Badnaam | 13 Random Questions | Mini Fan Interview

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To start off, unlike their other fans, I fell in love with Badnaam and their music, literally the day after Pepsi Battle Of The Bands ended.  And that’s because, I didn’t follow the show. *Clears throat awkwardly*  Regardless, all it took was one curious sweep through their BOB performances, and I was hooked.

So for those of you who are living under a rock, (like me). Here’s a brief introduction of the Sufi rock band which took Pepsi Battle Of The Bands by storm.

The trio consists of vocalist and guitarist Ahmed Jillani (center), Bass guitarist Rahim Shahbaaz aka Sunny (left) and Ahsan aka The New Lala In Town (right). In their own words, the band wanted a unique name for themselves. Inspired by Bulleh Shah’s verse “Apo hoyo badnaam, jinnay peeta ishq da jaam”, they came up with the eyebrow-raising name “Badnaam”. Their philosophy is simple. They aim to get their message of love and peace across to today’s generation in the form of their music.
Originally with Ahmed on vocals, Lala on bass guitar and Unlucky Ex-Drummer on drums, the band applied for the BOB auditions, completely oblivious of what the future had in store for them.

So as luck would have it, Unlucky Ex-Drummer ditched the band last minute. And thus, Lala slid over to drums and Sunny joined the band as bass guitarist. In Lala’s words, the band flew over to Karachi cuz free plane tickets. 

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The band was an instant hit with the judges and so they progressed to the Top 8 with flying colors. Relentless hard work, grueling jam sessions and extreme anxiety and emotional stress paved way for Badnaam to the Grand Finale of Battle Of The Bands, alongside Kashmir, where they were crowned the runner ups.

 

My first interaction with the band was when they made a vocal appearance on Ejaz Waris’s radio show on 103 FM. After half an hour of trying to note down which number to call, followed by another 20 minutes of constantly dialing and hanging up on the Muaziz sarif lady, my call finally went through. I pretty much forgot to breathe when the host asked me to introduce myself and then directed me towards the band, mainly Ahmed. I actually managed to ask the 2 questions which I had been practicing for the past hour. They were:

Me: When are you guys releasing your first album?
Ahmed: We’re hoping to release it by this December.
Me: Will you guys ever do a concert in Karachi?
Ahmed: No, we’ll never do a concert in Karachi.
*I laugh awkwardly* And everyone simply laughs.
Ahmed: No Insha’Allah we’ll do concerts all over the world, not just Karachi.
Me: Insha’Allah.

I proceeded to wish them luck with the future and then hung up. And then I literally screamed with happiness. Because I don’t call on radio shows. I don’t even listen to the radio. Anyway, I managed to later embarrass myself on the show by sending in a heartfelt comment “Lala x6 hearts” on the Insta Live feed. The host obviously read out my comment out of all others and I cringed a little.

While I was attempting to call on the show, I was also in the process of painting a badge with the band’s logo on it. screenshot_20170923-134555.png

I posted the badge on my Insta the next day and it was “liked” by all 3 members. And yes. I bragged about it big time in front of fellow Badnaam fan-girls.

Okay let’s get down to business. Presenting, without further ado, my 13 Question Interview of Badnaam.

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The band:
Q1: As a band, which artist/band would Badnaam love to perform with?
A: We would love to perform with Abida Parween. That would be super cool.

Q2: Will you be expanding the band?
A: 
We are quite fine with the trio set up right now. But we are open to new ideas. Let’s see what happens.

Q3: Your vision for 2018?
A:
To do as many shows as we can.

Ahmed:
Q4: Ahsan is Lala. Rahim is Sunny. Do you have a nickname the fans can call you with?
A:
Fawad Khan gave us really cool nicknames. I would like to keep one of those.

Q5: Will you ever sing an original Badnaam track in English?
A:
We have original songs in English but we’re not sure if they will be appropriate for the Pakistani market.
My comment: I’d kill to hear you sing an English song because your Nirvana cover blew me away. 

Q6: Favorite Nirvana track?
A:
Tough one. Breed and Territorial Pissing.


Lala:
Q7: Do you plan on sticking with drums or going back to bass guitar?
A:
I’m just focusing on drums right now.

