3 Novels That Deal With The Darker Side of Growing Up

how the scars of childhood bullying never truly leave us, among other things

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6 Books Every Teenager Should Read

The teenage life can be excruciatingly lonely or devastatingly beautiful or both. Here are six books that evocatively capture the highs and lows of teenage love, life and longing. 1. The Catcher In The Rye by J.D.Salinger:  This book crops up in almost every must-read list so often, that the story of the disenchanted Holden…

Top 7 Reasons Why “Kumaon Literary Festival” is the Coolest Lit Fest in India

The Kumaon Literary Festival is one of a kind international festival that celebrates the creative and the magical in this changing world. Named after the picturesque hilly region in Uttarakhand, this year’s litfest is a five-day extravaganza from 11th October to the 15th and features an incredible line-up of speakers including internationally recognized authors, film-makers,…

Tom Hiddleston, Jared Leto, Doctor Who & More: Blasting News Round Up

I’ve also started work as a journalist for Blasting News. Here are some of the articles I’ve written so far. What the Joker’s got to say about ‘Suicide Squad’ Odin Is Back In Thor 3, But Not On Asgard Who is the Doctor Who’s companion this Christmas? Is Tom Hiddleston dating Priyanka Chopra now? *~…

Productivity Tips, Lifestyle & Health Hacks: Lifehack Articles Round-Up

I’ve recently joined the Lifehack team as a staff writer.Here are some articles I’ve written so far: Man Gives Up His First Class Seat As Old Man Occupies It, Then A Third Man Comes And Changes His Life Mindfulness Changes The Way Our Brains React to Sadness, Study Shows Boundaries Empaths Should Set to Protect…

9 Reasons Why You Should Read Paper Towns: Pop Culture

Most people recognize John Green thanks to The Fault In Our Stars as a bestselling author of YA fiction. And although, TFIOS does delight and devastate, and is an unforgettably heartbreaking read, I personally feel that John Green’s creativity and storytelling talent is best expressed in the 300-something paged adventure and mystery love story titled…

5 Reasons Why Smoking Is Still The Shizz: A Guide To World Domination

World No Tobacco Day is tomorrow and we all know what means. Come on, admit it. Aren’t you all bored of those sickeningly long anti-smoking ads before your favourite superhero movie? Don’t you get super annoyed when they ‘seriously’ talk of making the college canteen a non-smoking zone? After all, those crazy activists don’t need…

The 7 Times Indian Politicians Told Women How Not To Get Raped: Perspective

Recently Republican candidate John Kasich came under fire by suggesting that women shouldn’t drink to avoid sexual assault.  In response to a question posed by a college student, he replied, ‘I’d also give you one bit of advice. Don’t go to parties where there’s a lot of alcohol. OK? Don’t do that’, thereby shifting the…

What Sylvia Plath Taught Me: Life Lessons

(That Has Nothing To Do With The Art Of Suicide) For a lot of English majors, Sylvia Plath is the ultimate rockstar. With her poetic genius, glamorous looks, celebrated marriage to Ted Hughes and her tragic death of carbon monoxide poisoning, she can make Kurt Cobain seem a bit too passé. If Holden Caulfield is…

Five Quirky Films for a Dark Fantasy Movie Night : Pop Culture

For lovers of Tim Burton and Romantic Goth and red wine. I’m a strange person in the sense that although I do not enjoy horror movies, I’ve always been drawn to the macabre and the Gothic. Thus while I carefully avoid stuff like the Exorcist and Poe’s short stories, I can safely enjoy Tim Burton…