You Will Survive: Life Lessons That Remind You To Never Look Back

Life is tough. There’s no way to sugarcoat this. Sometimes, we have bad days and sometimes, bad phases. We hope for the best, but remain woefully under-prepared for the worst. In a world full of sheep, we often forget that we must be our own lion. When we tone the whining down and listen to the universe, we will hear the lessons it has been passing down to us on never backing down, since ages. Widen your definitions. We often get tangled in definitions of boundaries that the world has thrust upon us. But, no matter how disturbing they might…Continue Reading

Here’s What True Love Should Feel Like: Free, Wild & Ever-Flowing

If I look back to who I was as a child, I can see myself sitting on a window seat in a bus, heading towards a destination. It didn’t matter where I was going, all I wanted was the wind on my face, my hair loose, doing it over and over again. I remember being free. Nothing weighed me down. No expectations, no reality. My heart was open to all of life and I was there, in that moment, blessed and alive. Over time, I’ve wondered if life is so vast and expansive, why should love be the same? Because…Continue Reading

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

If You’re Going Through A Lot, These 17 Quotes Will Come To Be Your Friends

Change is never kind. And it shouldn’t be. Some of the most beautiful transformations occur after the darkest storms. Having said that, you still have to deal with the storm, isn’t it? And try as you may, it is far from a pleasant journey. Whether you’ve just stepped out of a sour relationship or if you’re at a crossroads with your career, we each experience different shades of adversity. It is during times like these that we need silent, sturdy friends. We need support, care and love while we navigate the seas of change. Sometimes, help can come in the…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

15 Memes That’ll Make Every Introvert LOL (Very Quietly)

Hello, my name is Farishte, and I’m an introvert. *stares at people hoping to avoid unnecessary interaction* Being an introvert is fun. It mostly just involves spending time with yourself (and loving it) and spending time with a few close friends (and loving that). And also, avoiding avoidable social interaction, because that’s EXHAUSTING. Now, the internet understands this, and gave us a whole bunch of hilariously relatable memes. So, my fellow introverts, let’s unite. Silently. *relates in silence* I might have done this. Once. Twice. A million times. #lol #funnypics #funnypictures #funnymemes #funnypics #introvertproblems #introvert #neighbors #memes #introvertmemes #lmao A…Continue Reading

20 Illustrated Quotes That Show You The Beauty and Power Of Being Broken

I stumbled upon an Instagram account this weekend and let me tell you, it was within the first 30 seconds that I followed the artist. If there is one thing you should know about me it’s this: I don’t follow a whole lot of people on social media. What was it about ‘Broken Isn’t Bad’ that made me almost instantenously click that ‘Follow’ button? Firstly, the illustrations simply capture your eye. They are bold, provocative and have a grand ‘fuck-you’ vibe to them. Secondly, each illustration is then followed by a single quote that makes you pause and reflect. And…Continue Reading

18 Beautiful Poems For The Hearts Who Love Deeply Or Not At All

I have never been able to understand how anyone can ever love half-heartedly. I wonder at all the joys people miss out on when they only let love in through a little opening in the door. For me, and for people like me, we can only love with all our hearts. for us, there is no other way to love. I found this sentiment etched across the poetry of Christopher McGeown, who has clearly loved deeply in the past, lost and yet knows no other way to love. Or at least, doesn’t want to choose any other way to love.…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

19 Tiny, Honest Love Poems That Will Melt Your Heart And Give You Hope

“God Farishte, stop being SUCH a cynic!” This is how most conversations with me usually end. See, I’m not exactly the most romantic, optimistic person. I’m more of a hopeless realist. I don’t really believe in happily-ever-afters. But then I came across Zack Grey’s Instagram – a writer who believes in everything I don’t. See, Zack writes to the soulmate he hasn’t yet found (his book is titled “To The Girl I Haven’t Met”), believing that true love, through all the ups and downs, is inevitable. His poems, though small, are proof that you don’t need big metaphors or fancy…Continue Reading