10 Movies That Must Be On Your List

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Hey guys! Hope you all are doing well. I finally came up with an idea for the next blog. I am going to suggest 10 Movies You Should Watch. Ever since the COVID-19 pandemic came into being. It has helped us in watching some really good movies. The Movie List here has all sorts of genre: action, thriller, feel-good and one inspiring movie. All the movies in here are my favorite movies and I can watch them as many times as I want. If you do have any movie suggestions then I would love to watch them. For your suggestions: scroll down to the comments. I would have loved to suggest hundreds of movies but I had to short-list it to 10 great movies you should watch if you haven’t yet. I will also name the platform that they are streaming on right now. If you have watched some or all of them then I suggest you might consider re-watching these classics.

Action Movies:

  1. Die Hard:

Die Hard (1988) is an action movie starring Bruce Willis as John McLane. A New York City cop is stuck inside the Nakatomi Plaza and his wife taken hostage by a German terrorist named Hans Gruber (played by Alan Rickman). To save his wife and hundreds of innocent people taken hostage by Hans Gruber and his eleven men. John McLane should save the Nakatomi Plaza and kill Gruber. This movie is a classic action movie and a nail-biting movie too. It’s supposed to be a Christmas movie but I would say that if you are in the mood to watch an action movie with some thrill and some nail-biting and sitting-on-the-edge kind of a movie then I would really recommend you all to watch Die Hard. It is also an Oscar winning movie, so that could count as a plus point for you to watch this classic. There is also a Die Hard 2,3,4 & 5. Out of all the Die Hards. I would recommend the original Die Hard and Die Hard 3 and 4 as well. In Die Hard 3 it shows Hans Gruber’s brother taking vengeance of John McLane and in Die Hard 4. John McLane finds a cyberterrorist who is trying to dominate the US Government by causing a series of cyberattacks in Washington DC. You can watch Die Hard on Apple TV.

2. Olympus Has Fallen

Olympus Has Fallen (2013): Starring Gerard Butler, Morgan Freeman and Aaron Eckhart. Shows a former Secret Service Agent for the President named Mike Banning starring Gerard Butler, saves the President from a deadly attack on the White House from North Korean terrorists. Both the President and Vice-President are taken hostage at the Presidential Bunker with the Vice-President shot and the President about to die. Speaker Alan Trumbull played by Morgan Freeman is the acting President and oversees the White House Situation through Mike Banning’s help. This movie is my favorite action movie and maybe it’s another version of Die Hard but this time its a former Secret Service bodyguard who is trying to save the US President and stopping a North Korean agent named Kang from creating a nuclear meltdown all over America. If you haven’t watched this movie then I would suggest you to watch it and I would also suggest you to watch the entire fallen series consisting of the three movies: Olympus Has Fallen, London Has Fallen, Angel Has Fallen. I believe Olympus and London Has Fallen are on Netflix or Amazon Prime and Angel Has Fallen is on Lionsgate.

3. SWAT

SWAT (2003) is a movie starring Jeremy Renner, Samuel L Jackson, Colin Farrel and Michelle Rodriguez. A SWAT Sergeant. Sergeant Daniel ‘Hondo’ Harrelson picks and trains his SWAT team. When an overseas drug lord is caught by the SWAT, he announces that he would pay a large sum of money if someone rescues him. An ex-SWAT officer, Brian Gamble (Played by Jeremy Renner) takes revenge against the SWAT and plans to save the drug lord Alex Montel and defeat the SWAT, especially Gamble’s SWAT buddy. Officer Jim Street. Its an amazing action movie to sit back and watch. If you haven’t watched it yet then I would suggest you all to watch it right now on Netflix. One fun fact about this movie is that Jeremy Renner and Samuel L Jackson, later on play as protagonists in the movie ‘The Avengers’ with Sameul L Jackson as Nick Fury and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye.

Comedy and Feel-Good Movies:

  1. 3 Idiots

3 Idiots (2009) is a movie about 2 friends searching for their 3rd friend by travelling to Ladakh to meet him. While the 2 friends and their annoying college batchmate travel in the search for their friend ‘Rancho’. One of the friends named Farhan, narrates the story of their journey and their life at the engineering college and how they dealt with their college dean ‘Virus’. Farhan also narrates what Rancho taught the two about life and passion. This movie is truly a life lesson in itself. Almost every single person in India has watched this movie called 3 Idiots. In my mind, this movie truly deserves an Oscar, as it taught me about chasing excellence and not success. One more takeaway from this movie is that whenever I am stressed, angry, scared. I put my hand on my heart and say the 3 golden words ‘All Is Well.’ Not to forget that it is full of laughs and its an amazing feel-good movie. After writing this blog, I plan to watch 3 Idiots right away. If you haven’t watched 3 Idiots yet. Then I would really recommend you to open Netflix and watch it now.

2. Phir Hera Pheri

Phir Hera Pheri (2006) starring Akshay Kumar, Sunil Shetty and Paresh Rawal. Is a sequel of the movie Hera Pheri. In this movie the 3 broke guys turn rich and get scammed by a fraudster because of the greed for more money. The 3 guys get broke again and try to find a way by clearing the loan of a deadly gangster. This movie is really funny and it will surely tickle your funny-bones. So if you are in the mood for some comedy then you should watch this. Sit back and prepare to laugh out loud! This movie is the best and the memes on this movie are as hilarious as this movie.

