A Letter To My Younger Self: “Your Heart Will Learn To Bloom Again”

Dear Jiya, I miss being called by that name. ‘Jiya’, originating in Sanskrit, means ‘an essential part of the soul’ (colloquially reduced to meaning: ‘heart’). Baba gave us the name, but hardly ever imagined how we would grow up to own every syllable of it. I remember you. I remember the half-ponytail, and the haircut that never quite had a name. I remember how you saw devastation, and wanted to fix it. You always thought cracks could heal with a Band-Aid, until your first heartbreak. I remember you crying, cradled in Mamma’s lap, as the hours of dawn passed us…Continue Reading

15 Tiny Quotes That Are All The Motivation You Need To Follow Your Heart

Inspiration comes in so many forms. Sometimes, a TED talk does the trick, or perhaps listening to a motivational speech, or maybe even a classic monologue in that favourite film of yours that you never tire of. And sometimes, all it takes is finding just a few words, the right words, that say the right things and right away, you know your heart feels lighter. Like anything is possible. Well, at least that’s how the words of freespiritpoetry would make you feel, anyway. True to its name, the Instagram page is strewn with words that are sure to lift your…Continue Reading

16 Of The Cutest Moments From #SonamKiShaadi That Prove Fairy Tales Are Real

The week so far has been all about Sonam Kapoor and Anand Ahuja’s BIG, FAT, PUNJABI WEDDING. And we are not complaining! My Instagram feed keeps suggesting posts that revolve all around the bride’s team making her feel like a complete princess. Her beau is no less charming, and to be honest, I love seeing them together. If you’ve missed out on all the wedding madness so far or just want an inside peek into one of the cutest Bollywood weddings this year, these 16 moments from #SonamKiShaadi are for you. 1. When Anand got mehendi on his hands, too!…Continue Reading

Why I Want A Best Friend, Before A Lover

“Love is friendship set on fire.” I grew up hearing this. That love is electrifying touches and magical kisses. That love is better than friendship. The princess never longed for a best friend, she longed for a prince to save her from the fire-breathing dragon. Of course, all we read about was that beautiful ‘first dance’. You know, the waltz that leaves you breathless, hearts beating beautifully in sync. Followed by whispers of “you complete me”, as if we humans, with our flaws and dreams, aren’t complete in ourselves. As if we’re a puzzle with a missing piece, broken without…Continue Reading

This Desi Artist Is Turning Your Life Into Art, & It’ll Make You Think

Did you grow up wanting and knowing that you’ll be able to do a million things with your talent? Yeeep. Neither did I. But Avinash Jai Singh did. See, I came across Avinash’s art as a part of the Uncover project, and immediately fell in love with it. His work is surreal, deceptively bright, and most of all: it looks like pages out of a millennial’s life. The most impressive bit? He DOES IT ALL. From photography to film-making to illustrations. Like I said, he grew up wanting and knowing that he’d be able to do a million things with…Continue Reading

19 Beautiful Truths To Remember As You Heal From Heartbreak

‘A heart that’s been broken is a heart that’s been loved.’ This has stuck with me through the years, as I experienced heartbreak for the first time and learned that the I was capable of surviving it. See, the human heart: bound by muscle and built with love, was made to survive this. It was made to heal. And you? You who fell, so fearlessly – you who experienced the magic of love, you CAN survive this. I know it hurts. And your eyes ache from the crying. But I also know that you will be okay. A love that…Continue Reading

17 Poems On Love, Loss And Survival That You Should Read If You Feel Broken

There are moments in life that leave you feeling completely and utterly broken. You know, moments when you feel like you’re walking on broken glass, like every step is fragile and painful. And then there are moments where you feel lighter than a feather, wrapped up in love and happiness. The brokenness you live through to get to the happiness – that, my friend, is survival. And I never quite understood that until I came across Caroline White’s poetry. See, Caroline lived through depression and went on to turn it into art; into words that speak to people across countries.…Continue Reading

10 Promises You Need To Make To Yourself To Lead a Happier Life!

We all want to be happy and we’re constantly on the lookout for happiness. We find ways to feel happy and be happy but what we often overlook is the fact that happiness lies within us and not in our circumstances. We try finding happiness in materialistic pleasures but that doesn’t last forever. Here are a few promises you need to make to yourself in order to lead a happier tomorrow! Don’t compare your life to someone else’s! Every individual is unique and each one’s life is different. We often forget that no one’s life is perfect and each one…Continue Reading

To The People Who Loved Me, Even As I Struggled To Love Myself

You saw me, even when I couldn’t see myself. You saw me on the days self-doubt clouded my vision like dusty glasses, blurred and uncared for. You saw me on the days I stared at myself in the mirror, willing myself to see anything but the ugliness of my scars. You saw me on the days I struggled stand, my spine slowly bending under the weight of my past. You saw me – flaws stitched together, mistakes wrapped up with good intentions. You saw me, for me. You saw me, and you taught me, slowly and patiently that I could…Continue Reading

Here’s To The People Who Fall Too Hard, Too Fast

You love – the way hearts are supposed to love. Words written with hope, eyes that read stories behind every beautiful scar. You’ve been taught to turn love into a game, to step cautiously and trust that pain is inevitable. You’ve been taught to wait 3 days before you text someone, to hold yourself back, to turn conversations into calculations. And here you are. Still. Your heart unguarded. Pouring yourself into another person, tipping and flowing with limitless love. Here you are. Honest. See, you refuse to let heartbreak burn through faith. You see the best in people. You look…Continue Reading