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Of Guilty Pleasures

Piece of Cake (Courtesy: Pixabay)

My life is filled with guilty pleasures. I just don’t feel guilty about them. – James Spader

As a means of coping with life, I’ve been watching The Great British Bake Off. I don’t understand it. I mean, I am aware of the fact that it is an immensely popular show, but I don’t understand why I like it. Sure, I don’t just have a sweet tooth, Continue reading “Of Guilty Pleasures”

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Of Relationships and Social Media

Survival of the Smartest (Courtesy: Pixabay)

Yet this distance, all those abysses unabridged and then unabridgeable by radio, television, cheap travel and the rest, was not wholly bad. People knew less of each other, perhaps, but they felt more free of each other, and so were more individual. The entire world was not for them only a push or a switch away. Strangers were strange, and sometimes with an exciting, beautiful strangeness. It may be better for humanity that we should communicate more and more. But I am a heretic, I think our ancestors’ isolation was like the greater space they enjoyed; it can only be envied. The world is only too literally too much with us now. – John Fowles, The French Lieutenant’s Woman Continue reading “Of Relationships and Social Media”

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Of Being Patient

Thank you, Ryan Gosling

A few weeks ago, I woke up from a dream with the words ‘The End is Nigh.’ I take little to no interest in anything apocalypse. Existential dreams are passé. I have no time to think of the end of time. Little me left, to think of the end of me. Without being depressingly prophetic or wishful about it.

I got surgery earlier this week. Nothing too life-threatening, even minor and routine and other such words that suggest diminution of what still consisted of going under a knife Continue reading “Of Being Patient”

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Of Physical Beauty

Plastic Surgery Cartoon

A couple of weeks ago, I told you about going to the doctor to get treatment for acne. Just to recap, he gave me a lot of medication, some oral, some topical, and told me to update him after 3 weeks. Nothing’s changed, but he gave me a new prescription anyway, this time with more topical meds – a sunscreen lotion and a facewash. When my mother sardonically asked, “Are they medicines or cosmetics?”, I replied, “At least, our kidneys aren’t on display. Else, you’d have kidney beautification products too.”

Which got me thinking, what if we, humans, didn’t have skin? Continue reading “Of Physical Beauty”

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Of Accents

"What I enjoy most about sauvignon blanc is saying it."
French Accent Cartoon

I attempted a podcast on accents, but it shall never be heard due to my atrocious American accent. Here is the transcript:

Hi everyone, my name is Amrita, welcome to Of Opinions. I’m trying to do an American accent, cuz some of you that tuned into my previous podcast commented on my Indian accent, and I said I’d do an American one just for fun. Continue reading “Of Accents”

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Of Being A Fan

In my recent post Of Charm, I cited Bollywood actor Shahrukh Khan as a definitive example of someone naturally charming. My friend SourgirlOhio expressed interest in knowing him and Bollywood films in general. I was excited at the prospect of introducing something I love to someone completely new to it, but also felt a responsibility I would not have felt as much on recommending anything else. How could I introduce someone to a whole new culture, Continue reading “Of Being A Fan”