Mirrors & Monsters

“You guys know about vampires? You know, vampires have no reflections in a mirror? There’s this idea that monsters don’t have reflections in a mirror. And what I’ve always thought isn’t that monsters don’t have reflections in a mirror. It’s that if you want to make a human being into a monster, deny them, at the cultural level, any reflection of themselves. And growing up, I felt like a monster in some ways. I didn’t see myself reflected at all. I was like, ‘Yo, is something wrong with me? That the whole society seems to think that people like me don’t exist?’ And part of what inspired me, was this deep desire that before I died, I would make a couple of mirrors. That I would make some mirrors so that kids like me might see themselves reflected back and might not feel so monstrous for it.”

– Junot Diaz

Song of the Day: Arijit Singh Compilation

Arijit Singh live in Oakland on September 26, 2015.

When it comes to Hindi music, Sonu Nigam has always been my all-time favorite. His voice completely melts my heart, and no one had come close to it. However, Arijit Singh has come in out of nowhere as a close second.

After listening to his new song Saware, I decided to go to his live show last Saturday in Oakland, California and I absolutely fell in love. I already loved his voice from songs like Phir Le Aaya Dil, Mast Magan, and Kabira, but hearing him live is a different experience altogether. His voice is so beautiful that it all just seems so effortless for him when he performs. He belted out a nice mix of his songs, oldies and popular tracks that have influenced him in the course of his life.

It was the first Hindi music concert I’ve been to and it was such a lovely first. I’m sure I’ll be listening to and attending more Arijit concerts in the future. So today I chose this live performance because after his concert I’ve had a mix of his songs stuck in my head and I can’t choose just one to share.

Find Herself


She is going to find herself
when she is meant to find herself.
In the wrong or in the right place.
In this space or in the next.
Today or tomorrow.
Tomorrow is drowning drunk in love,
in inspiration.
In the things she cannot understand,
But there will always be
something happening to her,
and something will always be changing her.
Something to bring herself closer to herself.

She will continue, she will endure and grow.
And the way she will see the world
will be nothing more, but a reflection
of herself.
And all at once, the search will be beautiful.

The birth of a flower is one to remember,
the moment we all pay attention to her bloom.

– R. M. Drake

The Door

“The man who comes back through the Door in the Wall will never be quite the same as the man who went out. He will be wiser but less sure, happier but less self-satisfied, humbler in acknowledging his ignorance yet better equipped to understand the relationship of words to things, of systematic reasoning to the unfathomable mystery which it tries, forever vainly, to comprehend”

― Aldous Huxley, The Doors of Perception

Song of the Day: Rather Be

I’m at the age where logging into Facebook means being inundated by baby pictures and wedding announcements. Quite frankly, I’m 100% okay with that if it means discovering beautiful new music. Such is the case for today’s song of the day, which I found through a friend’s wedding video.

Rather Be by Clean Bandit and Jess Glynne is a fun, fast-paced and ridiculously catchy song, but slowed down, the sweet lyrics become even more apparent. Jasmine Thompson (who’s only 14 by the way. I mean, what?!) takes the song and strips it down to a beautiful acoustic version that is the perfect quiet declaration of love – when I am with you, there’s no place I’d rather be. Love isn’t perfect, but it’s most important aspects are emotional rather than physical. This version conveys that in such a lovely way. I’m totally addicted

The Beauty of Letting Go…

You will find that it is necessary to let things go; simply for the reason that they are heavy. So let them go, let go of them. I tie no weights to my ankles.”
― C. JoyBell C.

As the sunshine spilled down on me, it felt as if the warmth was melting away an iciness that had taken hold of my bones for far longer than I had realized. All manner of cliches that you hear about washed over me – the weight from my shoulders was gone, I felt as though I could breathe better than ever before, and I couldn’t seem to wipe the genuine smile off my face. In a single moment I felt as though I had been let free from a cage I had been trapped in for years.

Such is the beauty of letting go. It can be anything that is holding you back, but once you’re free it’s as if the possibilities are endless. In my case, as I imagine happens often, I didn’t realize just how much I was being held back. In an instant I realized that for six long years, this had always been on the back of my mind and holding me back in a way I never could truly see. It’s as my wise cousin said, “now you can truly move on.”

Now you can truly move on – what beauty there is in that phrase. Those words provided another light bulb moment. I had been holding onto this small what if chance for so long that it ruled my thoughts in a way that was ever present without being in the forefront. Coming forth whenever I deemed it convenient. Letting it go means never again will I fall back on that comforting notion.

For the first time in a long time, the possibilities seem endless. It’s as though the world was renewed just for me and there’s a whole host of adventures awaiting me. I’m excited to discover just what they are.

“Letting go means to come to the realization that some people are a part of your history, but not a part of your destiny.”
― Steve Maraboli