Q8: What would you be doing right now if BOB never happened?
A:
Video editing and practicing. 

Q9: Any crazy fan experience?
A: “Bhai app ko kaheen dekha hai.”
“Mujhay, kahan?”
“Yar yaad nahi aaraha lakin bohat dekhi dekhi si shakal hai.”
I’m like abay pechan bhi lay.

Sunny:
Q10: If music is the most important thing for you, what’s the 2nd most important thing?
A: 
Working with wood. I like to play with it, making products.

Q11: You personal favorite Badnaam song?
A:
Khawaja Ki Diwani

Q12: As a bass guitarist, who is your idol?
A:
Flea from RHCP (Red Hot Chilli Peppers)

All members.
Q13: What’s the one word you can use to sum up your entire Battle of The Bands experience?
A: 
Blessed.

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So there you have it. Never-known-before Badnaam facts!
After watching their interviews, listening to them on the radio and communicating with them myself, I can’t help but be amazed at how humble these guys are. Personally, I was never a fan of Sufi music. But these guys converted me. I constantly have their songs on repeat. So I know for a fact that I’ll be first in line when that album finally drops.

If you’re reading this, let me just say this. Guys, you rock. I hope you go even bigger and stay forever humble.
On that note,
Dear Badnaam and their fans,
Keep Calm, Be BADNAAM!

Sincerely,

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The Introverts Reading Room | Room Decor

When you grow up without a room of your own, you pretty much always imagine what it would be like if you ever did get one someday. I never before had the luxury of actually designing my own space. But recently, I got a small room of my own to decorate, however I saw fit. And so I rolled up my sleeves and got to it. I had a clear image of what the room was going to look like, OUTER SPACE!

Here’s exactly what I did to create the reading room of my dreams and how I did it. Enjoy!

Step # 1: A Bookshelf From The Stars.

Since Day 1, I was hell-bent on getting the simplest bookshelf possible. I didn’t want any crazy, diagonal or circular bookshelves because I had limited space. Also. I had other plans to spice up my shelves anyway. So we went for a furniture market raid and here’s the design I stumbled across and immediately loved.

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I ordered 2 of these and after a painfully long wait, the bookshelves finally arrived!! I immediately got to helping my books immigrate to their new home.

I don’t think I can put into words how I felt when I saw all the books that I have been collecting since the age of 10, finally up on gorgeous shelves, for the world to see.

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I proceeded with decorating the shelves with toys and figurines that I had acquired over the past 4 years through countless flea market raids. And voila! My bookshelves instantly became every bookworm’s envy.

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No bookshelf is Instagram-worthy without a few fairy lights! I decided to settle on white lighting for the entire room so I put up these soothing white fairy lights across the entire shelf.

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Step # 2: Seating

What’s the perfect seating possible for a reading room? That’s right. A beanbag!!! Following the color scheme, I added the bluest bean bag I could find to the room.

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Obviously a mere beanbag isn’t the best seating when you’re most likely to use your laptop and watch movies in the room. Therefore, a sofa/bed was the very next item to be added.

A dark blue-grey plush velvet sofa, topped off with some galaxy cushions! I’m telling you. They look simply from out of this world.

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Step # 3: Starlight

The fairy lights alone aren’t enough to provide enough light to the room for practical use. Hence, I seized the opportunity to utilize the galaxy themed lamps that I had made for a University assignment back in 2014. Designed around the constellation of Orion the Warrior, there was literally no better place in the world for these lamps, other than this room.

Step # 4: Space Junk

Is any room ever really complete without completely unnecessary and random touches to it? Of course not. So I added a tiny lamb fur rug to the room. Why? Because why not?

Step # 5: The Universe on your walls

When you’re an artist, every blank surface turns into a canvas. I have 3 perfectly sparce walls which were motivation enough for me to pick up my paintbrushes and have at it.

Religiously sticking to the outer space theme, painting a T.A.R.D.I.S on wall # 1 is how I began the finishing touches to the room.


The T.A.R.D.I.S wall art is not only cool to look at, it provides the perfect canvas for my Insta-bound life!

 

I am really looking forward to my next 2 wall arts! Any ideas on what they should be!

