Posted in Stories and Poems

Happy Friendship Day My Dear Friends

They’ll laugh at you when you fall
But will come and pick you up before you can even call.
They’ll make a face at your dressing sense
But will still like your pics on Instagram.

They’ll fight with you over something trivial
But will later thump you hard on the back and say it’s forgotten.
They’ll appear to be happy when you come top of the class
But inside, with jealousy their heart will split in half.

They’ll call you names behind your back
But will punch anyone else who even dares to call you mad.
They’ll act really cool around you as if they don’t care
But in your absence, they’ll feel like a part of them isn’t there.

They’ll finish up your tiffin when you’re not looking
But will save a piece of their dessert to your liking.
They’ll use your pen even when you only have one
But will let you copy their notes later (reluctantly) so you can learn.

They’ll punch you extra hard on your birthday
But will give you a big hug and make your day.
They’ll ravenously eat the biggest piece of the cake
But they’ll also be the one who clap the loudest.

They’ll read this poem and probably laugh,
If you haven’t guessed yet, they’re like your second half,
Your silly, best friend(s), of course,
And all of mine too, to whom I dedicate this poem.

~Nehal


Hope you liked it. I know it was not that good, I am not a great poet or anything but I wrote it for my loving friends. This poem was inspired by my BFF- Ippu and I dedicate it to all my friends, including fellow bloggers, who have ever been in my life. Happy Friendship Day to all, literally all, my dearest, idiotic friends who are always there for me and without whom I am incomplete. Love you with all my heart. Thanks for reading. Stay Safe. Ciao!!

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Posted in Six Word Stories

Six Word Story #1

#6WSP, #sixwordstory

The prompt is: Time

Here is my attempt at the prompt, it’s my first participation in this contest, hope you like it☺:

Time will treasure our tales forever.

Written in response to the Saturday Six Word Story Prompt by Shweta. Find her here: Shweta. More details on the prompt and all can be found here.

Thanks for reading. Stay safe. Ciao!!

Posted in Book Tags, Book Tags and Challenges, Bookish Stuff

The (Not So) Mid Year Book Freakout Tag 2020

Hey Friends!! I am super excited to talk about how my reading life has been this year. You should definitely let me know yours too!

This has been, by far, the best reading year in my life. I have read at least 55 books, including the DNFed ones, and I think that’s a big amount. I applaud myself. You should do the same. LOL!!

Best Book You’ve Read So Far This Year:

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

I read a number of good books this year, but nothing compares to my ultimate love for this series💖.

Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far This Year:

P.S. I Still Love You

This one was pretty hard to narrow down. But I loved this book so much, I just couldn’t not put it here.

The Doldrums and the Helmsley Curse

Also, this underrated baby over here, was just as good and a big recommendation. So I couldn’t just put one of these on this list.

New Release You Haven’t Read Yet, But Want To: Can’t really think of one at the moment😅. What about you?

Most Anticipated Release For The Second Half Of This Year:

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Deep End

I am not dying to read this book, but I would love to read it. Waiting…

Biggest Disappointment:

A Series of Unfortunate Events: The End

This series did not end the way I wanted it to. I still feel anger bubbling inside me, but I can’t do anything about it except scream: Why, Lemony Snicket, why!!

Biggest Surprise:

Norse Mythology

I didn’t expect to love this book yet it left a deep impact upon my heart (cough, Loki, cough).

Favorite New Author (Debut or New to You):

Victoria Schwab

I have become a recent admirer of V.E. Schwab. I have only read one book by her so far, so this answer may seem stupid, but I loved her simple, to the point writing style a lot.

Newest Fictional Crush: TBH, didn’t come across any likely-to-be-my-crush characters this year. Unless you count Loki, which I would recommend not to.

Book That Made You Cry:

Who didn’t cry at the ending of this book!
Yeah, stupidly enough I cried at a book like this. Don’t laugh at me!

Book That Made You Laugh:

The Doldrums and the Helmsley Curse, The Titan’s Curse and The Hammer of Thor

And these two babies…

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days
Big Nate: The Boy with the Biggest Head in the World

Most Beautiful Book You Got Or Bought This Year:

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. Gotta admit that this cover rocks.

Rereads This Year:

7 in total, I guess that’s a good number of rereads.

The Sword of Summer, Heidi, The Sea of Monsters, The Titan’s Curse, The Order of the Phoenix, The Half Blood Prince and The Deathly Hallows😉.

What Book Do You Need To Read By The End Of This Year:

Specials

I have to read a lot of books by the end of 2020 but I feel like I have delayed finishing the Uglies trilogy so that’s what I plan to do.

