Liebster Award Nomination!

Hi Everyone! Hope you’re summer’s going well. 

I was nominated by Annie for the Liebster Award! This award was on my bucket list and I’m extremely happy that I got nominated for it. Go check out Annie’s blog. She’s doing an amazing job!

Here are the rules

1. Answer the 11 questions that your nominator has asked you 

2. Nominate 11 other bloggers (with under 200 followers) 

3. Ask your nominees 11 questions. 

4. Let them know you nominated them!

Here are Annie’s questions for me. Thank you so much, Annie. Loved your questions. 
1. Who is your favourite fictional character?

2. Are you a night owl or an early bird?



3. What’s the best present you’ve ever received?



4. What’s your favourite holiday (Christmas, Easter, Valentines Day, etc…)?

5. Do you know any languages/ what languages do you wish you could speak?

6. What’s your favourite part about blogging?

7. What dessert could you eat for the rest of your life? 

8. Who is someone you look up to?

9. What’s one thing on your bucket list?

10. What’s an achievement you’re really proud of?

11. If you could travel back in time, where would you go?

My answers– 

A1. My favorite fictional character would have to be Ted Mosby from How I Met Your Mother. I resonate with his personality and relate to most of his antics. He’s also one of the major reasons why I love How I Met Your Mother!
A2. Early bird. I can however, stay up until late or pull an all-nighter smoothly during exams depending on the stress levels. 
A3. I’d say the headphones my younger brother got me with his own cash. It’s a prized possession of mine.
A4. My favorite holiday has to be Winter Break, which is Christmas and New Years. 

My brother, dad, grandmother and I are all December babies, so we have a lot to look forward to during the winter break.
A5. I speak English, Kannada, Tulu, Hindi to a certain extent. 

I wish I was fluent in Arabic. It’s a beautiful language and is very special to me since I grew up in Saudi Arabia.
A6. My favorite part would be the amazing responses and support you get post the post. (haha)

A7. Anything chocolate! I’ve found new love in Red Velvet too.
A8. My parents. So many invaluable lessons from them.
A9. Parasailing!
A10. The fact that I started a blog. I’m really proud and happy I went ahead with it. 
A11. I would probably go back to the times of independence. It’s just such a momentous decade and I would have loved to be a part of it. 
And those are my answers to Annie’s questions. 

Here are my questions-
1. What is your pet’s name and what is the story behind it?

2. What’s your comfort food?

3. What’s your dream destination for a holiday?

4. What’s your current favorite book/TV Series?

5. Who is your role model?

6. What is the one thing you love about your home town?

7. What is your latest addiction?

8. Coffee/Tea?

9. What got you into blogging?

10. What’s your favorite quote?

11. Books/Movies
My nominees are-
1.BlogMyLife

2. Wingedeyegirl

3. Justrerehere

4. Rebeka Bergin

5. Makeitup_x

6. EverythingEm_x

7. Thoughtsfromjas

8. Iweekmary

9. CarlieDanillie

10. TopicalBlogger

11. Heylelsunter
I would love to read your answers! 

Lots and lots of love,

Themysticalpanda 

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Book Review- Sudha Murty’s, “Wise and Otherwise”

Currently in my dorm room, all cozy under my blanket and my pair of socks with the hot dogs on them. I can’t wait for summers, the Sonepat winters are getting to me.

I’ve always wanted to read a book by Sudha Murty. We had one of her stories as an academic reading back in 10th grade, and I remember it being one of my favorites.

Sudha Murty’s ‘Wise and Otherwise’ is a collection of short stories, depicting instances from her life that left behind a message. A message so strong, she believed it was worth recollecting and penning it down. And it truly was.

Each story teaches you a lesson, lays down the bitter truth of life, and leaves you at a loss for words. There are stories that have touched my heart and others that angered me. I was saddened that I couldn’t brush some of it off as fictitious.

The world isn’t in the textbooks. You can only learn by experiences. And then can you be wise. Then can you tackle the unpleasantness. Then can you live.The book doesn’t provide anything new or eye-opening. We can all relate to the instances and are well aware of the negativity people have developed. But we’ve accepted it to be a phase and have chosen to flow with it. And that’s where the issue lies. We cannot be passive for long. It’s imperative that we take steps, small it may be, but towards positivity and happiness for all. And that’s exactly what the book screams.

 

 

Lots and lots of love,

themysticalpanda

Goa, ’17

Currently in my dorm room. On my bed, covered with pink sheets with flowers on them. Just watched Dil Chahta Hain, a classic Bollywood movie.

I too,was in Goa with my friends only a month ago. We made memories that I would take to the grave. It was beautiful.

Thought I should put it into writing.

December, the 13th; 6.03 pm. Should we do Goa?.
December, the 13th, 10:28 pm. Amidst chaos and the excitement of planning a trip out of town, my friend books the wrong ticket. Her guilt almost made her back out. Almost. Our plan almost got cancelled. Almost.
But one of us had already booked, we had no option to back out now. Luckily!

This wasn’t all. We still had accommodation in Goa to screw up.
There was this online booking platform. The place looked decent enough for the price we were willing to pay. We checked a couple of reviews and decided to go for it.
Turns out the place wasn’t decent. It looked far from habitable. And we were outside the apartment at around 7in the evening, when this realization hits.

This is where the saviors of our trip come into picture. The friend who messed up her booking, had a good friend of hers in Goa. They rescued us from the havoc that we created with our naive attitude. Yes, we were naive. One of us wanted to see the sunrise in Goa. We’re naive.

Goa is beautiful and so are the people, who I’ve learned are not ,as stereotyped, party animals. We managed to visit quite a lot of places in this rather short trip.

Now, after almost a month of a new Goa themed Facebook Profile, the feeling of nostalgia has set in. But at the end of it all, we enjoyed to the fullest. I cant think of a better set of people that I would have wanted to share these tragic and beautiful moments with.

Take care and always double check your booking details before hitting Confirm.
Salam.

Lots of love,
themysticalpanda