Saturday, May 27, 2017

First Wattpad Story - Bruises

Hey readers! I joined Wattpad last week, and just recently uploaded my first story 'Bruises'.

A short, one page story about a mentally challenged girl defending her brother. When a bully assaults Christopher, things spiral out of control as Madison takes things into her own hands while her past comes back to her.

I would love if you gave it a read.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Untold Stories

Eleventh grade has taken off like a bullet from a gun. The days have been flying so fast, especially the weekends, and I’ve hardly been able to keep track of what’s going on.
I think I have mentioned my love for music in some of my earlier posts, and if you’re someone like me, who loves singing (despite the fact that I’m not very gifted and can make a dog’s ears bleed), then Smule is definitely the app for you.

Smule offers a million songs to sing to, AND, you can join other aspiring singers with collaborations. Plus, if you take an All Access Pass (like I did), then you can access every song, which is totally awesome.
I think the best feature of Smule is Sing With The Artist, where you can jam out to pre-recorded video versions of some of your favourite singers, like Shawn Mendes and Charlie Puth. I haven’t tried it out yet, but it looks pretty cool.

You can find me, as JanakiSajan, on Smule ;)

Lately, I’ve been into reading fanfiction, on fanfiction.net. I’ve never actually read any before, but once I started, I became totally hooked. I think the reason I got attracted easily is because these stories are different, creative versions of canon by a variety of writers who seem to be my age.

Some fics are fantastic, a few are captivating, and others don’t really hit the mark and remind me of embarrassing times when I was younger and tried my level best to write a story that wouldn’t make people cry in hysteria.

I discovered an old diary that I used to keep when I was probably eight or nine years old. I had actually thought I lost it. Despite the fact that it’s only a rough book, I remembered it well for years, since I had written a variety of sloppy poems and stories in it. I was a voracious writer even when I was just a kid, and any unused book was a golden opportunity for me to let my imagination loose. Reading “Famous Five”, “Secret Seven” and “Harry Potter” did nothing to calm me down. Once a plot settles in my head, I have this fueling urge to write it down and work on it, until I give up hope and accept the fact that I can never write a successful story.

For some people, this might seem bland, but for me, the thought of sitting in front of my laptop, while typing down an original story that everyone might like reading, is like a dream. This is probably one of the many reasons I love ‘Fangirl’ by Rainbow Rowell. Rainbow’s character, Cath, is so genuine that I can relate to her in so many ways. I can’t count the number of times I’ve read ‘Fangirl’ and ‘Eleanor and Park’, and how I’ve seen even the most minute things that we do everyday, but don’t really give attention to, penned down in these pages.

Of course, it wasn’t just writing; I drew plenty as well. My most famous drawing in that book was “A just married couple with their two children”. I recall doing it; I actually wanted to do either a family portrait, or a wedding photo, but was too lazy to do both separately, so just thought “Screw it, I’ll do a two-in-one.”

One of my poems was titled ‘Drat!’ (as embarrassing as it is), and seems to be the only one where I don’t fully cringe at.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Matriarchy, the Virtual Reality

“Look at them.” Vaishnavi scowled at some little kids running nearby, with their laughs ringing through the atmosphere. “All so happy and cheerful; they’ll be suffering like us when they grow older and have a heap of work piled on them.”

That’s the same reaction I had when I heard one of Mom’s friend’s daughter had just started going to school. I had said “Oh, poor thing.”

Now in eleventh grade, I can hardly believe that only twelfth is left. Somehow, it feels like the years just flew by.

These last few weeks have been busy. Chandana, Nanditha and I met up at Pizza Hut for dinner together during the first week of school, and recently, I got a Daydream VR headset.

Dad received a Google Pixel as a gift, and when we found out it had this feature called Daydream VR on it, we were obsessed. Mom and I were in India at that time, and I thought Dad had received the headset along with the phone, but apparently, it was something to be bought separately.

Kunjunni was pretty thrilled too. Neither of us had ever got to experience virtual reality before, so it was something to talk about.

When I reached Riyadh, Dad and I ordered the headset online, and it reached us on his birthday.

It’s absolutely amazing. While wearing the headset, you can transport yourself to wherever you want. I even played the VR game of “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” But it was slightly disappointing, because despite the fact that I got to swish a wand around, the game was pretty short. After meeting the three creatures, I was pretty bored and realized that was it.

Last night, we went to Euromarche for some purchases, and Mom asked us if we wanted biriyani the next afternoon for lunch. Dad and I said NO almost  immediately, which annoyed Mom, so she said she would make it anyway,  leaving us stunned, because then, there was no point in asking us.

This obviously displays the veto power Mom has at home.