Posted in Ramblings

500 Followers! 🀩 + My New Blog Name!!


Hey Pals!! So, omg I HIT 500 FOLLOWERS!? 😱

If this is a dream, please don’t wake me 😌. Dreams are better than reality anyways. I love it, I love this moment omg! Thank you, thank you so much!

It’s been an year since I started blogging and I’ve hit 500 followers and that means so much to me, I want to thank you all for supporting me, it would never have been possible without you 😍.

Wondering how much more cheesy I can be 🀐.

But seriously, these are two achievements in the same month! First, my blogiversary, and now 500 followers. Not to mention, a third achievement- the full stop that I posted last week was my 100th post, look at the irony πŸ™‚.

But anyways πŸ˜‚, thank you so so much. I honestly don’t know what else to say, I really wanna do an assumptions post today if I’m being honest, but I don’t think anybody would be all interested. So anyways, just wanna say, thank you so much.

So, I guess Ashmita’s craziness is rubbing off on me for I just googled what 500 people look like πŸ˜‚, just like she did when she hit 1000, so this is how many they are:

And O! M! G! That is a lottt!!! 😱


**Due to the sudden death of the person writing this blog, the former narrator has been replaced by their *ahem* ghost**

Seriously Nehal, that’s when you decide to leave!?

I gotta tell you guys, being a ghost I’m not good at this, but before y’all leave, I have one news to giv—

**The ghost has been kicked out of the post to be replaced by the former narrator who has just *ahem* resurrected**

Sorry for the inconvenience πŸ™‚. And ugh, I’m cringing, that was so not hilarious!

So, here’s the big news: I am finally officially changing my blog name from Books and Words to….

Quirky Pages

I really hope you like it coz I do! Like I think it suits my vibe? Plus, if I think too much about it, I’ll end up pointing out reasons why it ain’t right, so I’m just gonna go with the flow. Thanks to my sister for suggesting it! You probably don’t like it much but I like it, and in the end that’s what matters. I can’t tell you how happy I am to finally find a name that I actually really like 😌. Took me a whole year, t’was about time.

Also, let me know what kind of posts you enjoy reading the most of mine, or what kind of posts you would like to read more of in the future, down in the comments, please. It would mean a lot! Thanks once again for supporting me always ❀!!

Posted in Book Discussions, Bookish Stuff

Discussion Post: Why I Don’t Read Self-Help Books

Hey pals!! Today I am bringing you a post about why I don’t find myself reading self-help books and why I think my reason, if not right or popular, at least makes some sense.

Not me realizing it is high time I post something meaningful instead of full stops for blog names and commas for comments πŸ™‚

Note: I don’t mean to insult anyone’s opinions. I am just sharing my own opinions. Also, this is a discussion post so feel free to share your views in the comments.

Firstly, they sound hella boring. They feel like a long, tiring lecture that hardly helps. Everything just crowds inside of my brain and nothing makes much sense at all. It’s like getting a thousand pieces of advice all at once. I know there are some wonderful books out there, I might even read them someday. And though I know a few of these books can even make an impact on me, I just don’t find myself interested.

I avoid non fiction. It sounds too real and I read to escape this world, to escape the cruelty of humanity for at least that small period of time. To some point, even autobiographies are interesting because they at least have a plot, a story. Self-help books are completely different. They stretch on and on, with no meaningful story at all. Just hey-this-is-how-to-become-a better-individual stuff.

Mainly, I find the concept kind of weary. All the this-book-will-change-your-life thingy doesn’t interest me and I find it hard to believe. Also, they act as if they are great books when in reality, most of the advice is not even required. They give us advice on things we don’t even think about and that makes me feel useless.

Okay, I know this GIF is unnecessary, but helllllo, Spongebob!!!

What is believable is instead of giving tips about what to improve and how to be better, I would like to read about it in the form of a story. It’s like in a story or tale I witness those lessons instead of reading about them. And the concept of reading this thing seems boring while if I am going through an incident that will make me learn, that is something that leaves an impact. And storybooks are the best way to do it.

Another major reason is that the main focus of a self-help book is to help us become better people, so these books are filled with tips and tips and tips on self-improvement. And instead of feeling like a book, they feel like my school’s morning assembly which tries to give so much information that most of it just goes out of the head πŸ˜ͺ.

