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The beautiful bullet journal community

As it often happens in cyberspace, I am not sure how I stumbled upon the Bullet Journalling community. Did the videos start turning in my YouTube recommended section because I was looking for tips on Journalling? Or was it because of my endless quest to find unique cute background pictures for my “Guess the Song” game?

I can’t be happier about my discovery. It is a community filled with creativity. Gentle feminine creativity related to Roses and Bunny Rabbits and Feathers and such like and not the ugly type that passes for creativity these days.

Even the comments section is a delight. It is a generally accepted dictum that you don’t read YouTube comments section. Even the most benign videos can harbor insanely ugly fights, insults and bad behavior. And the BUJO community is a welcome exception to the rule. I hope I am not jinxing this heaven on earth but the Bullet Journallers seem to hold each other in high esteem. The commenters are encouraging. And nobody starts “My-idol-is-better-than-yours” fights.

But the Bullet Journals are not actually about increasing creativity. They are about productivity and being organized. They are essentially to-do lists, with extra-attachments like Expense Trackers, and Birthday Trackers. People uninterested in doodling, have more utilitarian Bullet Journals. There are good videos for that too.

But it is this world of Sunflowers and Snowflakes and everything in between that is my go-to to brighten up the days.

So do I personally indulge in bullet journalling? Well yes and no. I have excel sheets that track any habit that I am struggling to keep up. I got the idea to do so from the bullet journallers. I don’t always keep up. But then that is me. I also journal in the more traditional “Dear Diary” way and over time I started to give a little more importance to the legibility of my handwriting and overall neatness of the journal. However, I don’t hope to keep up with these superwomen. I just admire them for their neatness, aesthetics and talent.

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I am only highlighting 6 bullet journallers that I absoultely love.

Gold and Black Theme by “My Life in a Bullet” for July

Feather Theme by Christina77Star for August

Roses Theme by Bella Rica for September

Halloween theme by Christine MyLinh for October

Crystals Theme by Dutch dots for November

Christmas Tree Ornaments Theme by Amanda Rach Lee for December

 

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Books

My very own Quote Garden

I started collecting quotes in school. My English teacher wanted a nice quote at the top of every essay we wrote. He would suggest a few but told us that we’d get extra marks if we found something unique and by a literary master. This was around the time the Internet existed but only in the homes of super rich people.

The rest of us had issues of Reader’s Digest and Wisdom and a few other magazines that we could dip into. So I did read them and wrote them down, I was amused at some of the quotes but they were not enough and were not as unique and witty as I wanted.

So I bought Compiled Quote books. I’d insist we visited atleast one book store and bought at least one quote book when we were visiting Madurai or Madras (Yes, when this city was still Madras). At around this time, it stopped being about marks in my English exams. Marks were never my priority.

The Quote collection became an obsession of its own. I marked the favourite ones, I wrote them down. A set of favourite quote masters formed within my mind. So when the oppurtunity to browse the Web finally came to me, I started to type “Oscar Wilde quotes” and “G.K.Chesterton quotes” on the search engine and had a go at it. The World Wide Web is a miracle. It really is.

Then came the problem of sorting them into categories. Not easy. I used MS Access, MS Excel and even XML to sort them into neat categories. And then life took over and the collection of approximately 5000 quotes lay forgotten for years.

As I go through inspiring quotes on Pinterest these days, I find that so much importance is given to the glittery ink and calligraphy flourishes that lines that don’t have any inherent unique character to them find their way to the feed. So I checked out my collection again and found that I still loved it. Every single bit of it

Please find my collection here. I hope you like it.

Feminism

I don’t want a theme song, thank you very much

I was having a random discussion with a man and he told me that he loved to cook. He would have loved to be a homemaker. In fact, it is still not too late. He often encourages his wife who is a stay-at-home mom to take some small job or maybe a business so that he can be a homemaker. “That is nice”, I said. He asked me what I thought about it. I said that there is nothing wrong in a man wanting to be a homemaker. “Neenga oru puratchi pennunga” he said. This, apparently, is not my puratchi. If at all his wife manages to become the bread winner and he manages to live his homemaking dream it is their puratchi, not mine. Not by any stretch of anyone’s imagination.

This went on for some time. He’d ask my opinion on a random topic. I will give my opinion on the said topic and will be labeled puratchi penn. Again and again and again. He got into the habit of calling me “A Penn Barathiyaar”. He showed me a picture of Suhasini with a Barathiyaar mask in “Manathil Uruthi Vendum”. He’d often recite “Kannin Maniyea” song to me in full expectation that I’d swell in pride that I also came across as that type of Puratchi Penn.

For a long time I did not know why I disliked being told this. I absolutely hated it but I did not know why. I requested that he stop doing it. He tried to explain “Kannin maniyea” to me. He seemed to feel I’d start to be proud of this label if I only understood what Vaali had written in that song. But no, I don’t dislike that song. No, I don’t have a secret grudge against Vaali. No secret grudge against KB either. Nope, Barathiyaar is just fine too. No, I do not hate Suhasini. No, the story line is fine. The picturisation is ok too. I did not mind it that Suhasini is a divorcee in that movie. No, I did not misunderstand the lyrics. I don’t want to be told the awesomeness of the lyrics.

It is just that I don’t want anyone to choose my theme song for me.

Puratchi – Revolution

Rants

TOTALLY Annoying Pests

Here is my list of the most annoying people. So who annoys you the most?

  • People who ask for “advice” when they only want to vent. Again and again and again. And again.
  • People who ask for “advice” when they want justification for their $^%^ behavior. They want you to say that their behavior is understandable. The only thing understandable about their behavior is that you have a $^%^ on your hands.
  • The very annoying persistence of patient men. The type who looks bewildered and taken aback that you still don’t understand how platonic their friendship is and want to approach you again and again to offer the purest platonic friendship since the beginning of time.
  • Girls at some chain beauty parlors and chain beauty product outlets who get hyper-friendly and affectionate and insistent. Did you like the shampoo that she sold you last week? You did? How nice. Perhaps you should buy 3 liters of the shampoo and a perhaps some 5 liters of conditioner to celebrate this auspicious occasion. One of the girls had the audacity to be sweetly angry with me for forgetting her name.
  • Those who send promotional emails that go “Confirmation Mail: We confirm that you can win the lottery if only you checked it out”. Yeah! And I solemnly swear it appears that you are up to no good.

 

Tamil Songs

Guess the Song – Set 60 ( Final Set for now )

It seems surreal to me. The DP game has reached 300 songs in less than a year. Each picture is from a song I love. Each picture’s background was chosen with care. I learnt to savour lyrics, photography and art a lot more than I used to. I mostly used http://www.TamilPaa.com for the lyrics and Pinterest for the images. I used the App Textgram to create the images.

I don’t think I have enjoyed any hobby like I enjoyed this game. I use them as WhatsApp Profile Pictures and as WhatsApp status messages too and have friends who ping me with the answer in WhatsApp.

I have decided to step out of the game for a breather. Thank you for engaging in the pictures and commenting about them.