Keep Calm and YOLO

It’s been a while since I saw you guys, and man, haven’t you guys changed! So have I, and thankfully, it’s all been upward!

My class got shuffled, and I have just met the best people on Earth. Meet the YOLO group, consisting of  my new found friends-siblings-rivals-jerks Moonisah, Sanjana, Amith and Vineet! Easily the most rocking humans I know. So you guys may blame (or maybe love) them for keeping me away from this blog for so long!

I’ve become such a positive, confident, secure and happy person that I’m not even able to recognize myself anymore! As some of my old readers know, I’ve been (*ahem*) a “little” bitchy. Now, I’m filled with love which I’m ready to share. Anybody down in the dumps? Post below, and I’ll see whether I can cheer you up! 🙂 🙂 🙂

RDJ

See ya all soon!

Mads 🙂

P.S. – To all those who read my blog (and my friends):

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Cheers!

 

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OMG! 1000 Likes!!!

Whoa!

                          Whoa!

So maybe it’s taken me centuries to reach here (not really, just 547 days) to reach 1000 likes, but I made it anyway, so YAY! Thank you dear followers, likers, commenters, trolls, flamers…for helping me reach here. Especially for the latter two for steering clear away from my blog (and making my life easier)!

Status

A Year Old!

Hey guys! I’m glad to say that The Epic Blog ha officially turned a year old today! Now, where’s the applause? *looks around expectantly*

Honestly, I can’t believe that I’ve made it so long here at WordPress. All my thanks go to you guys for all your encouraging words! Thank you so much 🙂 And thank you, WP 🙂 You all made my life epic!

Here are some of my favourite posts over the year:

Dawn Of A New Blog … – My very first post!

The Werewolf – The first Writing Challenge I ever took up!

The ‘Sporting’ Spirit – I had lots of fun writing this series!

The Irony – No comments on this one!

Lalbagh Flower Show – One of my most popular photo gallery.

Water – My uber cool haiku (I can’t stop boasting about it).

Foggy Memories – Unforgettable. I almost died before I could finish it.

Habit – My first poem for Mara Eastern’s hugely popular Poetry 101 Rehab!

Cheers!

Mads

Little Acts Of Kindness

Over the ages,

The heart has grown cold,

Unfeeling, uncaring,

Breeding hatred and enmity.

As time passes by,

The heart freezes,

Untrustworthy and slippery,

Rude to one and all.

Little acts of kindness,

Like feeding animals,

Like buying some gifts,

Like donating clothes.

Little act of kindness,

Like praying for others,

Like helping a friend,

Like spreading some joy.

Little acts of kindness,

Warm everyone,

Thaw the heart,

Make you smile.

Little acts of kindness,

Done everyday,

Make the world,

A happier place.

I hope this poem, inspired by Mara Eastern’s prompt, thaws your heart too!

Quote

Life With A Bookworm

“You should date a girl who reads.
Date a girl who reads. Date a girl who spends her money on books instead of clothes, who has problems with closet space because she has too many books. Date a girl who has a list of books she wants to read, who has had a library card since she was twelve.

Find a girl who reads. You’ll know that she does because she will always have an unread book in her bag. She’s the one lovingly looking over the shelves in the bookstore, the one who quietly cries out when she has found the book she wants. You see that weird chick sniffing the pages of an old book in a secondhand book shop? That’s the reader. They can never resist smelling the pages, especially when they are yellow and worn.

She’s the girl reading while waiting in that coffee shop down the street. If you take a peek at her mug, the non-dairy creamer is floating on top because she’s kind of engrossed already. Lost in a world of the author’s making. Sit down. She might give you a glare, as most girls who read do not like to be interrupted. Ask her if she likes the book.

Buy her another cup of coffee.

Let her know what you really think of Murakami. See if she got through the first chapter of Fellowship. Understand that if she says she understood James Joyce’s Ulysses she’s just saying that to sound intelligent. Ask her if she loves Alice or she would like to be Alice.

It’s easy to date a girl who reads. Give her books for her birthday, for Christmas, for anniversaries. Give her the gift of words, in poetry and in song. Give her Neruda, Pound, Sexton, Cummings. Let her know that you understand that words are love. Understand that she knows the difference between books and reality but by god, she’s going to try to make her life a little like her favorite book. It will never be your fault if she does.

She has to give it a shot somehow.

Lie to her. If she understands syntax, she will understand your need to lie. Behind words are other things: motivation, value, nuance, dialogue. It will not be the end of the world.

Fail her. Because a girl who reads knows that failure always leads up to the climax. Because girls who read understand that all things must come to end, but that you can always write a sequel. That you can begin again and again and still be the hero. That life is meant to have a villain or two.

Why be frightened of everything that you are not? Girls who read understand that people, like characters, develop. Except in the Twilight series.

If you find a girl who reads, keep her close. When you find her up at 2 AM clutching a book to her chest and weeping, make her a cup of tea and hold her. You may lose her for a couple of hours but she will always come back to you. She’ll talk as if the characters in the book are real, because for a while, they always are.

You will propose on a hot air balloon. Or during a rock concert. Or very casually next time she’s sick. Over Skype.