To summarize, I feel that self-help books give one so much information that hardly any of it sticks with them. On the other hand, if one is reading a random fantasy novel that they are loving and it has some random quotes thrown here and there, I feel like that’s what has a profound impact.

Now, I am not saying that these books are bad or that they do not help you at all. What I mean is that they teach us 100 things and only 10 of those things can fit into our little minds.

Now, I want to hear all of your thoughts on self-help books. Do you agree with me? Why? Do you disagree with me? Why? Let me know in the comments so we can all chat.

So, that was it! The basic reasons why I don’t read self-help books. Don’t forget to share all of your thoughts on this too.

Posted in Fun Tags, Tags

The Peer Pressure Tag

Hey Pals!! Today, I am doing the very trending- Peer Pressure Tag. I was tagged for this by Pavithra @ Small Talks, Pannaga @ Just Dreamland, Akriti @ Recipe of Life, Krisha @ Krisha’s Twilight, Ananya @ Drawing My Fantasies and Riddhi @ Whispering Stories. Thanks to all SIX of you for nominating me, I’m literally grinning right now, I mean sixxx 😁!! Y’all do check out these blogs, they are really fun. As for the tag, let’s begin!!

Note: I’ll only be answering 3 bloggers’ questions right now, so that the post does not become too long. Take no offense, I will probably answer the other three later.

The Rules:

  • Link back to the creator bluemallowmelt.
  • Provide a link to the person who tagged you.
  • Answer all questions honestly. No lying!
  • Come up with 5 questions of your own. (4 have to be about peer pressure; 1 can be random and about whatever)
  • Tag at least 10 people and provide links to their blogs.
  • Recommend at least 5 books or songs you see everywhere/are very popular that you’ve read or listened to.
  • Use the hashtag #peer pressure tag for easier visibility.

Answers to Akriti’s Questions:

Tell us any one incident of peer pressure that happened in your school?

Hm…I don’t know, lol πŸ˜‚.

What is the most forceful thing you have ever done?

Watched the first episode of F.R.I.E.N.D.S 🀐.

What is your hobby? Has anyone influenced it?

Reading novels definitely! All the credit goes to my elder sister- Sona di. She bought me my first novels. She has kept on bringing novels for me. And she has also given me access to an amazing audiobook app 😍.

Have you ever pressured someone to do something that might land them in trouble? If yes, tell us in detail.


Yeah well, I uh…., me and Riddhi have…uh…we have pressured Aanya (potterhead one) into uh…into bunking a class 😳😜. She didn’t bunk it though, so don’t worry. But yeah, as you can see, we are totally providing her with an amazing example and being awesome role models πŸ™‚. 

What is your 2021 goal?

To study harder!

Answers to Panna’s Questions:

Have you ever learnt any bad habits from your friends?

Yeah, basically most of my bad language comes from some or the other friend of mine, so thanks friends for that πŸ˜‘.

What are the good things you have learnt from your peers?

Reading blogs of several people here taught me that I am good the way I am, and don’t need to change, and that difficulties come, but they also go.

Has any friend of yours influenced you into doing something?

Yeah! After years of giving up on playing the guitar, when one of my friends started learning it, that sparked my interest in it again. So, thanks for that.

What would you teach your friend if you could teach anything?

I don’t know, all my friends are amazing the way they are. But I guess I would teach my best friend to be a little more “I accept your dare” kinda person, she never does any dare I give her πŸ˜’. 

Random question – What’s the best Wi-Fi name you’ve seen?

“Chal bhai aage badh” πŸ™‚. I’m not even lying, this was the name of a WiFi I saw one day when I was on the rooftop of my house. English translation: It is a rude way of saying that you won’t find anything here, move ahead.  

Answers to Riddhi’s Questions:

What is your favourite music genre? Has anyone influenced it?

Pop! I began listening to One Direction after being inspired by a classmate. My sister sparked my interest in Taylor Swift. And yeah, basically all other pop songs I listen to have been influenced by someone or the other.

What is your favourite literary genre? Has anyone influenced it?

I am kinda confused as to what literary genre means here, not gonna lie πŸ˜…. Historical fiction, I guess. Does that count as a literary genre? Hopefully. I think research and all just led me to the right books.