3. The Terminal

The Terminal (2004) is a movie starring Tom Hanks as Viktor Navroski. A tourist from Krakozhia arrives at JFK International Airport. He realizes that there has been a coup in his home country and he can’t enter New York to fulfil a promise. He waits for 9 months at the airport until his country is not in a coup anymore and fulfils his promise after he enters New York city after walking out of JFK Airport. This movie is completely relatable to the COVID-19 situation that we are stuck in right now. One takeaway from this movie is: to live everyday as it comes and to still hope the fact that everything will be fine and all the problems in life will soon come to an end. You should watch this movie on Netflix if you haven’t then you should watch this movie first and hen you can watch the rest of them on this booklist.

4. Guru

Guru (2007) starring Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is a movie based on a villager-turned businessman Gurukant Desai who starts a business empire of his own after returning from Turkey where he was working as a clerk. He leaves his town with his wife and starts his business as a trader. This movie is a true inspiration and has taught me about dreaming big and to not be afraid of having great goals and aspirations in life. This is the best movie overall and it has taught me about building resilience and never give up. Before any movie you play on your screen. Open up Netflix and watch Guru before watching anything else on this movie list right now. You can watch the rest later but you should watch Guru first.

5. The Intern

The Intern (2015) starring Anne Hathaway and Robert De Niro. Is a movie about Ben Whittaker played by Robert De Niro, a retired office-going person who becomes a widower and retires from his work-life. He joins a company called About The Fit in Brooklyn as a personal intern to her boss and CEO of About The Fit company Jules Ostin played by Anne Hathaway. Jules learns a lot about Ben through his special charm, wisdom and sense of humor which develops a friendship between the two. This movie is truly an amazing feel-good movie. My takeaway from this movie is to stay motivated, stay committed as well as to never retire and stay productive all your life.

Thriller Movies:

  1. Jack Reacher

Jack Reacher (2012) starring Tom Cruise is a movie based on Lee Child’s novel: ‘Jack Reacher: One Shot’. The movie shows Jack Reacher, an ex-military officer is called for an investigation on a sniper named James Barr, who has randomly killed five people in a public place. The sniper leaves a note that says ‘Find Jack Reacher.’ When Reacher starts his investigation he realizes that James Barr has been framed and there is a huge conspiracy behind the homicide. Reacher teams up with an attorney named Helen Rodin. He solves the case and tries to put the conspiracists behind bars. If you are in the mood to binge watch something for thriller then you must watch Jack Reacher. There is a sequel to this book too called ‘Jack Reacher: Never Go Back.’ which you must watch as well. If you feel like you are in the mood for some nail-biting thriller, then open Netflix and watch Jack Reacher right now.

2. The Accountant

The Accountant (2016) starring Ben Affleck and Anna Kendrick, is a movie about an accountant named Christian Wolff who faces autism does not have a door open to feelings and emotions as he does not understand them. All he understands is getting work done and taking money from the work he does. When the FBI realizes that he has been working for several illegal companies and starts manipulating their financial records. The FBI starts chasing him. Once Wolff finds out about the bad books of a company he takes up an assignment for. He realizes something wrong going on and investigates the entire story behind it all. This movie is another amazing thriller that you must watch. I would suggest you to watch The Accountant on Amazon Prime if you plan to watch a thriller movie.

These are 10 Movies That You Must Watch if you haven’t. If there are some movies you want to suggest then please do fill your suggestions in the comment section. Hope you do like my movie list. If you do plan to watch any of them then I’m happy that my movie list actually works. Hope you liked my suggestions.

Thank you for reading and stay safe

-Chinmay

Suggestions

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Hello readers! It’s been a really long time after my previous post. And the reason for that are my exams? Oh wait. Wasn’t that the previous excuse? Well its safe to say that I could not think of a topic to write and I have a writer’s block. I am quite concerned and disturbed by the fact that I am not consistent with the blog. As I can’t really think of any topics, even if there are any then I don’t think that I would enjoy writing them or maybe it doesn’t make any sense to me.

Which is why I request you all to give me some suggestions on which I could write something. Please do give me some recommendations on what kind of topics I should write about. Most importantly please give me some feedback on my writing style and please give me suggestions (if any) on how I could improve my writing style. Also please suggest some topics for my YouTube channel as well.

Comment down below on some topics that I can consider to write my blogs on or maybe you could write to me on the Contact page (Click this link to write to me https://wordpress.com/page/storytellerchinmay.com/7). I’ll be waiting for your suggestions.

Thank you and stay safe 🙂

-Chinmay

Tips To Survive The Lockdown

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Hello and Welcome Back! I hope you and your loved ones are doing well and my prayers with your loved ones who were or are affected. I took a long break from the blog because of my final termI exams. Now that I am free, I wanted to share my lockdown experience at the time of the COVID-19 second wave in India. Apart from the strict following of the covid guidelines of wearing masks, gloves and sanitizing yourself. (Which you should follow as good citizens) Here are 5 steps to survive the lockdown from my experience

Here is the YouTube podcast version

  1. Productivity

You can increase your productivity by taking up some courses, start a blog or a YouTube channel, cooking, pick up an activity, start kitchen gardening, learn a new skill, a new language or pursue a hobby. I for one in the early rise of the pandemic in March 2020 started with a course and as of now, I am working on my 3rd course because in this new real world that is changing. More than the technical skills and no matter how many degrees you have all over the world. You should learn a particular skill and this pandemic is a wake up call for you to pursue a skill. According to several case studies many people aren’t employed mainly on the basis of the lack of skills of a person. Skills like:

  1. Research Skills
  2. Negotiation Skills
  3. Problem Solving
  4. Leadership
  5. Management
  6. Motivation
  7. Persuasion
  8. Artificial Intelligence or Coding
  9. Articulation or Storytelling

These are most of the skills that you will need and you can take a course on such skills like artificial intelligence, negotiation, research or problem solving skills which is why you should be learning a skill or pick a course using platforms like Coursera, Udemy, Skillshare etc. Trust me because I have done so many courses which taught me life long skills and there’s no form of learning in this world that can possibly be wasted. In order to survive the lockdown along with the loneliness and boredom that you feel on a day to day basis which is clearly normal as everyone including me have bad days daily and one thing you can do apart from signing up for a course is:

2. Exercise

Most of us in the beginning of the first wave lockdown started growing our bellies and maybe you can compensate with it by exercising daily and lose weight because by the time the cases deteriorate and the world goes back to square one. You can start off with a healthy body. My experience with exercising on a daily basis is that it has helped me in the consistency and productivity because working out everyday does help you in building up a focus as well as giving you the energy to complete your tasks daily. So exercising everyday will help you in this lockdown. That’s why exercise can help you to strengthen your body in being fit.

3. Binge Watching

You are at home and to watch something in your leisure time, (which is probably half of your day) there are a hundred things to binge-watch on your screens of several genres. I will surely recommend you some really good series to watch and maybe you can also refer to my YouTube channel for recommendations. I would recommend you to watch as much positive, friendly, and funny content as possible because we are dealing with the second wave of a pandemic and it would be better if we keep positive things in our environment which includes the content we watch. I would also suggest watching old movies especially the kind of movies or series that bring a smile to you

4. Gratitude

According to several surveys and articles, most people aren’t grateful for things with several reasons like:

  1. Job stress
  2. Contributing to help the family
  3. Financial stress
  4. Job and family adjustment
  5. Cynical comments of the society

This is why one should be grateful for things in life: Things that we take things for granted. My family and I have been practicing the act of gratitude for the past five years or so where we tell each other what are we grateful for or before going to bed I tell myself what am I grateful for. The act of gratitude is an evolving practice. For example: If you are coming from somewhere or going somewhere, you can say that I am grateful for my pair of shoes to help me walk faster or grateful for a mask to protect me. India ranks 139 of 156 countries mainly because most of the Indian society tends to be more thankless and cynical. This is why during this pandemic one should focus on the art of being grateful and thankful for things in our life.

5. Your Mindset

How you do things clearly depends on your mindset. Even if you have to fight against the aliens to save the planet and you are the only one. One wins with the mindset, winners always have a positive mindset. If you have an optimistic mindset which helps you in overcoming the worst things possible because an optimistic mindset gives you the inner confidence and motivation to face the worst possible things ever, the most crucial part of surviving the second wave is having an optimistic mindset. For example: If Santiago from the book the Alchemist was cynical about his dream of the treasure then he would not get the treasure. Or for example, if all the Avengers were thinking negatively about defeating Thanos then all Avengers would die instead of Vision, Iron Man, and the Black Widow alone. This means you should think like a warrior who accepts challenges who do not only survive till the end but overcomes the fears, challenges, risks, and in the end, the warrior wins

These are the five tips to overcome the lockdown

  1. Productivity: Enroll in a course/start a blog/ a YouTube channel
  2. Exercise: Fitness helps you focus
  3. Binge Watching: Watch as much content possible to not keep you idle
  4. Gratitude: Always be grateful for things you take for granted
  5. Mindset: Have a positive mentality and be confident to overcome all disasters

Hope you do follow them and comment down below on how did it help.

You can suggest your tips to survive the 2nd wave too

Thank you, stay positive and stay safe 🙂

-Chinmay

Booklist 2

Hello. It has been a long time ever since the previous blog. Now that we are in another lockdown, these might be the books you might be interested in reading. As I told all of you in the previous blog I am suggesting some few non-fictional-positivity-related books that are interesting enough to read. You guys will sure enjoy some of these books, honestly I am not really a fan of non-fiction as they are mostly long-written memoirs talking about one’s life in entire detail with no twists, thrills, adventures etc. Although yes the fact is true that not all non-fictions are memoirs and not all are actually boring for me, these are some books that truly changed my life and my life’s perspectives

  1. The Audacity of Hope: Barack Obama

The audacity of hope written by Barack Obama was published before he became President, he wrote it when he was a US Senator. In this book he talks about how the spiritual and political beliefs and how Obama wants to see America along with his beliefs of the American dream. The one thing that I do admire is that Obama and I agree on the audacity to hope and empower the power of visualization, I may not be a politician, a lawyer and a senator, nor the most amazing president (basically I am not Barry Obama) but this book gave me the power to hope to visualize and achieve your goals and to never give up, because there always will be a room for hope, its this one amazing book that has inspired me and my motivation, if I ever am feeling bad about something then the learnings from this book about always visualizing my goal, as well as to not hesitate in dreaming big and winning big, if I could ever meet Barack Obama in my wildest of dreams that come true, the first thing I will do is thank him for writing this book, there are many people out there who tend to give up quickly, especially my current generation. I strongly recommend everyone to read this book to keep you alive like a warrior and to work everyday to achieve those dreams into goals coming true, my current generation should read this book because you should never give up, President Obama wrote this book back in the 2006, 2 years prior he was President, in a matter of 2-3 years he was elected president, which means he carried the fire of his hope inside him for 2 more years knowing that he would be president and this goal of his would come true and not giving up within those 2 years. Fun fact me and Obama turn out to have the same MBTI personality type: ENFJ (Extroverted, Intuitive, Feeling, Judging)

