A Few Quotes. (And Then Some)

AWESOME QUOTES

Awesome Quotes used to be a weekly thing on my blog, but its been a really long while since I’ve posted anything under it.

So I’m finally doing it today.

There have been quite a few quotes I’ve come by in recent times, in movies I’ve watched, TV shows I’ve binged, books I’ve read, or elsewhere, and a lot of those have moved me in some way, made me think and/or inspired me.

These aren’t grouped under any category as such, but rather a collection of a lot of different categories of quotes, so its a bit of everything.

Enjoy!


 

“I heard joke once: Man goes to doctor. Says he’s depressed. Life seems harsh and cruel. Says he feels all alone in threatening world. Doctor says, “Treatment is simple. The great clown, Pagliacci, is in town. Go see him. That should pick you up.” Man bursts into tears. “But doctor…” he says, “I am Pagliacci.” Good joke. Everybody laugh. Roll on snare drum. Curtains.” – Rorschach, Watchmen

 

“I don’t mind being the smartest man in the world, I just wish it wasn’t this one.” – Adrien Veidt, Watchmen

Deep, huh?

 

“I think everybody should get rich and famous and do everything they ever dreamed of so they can see that it’s not the answer.” – Jim Carrey, Actor (‘Liar, Liar’, ‘Dumb and Dumber’, etc.)

Makes sense, Jim.

Be brave enough to start a conversation that matters. – @thegoodquote on Instagram

 

“If you need one person to change your destiny, then you have not built a solid organisation.” – Sir Alex Ferguson, former Manchester United FC Manager

 

Interviewer: What would Captain America’s cologne be called?

Chris Evans (actor who plays Captain America in the movies): Patriot.

Interviewer: What would it smell like?

Chris Evans: Freedom.

LOLed on this one.

“The main thing is to be moved, to love, to hope, to tremble, to live.” – Auguste Rodin

I came by this one when it was posted by Sarah Rafferty on her Instagram.

Gretchen: I prefer my men manly.

Harvey Specter: Am I not manly?

Gretchen: Well, if you have to ask… proceeds to look Harvey up and down

Backstory - Harvey Specter is a bad-ass lawyer (widely believed to be New York's 
'best closer', on the show and name partner at 'Pearson Specter Litt', a fictional 
firm in New York, in the TV series Suits, and Gretchen is his newly-appointed 
secretary. She is, well, old, and quite tough.

This one is just plain hilarious. You have to see this scene to really get the humour, but it is so perfect, because if there’s one thing Harvey prides himself on, its his badassery and manliness. You can see that bubble being slightly poked when Gretchen says this.


Well, that’s all the quotes I’ve got for right now! Let me know if you liked them, ’cause they sure made me go, either, “Whoaaa,” or, “LOLOLOL!”

Until next time, people.

Coffee Update #3

COFFEE UPDATE 3

Fancy a coffee? Cyber-coffee, shall we call this?

Welcome back to a third coffee update. Let me bring you up to speed with stuff, while you sip on that beautiful little cup of coffee.


 

If we were having coffee right now, I’d tell you that I’ve designed a couple of new covers for this post format on my blog (the ones at the beginning of this post). Pretty snazzy, eh?

If we were having coffee right now, I’d tell you that I’ve put my music library on shuffle at the moment, and Adele’s Rolling in the Deep is on right now. Her voice can either really get on your nerves, or it feels very, very satisfying.

If we were having coffee right now, I’d tell you that Suits is officially THE best TV show on this planet or any other developed enough to rank TV shows. It resumed its 5th season on the 27th of January after a winter break, long enough to make me impatient as hell. Literally every episode of it is perfect. Do yourself a favour and go watch it.

If we were having coffee right now, I’d tell you I just got back my results for the preliminary examinations that took place in the second and third weeks of January. I said I was confident of doing well, and I did. Since the prelims are like a rehearsal for the real thing (the Boards, where you do not actually write on boards), the teachers are often very strict while dishing out marks and frequently give us less than what our answer objectively warrants, so that us students don’t get complacent before the Boards. I did encounter this in a couple of subjects, but not all. No big deal though, I know what the reality of the situation is though.

