Tales Tuesday VI

Undercover V

Bar towards the left of Lincoln Park. Blonde, height: 6’4″, an eyebrow piercing, interests: girls.
The more I recalled the facts, the longer my frown extended. I took a bite out of my granola bar and listened to the video that was playing on YouTube.
“You need to initiate lots of physical contact to show him that you’re interested”, Julia, the seducing expert on the screen, spoke to the camera, flipping her flaming red hair back occasionally. “Try to laugh at every one of his jokes, even when they’re not funny. That’ll certainly make him intrigued and attracted towards you.”
I frowned before taking another bite. I took my jokes seriously so laughing unnaturally will be a problem to me.
“Do not appear too clingy or-“
“We need to have a ta-“, Hayden started, walking into my room, but stopped and narrowed his eyes when he saw me stumbling to close the laptop’s lid. “What’re you up to?”

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Tales Tuesday V

Undercover IV

“Oh this is perfect!”, I exclaimed, plopping down on the sofa in front of the entrance door. “I could live here all my life.”

Hayden gave a short laugh. “Are you sure? There are bigger places that our company has rented before.”

I scrunched my nose at that. “Bigger doesn’t mean better. And something about this place just appeals to my inner introvert self.”

And I wasn’t lying. The place in itself wasn’t huge, but the way the furniture were organized made every nook and cranny look amazing.

The walls were light grey and covered in black and silver patterns. The main door was a solid black wooden door and on the wall beside hung a large flat screen T.V. The sofa I was sitting on faced the T.V. and was long enough to fit at least five people at the same time. Well, I know what I’d be doing in my free time.

I was walking towards the kitchen when Hayden cleared his throat loudly. I looked at him and he gestured at my suitcase that was standing beside him.

“What?”, I asked.

“Aren’t you going to carry your own bags?”, he asked, raising his eyebrows at me.

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Stagnant Sunday

Current mood: Playing tic tac toe with myself. In a nutshell, bored.

Not a surprise, is it? Sure, I could watch YouTube videos like I always do but I’m not really up for falling down that rabbit hole of endless adorable animal and baby videos on repeat. Cue my rare appearance on my blog!

Now I could write my thoughts here but I’m in that pre-sleep trance like state so I doubt they’re anything intelligible so I will quote some awesome quotes for you. Personally, I don’t thrive on quotes. Some of my friends have a few quotes and phrases that they live by -none of them are ‘YOLO’ or anything similar, thank God for that – but I’ve yet to see or hear any that strikes my heart (figuratively). Anyway, I’m taking help from my trusty S.O., Google, again so here we go.

‘There is only one happiness in life, to love and be loved.’ -George Sand

Technically, that’s two, but I agree. Unless they’re missing the emotion-feeling section of the brain, anyone’s heart can be melted with love. How sweet is that? Although if you go on performing random acts of love to complete strangers and they call you a weirdo, please remember that I’m not at fault…

‘We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.’ -Joseph Campbell

That is almost exactly what I wrote in my last post! Can quote-writers get paid? I shall look into it. Anyhow, this phrase is something that, I feel, looks so easy to do but really isn’t. More often than not, we plan things out for the future and then get disappointed when fate doesn’t follow that plan. While a little planning is definitely necessary, sometimes being spontaneous can change your outlook on life and make you feel better so be sure to try that! At your own risk though. Just to make sure since people have started suing other people and companies for almost anything.

‘Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me.’- Carol Burnett 

People can help you but the only person you can depend on is yourself. So be productive. Pft, you thought I procrastinated? No way! Hahahaha… haha… ha…

I’m so not the right person to give that advice.

‘Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live.’- Norman Cousins

Ooh, that’s deep. Too deep. Mission abort. Lets stop that there before my mind starts swirling with far fetched, weird thoughts.

Four beautiful quotes for today. Hopefully, that brings at least an ounce of positivity  (Why is WordPress red-lining that word? Doesn’t ‘positivity’ exist anymore? What) in your life because I don’t think anyone ever reaches positivity (That’s right. I used that word twice, WordPress. Don’t tell me what to do) saturation. And with that, a Stagnant Sunday is all wrapped up!

A word of encouragement 2

Wherever you are in life, nobody can turn down an uplifting post, right?

Whoever you are, you must either be paving your own path, or walking on a fixed path paved by others. You are either embracing your originality while taking unsure steps into the future, or confidently stepping forward with monotonous movements. Whatever you’re doing, it’s defining you uniquely every step of the way so isn’t it great to know that you won’t be lost crowd of identical people with identical movements and identical thoughts because no one else can be like you?

I have a fear of time. I wouldn’t wish for immortality but it terrifies me to think of the past and the future, to notice how quickly time flies by and to imagine that every moment of life will speed past me until I reach the end of this line. And then there’s the fear of regret that makes me want to experience everything the world has to offer.

Is it just me?

Probably just me.

But if you feel the way I do, I want to tell you that it’s okay and you’re not alone. It’s okay to stumble while trying to follow the pre-designed way of life. It’s okay to cry when you trip and lag a few steps while attempting to reach the top. It’s okay to miss a few opportunities because your life is merely a line in the vast field of possibilities. Unless you’re an extremely lucky optimist, you will constantly have these ‘what if’s and ‘if only’s pushing towards the front of your mind but just know that, at the end, all these choices you make will result in your life turning out exactly the way you want it to be. It may not be ideally perfect but it’ll be perfect in your eyes.

