Life Ain’t No Story Book Kid 

Life ain’t no storybook kid,

With fairies in magical worlds,
Or angles in the heavens above,

With laced gowns and netted viels,

Or crystal diadems and pearls beneath,

The ocean so blue and vast,

Talking fish and shrimps and sharks,

The oysters with eyes, the corals so bright.

With witches in caps and potions that 

Make you invincible.

With spells for all kinds of chores ,

With creatures never seen before,

Misty clouds and giant peaches,

Abandoned islands and empty beaches.

There ain’t no golden bird or egg,

There ain’t no monster with three heads,

No vampires dripping blood, 

No wands made of English oak wood.

No zombies, no giants, no huge bumble bees,

No wondrous 25th century technology. 

No hoverboards to fly on, 

No brooms to ride,

No owls with letters,

No god of the skies.

There ain’t no dementors, 

There ain’t no centaurs, 

There ain’t no demigods, witches or wizards. 

No damsel in distress, no prince with a sword, 

No tower and a princess with hair so long.

No yetis, no talking snowmen and trees,

No mind boggling galaxies.

No raging tides with entire towns below,

No wonderland where in summer it snows,

No dogs on a mission in a level seven crisis, 

No Zeus, no Ares, no Athena and Isis. 

These are worlds that we have created, 

Shaped with our palms,

They may not be true but to us they are.

They are much more than fantasies, fandoms and tales,

These are places where we can disappear only to be found again,

On a new planet or in a new land,

Sink deep and dwell in there for as long as you can.

-Tanvi 

MY ASL SPEECH- UNCENSORED VERSION

I know, I know. You all are probably sick of me posting my ASL speech, so am I. But I’m too lethargic to write anything the entire year and on top of that I can’t come up with good topics. When ASL comes along and I look at the topics I realise they are pretty doable and then I HAVE TO write something which I end up posting. This year I chose wisdom and humour and of course I had to make the speech formalish (it’s being recorded and sent to the authorities mind you) but of course my evil head is full of sarcastic, cheesy, cocky ideas and I couldn’t help but pen them down though I didn’t actually say that. So here goes my ASL- UNCENSORED VERSION

WISDOM AND HUMOUR
Some might say that wisdom and humour is somewhat of an oxymoron with all those weirdos cracking jokes that no one make neither head nor tail of, but I beg to differ. I feel that wisdom and humour actually go hand in hand when you come to think of it. You can never really be witty without your jokes making some sort of sense. You need to relate humour to reality in some way or the other. So many great examples of this can be seen in English literature. From P.G Wodehouse to Douglas Adams, these authors have proved that wisdom and humour make a great couple (so have our beloved Chandler Bing and Sheldon Cooper). Wisdom is essential in order to express your humour in the right manner. What you’re trying to say with an inoccent intention *raises eyebrows* of simply lifting up spirits may come out sounding rude or even cheap at times which is where wisdom plays its role. My favourite form of wit being sarcasm, I consider wisdom to be an extremely essential ingredient here and my deepest condolences to those who think shoving chopsticks up your nose and pretending to be a mammoth is funny. When in an argument, shout out insults like they’re wise saws which just might leave Mr. Shakespeare baffled. Wisdom to humour is like sugar to coffee and god bless those who don’t take sugar in theirs with taste buds!

BONJOUR RESIDENTS OF THE INTERNET!

So introductions are not something I particularly excel at, but what I am good at is reading books and capturing moments (ultra-generic, I know).
I try to write relatable stuff most of the time and end up going completely off track, but I’ve been told that my opinions are pretty on point.
I’m an Indian teenager who loves to read, write, dance and watch sci-fi TV shows all the time. I’d love to say that I find goodness all around me, alas I’m the most sarcastic and pessimistic person in the history of ever. My dream job is to bake pies and wake the dead (kudos to everyone who got that reference).
My posts are generally going to focus on non-sugarcoated reviews, shoving my opinions down other people’s throats (though that may only happen once in a blue moon) and over-exaggerating life threatening circumstances that seem to happen way too often to me.
Wait up for the next post,
Tarini

