Q/A||thebookofjess

Q/A||thebookofjess

Hello everyone! Hope you’re all having a lovely day! Today I thought I would do a Q/A to let you’ll know to know me a bit better. Most of these questions I found on different Pinterest posts (Pinterest never fails you!) and some of them I came up with myself.


Q1. What did you learn a little too late?

I think the fact that even when you are willing to go the extra mile for people, most of them don’t even want to take an extra step for you. You need to recognize the people who are appreciative and loyal but they are hard to find.


Q2. What habit do you have that you think not many other people have?

I collect little things that seem extremely insignificant. A little note that someone writes to me. A pen that I love. The tag from a piece of clothing that I love. I keep these small things in a journal and currently, I have 3. (And 5 writing journals)


Q3. What are you too hard on yourself for?

I always have the feeling that I have to make things perfect. I am, admittedly, too hard on myself sometimes if things aren’t perfect.

Also, I wish that I was the type of person who doesn’t get affected by what others say. But I do. So, I guess I am a bit hard on myself when I get affected by trivial things.


Q4. What do most people underestimate about you?

I am a shy, quiet person. I used to hate talking in front of an audience. And people generally think that I am incapable of being a powerful speaker. I also sing, which hardly anyone has heard, except my sister. I do sing in school sometimes but not in my real “singing” voice. I have quite a shrill voice when I talk but while singing it’s quite deep. So, in general, people tend to think I am not an assertive speaker.


Q5.What’s the biggest sign of weakness in a person?

I feel that a person is weak if they are not able to make a sincere apology. Making someone feel bad is no achievement and it is something quite despicable. I consider a person to be weak-minded if they are not able to express their opinions, apologize for their mistakes, and cry.


Q6. If you dropped everything and went on a road trip, where would you go?

I would love to go to the Grand Canyon. I have always wanted to hike up the Grand Canyon.


Q7. What makes you angrier than it should?

The fact that I make a promise to myself to wake up and go to sleep early, but failing to do it every time just drives me up the wall!


Q8.What is the favorite part of your daily routine?

At night, when I’m done with everything, I crawl into my bed with a book and read for an hour (…or two..!). That’s my favorite part of the day.


Q9. What’s the ideal weekend for you?

The ideal weekend for me is when I don’t have the pressure to complete some of the other work for the coming week and when I’m just able to write and read.


Q10. What did you want to be when you were younger?

I badly wanted to be a detective. I don’t know why. I am a person who would like a creative and safe job. A detective’s life (though amazing) is a bit too risque for me.


Q11. If you could identify with one fictional character, who would it be?

Hermione Granger or Luna Lovegood from Harry Potter.


Q12. What are the ten things most important to you? (thing, not person)

  • My memory journal(s)
  • My writing journal
  • Books
  • My mother’s ring
  • Laptop
  • Mobile phone
  • Spectacles
  • My pillow (sounds weird but I can’t sleep with my pillow!)
  • Food ( I love food…)
  • My whiteboard

Q13.What is your favorite physical and non-physical attribute about yourself?

Physical: Hair Non-physical: My thoughts.


Q14. What do you daydream about?

I create an unnamed character and put them in a scenario and think about how it would go on. I tend to watch it in my head. Also, I am a light sleeper but a heavy daydreamer. If I start daydreaming, it will take a marching band to wake me up again!!


Q15. If your life was a novel, what would the title be?

Writing My Way Through Life. (I just typed the first thing that came to my mind!)


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Blog Segment “My Thoughts Tuesday” Introduction||thebookofjess

Blog Segment “My Thoughts Tuesday” Introduction||thebookofjess

Hi everyone! I hope you’re all doing well. Today I am sharing a most exciting idea that I am so, so, so thrilled about. I am going to be introducing a blog segment called “My Thoughts Tuesday”!

The reason I am doing this is quite simple. I am a very opinionated person and feel that I have to give my opinion about everything. (Considering the situation, of course!) Mostly I write them down in my journal and that gives momentary satisfaction. But, I sometimes feel that by doing this, I am suppressing my voice. And nobody should feel that they are not heard.