If we were having coffee right now, I’d tell you that Billy Boyd is a hell of a guy. Just listen to this:

If we were having coffee right now, I’d tell you that I finally saw Spectre. I see what people meant when they said Christoph Waltz was under-utilised. I feel he was terribly under-used. He was such a badass in Django Unchained and now this is the role he gets in a James Bond movie that should have been defining for him as that character who is kinda blurred morally, as he was in Django. Overall decent Bond flick, but it always feels with Dan Craig’s Bond, that the real villain is always Bond himself, with his personality coming in the way all the time.

SPECTRE-casting-members-fan-art
Some Spectre fan art I found.

 

Well, that’s it for this coffee convo (or tea if you’re not into coffee)! I hope you enjoyed getting to know a little bit more about me.

What would you tell me if we were having coffee right now?

What a Wonderful Year

(This post is not strictly a yearly review, but that is the first part of it. Its basically a post where I’m summing up a lot of stuff I’ve wanted to say since I last wrote.)

People don’t usually do a yearly review 11 days into the New Year. Unless I’m the person in question, of course, since that’s what I’m doing right now. ‘sigh’

Last year was wonderful. In totality, of course. There were times when I puked my stomach out cause #foodpoisoning. So yeah, that wasn’t particularly great. But I did get 3,741 views on my blog last year, more than 4 times what I got in 2014, so yay for that. I won’t go into the details of the views as I did for 2014 since that tends to get boring, so all I’m going to say is that I aim to better that tally in 2016. 177 views in these 11 days isn’t a bad start, I reckon. We’ll see how it goes.

I can now say I haven’t posted on my blog since last year. I’ll tell you why.

My preliminary examinations for Standard XII are going on right now. I took the Hindi examination about two hours ago. For those of you that aren’t aware of it, basically the prelims are like a drill for the real thing, the Board Exams, which begin on the 18th of February for me and run till the 21st of March. The paper pattern and portion for both is identical so if you are completely prepared for the Prelims you get a rough idea of how you’ll do in the Boards. Of course, nobody is ever completely prepared, but man is nothing if not hopeful, right?

For now, I’ve got Psychology up next in the prelims on Wednesday the 13th, so wish me luck.

I’m working on a couple of fiction pieces as well on the side. I wrote a preview to one here, and I came up with the other one just a couple of days back. Unfortunately, I don’t think I’ll be able to get any of that published before my Boards conclude (on the 21st of March, 2016) because that’s realistically the earliest I’ll get to properly work on it. I may draw up a rough plot or something of that sort before that so you could expect a preview or a prologue to be up before my Boards conclude, but I wouldn’t be too sure of that.

I intend to not go anonymous for the next two months buried under textbooks the way I was for the past month. I’ll keep posting something.

In other news, my gym membership ended so I now have nothing much to do between 3 and 5 every afternoon so I now have to use that time to study. Depressing, I know. And there’s no point renewing right now because I have prelims during that time and I will hardly have time to go there for one month during my Boards. It was good the membership ended before my prelims began though.

Star Wars came out and I still haven’t watched it. Yay. Bloody exams. I’m definitely going when my prelims, end. I’ve been trying to avoid spoilers for that for too damn long. Some idiot gave away what I believe to be the mother of all spoilers, don’t worry I won’t say it, in case any of you guys haven’t watched it yet either, but if that was a true spoiler then I now hate that person for the rest of my life. Not even kidding right now. There’s also ones like Creed and Bridge of Spies which I haven’t watched yet.

On that front though, 2016 is going to be arguably the best year yet. Okay, not arguably, unequivocally the best yet. All these come out/have come out this year:

And there’s a shitload more. Guess I’m going to the cinema a lot this year. Suits, The Flash and Arrow all resume their seasons in the last week of January as well so its definitely a packed year on the entertainment front.


 

BONUS! BONUS! BONUS!

So, after I’d already published this, I got a suggestion that I should have made this post a little longer and maybe written something along the lines of a list of noteworthy stuff I did in 2015. So I came back to edit the post, and therefore, here’s,

THE HIGHS AND THE LOWS OF 2015
(in no particular order)

