Wednesday, May 23, 2012

So Did I Learn Anything?

By Sunaina Patnaik at Wednesday, May 23, 2012 16 comments

Okhay! So I am going to be 21 in another ten days and honestly, I do not feel like that yet. I mean, I am going to be 21 and I feel like a seventeen year old person who is not serious about anything. When people say to me that I need to get serious, I have this typical deja vu feeling that keeps knocking my head periodically. 

"Hey you are going to be 21 in few days. You need to stop wearing those pink and red shoes."

Oh really? Just because I will be 21, should I dress up like Miss Havisham? Oh please, you cannot expect me to grow up overnight, okay? Besides, I will be shoe-less if I throw them away. Clueless, too! :-/

So, now the question is did I learn anything in the past twenty years?
*Scratches the head and mutters gibberish*

Oh yes! I have. I guess, I have a list. I know, I know, I make a list for every damned thing. :D

And here I go, things I have learnt:

1) Make mistakes and learn from your mistakes. A very cliched statement, right? 
Learn from your mistakes and do not flaunt your stupidity again. Well, I have learned this one for sure. :-D

2) Do not let wolves eat away your life. Your life, your rules. I have had just one wolf in my life and I am glad that that ugly (not just by heart and mind but by face too) creature does not exist in my life anymore. Good Riddance!

3) Do what you love and love what you do. Yet another cliched statement from ME! And before you come to a conclusion that I am giving out all statements from Google, I would like to say that we need to abide by this rule all the time.

4) You learn a lot from traveling too. Especially, when you travel all alone. 
Traveling, pictures, memories. Hell yeah, the best thing to do.

5) It is easy to get addicted to bad habits and having bad people around you is even more addictive. Chuck them out!

6) Been there, done that. It is a terrible
thing to grow up and act like an adult. Life is simple when you do not grow up. Being childish has it own pros and cons too but it is better that way. ;-)

And now, what I have really learned in these few (Actually, a lot) years and the past few days are:

  • Learning Italian. Oh hell yes, I am. A beautiful language!
  • Improving my writing abilities, getting better at clicking pictures, collecting vintage and rare stamps.
  • Being a workaholic can attract expletives from your friends. ;-)
  • Do not brood over things a lot. 
  • Having fun- I have degrees and diplomas in this. Having fun in all weird, cranked up ways is the best thing I have learnt.

And now that I have written this total gibberish, I will get back to my 'stacking up of stamps' activity.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

The Twenty Things!

By Sunaina Patnaik at Sunday, May 20, 2012 13 comments

Things that I do not want to know or care about:

    1)   The story-line of Vampire Academy.
    2)   Your laptop configuration
    3)   Your vacation plans
    4)   Your annoying classmate’s annoying boyfriend’s not-so-annoying dog.
    5)   Why you did not have your break-fast.
    6)   Why you woke up late.
    7)   Why your boyfriend did not get a proper haircut
    8)   Why you loved Houseful. (Rolling eyes)
    9)   The reasons which you believe make you cool for using ‘mah’, bah’.
   10)The story of your neighbour’s cat.

   11)   The reasons for your resentment towards Wake up Sid.
   12)   Woes of your internet connection
   13)   Your sister’s or brother’s or dog’s new hair colour
   14)   The recipe of the pie you made which was least edible
   15)   The reasons you state for not liking Jane Austen’s work
   16)   Why you liked ‘I Too had a Love Story’
   17)   Why you do not understand my nocturnal activities
   18)   Why you cannot give me peace
   19)   Why you spell ‘quarterly’ as ‘quaterly’ or 'loser' as 'looser'. [You have spell check, you know!]
   20)Your eternal love for Justin Bieber.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

It's your move, Wordfreak: Book Review

By Sunaina Patnaik at Tuesday, May 15, 2012 6 comments

This review is a part of BlogAdda’s ‘Book Reviews by Bloggers’ program.


I woke up in the evening and saw a packet lying on my bed. “Yay! I got a book from BlogAdda”, was my first reaction. I asked my mom for a cup of coffee and started reading the book. It took me around four hours to complete the book and I completed it in one go. Alright, let us get to the details now.

The story-line:

Online chatting and dating might seem to be a clichéd concept to many but hey, the protagonists meet up online while playing scrabble. Now this is new, right? The story starts with a blind date between Alisha Menon (Worddiva) and Aryan Rajaram Chawla (Wordfreak). Whoever thought blind-dates do not exist anymore or aren’t fun will think twice after reading this book. Alisha is a successful lawyer and Aryan is an architect and a Page 3 boy. The best part is, he designs eco-friendly houses and is pretty much concerned with the carbon footprint. Savitri Menon, Alisha's mother has a major influence on her life; Aryan is mostly influenced by his Uncle Sam and grandmother. 

The story is all about how two different people enter into a relationship, how they work on their relationship and their differences, how Alisha gets over her fear for commitment, how Aryan sorts out issues with his father and step-mother, and blah blah! (I am not going to reveal the entire plot duh! You got to read the book for it)

The book is interesting and racy. And I am sure that majority of girls would love the book but hey, it is not a chick-lit. If you are that die-hard romantic, you will love this book totally. 

Writing Style:

Falguni Kothari is the author of the book and I must say that she has done a pretty good job for this is her first novel. Her writing style is simple and humourous at many joints. Honestly, one can relate with her joyous characters because you might find similar people in your own family. :-)

I Like:

     1)   Of course, the plot.