So, I decided to start doing this blog segment. I’ll be posting my thoughts on any random subject every Tuesday. I’m open to any suggestions anyone may have! If you do, let me know in the comments down below.

Also, I will be doing this weekly along with my normal posts, this won’t be a replacement for my normal posts.


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If you have any suggestions let me know in the comments. I’d love to hear from you’ll! β™₯β™₯


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Sometimes it’s you||thebookofjess

Sometimes it’s you||thebookofjess

Sometimes it’s you

“…near the old school, yeah! Cap has urgent business to talk about!” shouted that imbecile being yet again. Ugh.

“Why? What happened, eh? I ain’t got no time! There’s this shop that opens up early downtown and they keeps their stale bread on the counter to throw away! What a waste is what I say! I wanna be able to geddit before them customers come.” said that greedy old git.

Scavengers. That’s what they are. Always screeching around, eating trash or nicking the human’s stuff. Humans were so irritated by them. Even the kind ones, who put out food and water, shooed them away when they saw these barbarous creatures gobbling the whole thing up.

Me? No, no. I was sweet and charming. People liked me. I woke up early in the morning to catch the worms and then flew from garden to garden, picking at the little grains people threw on their porch and catching up on the latest gossip! No one ever shooed me away, instead, they praised me for my quiet, mellow voice. Every day, I took some food and stashed it in the little crook of my nest. You know, for winter.

They never stored anything. Their preparation for harsh weather was just as much as a human is prepared for a tornado. Yes, some humans have built basements and put away commodities for hard times, but some are just thick or have too much faith. Humans are messed up.

I tried to go back to sleep. It was nowhere near my waking time. But the voices of those scroungers kept me awake. When I had built this nest, I had been sure to keep a few things in mind. A big, shady tree, safe from storms and rain, kind humans…and no crows. But, a few months ago, after a calamitous storm, these two douchebags came out of nowhere and settled themselves in the next tree.

They were pretty oblivious and dull and didn’t bother us small birds. Some might think that was because they were nice and kind but no such thing! There were only two of them and about 50 of us. They were afraid. Cowards.

Usually, they went scrounging for food by themselves. But, all of them belonged to a group. That group only worked when they had to loot a huge dump yard or something. (Their idea of a party. I know, so primeval.) Every group had a Captain, or Cap, as these vulgar, uneducated creatures called him.

“This ain’t no common thing, pal!” I heard the first one screech.

“Why? Its just gon be another dump, ain’t it? I rather settle for stale bread, thank ya!” the second one replied.

Ha. Choosing stale bread over a dump yard. What an…amusing menu.

“No, no, no, pal! Cap needs help with somethin’! He says it’s important and whoever don’t turn up, gonna be clawed off the group.” the first one said, a tone of urgency in his voice.

So, that’s how they worked. Bribe and threats. And for the humans that might be reading this, clawed off is the bird equivalent of kicked off.

“Clawed off! No way! Jeff missed so many adventures. He ain’t kicked off!” protested the second one.

Adventures…really?

“Yeah. But this ain’t no other adventure. Cap says its urgent n’ he needs every bird on their claws in the field behin’ the old school at dawn” the first one said.

Silence…

“Look, if you ain’t gonna come, don’t ‘spect me to hang ’round with ya! I don’t wanna get clawed off. Cap always gets the best places to eat and if he needs us to be there one time, I’m gon be there for him!” said the first one, dutifully.

Ha. So they were faithful. To a garbage eatery group…but at least faithful.

I cracked my eyes open and saw them sitting on opposite branches on the next tree. The second one was hesitating. (I’m sorry I keep calling them by that, but honestly, I never bothered myself to know their names.)

At last, the second one surrendered. “Oh! Al’ right! I’ll go, I’ll go…”

For a while, they sat in silence and I just lay there, too eager to know what happened next to go about my normal business.

At last those one brain celled creatures spoke.