Have you ever forced anyone to read a book? Which one?

I have forced quite a LOT of people into reading Harry Potter and Percy Jackson 😁.

What is your favourite colour?

It was always πŸ’™ but recently, I have also acquired a fascination towards πŸ–€.

Imma recommend 5 songs:

  1. For You by Why Don’t We
  2. All Too Well by Taylor Swift
  3. Steal My Girl by One Direction
  4. Blinding Lights by The Weeknd
  5. Let’s All Get The Corona-Virus by Charles the French.

Please listen to the last one. You’re gonna luuurv it 😍😁.

I Tag: Since a lot of people I know have already been tagged, I tag those who have the letters “B” or “C” in their name 😁. And I pass on Akriti’s questions as they were the super fun to answer!

Hope my laziness wasn’t quite obvious by the above statement πŸ˜πŸ˜‚.

Well then, let me know if you have ever pressured anybody into doing something 🀭.

Posted in Ramblings

It’s My One Year Blogiversary πŸ˜ƒ! Let’s Play Truth or Dare πŸ˜Ž


Hey Pals!! I am not even exaggerating when I say that I can practically jump up and down with happiness. Until now, it felt like no big deal that I had completed an year on WordPress, I was like pretty chill about it. But then, today it hit me, and hit me hard! I am on cloud 9, I am so so happy guys 😍!!!!!!!

So, this would not have been possible without you all, and I mean every single word. The people here are so nice! I realized after a few months into blogging that blogging is so not about the number of people who follow you, if anything, it’s so much about how many people support you, ready your posts. It’s about making friends.

And I have a lot of those, who have been there for me on my darkest nights and the brightest days, and this post will not be complete without you all πŸ₯Ί (yes, I even managed to insert this emoji even though my phone doesn’t support it) To all the wonderful people out there who have supported me, they know it and I know it, I love you for being there for me, and for making this journey so special πŸ₯Ίβ€. I really hope that was the puppy eyes emoji, if it wasn’t…Riddhi, you’re so dead πŸ™‚.

Edit: Just realized the thing I had inserted was a Chinese letter, and not a puppy eyes. Love you Riddhi ☺.

I would also like to shoutout to my very special friends: Riddhi, Tiction, Aanya, Kripaa, Panna, Ashmita, Akshita, Mokshba Di, Poorwa, Ahaana, Naemi, Akriti, Hema Di, Divya Di, Rayna, Anushka, Rachel, Riya, Rishika, Moi, Shivani, and ah, so many more!!! Thanks to my parents for always being there to support me, and my lovely sister for…um, for doing nothing πŸ€”? And thanks to Ipsita, Ritisha, Riddhima, Sanyukta and all my lovely irl friends for their constant support and valuable advice! 😍 I love you guys, you’ve made this journey feel like it is so so worth it! I am sorry I can’t include the links, I just have so many classes. I’m currently in the middle of my Computer tuition doing silly programs that keep printing aestricks for no reason πŸ™‚.

And now for the game 😏

This was suggested by our very own Aanya @ Soaring Firebolt! Dude, you saved me today. I never would have posted anything had it not been for your idea. So here it is:

If you wanna have a little fun, comment down below whether you would take Truth or Dare. I’ll give you a truth or a dare as per your choice and well, we’re gonna have fun!

Also, once you do send your choice, you are not allowed to back down and say that you won’t do it. And it’s not like they are gonna be really hard dares and truth like, I dare you to do a face reveal….NO! They are gonna be easy, fun and weird dares, and yes a little daring. So come on guys, wanna play!?

And I hope many of you don’t just keep taking truth or else it won’t be that fun.

That’s all I had for today. Thanks once again for showing support and making this year so special. I don’t know where I would’ve been without you guys 🀧❀.

Ps- Kripaa @ Dream Diaries has her blogiversary today too! And aah, I do not know why she is refusing to post her post despite my constant threats that I’ll stop talking to her for a month if she doesn’t. Please wish her too πŸ˜ƒ.

Posted in Book Tags and Challenges, Bookish Stuff

Results! Guess the Book Blogger Challenge

Sorry for the stupid featured image, hehe 😐.

