My Recent Obsession

Tove Lo.
Yes, that’s what my recent obsession is called. She’s a Swedish singer-songwriter. What I love most about her songs is the grunge essence that is imbibed deep within the lyrics as well as the music. It’s an amazing take on pop music.

Here are some of my favorite songs by this amazingly talented, 30 year old musician.

1. Habits.

There are habits that take time to die. Sometimes they take the form of people. This song is bound to make you feel nostalgic if there was ever a person who became more of a habit in your past.

2. Cool Girl.

This was the first song I heard by Tove Lo. I was in love with it & wanted to discover more of her music. So, this is the song that started it all! My favorite lines from this song are, “They say that pain & pleasure go hand in hand, but no one really mentions that pain is really a path to more pleasure”. It can get repetitive but the music keeps me hooked.

3. Moments.

Another work of perfection, this song is my jam!

4. Cycles.

Did you ever feel like you’re in a circle that keeps repeating itself? No matter how hard you try you simply can’t get out of it. This is what the song is about.

5. Not on Drugs.

You don’t need drugs to be high, sometimes even love will suffice.

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Broken

The dead leaves he never steps on,

Are remnants of his damaged heart.

That so many have trampled upon,
Leaving him in broken parts.

As a result he has never felt whole,
He is just a heap of bones & tears.
Broken promises have taken a toll,
Giving birth to brand new fears.

With the first ray of sunshine,
He wipes his tears with a smile.
But as the last ray disappears,
All his lies vanish with the light.

-Nameera.

Incomplete

A poem devoid of rhymes,
A religion missing devotion.
My soul is the ultimate sign,
Of a canvas lacking emotion.

My thoughts fill the pages,
Of A book without a name.
Mirroring a lamenting visage,
That will never be the same.

I’ve tried hard to feel whole,
With the dawn of a new day.
Yet the cracks in my soul,
Come alive with the dying sun ray.

-Nameera.

The Sunshine Blogger Award.

These awards are indeed a bliss to all bloggers. It helps us get to know a little bit more about each other & brings the WordPress community closer.

Hence, I’m glad to have been nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award by none other than Tisha ! Thank you so much for your consideration. For those of you who don’t follow this outstanding blogger, I’d recommend you to give her work a read. She writes on myriad of topics that will keep you hooked for a long time.

Rules

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you.
  • Answer the 11 questions asked.
  • Nominate 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 new questions.
  • List the rules and include the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post.

Q&A :

1. Sunshine or moonlight?

I can’t choose just one. I think both are quintessential to maintain balance between dark & light.

2. Your favourite novel?

Temple of Gold by William Goulding.

3. Your favourite actor?

Johnny Depp, Jim Carrey, Dane Dehaan. It’s impossible to name just one.

4. Respect or money?

Respect.

5. Picnic or shopping?

I think this answer has to be specific. I’d go shopping for art supplies only. I’m really bad when it comes to buying clothes, my mother does it for me 😁.

6. Concert or movie?

Concert because I’ve never been to one before.

7. Your favourite time of the day?

Early morning & Midnight. Sometimes, even afternoons are peaceful here in Saudi Arabia.

8. If you can wish only once, what would you wish?

I’d wish for 10 more wishes.

9. What do you like about me and my blog? Any advice for me???

I like the fact that you’re creative & original. Your blog posts are very much a reflection of your personality! My only advice for you is to stay the same & keep coming up with amazing posts. (:

10. What is your favourite post on my blog?

It’s hard to pick one amongst so many but I think It has to be the school days series.

11. What does the Sunshine blogger award mean to you?

It means a lot to me since I was deemed worthy for being nominated for this award. I’m glad to be recognised for my writing.

My Questions :

  1. What makes you happy?
  2. Describe your blog in one word.
  3. Vampires or Werewolves?
  4. A quote that describes you.
  5. Are you an introvert or an extrovert?
  6. What’s your special talent?
  7. Do you believe in second chances?
  8. What is the first thing on your mind when you wake up?
  9. Forgiveness or Vengeance?
  10. What does the sunshine blogger award mean to you?
  11. What’s more important; recognition or meaningful feedback on your posts?

My nominees :

Onie Maniego

Kranti

Vanya Rajwar

StillHereStillGrowing

Artemisa’s Art

Arooba

Do let me know in the comment section if you’d like to be nominated.

