Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Single stories??

Chimamanda was an early reader and writer. She started to read at the age of 2 and began writing in the age of 7. At that time, she was given American and british books to read and she was very much influenced by them. Her characters were all white, lived where it snowed, ate apples and were typical americans/britishers. But the truth was, where she lived, none of this was true. In this video, she explains how vulnerable we are when it comes to books and we directly copy the ideas of what you read. In er case it was american books. She was overwhelmed and shocked when she saw the african books and read them. She realized that people like her could be characters and they could exist. She then quickly diverted away from the idea of 'single stories'. The idea of looking things from one perspective no matter how wrong it was. The african books saved her from the 'single story' of what she thought was books. She related many other 'single story' incident in her lives about the thoughts of her roommate, the houseboy she had in Nigeria etc. Her  main aim in this story was to tell how wrong single stories were and how they could mislead someone completely.

Cues

  • The idea of single stories
  • What society thinks about one perspective
  • The false assumptions single stories can lead you to
  • There were no connections of equality
  • To look at one point of view/perspective is wrong. A healthy story should have different point of views in order to be balanced.
  • The idea about stories being dependent on power
  • The fact that single stories make a story incomplete
  • One assumption of view of a person can make many people relate it and therefore mislead their path


Summary
I think the main aim of this talk was to depict the fact that single stories are a bad influence and only look at one perspective. They related it to a Nigerian woman's life/experience to show what society relates from single stories. They show people one thing over and over again and we must overlook the idea and write from different perspectives.


Admiring the sunset- Another point of view


I lay on my back, the warm coarse sand touching my soft skin, making me feel as if I am lying down on a warm bed of salt. I gently lift up the fresh,brown, fallen twig and mimic how I would paint clouds on the cloudless baby blue sky above me. Sam and I were back from a long tiring day. The beach was all we could think of for relaxation and peace of our minds. Sam’s arm was stretched out with my tired head dumped on it. As I lay under the warm sun,with my stick in my heavy hand, something caught the corner of my eye. Something that I had not seen in a long time and it always fills my lovely heart with hope and love. The red, big ball of great light was slowly setting. My eyes caught on to the spectacular view/sight of a sunset. But before I could make my move, I was startled by a violent swing on my face. I fell towards the ground, I blinked my eyes, slowly got up and rubbed of the warm sand off my tanned body.

My eyes were filled with anger, and rage. I looked closely at that mannerless person. I realised she was a girl. Who was that girl?! Didn’t she have any manners? How could she just barge into me? I was totally furious by her atrocious behaviour. I stared at her with absolute disgrace. I slowly walked back to where Sam was lying down. My excited, peaceful mood had suddenly turned into an angry, furious mood. Sam turned around and saw my anger filled face. He asked me what was wrong and i couldn’t help but tell him. I complained about that girl and all he gave was a loud mirth. This loud laugh made me very upset. I got up and walked off.

I was very close to where that girl was standing... admiring the beauty. I realised she was much younger than me and probably didn’t see me, maybe the beauty of the sun didn’t make her realise where she was walking. I guess I probably overreacted to the situation. I started observing her unique concentration and focus towards the sight. I was totally overwhelmed by her present act. I looked at the sun. It was....wow....

The only thought in my mind was of the exquisite and glorious sight in front of my eyes.. Many people and their tired bodies were there after a long day from work. It was a romantic sight and I was overwhelmed by its beauty. It was a ravishing and stunning act of nature which occurred when the day turned into night. Sunsets have always been a wonderful and fascinating sight for me to view but this sunset was more than just usual. It was just unique and different,the sky started filling with vibrant and rich colours. Slowly everyone started leaving, You could hear the birds and fish. You could smell the scent of the water and the caress of the breeze. It was pure heaven. Now I realised why that girl couldn’t see anything but the unique sight in front of her.

My hair was flying into the cold,wet air and my eyes were stuck to the orange,fiery sun. I could hear was the sounds of the water crashing to my legs as i went deeper and deeper.The sunset had a feeling, It had a mystical feeling which made your heart dwell. The sun, like a large, orange fireball in the distance was cloaked by hanging clouds which were splashed with random colours of hot pinks, and even hints of purple and blues.The purple sky with the orange fireball circling in the middle created an admirable sight which can still never be forgotten by me.

