unforced solitude

This weekend has been the first instance in recent memory where friday, saturday, and sunday night I have the house to myself. Instead of...

Saturday, November 28, 2020 by Yash

Some parenting advice for me should I require it someday

Here's a giant caveat to whatever I'm about to say - It's important to recognise that most parents did their absolute best in raising their kids. Of course, you could have gotten the short end of the stick and had shitty parents, but if you're brought up in an upper middle class home like I have, your parents were loving and kind...

Friday, November 27, 2020 by Yash

Winter Plans

My finals literally ended less than an hour ago, and I find myself back at my usual seat in LKS library.  I'm a little sad. I would have thought I'd be feeling a certain post-exam euphoria, with tonnes of plans to socialise and party and celebrate.  Instead, I'm going to spend everyday of winter vacations...

Thursday, November 26, 2020 by Yash

An app idea

I had this app idea earlier this year, to code a mindfulness tracker. There are many native IOS and Android...

Wednesday, November 25, 2020 by Yash

apology letter from the heart

“Hey there,  I'm sorry.  I've found it hard to tell you this and I realise my apology may be too little or come too late.  It is important for me to let you know that I am sorry for what I did or said...

Monday, November 23, 2020 by Yash

The art of thinking clearly - list of 99 biases

Biases • Survivorship bias: we tend to only hear about the successes or “survivors” - we don’t hear the stories of the failures, and thus overestimate the chances of success. • Swimmer’s body illusion: confusing the factor for selection with the result (ex: swimming gives you a great frame; actually, great swimmers are born with a good frame for swimming). • Clustering illusion: we tend...

Monday, November 23, 2020 by Yash

SWWLYIAYDG quotes

“I never thought i could be this happy, she imagined one day saying to someone. She smiles, and I feel like how Clark Kent must feel when...

Sunday, November 22, 2020 by Yash

On desire

HER - Why You Suck at Dating – Wisecrack Edition Her is probably my top3 all-time favourite films (together with Whiplash, Arrival). I was watching this video this video a while back and this idea stuck with me -  "Desire - The idea of love or finding...

Saturday, November 21, 2020 by Yash

Maybe you should talk to someone

I'm not even going to attempt to summarise this book. A quick Google search (or Googlestalk, if you read the book) will give better summaries and reviews and in more flowery language than I have time for. I'm just going to scribe and categorise the stuff I wrote down while reading this book.  ...

Friday, November 20, 2020 by Yash

Higher standards

My friend and I were having a great conversation in my favourite spot in the world. Campus Green of SMU. It overlooks the National Museum and if you're there during golden hour the sky will always be a perfect shade of orange, and it always makes me happy to be there....

Thursday, November 19, 2020 by Yash

Desperate, but picky

I have been feeling so shit all of this year because of how lonely I've been - I find that I'm in need to share my life with someone and I want to have new experiences that comes with being in a relationship. I had something that resembled something for a loving companionship for a few weeks...

Monday, November 16, 2020 by Yash

Songs that make brown people emotional

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/2QOKpMFBnYi0c8gk4HYEs3?si=yHLUOzowR2WN9_s1cf4HAg I'm actually quite proud of this playlist. Been listening to it daily all year. Some solid songs. Covers a range of genres, primary Rap, Rock, Sufi and some pop and the odd opera or something of the like.  I like listening to different genres of music, each genre has something different to offer. But Sufi and Rap...

Monday, November 16, 2020 by Yash

List of my favourite Deepika Padukone songs

Deewani Mastani Nagada Sang Dhol Balam Pichkari Jhak Maar Ke Pinga Kabira Ankhon mein teri Ghoomar Uff Teri Ada By far my favourite actress in the industry...

Monday, November 16, 2020 by Yash

Stealing jokes - Patton Oswalt

https://genius.com/Patton-oswalt-a-closed-letter-to-myself-about-thievery-heckling-and-rape-jokes-annotated Comedians don’t write their own jokes. They all steal. All great artists steal. You can’t copyright jokes. It doesn’t matter who writes a joke, just who tells it the best. Don’t musicians play other musicians’ songs? There...

Tuesday, November 10, 2020 by Yash

What is the harshest truth you've ever learned?

https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/jqo3p4/serious_what_is_the_harshest_truth_youve_ever/ 1. Being the hardest worker will not always equate to you being the one rewarded or recognized for accomplishments. 2. You can do everything right, give something 100% effort, follow all the rules and still fail. “It is possible to commit...

Tuesday, November 10, 2020 by Yash