“Don’t tell no one where we’re goin’, okay? Cap wants to keep it a secret. Says that if anyone knew, all birds would see us differently and that would cause problems.” the first one said, his lack of English comprehension hurting my ears.

The fool. He should have said that to himself before he screeched out the entire plan.

But his words intrigued me. Why didn’t their “Cap” want anyone to know? What were they up to? No good. That was for sure. So I decided to have a small breakfast from my stash and follow them. I knew the school they were talking about. There were plenty of hiding spots there. I could easily fly to one that gave me a good view and where I could hear every single one of their uncivilized, caveman-ish words.

I quickly ate and hopped down to a low branch and flew from there, so they didn’t see me. I was a quick and skilled flyer, so I managed to hide from sight as I made my way to the field. There were already two crows waiting there, so I had little time to find a good hiding spot. I found one between two trash cans filled with crumpled pieces of paper used by the Kindergarten kids.

Slowly, slowly, more and more crows flew into the field. I saw the pair who had accidentally leaked the information. Well, how did their “Cap” expect the plan to remain a secret when with beings possessing such a small brain? I wonder…

The archaic creatures were creating a racket. It was so irritating. Didn’t they know their voice was not in the least pleasant and peril to anyone’s ears!

“Okay group! Listen up!” their Cap shrieked louder than the others to be heard.

The group surprisingly quietened and listened attentively to their Cap. I did too, attempting to not go over their improper use of English way too much.

“There is a fellow bird who needs our help,” the Cap addressed the assembled crowd. “We are greater in number than most birds. Others are too self-absorbed to notice the crisis other birds might be in,” he said.

Crows helping fellow birds?? That is unheard of! They usually go about bullying smaller birds and stealing from humans and birds likewise. What was the Cap talking about? Us small birds being self-absorbant? I was so busy fuming over his introductory words that I almost missed what he said next.

“There’s a little hummin’ bird nestled in the tree behind the park. She broke her wing and wasn’t able to fly for a good couple ‘o days. Jimmy and I,” he gestured to his second in command, “…have been helping her and her younglings to survive. Their father died in that storm.” he said. “Quiet! I know this is all new information to y’all but keep calm and listen!” he added, as the crows had started their usual ear-splitting racket again.

“She looked like she’d be okay in a handful days but her wings are worse now and I’m not sure if she’ll be able to see the next season. She’s in a terrible condition and she knows it. Yesterday she had me promise that if anything happened to her, I would take care of her younglings.”

“I wouldn’t have needed you lot’s help with only her young ones but it so happens that the hummin’ birds in that area aren’t so well off,” he said. “In fact,” he added ruefully, “No bird in that area doin’ fine.”

“We need to help ’em. We’re the largest group ‘mong the crows. We need to help them or soon or later the birds in that area will be no more.”

A deafening silence fell over the crowd. But the sounds of cheer and encouragement broke the silence.No, I was wrong. A deafening silence had fallen over me. Crows all around me were excited and shouted out encouraging words and plans on how they could help.

All this time I had been living in oblivion. And I came to realize something. It is not always the other person who is faulty. Sometimes you are the prejudiced one. Sometimes you are the villain.

Jess Pandey


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Beauty lies in the eye of the beholder||thebookofjess

Beauty lies in the eye of the beholder||thebookofjess

Beauty lies in the eye of the beholder.

There’s this funny thing about the universe. One thing or quality that might appear revolting or ugly to one may be the reason for living to another.

There’s someone who loves the crinkles by your eyes, the scars that you’ve had from when you were a wee little child. The dimple that sneaks up on the side of your cheek when you smile. The way your eyes twinkle when you talk about something you love, the stutter of your voice when you get embarrassed. The unnoticed wasps of hair falling on your face. The way little things in life have an effect on you. The look in your eyes when you daydream. There’s someone who loves your little quirks and faults. There is someone to whom you mean the world.

Indeed, beauty lies in the eye of the beholder.