I would really appreciate some space-related ideas!!

With that,

Happy Diy-ing!!

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| Aristotle And Dante Discover The Secrets Of The Universe |Book Review

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“Words were different when they lived inside of you.”

I find it particularly difficult to write a review for this book. Because it was one of those books which was less of novel, and more of an experience. Meant to be lived and felt, rather than explained. This book is what I like to call a Buttery read. Smooth, light and delightful. And effortless.

The book tells the story of 2 boys, Dante and Aristotle (10 points for the boys to be named after 2 Philosophers) and how they find each other in a phase of life when they needed each other the most. And as cliched as it may be, this story is about being lucky enough to bump into that one person, who makes you feel like less of a freak.

Since my reviews are always spoiler-free, I’m just going to state the obvious. It’s a gay love story. So if you’re against that sort of thing, stay far away from this book. Because in my opinion, it’s an ADORABLE story. And it teaches us a lesson which is simple, and yet it is the easiest to ignore. You are perfect the way you are. And one day you will be discovered by someone who will tell you the exact same thing.

But if you’re not bothered by the gay thing, read it now! It’s a perfect Young Adult novel for anyone who has had or is having a difficult high school life. Which is basically all of us. With that being said,

Happy Reading!

Bookishly,

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13th Doctor Revealed | 3 Types of Whovian Reactions | Doctor Who

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So as many of you Whovians (and non-Whovians) have probably heard by now, the 13th Doctor is going to be played by a WOMAN!!! Aka, Jodie Whittaker.

Que in the drama. Lay back with popcorn and enjoy the comment wars on social media!

Okay so yeah, the part of the Doctor has been played only by MEN for the past 50 or so years. And maybe it was an obvious choice to go with a male actor for the 13th (and presumably last Doctor). But that’s not what happened. They picked a female. Uh oh. 

Ever since it was announced that Season 10 would be Capaldi’s last season as the 12th Doctor, speculations began. A LOT of people wanted the 13th (and final?) Doctor to be a woman. Because Feminism and shit. So why is it that when the creators finally announced the next Doctor to be a woman, all hell broke lose. I’ve been through hundreds of comments and tweets. And from the looks of it, some of the Whovians are raging mad because how dare they destroy a character by changing it’s gender. And some broke out confetti because a small step for Doctor Who but a giant leap for Feminism and shit. 

I think there’s more to it. So. Here are the 3 type of reactions which I think Whovians had to this news.

1) Why u do dis? Whovians:

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These Whovians are the pitchfork yielding fans who are outraged. They simply refuse to accept Jodie as their 13th Doctor. Because how dare BBC destroy the legacy of the Doctor by casting a woman for the role? I read so many comments saying that Capaldi’s departure was it for them and that the seasons with Jodie wouldn’t count as a part of Doctor Who.

Well okay then.

2) Feminist Whovians

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So most of the fans who wanted the 13th Doctor to be a Time Lady, only wanted so in the name of Feminism. According to them, it was absolutely unfair that a man was playing this character for the past 50 years. And ever since it was announced, that there was the possibility of the 13th Doctor being the last, they became ever so persistent for it to be a woman. So one can imagine their pride in finally making the writers cave in to their demand.

3) Reasonable Whovians

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Then there are some Whovians, who would like to base their opinion on facts and references from the show. Of course, it was never stated that Time Lords cannot regenerate into the other gender. *Insert Missy and The Master reference* So why is the Doctor to be any different? These Whovians may or may not be completely sure about the massive change either, but they would like to give Jodie a try!

Personally, I always thought that I would be the Why u do dis? type of Whovian because the very idea of the Doctor being played by a NOT MAN seemed ridiculous to me. But turns out, I’m actually very excited to see the Doctor being played by a woman!!! And here’s why I feel this way.

As a Whovian you have probably experienced the heart-wrenching emotion that comes with every regeneration. And the tiny hatred period that goes on with every new face that plays the Doctor. For me Doctor Who has been all about the love hate emotion that comes with accepting a new Doctor, falling in love with them and then sending them off with a broken heart. Each actor brings something new to the character and no matter how long it takes, you end up loving them.

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So why would a woman playing the role be any different? I’m pretty sure Jodie is going to be an amazing Doctor and I wish her all the best!