2. Becoming: Michelle Obama

Becoming written by Michelle Obama was released after she was a former First Lady, in this book Michelle Obama talks about how she got her own voice and how she could speak up to issues as a mother, wife, woman and a human being. Including on how she could handle and transition with the roles of a wife, the First Lady, a mother, a lawyer and a person. The book talks about her entire family and how did she grow up in Chicago, including how she met Barack Obama as well as giving us a sneak peak about the Obama family from the Obama kids to the Obama dogs and the Obama family being there for each other as well. Michelle Obama is also an amazing author I must say as it is her first book. She is another one true strong woman who was happily married to Barack Obama and when he took over as president how she as a person could not be overshadowed by him and learnt how to speak up with her own voice, my learnings from this book is to be determined and not being listened at by the naysayers in your life, just focus on your goal and the things that make you happy. I am glad that I read this book right now as it is helping me on how to become a great and a better human being by being humble, hard working and determined, two quotes in this book that I really like is “If you don’t get out there and define yourself, you’ll be quickly and inaccurately defined by others” and another quote that totally suits the concept of changing the world: “Do we settle for the world as it is, or do we work for the world as it should be?” these two quotes really motivate me everyday into working hard to achieve what I want, again a recommended read.

Man’s Search For Meaning: Viktor Frankl is the experience of how Viktor learnt to stay and survive when he was abducted at the Auschwitz camp. a prisoner in Nazi concentration camps during World War II, and describing his psychotherapeutic method, which involved identifying a purpose in life to feel positive about, and then the immerse imagining that outcome. There are people who don’t believe in ‘finding’ their own purpose which I pretty much agree with the statement or the word finding our purpose, because purpose is not a road that will lead you to your destiny. Your purpose is your true own future self whom you have to identify with and keep that person alive inside of you. Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning provides a vivid account of an individual’s experience as a prisoner in a Nazi concentration camp. The book focuses on love, hope, responsibility, inner freedom, and the beauty to be found in both nature and art as means that help one endure and overcome harrowing experiences That is probably one thing that also kept Frankl alive inside that camp for so many days, the takeaway from this book is to live every moment today and live everyday as if it is your last which means that learn how to enjoy every moment of life and do what I want to do, I would strongly recommend this book to everyone. The book Man’s Search For Meaning pretty much has helped us in the pandemic as well, teaching us how to survive each day with hope to fulfil my purpose. I would again strongly recommend this book to all of you all, probably as a guide on how to survive a pandemic starting with your purpose and working on it.

Ikigai Ikigai (生き甲斐, “a reason for being”) is a Japanese concept referring to having a direction or purpose in life, providing a sense of fulfillment to a person, and towards which they may take actions, giving them satisfaction and a sense of meaning. Again this book does not focus towards the ‘finding’ of purpose but the concept of creating and having your own purpose to make your life happy and satisfied, in that particular book there is a mind map given that talks about how you can find your own purpose and how can you find happiness in life. The mind map has these questions:

  1. What do you love?
  2. What can you be paid for?
  3. What does the world want?
  4. What are you good at?

Once you answer these questions and you have the answer coming from you answering them more than just one line then it can be a recipe to a happy life. I would again recommend this book to people especially the ones who don’t know what to do with life or are stuck in a phase where they don’t know what to do and are confused. I would recommend them this book which has a recipe to a purpose in life. There has to be a reason why you wake up in the morning for and go to bed for, the reason for your life that keeps you alive is what this book is all about, there are stories of many famous people inside this book who did not know what they were going to do, but they directly or indirectly applied the concept of Ikigai to find the pursuit of happiness in life. Another strong recommendation for this book as well, especially for teenagers or college-going students, as well as adults too.

These were my book suggestions. Hope you guys have a look at some of these.
PS: I am starting a podcast this week, next blog I will share the links, stay tuned and stay safe till we meet the next destination:)

-Your Storyteller

Chinmay

My Booklist

Hello once again! I am back after two weeks. Since exams were around the corner I couldn’t write. But now that I am back I also did come up with a book recommendation list which has books that you should read. Books may not be visually appealing but once you open the book and start reading you instantly fall into that particular world viewing the scenario and thinking what would you do if you were in this situation and you are in your world once you open a book and start reading. These are all fictional page-turning books since that particular genre is something I really enjoy reading. Next blog I will come up with a series of non fictional books as well. But for now let me recommend you some books.

The Silent Patient written by Alex Michaelides is a psychological thriller book which has a woman named Alicia Berenson an artist who has faced a dark incident in the past involving her husband. A criminal psychotherapist Theo Faber is entirely keen on her case and makes her open up since Alicia did not speak since the day of her husband’s murder. The book Silent Patient is a page turner and you would not want to stop because you want to know what happens next and you want to know more about the reason she killed her husband, and how will Theo try to make her talk and how are her traumatic problems resolved. The Silent Patient also has several twists in the story with several surprises that will make you hooked to the book, it also gives a broad perspective of how a person guilty of something would probably react in such situations and makes you understand the psychology of a particular person in a particular situation. No spoilers but the book has an amazing twist in the end.