     2)  The protagonists and the way they stood up to their values and never compromised on   their principles. In fact, every character of the book has a story to tell and we can relate to them easily.

And oh, did I mention that I love the way Diya (Alisha’s best friend) calls her Lee-sha?

My Rating: 3.75/5

This review is a part of the Book Reviews Program at Participate now to get free books!

Friday, May 11, 2012


By Sunaina Patnaik at Friday, May 11, 2012 21 comments

"You know your day is going to be awesome when you wake up to the sound rain-drops hitting your window pane."
Ah! Such bliss, if you ask me.

I slept in the afternoon with this thought "I need to update my blog in the evening" in my mind. And yippee, I wake up to see the beautiful rain out of my window and oops, not so beautiful rain drenching my jeans in the balcony. :-|
My mom asked me if I wanted coffee and of course I wanted it. (Duh! Is that even a question to be asked? I would love to have coffee all the time. When I say all the time, I really do mean it.)

My sister too wanted to have coffee and since, she is a tenth grader, she considered herself too young to have coffee and made cold coffee for herself. Well, I don't see a point here. I mean, coffee is coffee, right? Hot or cold, it is coffee. :-D

I have been wanting to do a picture post since two weeks and couldn't write anything. Thank you, The Royal Laziness!
But hey, I have so many pictures on rain. Why not write a post on rain? And this thought dragged me from the balcony to my bedroom and here we go, the pictures. *Excited!*

This is the first picture that I have clicked at Inorbit Mall, Hyderabad and this is my all time favourite.

My friend Asisha's palm. :-D

This picture has been clicked in Chandanagar, Hyderabad.

Yet another rainy day picture clicked last year. The following picture was clicked on the same day.

This has been clicked on the same day. :-)

This picture has been taken on my way to the college. Last year, again!

This is one of my favourite pictures and please ignore the clarity. My Corby has clicked more than 3000 pictures in the past one and half year and still is managing to click some wonderful pictures.

And this is it. I am done and going back to enjoy the rain

Thursday, May 03, 2012

The Versatile Blogger

By Sunaina Patnaik at Thursday, May 03, 2012 8 comments

Yay! Two of my fellow blog-mates have awarded me 'The Versatile Blogger' award and it indeed came as a surprise. *Jumps into the air!*
Thank you Ritvik Gautam and Vineet for awarding me this teeny-weeny awesome thingy. ;-)

And now, I am going to fulfill the formalities which are ought to be done

1) Thank the awesome people who have nominated you
2) Post the picture of the award on your blog
3) Share seven random thoughts about yourself
4) Choose seven bloggers to pass on this award
5) Inform them about it

A huge cup-cake wala thanks to Ritvik and Vineet for nominating me. Yippee!

And the picture of the award is right up there. :-)

And here I go, the seven random ramblings:

I love shopping and I absolutely adore clothes. I spend most of my pocket money on it and can never cut down. I am totally hopeless at cutting down. Sigh!

I love talking. I can talk about anything and everything and can just go on. Endlessly! But my favourite topic to talk on is books, books and books.

I absolutely loathe plagiarists and do not mind feeding them to the dogs. Plagiarism is a super big crime in my dictionary.
P.S. Plagiarists are confused stalkers. :-D

I love pictures. I mean, who doesn't? Every picture is beautiful and I can stay up hours looking at random pictures.

I do not fancy chatting online. I prefer those long emails from my friends. Long emails describing every single thing! Awesomeness!
P.S. I love chatting through emails. ;-)

I love batman and superman. I love their comics, movies and tee shirts. :-)
Aren't they just amazing?

Okay, now this can sound weird to my friends. But yes, I love Vizag more than Hyderabad. ;-)

Now, let me list out seven bloggers who deserve this award. *Drum-roll*

1) Sugumar- The world around me
2) Kiran Vemuri- A laboratory called life
3) Asisha Ayachitula- Tres Moi!
4) Aditya Kasibhatla- This is Me
5) Chandana- The Girl At First Avenue
6) Crystal- Pentagram
7) Judy Balan- Women and a quarter

And now, I am going to inform them about this and phew, the job is done. :-D

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Toybank-Show some love!

By Sunaina Patnaik at Tuesday, May 01, 2012 4 comments

How often do we see kids tugging onto their favourite toys and running around? Quite often, right? The childhood of any kid is filled with colourful toys. In spite of having many toys, we tend to have only one toy as our favourite and tend to ignore the others but hey, what about the kids who do not have any toys? They too have every right to play with the toys.

And hence, TOYBANK is here to provide toys to all the kids who live on limited means. Support the cause and show some love!

Activity: Toybank, a non-profit organization has been set up with the aim of providing toys to children who come from a weak socio-economic background.


To ensure that children from under privileged backgrounds receive toys through collection and distributions.
To bridge the gap between children from different backgrounds by creative play/group events/community events.
To make play space available for children through-- Toy libraries in available infrastructures; reclaim open public spaces for children.
To design and thus provide toys that will be context specific, by having toys made in local languages as well.

Support: Children, Right to Play, Right to Leisure, non-formal education, toys.

Note: We are looking for volunteer coordinators in Pune and Bangalore. We are looking for NGOs working on education of children in Delhi/NCR. This post is a part of BlogAdda's blogger-social-responsibility-the-next-step Bloggers Social Responsibility (BSR)
 I am exercising my BSR. You can too with three simple steps. Visit and support the NGO's.

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