Sunsets have always been an amazing sight for me and are one of my favourite scenes to admire and watch. As the night dawned, the beautiful sky turned into a soft crimson, the colors overtook the sky filling in each corner of the pale field. The magnificent beams of the sun shimmered on the water below. Wow. Sam slowly came and put his arm around me. I leaned onto his hard,muscular,tanned body. I hugged him tight on his waist. Ours eyes met and we slowly came closer to each other. Our lips met. I couldn’t believe it was my first kiss. My first kiss was during a sunset all thanks to that girl. She was an angel.

I now pay regular visits to this sunset hoping to find that girl and to thank her. But always when I’m there...Peace. Serenity. Contentment. A mixture of all of these creates the unmatched feeling that overwhelms me when I’m at the beach, watching the sun setting down.

Admiring the sunset- POV Final

I lay on my back, the warm coarse sand touching my soft skin,I am laying on a warm bed of salt. I gently lift up the fresh,brown,dingy stick and mimic how I would paint clouds on the cloudless baby blue sky above me. I lay under the warm sun,with my stick in my heavy hand, something caught the corner of my eye. Something that I had not seen in a long time and it always fills my lovely heart with hope and love. The red, big ball of great light was slowly setting. My eyes caught on to the spectacular view/sight of a sunset. I slowly got up and rubbed of the warm sand off my tanned body.

I walked closer to this spectacular range of colors in the sky and the only thought in my mind was of the exquisite and glorious sight in front of my eyes. Many people and their tired bodies were there after a long day from work. It was a romantic sight and I was overwhelmed by its beauty. It was a ravishing and stunning act of nature which occurred when the day turned into night. Sunsets have always been a wonderful and fascinating sight for me to view but this sunset was more than just usual. It was just unique and different, the sky started filling with vibrant and rich colours.

My hair was flying into the cold,wet air and my eyes were caught to the orange,fiery sun. All i could hear was the sounds of the water crashing to my legs as i went deeper and deeper.The sunset had a feeling, It had a mystical feeling which made your heart dwell. The sun, like a large, orange fireball in the distance was cloaked by hanging clouds which were splashed with random colours of hot pinks, and even hints of purple and blues.The purple sky with the orange fireball circling in the middle created an admirable sight which can never be forgotten by me.

Sunsets have always been an amazing sight for me and are one of my favourite scenes to admire and watch. As the night dawned, the beautiful sky turned into a soft crimson, the colors overtook the sky filling in each corner of the pale field. the magnificent beams of the sun shimmered on the lake below.

I spent my entire day at this wonderful beach admiring its beauty. Peace. Serenity. Contentment. A mixture of all of these creates the unmatched feeling that overwhelms me when I’m at the beach, watching the sun setting down. A sunset.

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Castle


Murder, death, investigation, suspicion, accusation, mystery. Are those the word you search for in a TV show?? Castle in that case is something you should surely look for and see. Castle is a TV series and has had 4 successful series till now. It has a season 5 which just started recently. Richard Castle, a famous mystery writer and novelist is brought into NYPD. In NYPD, he meets kate beckett. Castle comes to the NYPD in order to know more mystery and murderous stories and write his books on those. Kate initially does not like castle in her team but through the seasons she slowly starts to like him and this friendship eventually turns into love. Castle is a funny, adventurous and fun guy who writes books and also solves cases. Kate is a self centered, annoying yet fun and cool to hand out with. Castle has always been one of my favorite things to watch on TV and I'm always sure to tune into it whenever possible. Castle is a must watch Tv serial. Must watch I repeat.

iPad Mini..Are you Kidding me?!




Here comes apple with another remarkable product, The iPad Mini. At first, my thoughts were pretty much the same as most of you are currently thinking. I was like ‘Oh My Gosh..Are you kidding me?? is apple that jobless??’ But looking at the product and going deeper into it, I realized it wasn’t all that bad. Apple had made the price nearly half of the normal iPads. The structure is the same, it is just smaller and more convenient to carry around. The iPad mini I have to say is not one of the best apple products in the world but it is not bad either. It is an interesting piece of art and is very much like a phone. The iPad mini when you think of it is not as bad but yet another creation of apple. It is a competition for the other small/mini pads from samsung and other different famous brands. The iPad mini has an amazing camera, the new software (iOS 6). The iPad mini isn’t all bad as you think it is actually. Try to dwell more and think deeper.