  1. I watched The Avengers: Age of Ultron, and was left slightly disappointed.
  2. I obtained 75% in my 11th Grade final exams, which isn’t something to exactly write home about, but it is if you think about it since I’m in the Arts stream, and it is even greater considering the amount of time I spent in the 11th, not studying.
  3. Jai Vyas Writes completed a year of existence.
  4. I turned 17.
  5. I joined the gym
  6. But did not manage to reach the goals I set for myself initially (of gaining 10 kilos in 8 months). Maybe I’m just a hard gainer or maybe my goals were unrealistic or maybe I didn’t go to the gym enough or maybe its all of that and maybe even more. I’ll figure it out.
  7. I got hooked on to House of Cards.
  8. I made some great friends in college.
  9. I learned that I’m not photogenic. At all.
  10. I said goodbye to Maggi and then a few months later, welcomed it back with open arms and clean bowls.
  11. I ate eggs for just the second time in my life and puked for a day. Its all good, though.
  12. I finally opened up relatively publicly about the fact that I’m a cancer survivor.
  13. I took part in some amazing writing courses online that taught me a lot about blogging, writing, and myself.
  14. I made a lot of new friends on WordPress and encountered some mind-blowing coincidences while doing so.
  15. I joined Quora, and within six months, became a most viewed writer in multiple categories. #sorryforbrag
  16. I went to see my first live football match in the Indian Super League.
  17. I got rid of my braces.
  18. I had bad days. Lots.
  19. I started listening to blues music and a lot of old-timey music. RIP David Bowie.
  20. I read Mein Kampf. I may not respect that dude for the shit he did, but some of his ideals were understandable, in the very least.
  21. I attended the Times Litfest (Literary Festival) where I attended several talks, intellectual debates, music shows, etc. of several intellectuals, celebrities, etc.
  22. I saw a play called The Jury, at NCPA, Mumbai’s best place to watch a play. Probably one of India’s best for sure. It was probably only the second time I’ve been there. To be honest, I did get free tickets, so…
  23. I experienced an Equal Streets campaign where for a certain number of weeks in the year, a stretch of street was shut down for vehicles and was opened up to the public to use as they like. We used it to cycle, play football and stuff. It was a nice experience. I look forward to it returning.
  24. I painted tiles with my sister.
  25. I realised my laptop is slowly dying.
  26. I went on a photography spree in South Mumbai one day. We clicked photos of the Gateway of India, the local railways, kids playing cricket in Oval Maidan, and a lot of other stuff. You can check it out here.
  27. I started playing Football Manager.
  28. I feel I’ve become more open as a person. My personality has been moulded by the people I’ve met and the situations I’ve been through. If you would have seen me in mid 2014 you would have seen the quintessential reserved nerd. I’m still that guy, but I’m more.
  29. I failed in Math once in the 11th Grade. It wasn’t as bad as I’d thought. I did drop Math in the 12th and took up Philosophy instead, though.
  30. The same night I saw The Jury, I ate some life-changing kheema pav. My mom and dad may not completely approve initially, but they’ll come around.

There’s obviously a lot more, but I think I’ll save some for my autobiography. It shall be called ‘Tall Tales of a Short Guy’. You can expect it to come out in the spring of probably-never-going-to-happen.


 

I hope all of you had a rip-roaring 2015, and believe that we’ll all have an amazing 2016 as well!

“Listen.

I wish I could tell you it gets better. But, it doesn’t get better.

You get better.

— Joan Rivers

See you guys next time! 🙂

Coffee Update #2

(Or the “I’m Back!” post)

If we were having coffee right now, I’d tell you that I’m officially back from my just-more-than-one-month-long hiatus now that my terminals are done with. Apart from the economics paper, they were all thoroughly awesome, and I am confident I’ve done really well.

A fan-made poster of the movie
A fan-made poster of the movie (Click to go to the artist, Jolan Rouchet’s page)

If we were having coffee right now, I would tell you that I finally got a chance to watch The Martian. Matt Damon has really climbed up my list of top actors after this one. Mind-blowing. You should definitely watch it, irrespective of whether you passed in science or not. If you’ve already watched, you could always watch it again. Seriously, its that good. Now, I could go on a full-blown speech about how that movie invokes some extent of euphoria and certain very over-the-top, universal goody-goody feelings in me, but I shall restrain myself. I could still change my mind though.

If we were having coffee right now, I would tell you that I very recently attended a live football match for the first time. I went to see the Indian Super League match between Mumbai City Football Club and Atletico de Kolkata at the D.Y. Patil Stadium on the 1st of November, a day after my exams concluded. My home team, Mumbai City, lost out 4-1, but the experience itself was enough to leave me more than satisfied nonetheless.

If we were having coffee right now, I would tell you that I am currently reading Jeffrey Archer’s ‘Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less’. This is supposed to be an Archer classic, so I guess I am a little embarrassed for having not read it earlier, despite having read a lot of Archer’s work.

What would you tell me if we were having coffee right now?