That’s all for me. As for you, I tag you to do this post if you want. But before, tell me, what book did you read this year that you never planned on reading, I do wanna know.

Thanks for reading, hope you enjoyed it. Stay safe! Ciao!!

Posted in Awards

The Mystery Blogger Award

Hey Friends!! I am super excited to announce that I have been nominated for The Mystery Blogger Award!!

😄Balle Balle😄

First, I would like to thank dear Simran over @https://perseveroflife.wordpress.comfor nominating me. She is an awesome friend and you should definitely check out her posts. She writes encouraging stuff and is truly motivating. Thanks a gazillion again for nominating me dear Simran.

This award was created by Okoto Enigma. It’s an award for bloggers with ingenious posts who inspire and motivate, who find enjoyment in blogging, who are the best out there and deserve all the recognition they get. That’s what it says!

Here are the rules:

Put the logo of the award on your blog.                                                               •List the rules.                                             •Answer the questions asked.     •Thank the kind person who nominated you and leave a link to their wonderful blog.                                •Mention the creator of the award.        •Tell your readers 3 facts about yourself.                                                       •Nominate other 10-20 bloggers.            •Comment on your nominees’ blog to let them know that they have been nominated.                                                    •Give your nominees 5 questions to answer, with one funny question.         •Share a link to your best posts.

Three facts about me:

•I was inspired to read because of my elder sister, Sona di. She bought me my first ever novels.                                  •My best friend’s name is Ipsita who shares the same surname as mine and she is super cute and lovable.      •Ever heard of Fun Pops?? Man, I love to eat them so much.

Ipsita’s pic from our picnic in Feb

Answers to my dear nomintor’s questions:

Q: What is your dream in life?               A: I would love to be a writer or a journalist😅.

Q: What keeps you motivated in these difficult times?                                         A: The fact that they will end someday. And I keep myself busy by indulging in my hobbies, just try to be optimistic. It works!!

Q: Tell me that one quote which inspires you?                                                A: “Always be nice to people. Whatever how bad they are to you, to show them you are not like them.” I am pretty sure it was said by Louis Tomlinson, one of my favorite singers.

Q: Are you a story-teller or a story-listener?                                             A: A story listener. I love to listen to stories, be it novels or just a summary of an event or movie. It feels nice to listen to good stuff. Though, I would love to be a story teller.

Q:  Are you a tea person or a coffee person?                                                         A: I don’t drink tea, like, at all. I love cold coffee. Doesn’t even take me a minute to drain the mug😄.

One of my best posts is “It Will Hurt”. It’s pretty good, check it out, you’ll like it. You can find it here: https://nehalsays.wordpress.com/2020/06/27/it-will-hurt/

Here are my Nominees:

Ava Tripathy http://avem.home.blog/    

Aastha Kanwar       https://aasthakanwar.wordpress.com/  

Sonali Paikaray https://chirkytales.wordpress.com/                    

Aahana Aggarwal.                                   https://themysticwagon.wordpress.com/ 

Jan Paul       https://janpauld.wordpress.com/                                                     

Bookshelf Life   https://bookshelflifenow.wordpress.com/                                                                  Liahttp:// liathepoet.home.blog/    

Roth  https://rothpoetry.wordpress.com/        

Bookworm blogger https://bookwormbloggerweb.wordpress.com/ 

Claudia  https://claudiareadsbooks.wordpress.com/        

And if it is allowed, I would like to nominate my nomintor, Simran.  

My Questions for my Nominees:

1: What inspired you to blog and how did you decide upon your content and can you recommend 3 other good bloggers (Sorry, that’s a lot in one question)?

2: What advice would you give to those bloggers who feel that they deserve more recognition?

3: What one song fits your current mood perfectly?

4: What Hogwarts House are you in (if you have ever taken any such quiz)?

5: Name a guilty pleasure (You can’t say you don’t have one).

If you have read this far, I applaud you. If you wanna be nominated, don’t feel shy and do let me know. I would love to know about more bloggers and would be more than happy to nominate you too.

Sorry if the points and all are not systematically arranged, IDK why WordPress is behaving like this.

Thanks for reading. Hope you have a great day. Ciao!!

Posted in Stories and Poems

Horror Flash Fiction #4

This is my attempt at The Horror Flash Fiction Contest hosted by Lucy@Lucy’s Works. The prompt is:

“Isn’t this…. Romantic?”

“You’re a psychopath.”

Here is my piece, hope you like it.