I cannot WAIT for the next season. And I’m hoping the new companion to be a guy. 😀

Happy Doctor Who Hiatus!

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Wonderland Made Better | Heartless | Book Review

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Our generation has grown up in a world powered by fairy tales and superheroes. We also happen to be the generation of remakes and retelling of the fairy tales we grew up with. So without further ado, let me introduce you to one hell of a Fairy Tale Re-teller, named Marissa Meyer. I had recently completed her series Lunar Chronicles (reviews coming soon) and I was thoroughly impressed with how she transformed the traditional, good-for-nothing Princesses into total dystopian badasses.

So obviously, I got my hands on Heartless as soon as it came out. And without a doubt, Meyer succeeded in blowing my mind and heart (pun intended) wide open. With that being said, let us begin discussing this epic, epic book.

Thanks to Disney, Once Upon A Time and Tim Burton, I bet you are no stranger to the words Wonderland, The Mad Hatter, and The Red Queen.
Heartless, happens to be set in Wonderland. And even contains a handful of the same characters as Alice in Wonderland. By that I mean, Cheshire, The Smoking Caterpillar and a certain young Hatter.
The story follows a young, beautiful girl named Catherine, noble by birth, humble by nature. Whilst girls of her standing dream of fancy dresses and handsome Princes, she dreams of opening up her own bakery and marrying for love. A fan of her baking, the King (King of Hearts) proposes to Catherine, who finds herself falling for the mysterious and charming court joker, Jest. Accepting the King’s courtship out of duty, Catherine continues to pursue her baking dreams and love for Jest in secret.

As things get complicated, the story reaches a point where Catherine is forced to flee her realm with Jest. She decides to leave behind her family and friends, for her happily ever after. But alas, things take a horrible, unexpected and absolutely brilliant turn.
As my reviews are always spoiler-free, I will refrain from explaining what the twist actually was, but let me just say, that I was up till 2am to finish this book (on a weekday. It’s a big deal okay?) I literally hugged this book after I finished reading it.

Basically, GET THIS BOOK. And read it NOW. It’s heartbreaking and beautiful. And makes you wonder if re-tellings can possibly be better than the originals. Because in this case, it may actually be true. I say that because even though the author leaned on the original characters and setting of Wonderland, her version was never dependent on them.
I personally love everything of Meyer that I’ve read and I hope she writes more books in her distinct, effortless style.

With that, here’s my favorite quote from the book:

“The easiest way to steal something, is for it to be given willingly.”


P.S. I own the image featured in this review! Those are my feet in it.
Happy Reading!

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24 Thoughts I Had While Watching Chalay Thay Saath | Movie Review

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For the first time in Pakistani cinema revival, I watched the trailer for a movie and wanted to watch it as soon as it was released. The movie being Chalay Thay Saath , which was released this Friday, the 21st of April.
The very next day I came across movie review posted on The Express Tribune which labled the film to be Beautifully Bad. I refrained from clicking on the article and decided to experience the movie for myself, without forming a biased opinion.

Sigh. It hurts my heart to admit that the article was indeed pretty spot on. The movie turned out to be a sore disappointment, pretty much like every other Pakistani movie that I have seen in the past 2 years.

So here is a list of random and ridiculous thoughts that I had during this oh-so-very-lengthy movie along with a small plot summary. Warning! Possible spoilers!

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1- Opening shot: Legit haseen Pakistani scenery.
2- Introducing Resham (Syra Shehroz), a doctor living in Karachi with her friends Tanya (Mansha Pasha) and Zain (Osama Tahir), a troubled married couple, on the verge of divorce.
3- Behold, how Resham greets her father (Behroz Sabzwari) on the phone:
Resham: “BUDDHAY!!”
Dad: “Budha hoga tera baap!!”
Resham: “Baap se he tou baat ker rahi hoon.”
Yes okay. Because that’s totally normal.
4- So Resham decides to go back home to her dad, which is situated in the mountains. (Sorry I forgot which ones. They literally all look the same)
5- Tanya, Zain and Faraz (Faris Khalid) aka the group’s 3rd wheel decide to tag along with Resham making it a farewell trip of sorts. Enter random aunty who they meet on their flight to Gilgit.

