get you from A to B, but imagination will get you everywhere” – with these words by Albert Einstein in mind, let us endeavour into understanding the power of new worlds we create in our dream and day dreams.

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Every moment when our eyes are open, we are in the pursuit of knowledge, we seek and we devour on every piece of information we perceive around us. Sometimes it is an active hunt for facts and at other times, we learn by doing. The world is so vast that no one can know everything, a person is bound to feel inferior every second of his life, intimidated by the wonders of the cosmos. It is easy to give up then and rely on an ‘imagined godly presence’ to decide our fate.

There will be no difference between man and beast, sans imagination.

Humans have an ability to imagine things not visible to the eye – the reason we are called beings of intelligence. Without a keen sense of abstract concepts, we would be Pavlov’s dogs, surviving on classical conditioning. A higher level of existence is created by our ability to dream and then try to relate it to reality. The incredible human mind has taken it to a level where they can perceive multiple dimensions, the physical existence of which is impossible to grasp without the perceptual maps visualised by software and futuristic technology we have created. We have been able to control natural elements to work in our favour, formed complex interrelationships with each other, developed art, music and culture – without which our current lifestyles would be unimaginable.

Everything we can imagine is true, concepts of reality exist only in the domain of our thoughts. In his book ‘The Critique of Pure Reason’, Immanuel Kant argues that our mind limits our knowledge to the empirical realm of space and time – by actively constituting the features of our experience and senses. All knowledge is based on the premise that an a priori, mind-independent world existed. This is the world we observe in our very limited scope of understanding. The world is huge and we can only understand by letting go of our biases, our constraints and our reason.

If we dare to dream, maybe we will know something.

 

Tale As Old As Time

It is so easy to be brought back into touch with your core when out of nowhere you are thrown into an encounter with something so closely embedded in your childhood. It is so easy to travel to new places just through art.

It is easy to dismiss usually, but this rapture is something I am trying to hold on to

And then someone enters my room and the charm is broken.

Just brilliant. Talk mundane things.

I need a place of my own 😦

There must be more than this provincial life!

SUGAR

 

Sugar
Artist: Maroon 5
Album: V
Release: 2014
Genre: Pop


This song is full of sexual innuendos. Perhaps we can’t even call them innuendos because they are plain in sight! Just replace love-words with vagina, and there you are. I hope I didn’t spoil the song for you. Sugar is a euphemism for sex. Such a cute song if you don’t make this connection every time you hear it.

Apparently, the melody was created first and the lyrics were then plugged into the song. Basically, the preview contained the music with gibberish all over it and then sent to the lyricist to make something useful out of. I don’t know how that works but sounds like a task for both the parties!

These facts, though interesting are not why I felt compelled to write this. The video is what did the trick. If you haven’t seen it yet and are cursing me for spoiling the song for you, just watch it and everything will be good again.

Imagine Adam Levine breaking into your wedding and performing this song! If I ever make the mistake of getting married, this would be why I do it.

Listen and enjoy. You will start swinging as soon as the falsetto begins *enter dancing lady emoji* (because that is how I picture myself swinging when I am listening to this song in public)