Thursday, 18 October 2012

Why hate Justin Bieber?

Woah. I just saw Michelle’s video...I must say it was something..umm...different! Looking at all those brilliant ideas and videos, I very much enjoy reading them. Holidays have always been fun for me but this time all I’m doing is getting bored and lazy. So, after a long time of ‘being lazy and doing nothing’ I decided to write a short post on Justin Bieber. It’s actually a very random topic to be frank. Some if you must be pleased that I’m writing about him and some of you must have that grudge and hatred to my post. But frankly speaking, Why do we hate Justin bieber? Because of his girly voice? Oh come on, he has passed that voice already. Is it because of his choice of music, genre, pitching in his voice? To be frank, its just the awareness that has made his image bad in front of us. Sometimes I love hearing his music and sometimes because my friends don’t like it or he’s just being ‘weird’ changes my opinion. Justin Bieber does not have the best voice in the world but we don’t have to crib about that. If he pukes on stage, the news goes viral! I mean come on, Who does not puke? Is there something wrong with that? He is just an ordinary teenager with a dream to become famous and i think he succeeded in that. People also don't like his hair, but why do people look at it? It obviously has something to admire about and thereofore people like it. It's different and unique and people should first look at their hair,compare and then draw conclusions.Sometimes people don’t like the fact he’s famous for ‘nothing’. Well, he isn’t famous for nothing. He worked hard and therefore his voice proved the world that he was capable to move on to the next level. People also use the word ‘gay’ to describe him but seriously!? Are you kidding me?! How do you know? Did u live with him? Is it because of his voice? According to me, Justin Bieber does not have the best voice in the world but definitely does not have the worst. He is an ordinary boy with a dream and I think we should let him move on with his dream. Why do we hate him? Anyone has any answers to that? 

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

My Journey till now - Perks of Being a Wallflower


My Journey till now

Reading has always been one of the activities I like to do when I’m bored and tired and need something to cheer me up. The perks of being a wallflower is the current book I’m reading as I said in my earlier post. Charlie (the main character) seems like a nice and straightforward boy but also seems to have some problems. Unlike everyone in high school, he talks about weird things at time that makes you wonder about his personality. I have read a lot during these past few weeks because I really like the letters Charlie writes, They are straight forward and easy to understand unlike other letters. He has also made some good friends. They include Sam, a very pretty girl who has a great personality and enjoys/lives life the way she wants to. Also, Charlie has a big crush on her and as i said before; him being straightforward, told Sam his feelings but because he was younger than Sam and all she joked saying ,” you know you’re younger than me right?’. Charlie still has a big crush on her and can’t resist to her unique beauty. He has also met Sam’s brother Patrick and all three of them have become really good friends. Patrick has a funny personality and gets teased very often because of one mistake he made when he was young. He isn’t usually called Patrick but called by the name of ‘nothing’. I’m not going to tell you why...Because you have the read the book for that! 
Also, now Charlie is getting invited to parties and people are knowing who he is. He has an existence. Charlie is very happy with his life. Teachers are complementing him, People are accepting him in their groups and he is leading a great life. I mean What else could a High Schooler want?

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

‘Sam’ From iCarly










HAHAHAHA! THAT WAS SOO FUNNY :D You got pretty freaked out didn't you? ;)
Rough, funny, talented and food are the only words that come to my mind when I think of Sam. Well I wouldn’t say that Sam is normal neither would I say she isn’t. She does not fear of anything and can do anything when it comes to her advantage. She is a dare devil. She is very tough (not like most girls) and is very funny. Her character sometimes states weird statements. She has enough power to beat any boy up and is prone to aggression. She loves food and can surely not live without it She has a particular love for heat. Other than all these things, Sam is a very nice and good girl at heart. Sam’s weirdness is proven in one of the episodes when she says that she has a twin sister and her mom gave birth to both of them in a gas station and then drove off from there. Sam also with her best friend Carly has a web show in which they; through funny and weird ways create entertainment for the people. Sam...well relates to me because she is aggressive and can’t stand anything when it comes to insulting her or her friends, I tend to also do that occasionally because I can stand the fact. She loves meat! Even i do! Also, sometimes the comments she makes is weird but makes everyone laugh! I tend to do that because i like to enjoy my life and well make everyone happy. She sometimes refers to herself as ‘momma’ and i too...well sometimes ;) Sam’s character is unique and i tend to relate myself to her very much while she I’m watching iCarly. Her real name is Jennette McCurdy and I will very soon like to meet her.