Hey Pals!! So a few days ago, I created a Google Form where I gave hints to 10 book bloggers and y’all were supposed to guess which ones they were. The time for submission has ended, but if you’re interested, you can still give it a shot here πŸ˜‰.

So, since I am sure some of you were interested to know the right answers, I’ve decided to share them! So…

1: A female blogger who can be easily found in books yet is lost in a place that begins with the first letter of my name-

This is Georgia @ Lost in Neverland. Though one of you guessed Lost in Narnia, which I have to admit was pretty cool thinking ✨, but well…

2: One of the collaborators of my second site “That Weird Club”, this teen girl has already published two books and her site name screams “POTTERHEAD!”

Potterhead Aanya @ Soaring Firebolt, of course! Or as I would like to call her, the tech girl.

3: The blog name with the alliteration of the letter “m”, this book blogger can’t help but gush about their love for The Lord of the Rings as much as possible

Millay @ Millay’s Musings. I guess this one was a little hard, considering a lot of people love Lord of the Rings, but the alliteration of “m” kinda gave a good hint.

4: This book blogger has a GoodReads Club with another blogger. A few months ago, she changed her blog name to something related to books and thunder.

Cherelle @ A Bolt Out of the Book For those of you who don’t know, she started a really fun book club called “Books Go Boom” with Ashmita @ The Fictional Journal.Β 

5: This book blogger shares her first name with a month, and her site name suggests that she can easily be found reading till 12 am.

This is April @ Booked Till Midnight. You get the 12 am part now, huh? I know I’m smart 😎.

6: This person is pretty much anonymous, if you can call naming yourself the french version of “me” as anonymous, haha.

So many of you nailed this one simple because you know that “me” in French is “moi” πŸ˜‚. This is Definitely Moi @ Bookish Blunders.

7: Once having written what a “best” selling story looks like, and often known for sweet, long comments, this blogger can be associated with the animal- owl.

These hints would definitely be hard if you haven’t interested with the person, but it’s also accurate. This is Naemi @ A Book Owl’s Corner πŸ¦‡

8: This book blogger shares her name with a red coloured fruit (and no, her name is not apple). It seems like all the letters she sends somehow get lost.

Okay, this is not me πŸ˜‚. So many of you thought it was me, I mean okay, my bitmoji has an apple in it but as far as I know, “Nehal” is not the name of any fruit. This blogger is Cherry @ Letters To The Lost.

9: A big fan of Les Miserables, this book blogger’s site name is the bookish equivalent to “One Minute More”.

This is Julie @ One Book More. If you didn’t know, well now you do.Β 

10: This Indian blogger, often mistaken for foreign due to her non-Indian kinda name, will kill you if you insult Six of Crows in front of her and has the pic of a catterpillar for a profile.

Another one I guess the hint was kinda hard of. This is Rachel @ A Bookworm’s Paradise, the book”worm” emoji and the non-Indian name.Β Β Β 

So, these were the answers! I’m not revealing the scores of everyone here, if you want to know yours, let me know in the comments. But I’m gonna reveal the winners. They are:

Riddhi @ Whispering Stories and Tiction @ Fictionally Crazy! As per the rules, both of them get to do a fun collab with me!!

Believe me when I say I haven’t done any partiality πŸ˜‚. The two got all 10/10 answers right! Like wow!

That’s all for today. Comment me if you want to know your score. Hope you had fun! And a big thanks to everyone who participated, ’cause a lot of you participated 😍, and you totally made it worth it! Stay tuned for more fun challenges πŸ˜€.

Posted in Stories and Poems


What follows is a really long poem I wrote for my mother last year. It took every ounce of strength to publish it, it is very intimate and I never thought it would be possible for me to do it. It may not be that good, it is indeed too long, and you can skim read it if you want. What matters to me is that I found the courage to actually publish it. That in itself is enough for me.


I will still love you, no matter what!
And if I don’t, then it’s not me anymore.
For I will have lost myself forever,
If I ever stop loving you.

Hello Mamma,
It’s me- Nehal.
The girl who wants a write a poem for you,
But is not sure how she can say, what hasn’t already been said.