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6- Aunty turns out to be a total badass aunty btw. After her disobedient children tick her off, she leaves them and her home behind and sets off on the trip to the mountains to chill. Aunty you are future goals, I swear.
7- So the group of 5 becomes 6 when they pick up Adam (Kent S Leung) from a graveyard in their adorable lime green Volkswagen. Instant spark between Resham and Adam of course, who cannot speak a word of English or Urdu. And communicates with everyone through his Google Translate app, throughout the movie. Because a little communication gap never stopped nobody.
8- Resham likes to write in a leather bound diary, which she drops by accident. The diary is picked up by Adam, who immediately shoves it inside his backpack. Because that’s how you win a girl, you steal her personal diary, duh!

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9- The movie progresses as the group travels through the mountains, enjoying the breathtaking views. And the occasional Pepsi (product placement done oh-so-subtly) Tanya and Zain continue to stay curt to each other and we see Adam and Resham being adorably cute. A certain Star Wars and Harry Potter reference in the movie made me giddy with happiness. Geek in me approves. 
10- In a scene, Adam sneezes and says “Alhumdulliah.” To which everyone reacts with a shocked expression, followed by a burst of laughter. Apparently, this was a weak attempt to tell us that Adam was a Muslim. Eh. Okay then. How convenient.
11- The group ends up in some location, nearing Resham’s home, where they meet Zhalay Sarhadi. Who is a carpenter. Yep. With the hammer and wood planks and stuff. With the full faced make up and jhumkas and stuff. Farhan instantly falls for her.
12- Meanwhile Adam gets random people to read out Resham’s diary into Google Translate to understand what she has written. Resham on the other hand has no clue that it’s day 4 and her diary is missing. Like come on. Am I the only one who keeps her journal closer than her kidney?

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13- Zain and Farhan (who were brilliant actors btw) catch Adam with the diary red-handed and Farhan starts beating the poor thing up. Resham runs to the rescue. Big fight. Farhan leaves. And Resham sits down with Adam and explains to him how she has written about her deceased mother in the journal. Adam also opens up about the death of his father and how it strained his mother. They hold hands. Awwww.
14- The holding of hands was somehow a declaration of love and marriage plans being formed. Well alrighty then. Sure enough, Resham calls up her father and tells him that she’s bringing home the guy she wants to marry. Erm hello? DID ANYONE EVEN ASK ADAM IF HE WANTS TO GET MARRIED? Well they definitely cut that scene out then -_-
15- At this point, they part ways with aunty. And Farhan stays back with Zhalay. Zain and Tanya decide to keep their differences aside in order to help Adam win Resham’s father’s approval. Cute scenes follow.

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16- Somebody needs to explain to me how all the characters was wearing brand new outfits and shoes every single day of the week long trip? WHERE oh WHERE were they storing these? Everyone was only ever carrying a tiny suitcase.
17- So after a week of leaving Karachi, they reach Resham’s home. YUP. You read that right. Resham meets Adam, falls in love and decides to marry him in a span of a week. And we thought Disney was ridiculous.
18- At this point Adam’s phone gets messed up and without his translator, his first impression with future Dad turns to an epic fail. Dad refuses to let Adam pass through his doors and makes him stay in a tent outside. Saying that he would only let Adam pass when he proves his worth as a Bahu. Sorry, Damaad I mean. You shall not pass!! Such hospitality. Much wow.

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19- Adam stays a night in the tent and gets a call the very next day, informing him that his mother was hurt. He packs and leaves a 2″ x 2″ piece of paper on Resham’s window explaining the situation. No tape or nothing. He just. Keeps it on the window. And sure enough, the piece of paper gets blown off the window as soon as Adam turns his back.
20- Resham gets upset when she realizes that Adam left. And her father promises there and then that he would find Adam and bring him back. Basically. THAT’S ALL IT TOOK? A FEW TEARS?
21- At this point, the movie takes a turn into real life events. A landslide in the nearby mountains causes the area to flood and Resham and her father lose their home and are forced to live in a refugee camp. Which is luxurious AF btw. Meanwhile Adam reaches his home in Beijing.