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower- Stephen Chbosky

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower- Stephen Chbosky
Wow. This book is a very good book and is definitely one I haven’t read in a long,long time. I’m in middle school and very soon everything will change and I will be in high school. Pressure, studies, academics will be most important at that time at that time. This book through a mysterious and fun way shows you how high school life is. How growing up is, the problems people face at home and many more things. It tells about the story of a 15-year old boy charlie, who is struggling in high school. He is struggling to cope up with his feeling for his first love sam. I chose this book after i heard about the movie. The movie stares very good actors and actresses. Watching the trailer, made me wonder how the book would be. Therefore, looking at the book in the library, i decided to read it. Till now, I have only learnt about Michael's death (Charlie’s best friend) and how Charlie expresses his deep sorrow for his friend. Charlie also tells about his sister and brother and the corrupt acts they do but also expresses his love towards them. I think this book will be worth to read! I will soon write about this book in my next post :)

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

2012- Is the world going to end?


I hesitate to write this article because I don’t want to scare people. But actually, The thought of the world coming to an end is killing me! Is the world actually going to end? What’s going to happen? I don’t want to die! 

I remember on 31st december 2011, the minute the clock struck 12, I was so happy to start a new year. My heart was filled with joy and I danced the whole night.That night, one of my friends came out with an interesting comment. She said,’ uhhh...guys...It’s the start of a new year and all but the year 2012 is the ending of the world. You know that right?’. My comment at that time was a very vague one. I said’ ahhh...no need to worry about that! It’s just a saying...nothing is going to happen lah!’. That comment echoes in my mind today. Is the world actually going to end? Is it just a saying? Is it the truth?

My heart is pounding while writing this but c’mon, we have got to face the reality....Is the ending of the world approaching? Are we all going to die? Is this what lies in our destiny?

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Darwin- Waterfall Serenity















Last month on my trip to Darwin (Australia), It was a warm, lovely saturday morning and me and my family decided to visit the ‘Jim And Jam’ waterfall.It was an amazing and breathtaking waterfall in the kakadu national park.The moment i arrived at this waterfall, I was fascinated by its unique beauty and this photograph above depicts that waterfall vividly. The water was pure, refreshing and and brought a smile to my face.The sounds of water splashing everywhere, the pounding, the laughs of the children was a pleasing and beautiful sight to see. We all quickly changed into my swimming costumes and jumped in the cool,icy water. There were sudden shivers sent to my body. It was truly an amazing sight to see. The serenity in darwin and its national parks is something i still cannot explain. This national park was truly a blissful and extraordinary place with a wide range of wildlife and amazing sceneries.  My sister in fact created a splashing steady pattern of endless rhythms and the water falling felt like the heartbeat of the earth as it crashed on the rocks.
The rich and thick greenery I was surrounded in caused the sight of the waterfall to be just right. the sun shining brightly on the waterfall causing a beautiful reflection to occur...
The dense growth of the leaves and grass on the outskirts of the river made the sight even more appealing. Visitors from all around the world were present there and they spent their entire day either camping or admiring its beauty. We spent the entire day laughing, sharing thoughts and admiring its beauty. This was an unforgettable journey and i will never forget it. This waterfall is indeed a sight of nature that cannot be depicted it words...it's a magical sight which takes you to a different world.....

Monday, 1 October 2012

The Perks of Being a Wallflower
















The Perks Of Being A Wallflower....hmmm....Sounds like a familiar name...Wait...was it the book I saw in the bookstore? Yes! You're absolutely right. This is a movie based on a best-selling novel by Stephen Chbosky. It is a story about growing up. It is about how life in high school is. It tells about both scenarios. Both being, sad and sorrowful times and happy and enjoyable times.An introvert freshman is taken under the wings of two seniors who welcome him to the real world. It is a moving tale of love, loss, fear and hope- and the unforgettable friends that help us through life. Starring in this book based movie are Logan Lerman, Emma watson and Erza Miller. The reviews of this movie has been rated as a four star and many people are dying to watch this movie. Ir is soon going to release in theatres and it is goignt o be a blast! SO DON’T FORGET TO GRAB YOUR TICKETS FOR THIS MUST-WATCH MOVIE! :D