The Da Vinci Code written by Dan Brown is a story of how an American Harvard Symbologist Dr. Robert Langdon and French cryptologist Sophie Neveu try to solve the mystery of a truth untold, hidden and guarded secret being guarded by a secret society, travelling from Paris to London Langdon and Neveu solve the mystery of the untold truth through clues by Da Vinci’s paintings, styles and works. The book also gives a sneak peek about history and how thoughts, ideologies and belief of humans was in the Pre-Renaissance to the Renaissance era. Being a Dan Brown’s Robert Langdon fan I entirely love this book and this book is “da” best work of Dan Brown. When I read this book it reminded me of the artworks that I saw in Louvre, Paris like the Mona Lisa, the Madonna of Rocks and the Last Supper. Dan Brown’s books are the reason why I really like history as a subject and every time I study about history or about a particular topic in history I feel like I am a Robert Langdon trying to analyze patterns or find some information about something makes me think that what I am doing with studying history is entirely cool and I think myself as a Robert Langdon (or better) when I am studying history.

Chanakya’s Chant written by Ashwin Sanghi shows two time periods. The past which is set around 340 BC and the time period of the current day modern India. In the past shows the very well known kingmaker and advisor of the Gupta-Mauryan empire Chanakya and in the present day India the character Gangasagar Mishra. The past shows how the young teenager takes the name ‘Chanakya’ son of Chanak (his father) after the brutal murder of his father. With the absence of morals he vows revenge against his enemies and becomes the kingmaker of Bharat setting an empire for 230 years long. Meanwhile in India at the current time period there is a poor Brahmin politician Gangasagar Mishra who is the reincarnation of Chanakya is setting his feet on the nearing elections and with his ability to chose the next Prime Minister of India through his cunning mind, makes his kingmaker. In both the scenarios the nature of politics and human nature has still not changed, as the human nature in both the past and the present is filled with greed and survival. Being a Chanakya fan there were some learnings that I took from this book about how to gain trust and who’s trust to gain and not to gain, how to handle finances and economics, or on how to have a sole purpose and having a desire to learn. This book in spite of being fictional did take me to the past and gave a journey of the India or Bharat during the 350 BC. Chanakya’s Chant helped me in being more inquisitive about the Bharat in 350 BC that lasted long as a superpower with its Gupta Mauryan empire conquering the entire Indian subcontinent till countries like Afghanistan which shows the geography of how large India was in that particular time period.

Shall We Tell The President written by Jeffrey Archer is a fictional political thriller book in which there’s a newly elected US President: President Florentyna Kane becomes the first woman president, the moment she takes office there is a planned assassination against her by powerful forces. Once the information about the assassination conspiracy gets into the hands of he informants, an hour later the four informants are dead. An FBI agent named Mark Andrews is the one and only survivor who is aware of the assassination conspiracy, Andrews only has a week to race against time and find the conspirators against President Kane. This book is an absolute page turner if you are a fan of the FBI-like genre. The book Shall We Tell the President happens to be the Trilogy of the Kane and Abel series and is the third book of the Kane and Abel trilogy after Kane & Abel, The Prodigal Daughter and Shall We Tell The President

Number The Stars is a fictional novel written by Lois Lowry shows us the scenario of the World War 2 and the Holocaust a time in Denmark during the Nazi invasion where a girl named Anniemarrie Johansen and her family living in Copenhagen help her Jewish neighbor Ellen Rosen and her family from being caught by the Nazis and getting abducted to the Auschwitz camp. Annemarrie’s family and her uncle Peter Neilsen help Ellen and other Jews from freeing them from Denmark using several ways with the help of the Anti-Nazi Resistance of Denmark, the book virtually shows you how the Danish faced issues from limited access to groceries to no access to schools, with showing you the challenges one might have faced whose country was invaded by Nazis. The book taught me about empathy, risk taking and caring for whatever it takes to save your loved ones and ho to stand by them. The book has a happy ending and its the one fictional book from my book recommendation list that does not have any adventures or action nor any thriller. This one book makes you happy in the end because of the scenarios that transitioned. I would recommend this book to you out of all the books here.

Now that I have made this list I would now rank these books in order

  1. Shall We Tell The President

2. Number The Stars

3. Chanakya’s Chant

4. Da Vinci Code

5. The Silent Patient

This was my Book Recommendation List. Please tell me yours and suggest some books in the comments as I would be delighted to read them

I’ll be back in the next blog

Thank you and Stay Safe 🙂

The Women In My Life

Hello everyone! Its now that I will be telling all of you all about a few significant women in my life that have inspired me, motivated me and helped me every time. Here are four women that have been with me throughout and stood by me. There are learning, quite many that I have learnt from all of them. Since its Women’s day I would like to use this blog as an opportunity to thank them.