When I was younger, I used to ponder,
How people can change when they grow up,
Just because they grow up.
How one year can make such a difference
How something that seems impossible,
Can actually at some point occur
Right before your eyes.

I may not be the best daughter ever.
I may not be the daughter that loves her mother,
More than any daughter ever can.
I may not be the Arjun who puts his palms,
Under the chin of his mother,
To collect her tears before they hit the ground.
But I still love you.

If there is anything that really makes me feel like a sinner,
Is how I have treated you, Mamma.
I have said harsh things to you in my anger.
I love you and I know you know it,
I know that it feels enough for you.
But that is not enough for me, Mamma.
I just wish I were a better daughter.

You know I hate chores,
That I hate cooking, making tea, and all the other rubbish
But I still do them for you.
You know I do not like self-serving my own food,
But I still do it.
I may get angry when I have to do all this stuff,
But I still do them, Mamma, I still do them.
For you.

And I know all these are nothing compared
To what you have done for me,
For my dad, for my Di.
But that’s the best way I can help you Mamma.
That’s the best way I can show my love.
You say to me that I have changed, because I have grown up.
Do you think I don’t say it to myself every single day?

You have gone through more than I ever want to go through.
And maybe that’s why when I feel like I may have to go through it too,
I get angry.
But Mamma, my anger is just a side aspect of my personality.

Maybe I am writing this poem,
To make you know that I love you,
Or maybe I am writing it because you deserve it.
Or maybe, I am writing it to make myself know,
And believe, that I love you.
That when I feel like a monster,
I can look at these words and say that I’m not one.

You may not be my ideal,
Or my inspiration.
You may not be the one I can be myself with anymore,
And maybe that is indeed because I have changed.
But I hate it.
I hate feeling this way.
I hate feeling that I am changing,
That there may come a point,
When I can longer be even a little bit of who I am now.

And maybe that is why I am writing this poem right now.
Maybe I am so scared of myself that I need you to know:

That when several years from now,
If, not when, but IF-I don’t know how big or small that if is but,
If you can no longer see me in myself then,
I just want you to know:

That the 14 year old writing this,
Cannot contain her tears right now.
That this girl, your daughter, is scared of herself,
And so scared she is, that sometimes, the fear is so unbearable,
That it gets hard to breathe.
I want you to know that I DO not want to become what I might.
That at times I really wish that the devil snatches my life from me before I can become that person.

I want you to remember this Nehal forever.
Not the one I may or may not grow up to be.
I want you to remember me as the girl who cries too much,
Who cares too much, who fears too much.
Who has cried with you, and who is crying for you now.
Who has happily made food when you couldn’t,
Even though she hates cooking.
Who corrects you when you pronounce something wrong,
Not to insult you, or to appear superior,
But to make sure nobody else can make you feel that way.
Who has shouted at you when she is oh-so-angry,
But has come, apologized and always hugged you later.
I want you to remember me as the selfless, selfish girl,
As the person who never really treated you like a mom,
But like her closest friend.
I want you to remember me as someone
Who cannot hide anything from you,
Who tells you too much,
Who finds it hard to lie to you.
I want you remember me as the person,
Who did you work, grunting with anger,
But did it nonetheless.
I want you to remember me as someone,
Who always knows when you are sad,
When you are trying to look happy,
And hates it when you do it.
Because you are not you when you act that way.


I shout to the world right now,
I shout to the skies and the winds and the trees,
And to every single thing that hears me, and I scream:



But then again, I do not want anyone else to be your daughter,
For I know it for sure,
I know it deep down at the very bottom of my heart,
That no matter what I have been to you,
No matter what I haven’t been to you,
No matter how horrible I think I am,
I know that nobody alive can possibly love you as much I do.

I love you mummy!
I love you so much.
And it is my love that speaks,
That if I ever, ever, EVER change,
Just remember:

That there was a 14 year old who loved you when you did not love yourself.

Happy Mother’s Day, Mumma. Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful mothers out there, forever bringing sunshine into the lives of their children ❀️.

Posted in Ramblings

3 Weird Habits of Mine πŸ‘€

Hey Pals!! Today, I’m going to be sharing 5 Weird/Quirky Habits of Mine. I hope you’ll enjoy the post 😁.

