Korean Cultural Festival 2016

It all started when I when I was walking down the corridors of my college and suddenly decided to check out the notice board. I don’t know why. I never look at the notice board but that day I just randomly looked at it. I think my heart was about to explode out of my chest when I my eyes landed on a poster. My first reaction was to take a picture of it and12697115_971976156212198_4365780142144847404_o then after that I grinned all the way while I was walking towards my class. I found myself wishing that 20th Feb would come soon.

I had missed the 2015 Korean Festival held in November because it was smack between my exams. But there was no way in hell I was going to miss this one! I told my friends about who are also K-pop fans and they were excited as well but when I asked them this friday if they were coming, they all backed out. I couldn’t fathom WHY anybody would want to not go!! But, god bless my ever available childhood friends who agreed to go with me in an instant. And thankfully one of my childhood friends is also a crazy k-pop fan like me.

Honestly I was surprised when I found out it was being organised by the Delhi University Korean Students Union. Like i had NO idea that there were Korean students here. But as I entered the college today, I heard someone IMG_20160220_193234answer there phone and go “Yeoboseyo” I cant even explain my reaction at hearing that. Like gosh I think i died. My friends were telling me to calm the fuck down. I thought I was in mini-korea with korean music blaring through the speakers, Korean people around and Korean food. I was literally in la-la land!

I had never had Korean food before so I was pretty excited to try it for the first time. I saw that they were selling Kimbap and that was the first thing I tried. Sadly, after the first bite I realized that Korean food was definitely NOT for me. I also ate kimchi, chicken pop, rice cakes (which i liked) and this Korean ice cream (I don’t remember what its called). I was really looking forward to the food but man, its just not for me.

I also got my name written in Korean! Aaaand best of all, I tried on a Hanbok!! That was soo exciting! And surprisingly, I didnt look that bad in it 😛

I had a really amazing time. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to attend the movie screening and the k-pop contest. But nonetheless, I was in my happy place. Hoping for more amazing days like this to come.

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Never Never: Part Three by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher

25454883 Title and Author: Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher

Series: Never Never #3

Shelves: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery, 2016-Release

Publisher: Hoover Ink

Published: 19th January 2016

Ratings: download (1)


Summary: New York Times bestselling authors Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher are back with the much-anticipated final installment in the Never Never novella series.
Together, Silas Nash and Charlize Wynwood must look deeper into the past to find out who they were and who they want to be. With time ticking down, the couple are in a race to find the answers they need before they lose everything. Can they regain what they once had? And will it restore who they once were?

Review: This book should be renamed to- How to Disappoint by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher.

Never Never started out as a fresh and unique series. If you’ve read my review of Never Never Part 1, you’ll know how much i enjoyed the book. Even the blurb of Never Never had me all excited!

“I could spend every day getting to know you all over again, Charlie, and I don’t think I’d get sick of it.”

It told the story about how two high school students had lost their memories at the same time and together they try to put their lives into pieces whilst trying to figure out what was happening to them and why.

“‘What’s the one thing you’re the most scared of forgetting?’ he asks.
I open my eyes. ‘You.'”

I was really really excited to know how the series would end. Part 2 had us all guessing that it was probably something paranormal which had caused their memory loss. Atleast, that’s what we all thought it would be…or in my case hoped it would be.

But NO. All the suspense and anticipation was for nothing. The authors decided to give it the WORST and possibly the most cliched ending.

Are you kidding me?” Was the first thought that came into my mind after reading it. The idea of the book was interesting but I don’t think that the authors were able to properly execute it.  I have never ever felt so let down before. I had such high hopes for this one but well, seems like I was wrong yet again.

Final thoughts: This series had potential! I had a really good time reading the first two installments but the ending just kind of ruined it all for me.

The Western Portrayal of India and Other Concerns

The recent music video of Coldplay’s Hymn for the Weekend has sparked an online row for cultural appropriation and misrepresenting India’s culture. Hence, as an 18 year old living in India, I’ve decided to write down my thoughts about the video and all the other music video shot by white people in India.

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Growing up, I had often heard the phrase “India is a land of snake charmers”. I’ve never seen a snake charmer in my entire life and I’ve lived in the country since my mom gave birth to me. But India has always been called that: A land of snake charmers, poverty, culture and colors. I’m not denying the existence of anyone of them (well…I’ve never seen a snake charmer so I don’t know about that). Everything that is said certainly has a hint of truth in it.

When I heard that Coldplay was shooting a music video in India I was thrilled. I like stuff like that. Who wouldn’t? I even liked the music video of Lean On by DJ Snake. I wasn’t even thinking about cultural appropriation or stuff like that. I was just enjoying the music video and the catchy song.