  1. My Mother

My mother is the calmest, most tolerant person ever. I wonder how can she tolerate almost everything and how does she learn how to stay this calm in the worst of situations around. Every time there’s a situation which is entirely tense and burning. All she asks is “What’s the worst that could happen”. Just that one magical question is what she asks. Learning how to stay calm is what I have learnt from her and with a calm head like her. One can get through any tense situation ever. She is the most happiest person and the calmest person. A smile on her face does help also because I have the same smile as hers. Another thing that I have that’s in her is having a way with people and having a great social connect with people. There have been multiple times that I have been on thin ice but her great social connect and her way with conversing with people is so unique, magnificent and clear that I was forgiven and not in deeper trouble all because of her calmness and her way with people that saves me out of the worst situations every. So the two learnings from my mom is being calm and having a way with people

2. My grandmother

My maternal grandmother is an ex-Biochemistry professor and currently has an organization that she is a trustee of and her determination towards her work in the North East for the children there and even for the sake of helping society. As good as she is with her expertise in her field of science. She also is a great experimenter with cooking. She always has and always does work hard and give her best at what she wants to do. She never fails to learn new things even though she was in her 60s she learnt computers, technology and always took incidents or events of life as a learning. She is my motivation of giving your one hundred percent and always learning as learning never stops.

3. My Friend: Abiya

My best friend Abiya, she is a soft and a really kind person. She also is the intelligent beings and the biggest avid reader I have ever seen which makes me read not only the thriller and sci-fi genre but also all sorts of genres. We keep discussing books, movies, issues and try to give each other some good pep talks. When one has a bad day I believe one should go to her to talk about your problems. She happens to be the most avid reader, the most sensible and happens to be the most sorted person even though she thinks that she pretends to be sorted. She never is satisfied with any of her achievements she always thinks that she is supposed to go a level up and always accept challenges. When there is a situation in front of you all she asks is ‘Would it matter’ or ‘Is it worth it?’. The learnings from Abiya here would be: Always accept challengers and care about things until and unless its worth it.

4. Ms. Fizza Nambiar

My School Coordinator Ms. Fizza is also an English teacher. She happens to be the most positive and the funniest person I know. She happens to have a great sense of humor and is also a soft spoken person. She is a gentle being and I always wonder why and how is she the most positive beings and what is inside her that gives her the energy that makes her push the extra mile for the students at school. She is a really kind, joyous, happy and a really funny person. Everyone has their source of positivity and she is the person from whom I get all the positivity, out of all teachers she is the most positive person. I have never seen her having negative thoughts nor she has ever been pessimistic so I believe what I have personally learnt from her is always be positive.

Thank you to all these women and a Happy Women’s day. There are more women that I could talk about and what I have learnt from them but it would be an endless talk. To all the important women in one’s life I wish all of you all a happy women’s day once again

Hope you enjoyed it 🙂

I’ll be Back

Thank you and stay safe

Me and my Dog

The human and the four legged animal

Hello everyone! Hope you all are doing well. This destination of my storyland is very special to me. As the title says its the relationship between me and my dog, My dog Angel may misbehave and have a behavior of a devil. But for me she will always be my Angel, my gift of joy, the significant member of my family is my dog. I love her more than anyone else. Lets use our time machine here and head back to five years ago when we got Angel from a kennel, before getting the dog we were discussing names of our dog, my sister wanted to name her ‘Empress’, my parents thought about naming her either after a Disney princess or a dessert like ‘Cookie’ or ‘Cupcake’. I had several but in the end I thought of finally naming the dog ‘Angel’. With that great a name, everyone couldn’t agree more with my unique choice of the name.

We looked at the kennel of one large female dog who was also named Angel. There were 8 puppies wandering around the kennel. I was looking at all the pups, wanting to adopt all of them, but we couldn’t decide whom to chose until one small, two month old puppy chose us, the next week we adopted the puppy and got an Angel in the house, she was wandering around the house exploring, for a few months she was having a blast inside the house until she was grown enough to walk outside, everyone else were being careful with her while petting her, whereas I was the one who made the first contact with her and taught my family members how to pet her, those moments still melt my heart even till today. I used to lift her and give her a small tour of the house. Till the age of 2, she was a fully grown dog who could fight with other dogs and scare other dogs tons of times when she went out for a walk. My relationship with Angel is much more greater than anyone else in the house, with my sister or my dad, she messes up or tries to play some tricks around them but when its me which is once a blue moon, she walks really well with me and would never pick a trick or do something fishy.

When someone tries scolding me. Its Angel who is more protective about me than anyone else. If someone is trying to scold me, she instantly jumps right in the middle and barks at the ones scolding me. Whenever I’m having a fight with someone, Angel would be my one and only wing woman fighting for me by barking. About 2 and a half years ago she also gave birth to six puppies, she is a mother of six puppies, all of them have inherited the trait of being mischievous, full of energy and crazy. She was in her own world when the six pups were born, she didn’t even care about them, she was and is still the same old dog that fools around the house, sleeps in a weird way and still acts like a puppy in spite of being a fully grown dog. Its true that adopting a dog is like adopting a child, it never grows nor has the brain capacity of a grown animal. A dog always loves to be pampered day in and day out. I honestly feel like what would it be if I were a dog, I would have enjoyed my entire time being a dog, from always hungry for food, sniffing around the house for something interesting, to digging around as pastime, including chasing other animals or just enjoying the day by eating, sleeping, fooling around and repeating. I would love to discuss about Angel endlessly . I would never stop talking about my relationship with Angel, how much she protects me, how much she cares for me and listens to me. A dog is a man’s best friend, its true and ‘pawdorable’.

