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Monday, February 3, 2014

The Nerdy Things I Can't Get Over..!

How do you even define "nerdy"? I'm just going by what 'people' say or react like, even though I don't even notice much what people's opinions are (who has the time to consider them?)! Still, there are many things normal common people do or like that I don't do or like.

Example, watching movies. I dunno, I would rather read. That's all. Spending hours in front of a screen just watching seems like a waste of time, unless what you're watching holds some meaning or gives you intense emotions you would like to think over, or something like that. Don't get me wrong, I do like certain movies. Just that they end up being based on books. It's almost magnetic, half of them were those I didn't even know were based on books. And I prefer English more, no offence to Bollywood. But anyway, how else do you explain that I can watch kids' movies (Charlie and the chocolate factory, Madeline, Matilda, 101 Dalmitians, etc) easily over and over again? That I would be hooked to a movie on TV and years later discover a book with the same title? (Tuck Everlasting! The scariest movie on immortality ever! I mean, it just made me scared of the idea of being immortal). I love animation films, although I wouldn't watch these all by will or deliberation, except sticking to my ritual of watching Christmas movies on Christmas. I must be very bored, or have the time for it to be able to watch a movie.

When it comes to movies based on books that I've read these past 2-3 years, I feel differently. I admit to acting like a demented hypermaniac when the Harry Potter movies released. I had to watch them and get the movie DVDs on birthdays. I had to watch them countless times whenever I had time, but they were awesome movies, you've got to see! I don't feel the same for movies-based-on-books right now. It's weird, really. I used to be so excited about watching a movie replaying the same story I read, but in the past few weeks, watching trailers made me nervous. I wasn't so sure that the movies would stay true to the books. I suspect they'd give in to commercialization, which, I don't like.

I didn't much enjoy the Catching Fire movie, then I was all, " :O Why do Rose and Lissa look like glamorous dolls in this movie poster?" for the Vampire Academy movie (which I'll nevertheless watch, but still). Then the trailer for The Fault in Our Stars came out. I was excited, I wanted it to be awesome! It was, at least for many people. I don't know how I felt except that now I feel like granting access to the movie only to those people who've read the book. Don't ask why, I don't know. I feel like the others wouldn't understand. And one word any non-reader utters against the movie Is. Going. To. Suffer. -_-

Last year's b'day achievement :P
Books. Synonymous to "life" for me, however dramatic it may seem. But really, whatever sanity I have left in me is because of them. Just. Love. Them. All. :') I love collecting books, not just for the sake of collecting, but if I'm reading something I'm liking, I have to have it. I ask for books on birthdays, and whatever occasion demands a gift. My family finds it so weird that they've taken a list of books as a complimentary gift to the "main" gift for birthdays. Who's going to tell them I care more about the complimentary? Some friends say, 'we won't gift you books, you need something more normal', but they happen to be college-people, mostly, so it's okay. The other nerdy friends just know which book would be ideal. I appreciate both, though.

The way I pass my "extremely-limited" free time would include:

1. Randomly going through books I have.
2. Browsing Goodreads or Flipkart or (how can I not see the Indian version of Amazon? Even if it looks cent per cent like the international site? :P)
3. Thinking of ways in which that huge carton that brought with it the new washing machine, could be folded and converted into yet another book holder.
4. Updating the list of books at home. In my special Books-only notebook. Checking how many have been lent, and thinking of ways to get them back asap. :P
5. Writing
6. Emailing the nerdy friend(s) about 'smart' things I got to know. Mostly stuff from books that made me think deeply.
7. Browsing through HBO, WB, Star Movies, World Movies, etc and stopping to watch a Narnia movie.

Other stuff I do:

- Collect quotes, mostly in a notebook dedicated to bookish-updates.
- Collect smart-ass phrases to be put on tees (although I just have one tee that says, 'Don't let the muggles get you down' gifted by two awesome friends! *_*)
- Make stuff like papier mache objects, cards and simple bookmarks.
Papier mache thingy and I
- The only game on my cell phone I ever seem to play, if at all I do, is one on the Hunger Games. :P
- The only kind of apps I use include: Angry Words, Notes, Duolingo, Kindle, Feedly, Blogger, Goodreads!
- Use four different colored pens while taking down notes in class. And the colors should include pink and purple, or else it'll be too boring!
- Add cuttings of Natasha Badhwar's column to the folder with other newspaper cuttings, including Sonal Kalra's column!
- Re-read old posts from this blog. God knows how much I learn about myself like this. :P
- Make progress with some online course I'd be pursuing (this is a recent add-on).

You get the gist. -_- Now who has the time to go shopping or gossiping when there is so much to do? Who wants to stay back in a wella college when I'd rather find peace doing all these things? Which lately includes being in denial and shock and crying over the end of the third book in the Vampire Academy series. I mean! It's going to be three days! I have no idea how to get over it! I've even started reading something else entirely, instead of moving on to the next book!

More for later! Pretty Sunday's over now. :|


  1. hello Ashna. I'm a keen reader of your (and usama's) blog. Sorry I didn't give a single comment to your posts due to my fear that what would I say. I'm not well in writing and when it's about to say the person like you, I'm down. I've read all your posts, WHOLE, Complete. Even twice and Thrice.
    sometimes i felt I'm being Ashna... loved the feeling, the Paint(a)_holic, awesome wall painting
    See, last time I tried to contact you but see, the problem with me... I couldn't do.
    I wish you would accept me as your friend here... And I wouldn't mind if you don't do. BUT i would surely mind if you didn't reply me back. I too like long Replies ;(
    PS: whatever it be...I'll keep in touch with your pages... you are awesome when you write. plz don't take big gaps. Some invisible people wait for your sayings. okay!
    PSS: I forget to say, you are awesome Otherwise too

    1. Hey Ena!

      I feel so humbled and happy seeing such a sweetness-filled comment! Thank you so much. I never knew you read this blog! Of course I'd accept you as a friend. I'm not too much into social networking right now, but if you'd like to write to me and talk about anything, pls email me. My id's mentioned in the 'About Me' tab. :)

      It really feels good to know when someone can relate to what you're feeling! Pls feel free to write whatever you think, language is no barrier. It's just a medium of communication! I'd definitely try writing more frequently. Believe me, I miss it too. Just going through a time when I don't either get time or don't feel up to it (which is horrible, but I'm waiting to get free from some commitments right now :) ).

      Hope you'd write more, and soon! :)

      Thanks again! :D Take care!!!


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