FemiNazi’s

A very quintessential trend has come into existence that stems from Feminism which, as most of you are already aware of, has been a movement led by women when centuries ago they were still fighting suppression, which is unlike the actual movement.

Equal rights were, without a doubt earned years ago but hints of suppression can still be found in today’s ‘modern’ society.

Well, let’s generalize first and then come to the point. What is the younger generation like today? If I’m not mistaken, we want to prove our point without taking into consideration whether we’re doing it the right way or not. We feel the need to justify ourselves when patience & silence can do it way more efficiently. There’s passion, aggression & disrespect but for all the wrong reasons. On top of all this there’s lack of in-depth knowledge but everyone has something to say whether or not they’ve done their research.

I’m not against feminism. But I don’t support Feminazi’s destroying the whole purpose of a peaceful movement that seeks to bring equality between men & women. If he can, why can’t she? Is the question that has been answered. Now, you need to find a method for implementation.

Bringing your male counterparts down isn’t an answer. It’s simply repeating history, making them go through what you did decades ago. Provided that we differ in our physical strength history can’t entirely be repeated obviously. But such useless attempts to bring equality can take a toll on mental health which, both men & women are prone to.

Let’s rephrase the questions according to this century, What really is feminism? What is the suppression women went through decades ago & what is happening right now? Are all men the same? Does having an anti-male approach really help? Will proving one gender’s superiority over the other cater to a solution?

I think what we need now is Global Equality. Even if men & women are equal there are so many grounds on which we remain separated namely, race, religion, etcetera.

Uploading statements like, ‘All men are the same’ as soon as news of a rape victim appears on your screen is not feminism. What are you willing to do for women & equality in the real world, where real problems exist?

It’s easier to show support, hate & sympathy online. The advent of technology is inherently an advantage without a doubt as long as we know how to deal with life, movements, equality & gender issues when we go offline.

An Exploration

What’s art? Is it colors that are splashed on a canvas, poems brimming with metaphors or a heart-warming prose?

For me art is an exploration. Over the years it has helped me on a personal & mental level. It has carried my emotions in ways no human could have. I’ve been able to explore my inner self as well as my surroundings. From observing people’s expressions to the nature that surrounds us, I think painting has compelled me to do it all. Writing has been my outlet, teaching me to be independent. Sometimes even mere observations prove to be a source of exploration.

Art isn’t necessarily confined within a canvas or a notebook filled with words. It’s an exploration of who we are & where we are.

So, what is your means of exploration? What’s art for you?

Apollo 13 : A Failure

Was it the unlucky number 13 or the sudden change of a crew member?

Not really. It was the oxygen tank that exploded.

All they could do was gaze at the moon & wave it goodbye. Can you imagine what it must have felt like to traverse all the way across the universe to mark ones name in history? But one explosion in the space craft put an indelible end to their dream. It was sheer failure.

They should have been forgotten. After all, they never set foot on the moon. That’s what their predecessor, Neil Armstrong was known to the world for. But against all odds, they were remembered. What for?

They were remembered for their journey, for their failure & courage. Having strength in a time when you have leaking oxygen with a broken space ship that turns out to be your only vehicle, you only chance to travel through unending blackness back home.

The astronauts engraved their names in the books of history. Apollo 13 was known, despite its failure.

(Left to right : Lowell, Sigwert, Haise)

There’s a life lesson to learn from this true story. You don’t have to let your failures define you at all. There’s insurmountable courage in accepting them. But once you’re back home, safe & sound among people you love, you’ll know what really counts in life. Maybe the moon was never meant for them, maybe it was the journey that was supposed to mark their victory. You never know what’s rightfully your goal until you achieve it. One goal leads to another, which might happen to be yours. But that doesn’t mean you stop trying, not even when you fail. You’ve to get back home, remember?

These are few of my favorite quotes from the movie, click here to view more.

  • I’ll be walking in a place where there is 400 degrees difference between sunlight and shadow. I can’t imagine ever topping that.
  • I sometimes catch myself looking up at the Moon, remembering the changes of fortune in our long voyage, thinking of the thousands of people who worked to bring the three of us home. I look up at the Moon and wonder, when will we be going back, and who will that be?.
  • We have never lost an American in space, and we’re sure not gonna lose one on my watch. Failure is not an option.
  • You never know what events are to transpire to get you home.

P.S

My inspiration for this post was the movie called ‘Apollo 13’ based on real incidents starring, Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton & Kevin Bacon.