This post was inspired by Mokshba Didi’s post @ Happy Panda. Thank you so much for the inspiration. Go check out her post guys, she has such amazing content. Literally, every post of hers is just so unique, you can come back and change my name if you don’t feel that way after reading them.

Note: This is a discussion post so feel free to share your views in the comments.

1: When I’m alone, I like to talk to myself…in a foreign accent.

This has been happening to me for quite some years, but I just can’t help it. There are so many movies, TV shows and Booktube videos I have watched at this point, that if I love somebody’s accent, be it British or American, I will start talking to myself in that accent. Not just the accent, I will adopt their way of speaking words and speak in that way. For example, when I’m alone and scared or something, I start having a conversation with myself. Over time, I realized that it’s such a bad habit, but I just can’t help it. It is so much fun for some reason πŸ˜‚.

2: I use “πŸ™‚” this emoji a little too much, and never in a genuine way.

So now that you know this fact, beware of every time I use this emoji. It’s never in a genuine slightly smiling way. I don’t know why I started using this particular emoji for sarcasm but it just somehow fits it, and every single friend of mine at this point uses it to show sarcasm and anger. Some times, on my class group, when I’m angry at the teacher for giving us extra work, I respond with an “Okay ma’am πŸ™‚πŸ‘πŸ»”. It makes me happy and the teacher suspects nothing.

I know I rock πŸ™‚

But that’s not the only weird thing about it. The weirder thing about it is that sometimes, I use this even when I’m saying normal things and not being sarcastic. For instance, I am in the habit of saying bye like: “K then…bye πŸ™‚”. And I have no freaking idea why I do that!

3: Sometimes Most of the time, I chew on the back of my pen so much that it renders the pen useless.

So, if you ever need an expert on which kind of pens taste best, I’m gonna be your guide…and I’m not speaking figuratively πŸ˜‚πŸ˜³.

No but seriously, it’s a bad habit of mine. I chew on the back of my pen so much (mild gross alert) that the saliva enters the riffle (I hope that’s how you spell it) and makes the pen useless. At times, the back of the pen cracks, and I have to remove the riffle and then I just start chewing on the riffle and um….yeah so, don’t judge me 😳. I don’t know why I do it, but it’s just so….tasty *gulps* 😳.

So, that was all for me. I hope you enjoyed reading this post, and it brought a smile to your face. Let me know a weird habit of yours down in the comments πŸ˜€.

Posted in Fun Tags

For Moi (A Fun Tag) πŸ˜

Hey Pals!! Today, I’m doing the For Moi Tag. Yup, the tag created by my very own fraaand Akriti @ Recipe of Life. Thank you to Akriti for tagging me for it. Here is how it goes: 

The Rules:

  • Display the logo of this tag and the rules on your post.
  • Thank the person who tagged you.
  • Give a link to the original post.
  • Mention 3 imperfections about yourself and also mention a situation which made you feel insecure/guilty.
  • Very IMPORTANT –> You need to mention “No one is perfect and I’m no exception”.
  • Tag 7 or more people.

Here are 3 of my imperfections:

No one is perfect and I’m no exception. Here you go:

  • I spend a LOT of time reading novels and chatting unnecessarily when I have soooooooo many projects to complete…but c’mon, who doesn’t do that 😜!?
  • I am usually in this weird sort of confidence that I can study one day before exams and still get fine marks, so I do not learn every subject completely beforehand…and suffer later πŸ˜‘.
  • I can be pretty aggressive and I’m one of those who easily loses her temper, something I so want to change about myself.
This is not an accurate description of my anger, but this gif is so cute πŸ˜‚

Here’s a situation that made me feel guilty:

Like, every time I cheat in a test or exam πŸ˜‚.

When I was very young, my sister did something that really angered me, and I don’t remember what it was, but I was so angry at that time that I went and ruined her project by using crayons on it (hey, I WAS pretty young). My sister stopped talking to me for a day or more, but after some time, she and my cousin were able to make the projects look fine again. I remember feeling really guilty and sad about it.

I Tag: Anyone and Everyone! If you want to do this fun tag, consider yourself tagged by me πŸ˜€.

That’s all. I had a lot of fun doing this. Let me know one of your guiltiest memories in the comments, if you don’t mind sharing.