I didn’t even realize Coldplay’s MV was out until I saw a long rant of one of my friends on Facebook, slamming the video for being too clichéd. As I was curious about it, I decided to check it out and that’s when I began to think about all the other videos and movies short by westerners in India.

“So clichéd” was the first thought that came to my mind while watching the video. It had every stereotype EVER used in ANY videos shot by white people in India. Kids running around playing Holi (why are they so obsessed with holi??), sadhus walking, holi, levitating sadhus, kathakali dancers, more holi, and kid dressed as Shiva. Other than that, there was also Coldplay playing holi as kids danced around them, a 3 second cameo by Bollywood actress Sonam Kapoor in a ghagra choli dress, Beyonce as a Bollywood actress called Rani, Chris Martin enjoying a movie starring Beyonce as ‘Rani’ in an age old theatre (because India doesn’t have any modern day theatres, right?).

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I’m not denying the existence of anything that was shown in the video. They do exist. And it’s different from anything you’ve ever seen, which is probably what people find attractive and exotic about India. But here’s the thing. We have things other than what India is represented as by the westerners. You must think that’s a stupid statement to make. But let me tell you about something that I was asked by a friend of mine from Britain. I was once telling him about my dislike for Subway sandwiches when he asked me, “India has Subway?”  I was just stunned. That was SUCH a ridiculous statement to make. I began an angry rant about how India had everything. Marks and Spencer, Zara, Vero Moda, Burger King etc. I couldn’t believe I had to explain this to him. I was so angry but then I began thinking that if he believes there is literally nothing in India except poverty, surely there are others who believe that as well. The mere thought makes me cringe.

I’m no patriot. There are several things wrong about this county and I’m one of the first ones to point those out. But I do live in India and there are things I love about it as well. And I think Coldplay MV captures that. Setting aside my slight problem with the stereotypes, it’s a beautiful video. I love how it captures India so beautifully. I love the song as well. And I don’t have anything against the video. It represents a reality we all know exists. But there are other realities as well. It has poverty as well as riches, age old theatres as well as modern ones, people dancing on the streets as well as people dancing in nightclubs. In other words, India is a country where several realities co-exist.

The perfect end statement to this would be the one I heard made by a girl in the Buzzfeed video about the Coldplay’s MV- “It’s like a Facebook picture that you’re tagged in. You don’t like it cause it’s not your best angle but it’s still you”.

My Can’t Wait Booklist of 2016

7. P.S. I Like You by Kasie West

25486998My first Kasie West book was The Distance Between Us. But the book that I really loved was The Fill-In Boyfriend. I love reading fluffy cute YA romance books and Kasie West writes exactly that. So I’m definitely looking forward for this one. Plus, after reading the blurb I know that this book is going to be filled with adorableness!

Publisher: Point

Expected Publication: 26th July 

 

 

 

6. Heartless by Marissa Meyer

18584855A story from the villain’s point of view? Hell yes, I’m in!

Marissa Meyer proved how amazing she is with the Lunar Chronicles hence, I’m really confident that this book is going to be awesome. I just know in my gut that this book is going to be bloody extraordinary. And i can hardly wait to read it.

Publisher: Feiwel and Friends

Expected Publication: 8th November 

5. A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

25558608I had a great time reading An Ember in the Ashes and I have no doubt it sequel will be as good as the first book.

The cover hasn’t been unveiled yet but Im pretty excited for its release anyway!

Publisher: Razorbill

Expected Publication: 30th August

 

 

 

4. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas

17927395I’ll read anything by Sarah J Maas. However, after reading the blurb I can clearly see there is a love triangle in development and I don’t know how to react to that.

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Expected Publication: 3rd May

 

 

 

 

3. The Last Star by Rick Yancey

16131489.jpgI LOVE the 5th wave series. I love this series so much and I literally can’t wait to see how its going to end.

Publisher: G.P Putnam

Expected Publication: 24th May

 

 

 

 

 

2. Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

23174274The amount of lies and betrayal in the Red Queen was off the charts! I had such a good time reading it that I have really high expectations from the sequel. Hope it doesn’t disappoint!

Publisher: Harper Teen

Expected Publication: 9th February

1. The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh

23308084Its no secret that im a HUGE fan of The Wrath and the Dawn. I loved that book so much that I’ve already re-read it a couple of time. I wish May would come already so that I that can finally get my hands on this book!

Publisher: Putnam Juvenile

Expected Publication: 3rd May