I hope dog lovers out there would agree with me and talk about one’s relationship with its dog,

Hope you all enjoyed this story. Thank you so much and stay safe 🙂

We’ll meet again real soon

Thank you and stay safe

Your storyteller

Road Trips

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Hey there! About two weeks ago me and my family drove off to Aurangabad. It was a year after we moved out of the house for a road trip. The last trip we took was way down south in December 2019. That was a memorable road trip ever, I still remember every road trip that I have been on with my family every since the age of 5 which was to Gir in Gujarat. The energy for a road trip does not only depend on the driver but also depends on the people inside the car and how energetic they can get which creates an energetic atmosphere for the car as well.

Every road trip for me starts twelve hours before departing from home. You pack all the bags and luggage, you drop your four legged creature to its Pet Hostel and you prioritize what your clothes and accessories accordingly. My mom organizes everyone’s clothes and packs some snacks for the journey. Meanwhile my dad does some of his work and looks at some mails from the hotel or at the place we are going to stay at. My sister makes her playlist for the journey and I complete my homework as well as create my own playlist. I already have my things packed of what I’m supposed to wear tomorrow for the journey and what I’m supposed to wear when we reach.

The next day we head to our destination starting with my parents’ playlist which dates back from the present to the 70s or 80s. Their playlist gives me a glimpse of me travelling through a time machine showing me how the country and how the technology was back then, about an hour later my sister plays her playlist for most of the time and finally its me who plays my playlist although that rarely happens as my sister manipulates me to play her playlist. Although her playlist has good songs so I allow her to play her playlist but I most of the time try making conversations so that I get my piece of the pie as well. But most of my time in the car is spent talking, cracking jokes, listening to music, looking out of the window at the beautiful sceneries and dozing off rest of the time with my headphones on. Looking out of the window, gives me some time to think about should I do. Looking outside the window with music blending gives me peace and helps me live in the moment. Its that only moment where you live in the present. A road trip is a family time as there are no devices, no TVs, no work. Its just four people hopping on the car enjoying the trip, talking. The thing about road trips is that much more than departing and arriving, its about the journey, the roads, trees and cars passing by. The more trees and cars we pass by is the more closer we are is what I believe. We have been to several places. We even drove in some European countries, Here are some pics to glance at the Ladakh and South India trip.

The great car
At a lake in Munnar
Pangon Lake, Ladakh
Munnar
The handsome me in Munnar

Road trips are glancing at the beautiful road, the flying trees and my country rock music that hypes me up most of the time. Hope you enjoyed it, and if you did then let me know your brief story about road trips in the comments

Thank you and stay safe 🙂

Your Storyteller

Chinmay

Grandparents

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Hey there! I’m here after two weeks. A few months ago my grandparents moved in a place in the same building where I live! Since I rarely visited them I thought I should stay at their place, give them some company and get pampered at the same time. No matter how old you get and no matter how many times you request your grandparents to not pamper you anymore, they always see you as a kid. At the end they can’t stand you growing. As I arrived at their place, I sanitized myself and gave my grandmother a big hug. Every time I hug her, she says that her hands have rods inside them since she had a surgery and to be careful with her hands. So I shrink myself by bending down and hug her. Whenever I visit her she makes delicious food for me.

My grandfather and I always discuss about cricket, cricketers and chemistry. Since my grandparents were Chemistry professors they are extremely passionate about the subject. We have a detailed discussion about cricket. He never fails to discuss about his favorite cricketer whom he always admired-Vijay Hazare, a former cricketer and captain of the Indian team. He discussed about the memory of being able to meet him and see him play. He admired his batting style. We chat, eat and have fun all the time. Sometimes I get some snacks from home, walk down the stairs and enjoy it with my grandfather, listening to his experiences about the social work he does for North East students, as a professor or a cricket coach. Maybe they want me to remember that they were also practicing a profession before having white hair and becoming my grandparents. Grandparents for me are always white haired and slow in walking but yet they have this powerful element that motivates them on the inside and always keeps them active. I believe all grandparents love having fun with the child, playing, pulling pranks and talking.

As a young kid of five to eight years. I always thought that a grandparent has such symbols and symptoms that define the brand of a grandparent. The white hair grows with them is the first thing that shows that the person may be an old grandparent. Always pretending to work even after retirement. I always saw both sides of my grandparents reading a newspaper or try solving some interesting puzzles in the newspaper as their leisure time. Every time I saw my grandparents with glasses staring at the newspapers I thought that they still miss their job and pretend to have a job and work by solving puzzles or reading newspapers. So they always do ‘work-like’ activities like reading newspapers, watching the news, calling their friends or relatives. The third thing I see is that whenever a grandparent comes and visits you the environment just changes. The adults are there to pamper the old person and the old person pampers you. Another thing that I see about them is that they act nothing like your parents even though they are parents of your parents. Whenever my grandparents visited me, I felt like I was free and I could do anything that I wanted to do through their permission and that they will never take a no as an answer for you. They will do everything for you, they will take care of you and pamper you even more than your parents. Maybe for your parents you are growing and its their responsibility of not spoiling you but for grandparents – a grandchild is always a grandchild. Finally even though they have a wrinkled skin and a slightly weak body by age, instead of them eating a lot of food, they force you to eat a lot of food and tell you to eat every delicious dish that they make. My maternal grandfather’s fish is the best fish I have eaten and even my mom can’t beat the fish. If I tell my mom that I’m not hungry she doesn’t really react to it. When its any side of my grandparents they will not like a “no” as an answer to food as its their right and pleasure in feeding, pampering and playing with you. My late paternal grandmother always forced me to eat and she had a problem when there was really less food on my plate. She manipulated me to have more food as she said that its my age and I’m too young, so such less food is not good for my body, hence I’m told to have a lot of food and enjoy it too. She would get angry if she heard the word ‘diet’ from anyone. When I used to get back from school, before asking me how am I she asked what I ate. Again no matter how old you get and no matter wherever you are and whatever you are in life, your grandparents will always be your “yes men” and will be the kindest people to you – no one can be more pampered in life by anyone but your grandparents. This one is to all the grandparents out there pampering their grandkids all the time.