Jess Pandey


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…just live|| thebookofjess

…just live|| thebookofjess

Just live

She flung her feet over the sofa arm. There seemed absolutely nothing to do. Everything was in its place and all that needed to be done was done. She felt the urge to just do something. Her body had become used to constant movement, mind used to always focus on something.

She had long forgotten what it was like to do nothing and maybe look at the clouds. Doing nothing and just reading for the sake of reading. Do nothing and staring at the ceiling, weaving all the magical thoughts at the back of your head.

Long forgotten the delicious slumber that stole through you as you just lay there, imagining all sorts of wondrous scenarios that could never in a million years come true. Long forgotten the beautiful and elegant form of nature when looked at it through open eyes. Long forgotten what it was live without a task. Long forgotten what it was like to just live.

Jess Pandey


2019 A Year in Review||thebookofjess

2019 A Year in Review||thebookofjess

Hi everyone! I hope you’re all doing really well! Today I’m going to be doing a 2019 A Year in Review post. Sorry, this is quite late, I was really busy with school, my exams (for now) just ended and I thought, “Well, better late than never!” So here I am!


2019


2019 did not start well. I was very sick and did not go to school. I missed a good few months of school and I got to know the reality of some people whom I called friends. I decided to re-do, restart my life because I felt it falling to pieces. I decided to start over 9th grade and paid more attention to my health, life, relationships and started to repair the broken parts. I will be describing each important aspect and how it changed for the better.

Reading: I went into what one might call a reading slump but really I was just afraid to start new books during my sickness. I came over that fairly easily as reading has always been an integral part of my life. I did introduce some changes: a) I bought real books. I had gotten into a habit of reading e-books, and although e-books are great and I still read them, I developed a habit to read more actual books. b)I started reading classics and autobiographies. c) I developed a love for the second-hand book store. I don’t know why but buying a book someone has read just makes me feel that there is more than just one story. In my book store adventures, I have found books that were printed in the 1940s – 1990s. You can see the books that were printed during the peak of WWII were printed on thin paper and with quite cheap ink indicating the economic situation. I just loved introducing these changes and felt much better.

opened book on tree root

Blogging: I did not blog a lot, as I had to concentrate on a lot of things. But I can say that this year really blogged what I loved, I blogged about things I was interested in the most and I can say that I was myself in all of those posts. The blogging community was amazing and supportive as always.

School: Not much to say. I made better friends, overcame my fear of mathematics. I used to be very afraid of public speaking and stuttered a bit, I overcame that and am much confident. I’m a very opinionated person and have an opinion about a lot of things, and it feels good to be able to voice my opinions.

Writing: I matured a bit, I feel, in this field. I guess you can tell that if you compare my previous posts with the more recent ones. My father has seen my writing since the day I started scribbling on my bedroom wall and he agrees with me.

Family: We recently moved and the new house is much more open to fresh air and peaceful. I feel that discussing my opinions at home and then projecting them to the world, helps me win many arguments or questions that might be raised against it.

Blogging community: The blogging community has been amazing. I made even more friends this year and I am thankful for each and every one of you! It really makes my day when I see a comment. It really means a lot to me to know that someone took the time to read what I wrote. heart-700141_640

Me: I have developed. I have gained more confidence. I have overcome fears. I have developed a thick skin to criticism and learned to stand up for myself and what I believe in. I have become very aware of the world around me and have become a feminist. Or rather discovered that I always was one. I went against everyone to repeat a year to bring my life in order. And I am really happy to say I succeeded.

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year! May you have a lovely year! Have Courage and be Kind! Love all of you! Thank you! πŸ™‚


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Happy New Year 2020!! πŸ’•πŸ˜˜

Happy New Year 2020!! πŸ’•πŸ˜˜

Hi everyone! Hope you’re all doing well! The New Year is here! πŸ’šπŸ’œ

Wishing all of you wonderful people and your families a Very Happy New Year! πŸ’™πŸ’•πŸ’ž

I will be having exams in the second week of January, so I’ll be seeing you all next on the 10th with a Year In Review post! πŸ’™πŸ’™(But I will reply to comments!)