So, chase away any remaining darkness from your heart, my readers! Remember to give a smile to anyone looking anything less than happy because, I mean, it won’t hurt anyone anyway. Although if the person responds with a frown or a grumpy look, revert back to your pessimistic old self and frown back. At least that’s what I’d do.

Self Saturday-Perks of being me

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

Did you sing that while reading it? I bet you did. By ‘wonderful time’, I’m talking about the end of the year, actually. 2016 is finally ending. Phew! I know that the 2016 joke has been around for months but if you really do a quick recap of the year and compare it with those of the other years you’ve survived, it’s really tragic. There were more political issues, natural disasters and celebrity deaths than I could handle. Not that I was a fan of any of those celebrities – I just gauged others’ reactions to the news and copied them to seem cooler.

One thing that I did care about was the start of the end of my teenage years. I’m eighteen now, and there’s only two years before I turn twenty. Ruinous, I say. I used to long for adulthood when I was a child but not so much now. It’s complicated and I want to savour every day until the last second of my nineteenth year. Better not think about it. The speed at which time passes by scares me.

I digress.

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Wondering Wednesday

Question. Does an aeroplane flying against the direction of the Earth’s rotation reach it’s destination faster than the aeroplane flying along the same direction when they both have the same distance to cover? Hmm…

Anyway, MIT has another ‘10 Breakthrough Technology‘ post published on the web and I’m sure any technology enthusiast around the world will have read it by now. There are so many advancements in technology that it brings a shiver of excitement down my spine.And yet there are so many places of possible discoveries left unexplored. While on my occasional car rides to places, my mind travels to great extents and comes up with a lot of ‘what if’s, and, whether they be stupid or genius, I enjoy coming up with these ideas (and then thinking of the million things wrong with the ideas, it seems). Here are some possible technologies that I’d like in the future!

Disclaimer: Some of them might have already come true. I can’t keep track of all the inventions done every year around the world as there are many.

1.Magnets on the fronts and rears of cars:

Why? To prevent accidents. There are only a few countries in this world where all the traffic rules are followed. Mine is definitely not one of them. The roads are cluttered with vehicles moving close to one another, each cautious that the others don’t overtake them on the busy street. The slender bikes move through the narrow gaps between vehicles and get to the head of the line without a care because if an accident happens, the larger vehicle usually has to take the blame. The drivers in my country have acquired a higher level of road rage.

So maybe, just maybe, putting strong magnets at the front and the rear ends of vehicles can help by repelling other vehicles so much that it’d be impossible for them to come in contact? Of course, the like poles of the magnets have to face each other in order for that to work. And the costs of the strong magnets would be high. In addition to that, the strong magnets might attract other magnetic substances. Well… that wouldn’t be too nice, would it? However, I do believe that every problem does have a solution. So, if all these are solved in some way, and if the condition of our road traffic still remains the same, maybe one day this will be done.

2. Transferring emotions:

I don’t how far this can go, but imagine being able to, literally, share your emotions with others. There are machines to detect the emotions activated in a brain so maybe, hopefully, there can be machines made for activating certain input emotions in a brain. Just maybe. It’d be cool.

While on the same topic, why are there virtual kiss machines, but not virtual hug machines?

Wait.

Oh.

A quick Google search told me that Japan has already made one. Damn, Japan. Back at it again with the strange and amazing technologies.

And that’s it for now. I can’t force myself to think of other ideas but I can definitely upload another post for them so I’ll do just that! And that’s a Wondering Wednesday wrapped up! (Uh, just so you know, I’m wondering on a Wednesday, the Wednesday itself isn’t wondering about things. I knew I should’ve used a better pattern for my blog post names… )

Losing The Book Lover Within Me

Just a few moments ago, when I, for a second, thought about reading an e-book for relaxation, I instinctively and subconsciously stopped my train of thoughts. I just realised that it’s a habit I developed over the years.

I love novels and e-books. I’ve always loved to read. When I started a book, I would keep thinking about the story. Even with Disney Channel loudly playing in the background, I’d still be wondering about what would next happen to the protagonist. Like any other kid, I preferred story books over course books, and so my parents would always scold me over that. They weren’t strict about it but just didn’t think reading story books would be any productive for me. When I wanted a book, I’d ask them for it only during the year break because that’d be the only time I didn’t have to study anything as classes were over. Maybe that’s how I came to associate reading books with something similar to procrastination.

Everyone knows how procrastinating feels, right? You feel entertained and almost addicted to the entertainment provided but there’ll be worry creeping back into your mind every other minute. You would love to continue doing it but, somewhere in the back of your mind, you’d know that your parents or who cares for you are going to feel disappointed, and that’d bother you so much that you wouldn’t be able to fully enjoy it and so eventually stop doing it.

That’s what I now feel when I open a new story to read. My heart gets excited at the prospect but my mind is too worried for me to enjoy it properly and I stop my thoughts immediately. And that’s terrifying because reading books is one of the greatest joys a human can ever get and I don’t want to be deprived of that. I will always have something or the other to do in life, so does that mean I’ll never be able to read a book properly?

This was an impromptu post but I hope at least one of you readers understand me. Without any books to read, my knowledge for writing my own stories would be limited and boring. I can’t lose one of my hobbies because they give meaning to life and make it more interesting. If there’s anything similar you’ve experienced or a quick solution to this, do tell me.