I hope you enjoyed this destination and your time travelled to unravel your memories with your grandparents. If so, please let me know in the comments section below and tell me how and what you liked and what are your fondest memories as a child

We’ll travel to our new destination next week very soon

Stay safe 🙂

Yours sincerely

Chinmay

School

The Secondary Academic Block of my School. Source: Google

Hey there! Its me your storyteller and we’re back again. Faster than you could count to ten. Now that we are all stuck in a pandemic, the world has now gone online. I believe the school shall start very soon. I just hope and pray everyday that my school reopens and I deeply hope that it will in a month or two. Although I didn’t believe the moment 2021 came, because 2021 has the same old behavior as the previous year 2020. In that case 2020 won not 2021 (Sorry I can’t stop when it comes to puns). New year but yet the same ways. My online school started this week after the relaxing winter break, I was just remembering my journey to school. Here’s how my daily routine used to be when there was nothing called COVID.

I wake up in the morning a little late than my usual time because I can’t be an early riser till I have bad dreams. Then I go for a shower and at the same time I brush my teeth because I used to get late. Then I get ready and run faster than the wind to my pickup point which is five minutes away if I walk. The journey from my house to my school used to be approximately a 45 minute journey. On my way I either listened to music on my phone because I also had to stay back after school on most days for playing cricket or listened to music in my head. I used to have a lot of fun with my friends in the bus because most of the time was spent in making jokes and laughing as if there’s no tomorrow. The entertaining journey then took us to our school. From there I waited for a few friends of mine and we walked for breakfast having a chat. Me and my friends are always in a hurry and never get time to have breakfast at home because of the bus waiting for us. After breakfast at the dining hall we used to run for the assembly. At the cafeteria we sit down with our breakfast discussing about projects, homeworks, Marvel, thinking about pranks or cracking puns while munching breakfast.

After that I headed to attend my classes, there me and my friends studied, took notes, doodled in my notebooks, playing with pens, chatting around, looking at other students and watching what were they doing. As I did my usual stuff pretending to be busy and occupied. Me and my friends and couldn’t wait long for lunch. After a few periods we finally had lunch. Me and my friends go for lunch, have lunch and arrive with full tummies. Before we could enter our classes we play outside in the lawns or in the jungle gym or just sit down in the open doing nothing or coming up with pranks, dares or anything to fool around and entertain ourselves if we were bored. After lunch we went inside our classes and were tired, waiting for the school to end. There were just 80 minutes left for the school to end post lunch. I am indeed a bright student but the mischief, the scurrying away to our desks when the teacher was arriving or the cracking jokes was what I liked. Even though I am a bright kid my foolish antics made me a last bencher. Another excuse to justify the first excuse was because I was the tallest in the class. When we couldn’t hold our patience waiting for lunch or waiting for the school to end, we headed slowly in slow motion to the washroom if we had a boring lecture going on. Me and a few friends waited in the washroom styling our hair and in slow motion we used to walk and return to our classes. If my teachers asked me why was I so late. I would answer them by saying that either the toilet was clogged or I was sick. But I never was consistent with the excuses at all. Because no one would really care nor would the teachers if you return from the washroom after two minutes. Finally when the timing was 3:30PM and we would walk out of the classroom on our way for some snacks. We used to get some snacks and headed to our school buses.

I always hated staying at home because I love school more than my home because having fun at school was a hundred times better than having fun at home. When the world entered 2020. When a small bat, a stupid flying animal just changes the entire world. The next thing that happens is that I am stuck at home with my laptop on. 2020 had been harsh on all of us. I would kill for school. I would love to just to go to school because staying at home pre-Covid was looking forward to Learn Another Day and Have Fun Another Day. Comparing normal, happy school from a boring, virtual, abnormal online school has several differences. If we had to meetup we would either after school or at someone’s house. Here we have to meet up on communication platforms like hangouts, discord, whatsapp and whatnot. When in 2019 I used to talk to my friends or we used to talk to each other in midst of a class. In today’s day and time it happens through chatting and staying online through private chats. It will be much more sadder because some friends are also leaving the school. Although even if one friend is shifting to another city I will still go behind his back and eat his head and have a lot of fun. The uniforms, the mischief, the notebooks, the sports, going to other classes when the teacher was still not in our class, pranking each other or talking during class has changed. I just hope everyone’s school is reopened and everyone just gets back to school and gets back from this unfortunate time.

I just hope we all get back to school and social distance from masks, from Covid, from loneliness, from a pandemic and from online classes. If I had a time machine I would be going back to to the past and stopping this virus that has destroyed millions of things and people.

One day we will be back in school faster than we could count to ten

I hope you enjoyed, I’ll see you next week 🙂

Yours Sincerely

Chinmay