Thanks for following!

My blog has now hit the 200 followers mark and I just thought I’d say thanks for the follows and hopefully you guys have liked whatever I’ve been posting! I never thought I’d blog more than a few months out of my summer boredom but it’s the response to my posts and you awesome people who’ve made it worth continuing so I really appreciate it :)

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Learning the Art of Baking in 20 Hours

I found this TED talk a while ago and decided to test out the premise on which it was based. The gist of the talk is this:

It takes 20 hours of focused concentration in practicing a new skill (applicable to anything).

So with holidays and free time, I decided to see if this is in fact true, thinking it’s the right time to learn something new. Since my mom just bought a new oven, I thought it would be appropriate to learn how to bake, maybe even cook! Hopefully it’ll work out according to these 4 simple steps to rapid skill acquisition:

  1. Deconstruct the skill. The more you break apart the skill, the more you improve your performance
  2. Learn enough to self correct ( books, courses, dvds)
  3. Remove practice barriers (TV, internet etc.) It requires will power.
  4. Practice at least 20 hours.

Now, on to Step 1!

I’ve got my mom’s cookbooks and the aid of internet recipes to help me out so I hope to update progress soon! Who knows, maybe I’ll soon be able to actually bake something delicious :)

Photography Challenge Day 9- Make it Bright

This prompt couldn’t have come at a better time because yesterday just so happened to be Diwali, a Hindu festival of lights and everyone lights up firecrackers in the evening. The booming sound of fireworks in the distance and the fizzing of firecrackers makes for a noisy yet fun filled holiday!

Inside the house, my mom and I lit at least 50 or so tea light candles and then lit up some sparklers which didn’t last for more than two or three seconds each, due to the dampness in which they were stored unfortunately. It’s been raining a lot in Bangalore.

Anyway, I happened to take quite a few photos and some of them turned out better than I had ever expected so I’m glad to post them as part of this challenge :)

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Flames

I like the way flames dance, elegant yet disorganized.

Careful yet careless.

On looking closer, you can distinguish the way the bright colour of yellow, orange and a tinge of blue at the wick come together yet remain independent of one another like a scattered family resembles.

They allow shadows to dance on the walls as the ombre light fills the room.

They give and forget.

You see flames, at first are considerate and then destructive. If you observe them long enough or choose to burn anything of once-upon-a-time sentimental value you will find this to be true. They lick at the crisp edges of papers meant to be forgotten and consuming it all, slowly and then completely as if they were allowing you time to reconsider your soon-to-be permanent decision facilitating destruction.

The paper catches fire and burns all too quickly, becoming so hot that one must immediately set it down for its inevitable end. You can only watch as the paper twists and curls under their maniacal influence just as people do with evil spirits residing within them.

Then once their task at hand is done, they flicker and fall prey to a gust of wind with smoke curling into the air, serving as a transient reminder of what once was burning so brightly.

After all, there is light…

and then nothing but darkness to follow.

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Photography Challenge Day 8- My Happy Place

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Rooftops are always great right? Climb up there when you’re supposed to be studying, sneaking in some booze and cigarettes and shout out at the top of your lungs because you can feel the whole world around you instead of just seeing it. It’s even better when the dark clouds are rolling in and you can almost smell the rain…

4 out of 5 dentists recommend this blog :)

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