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22- Here a random event turns the refugee camp into summer camp with singing and dancing and you’re just sitting there like, what the actual eff? Who knew people who’d just lost their homes could be so jolly.
23- Adam hears about the landslide on television and with his mother’s blessing, he travels back to Pakistan. A soldier at the Pak-China border informs Resham’s father that Adam is back in Pakistan. At this point you just give up asking questions like how did the guard even recognize Adam? Aren’t all Chinese men supposed to look the same?
24- In a cheesy turns of events, Resham’s father starts preparations for welcoming Adam back. At this point, Adam steals a boat and gets to the camp. And is welcomed back with literal open arms of Resham’s dad. Resham is overjoyed to have Adam back. And then they get married in designer clothes and flawless makeup in a REFUGEE CAMP and you’re just sitting there like wut wut wut wut wut is this life.

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The movies ends without revealing whether Adam abandoned his sick mother and became a ghar damaad. Or if Resham abandoned her old, homeless dad and moved to China. Either way, it would be horrible. So. Umm.

So there you have it. For a movie which began with such promise, it got worse and worse with every passing minute. The sad thing is that the movie was shot very well, the acting was good, the attempt to capture Pakistan’s beauty was a success. There were some nice, heartfelt jokes and a very cute Chinese guy. But despite all these things, the horrendous plot of the movie just killed it.

Hence I’m officially adding Chalay Thay Saath to my “Pakistani Cinema Revival Ha-Ha-Not-So-Much” List.

I would never advise anyone against watching it. Go watch it for yourself! You never know, you might end up liking it. After all there were people who loved Ho Mann Jahan. *coughs*


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As for this review, I am in no way being judgmental and hating on the actors. I love all of them, especially Syra!! This is just my personal opinion.
With that note, until I review the next crappy Pakistani Movie,
Happy Watching!
Sincerely,

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P.S: All photos in this post have been taken from the official Facebook page of the movie. I own none of them.

13 Real Thoughts I Had After Watching “13 Reasons Why”| 13 Things I Wish I Could Say To Hannah Baker

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So it’s been over 3 weeks since the Netflix show “13 Reasons Why” was released. By now I’m sure that more than half of the English speaking population has watched it. My entire Facebook Friend List definitely has!

So it’s no longer a secret/spoiler that the show is based on the theme of teenage suicide. Based on the novel of the same name by author Jay Asher, initially the show was widely praised for it’s approach towards suicide awareness. Not only that, but the show was intense, captivating and could set you on the edge of your seat. I for one was guilty of binge-watching the entire show in one go. It was just that good.

But.

This show. It does something to you. It’s difficult to put into words, the after effects this show can have on an individual. It may vary from person to person, but it definitely plunges deep into your soul and makes you look at life differently. Which is exactly why, the positive articles were closely followed by articles declaring the show a trigger for people battling depression and suicidal thoughts.

So before I give out my verdict, here are thirteen thoughts I had after I finished watching the show last week. Along with, thirteen things I wish I could say to Hannah Baker.

1- High school sucks. 13-reasons-why.pngBut so does life. You have to learn to face it. In school, you have bullies, overwhelming academics, over-expecting parents, peer pressure etc. But they’re just the tip of the iceberg called life. High school ends. But problems do not. They too evolve, so it’s vital to evolve and mature with them.
Hannah, this isn’t it. I cannot promise a perfect tomorrow. But I can tell you that this isn’t it. There’s more to life than this. Bad, maybe. But good too. 

2- You find some, you lose some. 13reasonswhy-cafe.jpgI think it’s safe to say that we cross paths with dozens of people in one lifetime. We make friends, we create immortal memories. But then we drift apart. We fall out of touch, we become strangers. But then we also meet strangers who later, become friends. That’s just how life is. It’s impossible to have it any other way.
Hannah, people suck ok? They come and go. But then they come again. I wish you had held on a little longer. I’m sure you would have met some amazing people in the years to come

3- Stick and stones.  Ross-Butler-Zach-Justin-Prentice-Bryce-Brandon-FlynnMost of us are guilty of gossiping as teenagers. And the habit only gets worse with age. But what we fail to realize, is the staggering effect it can have on a persons life. Rumors can be lies. But mostly, they stem from half truths, which is worse. Because in that case, the subject of the rumor stands no chance of defending his/herself.
Hannah, they say people talk. But people don’t just talk, they talk shit. And you can’t stop them. I wish it didn’t have to be this way but it is. They talk. And then they stop talking and move on. I wish you had stayed around long enough for that. 