You will smile so hard you will wonder why your heart hasn’t burst and bled out all over your chest yet. You will write the story of your lives, have kids with strange names and even stranger tastes. She will introduce your children to the Cat in the Hat and Aslan, maybe in the same day. You will walk the winters of your old age together and she will recite Keats under her breath while you shake the snow off your boots.

Date a girl who reads because you deserve it. You deserve a girl who can give you the most colorful life imaginable. If you can only give her monotony, and stale hours and half-baked proposals, then you’re better off alone. If you want the world and the worlds beyond it, date a girl who reads.

Or better yet, date a girl who writes.”

― Rosemarie Urquico

The Liebster Award

Hey guys!

The Liester Award

The Liebster Award

Thanks to all your support, my blog got nominated for the Liebster Award by the wonderful leelaumashankar at Price and Precious. Thanks a ton! I’m very grateful to you for considering my blog! Do check out her awesome blog and her tongue-in-cheek writings.

Doing a bit of Googling showed that Liebster means ‘sweetheart’ in German. So does that mean I got the Sweetheart Award? No comments.

Here are the rules of the award:

1. Display the Liebster Award badge on your blog.

2. Thank and link back to the person who nominated you.

3. Answer the nominator’s 11 questions.

4. Nominate 11 other new bloggers.

5. Draft 11 new questions for the people nominated by you.

6. Notify your nominees.

Step One and Two are already done, so moving on to Step Three (that is, answering some very interesting questions):

1. How will you describe yourself in one sentence?

I am a weird combination of an extremely self-righteous nerd, geek, and a bookworm who loves to write.

2.What have you always dreamed of?

Getting nominated for the Liebster? Abolishing communal hatred? Visiting Australia? Watching a Linkin Park concert? I seriously have a LOT of dreams to account for.

3. What or who inspired you to start blogging?

Err… NOTHING inspired me to start blogging. I originally started my blog to spread my love of mythology (yeah, series like Irony do that), but I soon moved away.

4. What is your process of writing a post?

Whenever I have this incredibly awesome idea (yeah, right), my fingers start itching to write. And I do just that. Write. I really don’t have any pattern, or process, or something like that.

5.Which fictional character do you think is the best?

Millions, but Leo Valdez from Heroes of Olympus would top the list. Hermione Granger is a close second.

6. And why?

Leo is a bit like me. He cracks a lot of crazy joke, uses humour to cover whatever pain he feels and ridiculed for being different. Hermione is COMPLETELY like me. Both of use are nerds, bookworms, teacher’s pets, and loyal. Why, even our Myers Briggs Type Indicator results match!

7.What do you enjoy doing the most?

Blogging. And reading.

8. What does Utopia contain for you?

Utopia…well, a gargantuan library with all the books I’ve ever wanted to read, infinite time, and everyone patting my back and saying, ‘Madvanthi, you rock!’ Plenty of material to blog about. Oh yeah, and also a huge collection of ALL the Linkin Park songs with Chester Bennington’s autograph.

9. Favourite sports and why?

CRICKET!!! Why? My family is filled with males who do nothing but talk about cricket, so it sort of rubbed on me. It is completely unpredictable, filled with entertainment throughout. Also because it is one of the games Team India is good at. I don’t play cricket, though.

10. What is the one place you’ve always wanted to vacation in?

One is too hard. So, in the order I want to visit: Kanyakumari to Kashmir, Australia, France, Greece, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America. and every other awesome place on Earth.

11. What is the most amusing incident in your life?

I really hate screechy noises. So when my Sanskrit teacher was rubbing the blackboard (producing an eerily screechy noise), I plugged my ears and started chatting with my friends. To my annoyance, she’s rolling with laughter. When I ask her what happened, she gestured at me to unplug my ears and turn back. Everybody were staring at me, trying to control their sniggers. Imagine my horror when I discovered that I was yelling unwittingly! Pretty embarrassing then, but dead funny now.


And so, the nominees are:

1) Mara Eastern’s Personal Blog

2) Agitation of hands. Strength of words.

3) Nut Free Nerd

4) Knife Ink Reviews

5) Beautiful Insanity

6) The White Crayon

7) anonymous !ndian

8) Math with Bad Drawings

9) Asymptote To Reality

10) Harsh Reality

11) Loud Thoughts Voiced Aloud

I have tried hard not to nominate previous winners, but this award doesn’t work out that way, I guess.


Now for my questions:

1) Which is the one book/movie everybody drools over, but you just hate it (that means YOU, Happy New Year and Twilight)?

2) Is there a fictional character whom you hated in the beginning of the book/movie, but now just can’t stop raving about?

3) A book which you judged by its cover and turned out to wow you/disappoint you?

4) The saddest thing that ever happened to you?

5) If you had Harry Potter’s Invisibility Cloak for one hour, what would you do?

6) Your favourite food and reasons why you love it.

7) A dream so vivid that you cried when you realised it was a dream?

8) Things that everybody hates, but you like.

9) Favourite singer/band?

10) Story behind your blog name?

11) What did you think of this very unimaginative questionnaire?


Now, this is not a rule, but please guys, link me back once you are done. I would love to read your answers!

Cheers,

Madvanthi