8/11/2016

i spent way too much time

feeling sad

and now

i cant get any of it back

My thoughts on Rupi Kaur’s Milk and Honey.

This is that kind of a collection of poetry which will leave the readers either underwhelmed or overwhelmed. From what I have heard from people, this collection either became one of their absolute favourites or they were just gravely disappointed by it and hype.

It is Divided into 4 parts: the hurting, the loving, the breaking and the healing.

Trigger warning: rape and sexual abuse.

There is not much that I can really say to give an idea about this book so I am just going to talk about how I felt about it.

I bought this book after hearing rave reviews about it in all the bookish communities everywhere. The day it was delivered I went to a café near my college and finished it in one sitting, it does not take long. The writing is nothing fancy though, so if you are looking for a literary masterpiece that you can break down and analyse, I don’t think this book is it. But I think the simplicity of it is what makes it so special amongst many other things. This collection of modern poetry doesn’t take a lot from you while reading, you don’t have to mentally prepare yourself to read some heavy poetry kind of thing, it is easy to absorb. There no going out of your way to understand and relate to it, it just happens effortlessly. Although there are certain pieces that look like they could have been just a sentence or a quote but then again so long as the words reach out and have an impact on the audience, the writing style might not matter that much.

And it is not like I rushed through, I took my time with every word, every line and allowed myself to feel whatever it was made me feel. There were parts of it that I felt connected to so much that I just had to close the book for a few sections and take in the reality of it. There were times when I had tears in my eyes, times when I actually felt lonely while reading, maybe it was like the reading was getting me to feel more than I signed up for.

Towards the end of reading this, I felt like I personally knew the poetess. Rupi just put everything possible out there and it was so beautifully done! Needless to say, it obviously became one of my favourites.

Rating: 4/5

 

The Twilight talk

 

I think it is better to start off with a little bit of a background here, of myself and that time when I read twilight and was clearly obsessed with it, anyone who knew me back in school knows that. I wasn’t subtle about it and wasn’t ashamed of it either.

I am a 21 year old girl in the third year of University. After all the literature I have read (not much, there is so much more, but I try), and all the people I have interacted with , readers and otherwise, and cleaning my bookshelf a while ago and finding the entire twilight saga has resulted into me typing out my thoughts about this particular series.

I read this entire series back in 9th grade and was pretty obsessed with it for a while; I would read in class, I would read it instead of focusing on homework and also replaced reading with socialising. Twilight is the first series I ever read and so it plays an important role in my reading journey. I mean I used to read before that but this series just put me on a reading spree, something I realised I could do and was capable of binge reading.

I am aware that twilight gets a lot of hate, on social media and otherwise, even in college there was a time when an entire class was spent criticising this series, and some of it I get. I understand and see the point of view of others and why they dislike it so much. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion and I can wrap my head around that. I am also aware of my own opinions here today more than I would’ve been when I was 14.

If I read twilight today I know that I would end up not liking it and would have a lot to say about it. When I think back at the time I was obsessed with it, I know today that some aspect I wouldn’t understand and would question myself. But I choose to not do that, I choose to not join in in those discussions that hate on twilight because it doesn’t settle well with me. I know this would probably not make sense to most people but I do not want to be disrespectful towards something that was comforting to me and had a positive impact on my life back then. No matter what I would think of it today, I do not want to hate on it just because I’d like to think of myself as a mature someone today and look down on that person who loved twilight and dismiss that as being immature. I can’t. It was something that was an escape from reality for me and 9th grade wasn’t all that easy, and twilight made it somewhat bearable.

Maybe it doesn’t have to be this way and I can just hate on it because everyone is but I don’t want to. Back then I had barely read anything; I wasn’t that much of a voracious reader that I am today, so I am thankful that I found twilight and it got me into the world of reading. Regardless of my opinions today, I can’t bring myself to hate on it.

The ultimate Harry Potter tag

This tag was created by Isabeau’s Literary Musings .

I know i am a day late to celebrate Harry Potter but hey! everyday is Harry potter day if you want it to be.

GENERAL

  1. Favourite book?

It is really hard pick a favourite one but I remember how much I absolutely loved Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. I still do, I feel like picking that book up everyday.

  1. Least favourite book?

Harry Potter and the order of the Phoenix for some Sirius reasons.

  1. Favourite movie?

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s stone because that is where it all began and  every time that movie starts it makes me feel like home.

4 Least favourite movie?

Harry Potter and the order of the Phoenix, I wish the movie was longer

5 Favourite quote?

  • “Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?”

CHARACTERS

  1. Favourite Weasley?

Ginny Weasly, she is badass!

  1. Favourite female character?

I mean I want to say Hermione but I also relate with Luna.

  1. Favourite villain?

Tom Marvolo Riddle

  1. Favourite male character?

Sirius Black, just always, Sirius Black. But also Hagrid!

  1. Favorite professor?

WOULD YOU RATHER

  1. A, Wash Snape’s hair, or B, spend a day listening to Lockhart rant about himself.

I would rather wash Snape’s hair! Cannot tolerate Lockhart.

  1. A, duel an elated Bellatrix,or B, an angry Molly

Wouldnt wanna mess with Molly, so duel Bellatrix.

  1. Travel to Hogwarts via A. Hogwarts Expressor B. flying car.

The Hogwarts Express! That is the dream!

  1. A, Kiss Voldemort. Or B, give Umbridge a bubble bath.

I would rather kiss Voldemort.

  1. A, ride a hippogriff, B, ride a firebolt

Duh?! A firebolt!

BOOK TO MOVIE ADAPTATION

  1. Is there a character which you felt differently about in the movies vs books?

That one time when Dumblebore wasn’t shown as calm and collected during the Goblet of fire.

  1. Is there a movie you preferred instead of the book?

I do not think that is possible

  1. Richard Harris or Michael Gambon as Dumbledore?

Michael Gambon

  1. Your top thing (person or event) which wasn’t included in the movie that annoyed you most.

Wish there was more of Fluer and Bill

 20.If you could remake any of the Potter movies, which would it be?

The Order of the Phoenix.

HOGWARTS

  1. Which house was your first gut feeling you’d be a part of?

Hufflepuff

  1. Which house were you actually sorted into on Pottemore (or another online sorting quiz)?

  1. Which class would be your favourite?

Charms I think

  1. Which spell do you think would be most useful to learn?

Accio because I am pretty lazy

  1. Which character do you think at Hogwarts you’d instantly become best friends with?

Luna Lovegood

MISCELLANEOUS

  1. If you could own one of the three Hallows, which would it be?

The invisibility cloak.

  1. Is there any aspect of the books you’d want to change? This can be a character, an event, anything.

I just wish Dobby and Hedwig hadn’t died.

  1. Favourite marauder?

After all this time that i mentioned Sirius. It’s got to be him.

  1. If you could bring one character back to life, which would it be?

Dobby

  1. Hallows or horcruxes?

Hallows honestly sound much cooler

So there goes my Harry Potter tag! If only i could just stay in bed and binge read Harry Potter series all over again.