4- He isn’t worth it.920x920 They never are. Enough said. It’s just another thing you learn along the way. That a broken heart doesn’t kill you. Unless you let it.
Hannah, you were worth so much more than the idiotic guys made you feel. I wish the right one had come along earlier. 

5- Fight for your passion.

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Hannah, I wish I could tell you that you were an amazing poet. Perhaps your words were too good for this cruel world and it’s cruel people. 

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It literally is. Although these little things are hard to come by, and even harder to spot, sometimes, they’re all we get. It’s unfair and cruel, but it’s the bitter truth. Often than not, these little things can be big enough to last us a million lifetimes. If only we learn to cherish them with all our hearts, before they fly right by us.
Hannah, I wish you had looked harder and longer for the little things.

7– Cut out the poison. b0d23b49263428e046e2524dd43a3742484d994b_hqSome people will never care. Whether you’re alive or dead. They would be least bothered either way. So why bother keeping such people around at all? Cut them out. Cut out all the poison from your life. Rid yourself of all the abusive relationships around you, be it friends, family or a boyfriend/girlfriend.
Hannah, not everyone cares. But some people do. They’re the ones you needed to stay alive for. 

8- Love yourself.

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Because sometimes, no one else will. You have to believe in yourself because sometimes, no one else will. You have to respect yourself because sometimes, no one else will. You have to love yourself with enough passion to make you fight for the love and respect you deserve. Accept nothing less than that.
Hannah, you were a beautiful soul. And you deserved so much better.

9- Confront. Confront. Confront.Zach.jpgYou cannot shelter grudges in your heart and expect your soul to heal at the same time. Let it out. Talk. Communicate. Fight for the love you deserve. Because if you leave the wound unattended, and it’s bound to fester.
Hannah, I wish you’d never had to record the 13th tape. 

10- Skeletons in the closet.238690Nobody’s life is perfect, don’t let them tell you otherwise. Everyone is fighting a secret war within themselves, every second of every day. It’s almost impossible not to ask the “Why me?” question every now and then. But in all honestly, it’s never just you. It’s everyone who walks this Earth.
Hannah, I wish you had opened up to someone I wish you had met someone who understood what you were going through. Maybe then you wouldn’t have felt so alone.

11- Have faith.maxresdefault (2)Close your eyes. Take a deep breath. And tell yourself that you will be okay. Maybe not today. Maybe today is just a bad day. And like all bad days, this one will end too. Nothing lasts forever. Nothing is for certain in this life. But faith. Faith makes the bad days go buy just a little bit quicker.
Hannah, this too shall pass. 

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You might never know, who around you could be contemplating to end their life. Look closely. Ask people if they’re okay. Listen to them talk. Take the first step. A random act of kindness from you might give someone the will to live.
Hannah, someone should have seen that you were in pain. Someone should have done right by you. 

13- Suicide isn’t the way out. cb1ca595f9d3ec4f_13RW_101_00771RA cliche? Maybe. But also the truth. Anything is better than ending your life. It’s the easy way out. Life is harder.
Hannah, I’m sorry for the way things went. I wish it hadn’t come to this. 

 

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Personally, I really liked the show. It was gripping and thought provoking. I can bet that it made every single individual pause and look at themselves and the people around them, at least once. The acting was brilliant. And the direction of the show was commendable.
As far as Hannah’s story goes, I will say that I understood why she succumbed to her troubles in the end. But suicide was not the answer. She was surrounded with kids her own age who were equally troubled as her. But none of them took the extreme measures that she did. I guess that only proves that some people are more fragile than others. And these people are the ones who need help and love and compassion.
But.
As someone who’s had her fair share of depression, I can tell you that this show is no doubt a trigger for troubled individuals. I wouldn’t advise people against watching this show, but I would definitely ask them to stay strong while they watch it.

With that note,
Happy watching!

Sincerely,

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