She took a deap breath and opened her eyes. She looked him right in the eye and said, “I can’t do this anymore. I want to break up with you.”

“Break up with me? But it’s Valentine’s Day and I brought you a gift,” he said, looking hurt.

“You did?” she asked unbelievingly.

“Yeah, I did. Of course I did, dear. Not like you, you don’t even care about me. I bought you something red as it’s Valentine’s Day.”

He put a bottle at the center of the table. It did contain a red liquid. She picked it up curiously and examined the contents. Suddenly, the curiousness in her eyes vanished, to be replaced by horror.

“Wh-what is this?” she asked, her voice quavering.

“Blood,” he said, smiling evilly. “And you have to drink it.”

“D-drink it? Are you mad? I can’t drink blood,” she said, terrified and threw the bottle at his face. But he just catched it with one hand and frowned.

When he spoke again, his voice was threatening. “You will drink it. Or I’ll bite you. You can’t run away from me, dear.” He smiled again, showing his sharp, white teeth.

Bite me?”

“Yes, bite you,” he hissed. “And if I do that, you will become a vampire, like me.” He removed the lid and shoved the bottle into her hand. “Drink it.” 

“You’re a vampire?” she whispered, scared.                                                     

“Yes,” he snarled. “And if you don’t wanna be one too, you’ll drink this.”

She looked down at the bottle in her shaking hand with disgust. Drink blood! She can’t do that.

“Make a choice or I’ll kill you, which would be even worse,” he growled.

She used her other hand to steady her shaking one. She heard him chuckle. “Why are you doing this to me?” she asked sadly. “I thought you loved me. You said this meeting was supposed to be romantic.”

“I do love you, honey. Isn’t this…. Romantic?” he asked smirking.

“You’re a psychopath,” she said quietly, sniffling as she shut her eyes, and raised the bottle to her trembling lips.

~Nehal


Posted in Book Reviews, Bookish Stuff

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins- Spoiler Free Review (Book 4 of the 20 Books of Summer 20 Challenge)

#20booksofsummer20

I am not much of a photographer!!

Hey Guys!! Today I am doing a review of The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins. This is the prequel to The Hunger Games trilogy and the protagonist is Coriolanus Snow (doesn’t it feel odd to call him “protagonist”?). I just bought this book because of the cover and it took me around 20+ days to finish it. I was relieved to finish it as it took me a long time to do so.

Synopsis: Snow is an 18 year old who is really poor. He gets to mentor a girl (16 year old maybe) from District 12 in the 10th Hunger Games which he thinks is humiliating. Her name is Lucy Gray Baird and she captures the audience by her singing at the reaping. So then we see him grow to care for her and trying hard to make her win the Games. They grow a deep friendship and the story continues.

Thoughts: The writing was quite better than the original series. But that made it bad. The book is written in 3rd person and it took me a while to get used to that. In my opinion, the pages were filled with Snow thinking. Man, that character thought a lot! It wasn’t exciting being in his perspective. The entire story was exaggerated. Each and everything that happened was exaggerated and the story seems to be stretching on and on with nothing really happening. We got a lot of detail about things that were totally unnecessary.

In simple words, I mean it was boring. I had never skipped entire pages in a book before but that’s precisely what I had to do. I skipped quite a few pages (don’t worry, not that many) as I finally got tired of everything and I was still able to get a fair idea as to what was happening. This novel was tiring and really lacked enthusiasm.

Look, it wasn’t that bad, but it was definitely not good.

Characters: I didn’t really like any of the characters that much, they didn’t seem to make a lot of impact upon me. Except of Coriolanus, whose villainous way of thinking shocked me from head to foot.

Comparing with the Original Trilogy: I still prefer the The Hunger Games trilogy to this book. The Hunger Games was exciting and had characters that I actually cared for. This one is nothing compared to that. Well, I did have low expectations for this book so it wasn’t a disappointment, yet it wasn’t a surprise. More like a shock!!

What I Actually Enjoyed: The Ending!! The final chapter and the epilogue stunned me so much. It was the point where I hadn’t expected anything to surprise me and then came that ending and I was completely dazed. If I hadn’t known that Snow was a villain in the original trilogy, that ending would’ve just killed me, but as it is, it still got pretty near to that.

Rating: It’s hard to rate this book. But if I try, I could say it had its ups and down. On that basis, I am gonna give this book 2.75/5 stars. Pretty near to 3 stars, I know, but not exactly 3. This rating may change in the future.

That’s it. Thanks for reading. Let me know your thoughts and if you agree or disagree with mine. Ciao!!