The Constant Battle Between India And Pakistan

India and Pakistan are very different in thinking and act like constant arch-enemies. What led to this?
The rivalry between India and Pakistan is largely embedded in the relationship between the two countries. While no conflict is ever inevitable, the handling of the problems by the leaders of both the countries, many of whom view Indo-Pakistan relations as a game where the gain of one is seen as the loss of the other, has ensured that the rivalry persists, and that it has become deeply ingrained in the politics of the two neighbors. The rivalry is too deep-rooted either to disappear easily or to be capable of a rational solution. Here’s some history (some)…
In the August of 1947 the British would leave India broken in two halves. The leaders of India and Pakistan would soon need to figure out the central idea around which the country would be built. In the last thirty years of British rule, the Muslims were worried that a Westminster style democracy that India was heading toward (with elections in provinces) could disenfranchise a minority that was sizable and spread throughout the country. The top leaders of both the countries choose to make their nation a secular state. These would be the Hindu-majority secular India and the Muslim-majority secular Pakistan.
Since both India and Pakistan are nuclear powers, any consortium of international powers cannot enforce international consensus on either country as they did in Afghanistan or Iraq. ​Strategically India is in an advantageous position with existing situation. Pakistan is not. Therefore Pakistan pursues a proxy war declaring Kashmir as a jihad and funding religious radicals to execute acts of terrorism. This monster has grown beyond the control of Pakistan State and is a threat to both India and Pakistan.
The part that’s important here is that both countries are disadvantaged by these rival relations. India cannot emerge as an economic super-power unless it improves its bonds with its neighbor. India has to send signals to assure that it has no intention to break up Pakistan and work toward resolving Kashmir instead of taking advantage of status quo.  Pakistan has to understand that terrorism is a greater threat to itself than any other country. It can ruin the population and ethics of the nation. 
Another important factor here are the people themselves. They, ultimately, are the ones who make decisions by choosing their leaders in India. They have to learn to respect the other country and treat them as their brethren, which they originally were.

I Built ReadStudio, Here’s Why It Failed

Update: ReadStudio is back! A whole new experience and interface enables you to share seamlessly.
ReadStudio was supposed to be a community of readers, a place that connects readers and allows them to find books and borrow. It never reached where we expected it to. This post explains my views on why it failed. Let’s start with the origins…
In 4th grade, I had started a miniature book club with one of my friends. It slowly grew popular in our section but we never expanded to other sections. There were always problems regarding management that led to the resistance against expansion. In grade 8, I wanted to make something big, something that was ahead of what I knew. So, I told a few friends, some that agreed and some that thought we was too young. I however stayed stuck on the idea. After 3 months, long discussions, lots of ideas and decisions, we came up with the idea for ReadStudio. It was something derived from the earlier book club that my friend and I had started. So, we started building with a lot of excitement and another 3 months later, we had built our first social website. 
This time, the time nearing the launch of the website, another website launched from our school. It was launched a few weeks before ReadStudio was. When ReadStudio launched, the other website had gained lots of fame and there was a whirlwind of attention going on around it.
So,  finally here are the 3 reasons that led to the zero growth of RS:

  1. We had 0 experience in the field of making websites and were very new to the field of programming one too.
  2. Although the idea seemed fun and interactive, the internet has a different meaning entirely. The internet means connecting people. Our website failed at that one point of actually communicating between people and getting to know each other.
  3. The timing of the launch was bad. There was no scope for advertising left in the middle of the other website that had launched before.

And here’s what I learnt:

  • No one can stop you from doing something if you put your mind into it.
  • Experience is a powerful thing and is essential when building businesses.
  • An idea doesn’t count for anything unless its presented in a engaging way.
  • Selecting the kind of people you want to work with is also an important part in the journey from the idea to the product.

P.S. No offence, “other website” creator

The third eye

Hey guys! I am back after a week of 24×7 fun, food and festivity of the ‘Durga Puja’. ‘Durga Puja’ is the biggest and the most awaited festival of the Bengalis because it gives them an opportunity to indulge in food, clothes and get-togethers with friends and family, without any hindrance. During ‘Durga Puja’, the streets of Kolkata are lit up with string lights and littered with ‘pandals’ (temporary canopies) of all shapes, sizes and decors. People throng to different ‘pandals’ to see and enjoy the artistry. The decor of each ‘pandal’ is based on a particular theme which conveys a social message and is a visual feast to look at.
I visited one such ‘pandal’ and the message it conveyed will forever be embedded in my mind. It celebrated the “extraordinary in the ordinary woman”. The ‘pandal’ was littered with portraits of ordinary women like simple housewives, fruit sellers or office going women. However each woman’s portrait had a third eye painted on her forehead. According to Hindu Mythology, Lord Shiva, a Hindu God, has three eyes. The Third Eye on his forehead symbolises eternal knowledge and truth.
The Third Eye in the portraits depicted and highlighted the power of knowledge, education and truth which every woman possesses. It celebrated the progress women had made in the past century, overcoming social hurdles, patriarchal mindsets and irrational suppressions. The concept of depicting every ordinary woman with a Third Eye is a tribute to all those women who have fought relentlessly for gender equality and equal social rights. Those portraits were truly the correct symbolism of a woman’s power.
-Amritaya