Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Goodbye, 2013. Hello, 2014!

Happy New Year, friends!

Wow. I can't believe today is the last day of the year. How did that happen? This year was a blur. A fast-moving, extremely enjoyable blur. I don't know about any of you, but 2013 might have been the best year of my life.



So since this year is about to end, I thought I would do a personal blog entry today. Here's what I'm going to do: I'm going to review 2013; I'm going to list all my best and worst memories of the year and find ways to make 2014 an even better year. Here goes!

My Best Memories 

1) My First Trip Abroad to London (May 2013)
Oh, this was the best month of my life! Summer vacation, London, Harry Potter studio tour, beautiful winter wear (it was really cold, though it was springtime!).
London was like a breath of fresh air. Every minute that I spent there is memorable. From the plane ride to and from home, all the tube rides at the station, and the river cruise to the food at Pret A Manger, the theatre experience (we saw Ghost: The Musical. It was awesome), and the trip to WB Studios... it's a week that I will never forget.


2) School
I was a good student in 11th grade, but I think I improved significantly in my final year of school. The subjects got more interesting and I found that a fun challenge to accept. (Well, all except Maths. That just got worse. But I'll get to that later.)

3) My Friends
I didn't exactly make more friends, but the relations I had with existing buddies only got stronger, especially after our school picnic and Ethnic Day. I found a group of bookworms who are fangirls just like me (Hello, Book-keepers!), I severed ties with some friends of the wrong sort, but most importantly, I found a best friend in my sister. :)

 

4) No More a Brace-Face! (August 2013)
After one-and-a-half years of being a metal-mouth, I was rewarded with semi-perfect teeth and a dazzling smile. Now I can eat whatever I want without worrying about anything breaking!
I miss my braces, though. My teeth look ridiculously big without them! :O

5) Geekie Chic (September, 2013):
How can I forget? 2013 is the year when I started this very blog and became the Geekie Chick. I didn't really have a reason to start a blog. I must have seen an episode of HIMYM where Barney references his blog, and I thought it would be cool to have one too.
I was going to name the blog after me, but my sister said it should be something that defines my personality. So first I tried all possible combinations with the word 'geeky', but they were all taken. So I chose 'geekie', because that's what I am at heart!
Then I decided on 'chic', because though I'm nerdy, I am also stylish and (I hope) elegant. And that is how the name 'Geekie Chic' was born.

My Worst Memories

1) I Failed a Test (December 2013)


Yes, this was the first time I actually failed a subject in all my years of schooling. And yes, the subject in question was Maths. It was difficult to overcome this failure, but my friends and family helped me through it. I still don't like Maths, of course, but I hope 2014 brings me more success in that area.

All in all, 2013 was a fantastic year, full of smiles and pizza and french fries and books. 2014 will bring quite a few new experiences, because I'll be in college. I wonder how things will change then!



 So here's wishing you a belated Merry Christmas (because I completely forgot to do a post about Christmas. Sorry, Santa!) and a Happy New Year. Let's hope that you and I find happiness in all the positive experiences and strength to learn from the negative ones.

Tell me in the comments below: what memories of 2013 have touched your life the most? What are you expecting the New Year to bring?



I'll see you all next time, next year. Bye-bye! :)

Saturday, 28 December 2013

'Fangirl' by Rainbow Rowell: A Book Review



Hello!

I've been on a reading spree lately, because that's my Christmas gift to myself, and...



 'Fangirl' was such a good book! :D

The novel is about a fangirl, Cath, who is obsessed with the story of the boy wizard, Simon Snow. She is better known as 'Magicath' in the world of fanfiction - the world where she truly feels like she belongs.
But what happens when she finds herself in a completely alien environment... college? As she deals with the  changing behaviour of her twin sister Wren, the charming affections of her roommate's boyfriend, and her anti-fanfiction professor, Cath realises that sometimes real life can be much crazier than fiction.
So is she prepared to get out of her comfort zone and deal with it? Is she ready to rewrite her life, even if it means leaving the world of Simon Snow behind?

As you may already know, I am a fangirl, too, so naturally this book spoke to me. I found myself being able to relate to Cath throughout the story, laughing at her self-depracating humour and gushing over the boy-next-door, Levi. Every chapter ends with an excerpt from the world of 'Simon Snow' (which seems to be loosely based on Harry Potter), and even those parts interested me thoroughly.

Cath writes fanfiction about Simon and his roomate/rival, Baz, and their chemistry reminds me of the famous OTP known as 'Drarry' (Draco/Harry). There are multiple references to Harry Potter, and that just pulled me right into the world of Fangirl. (One part talks about the fourth Simon Snow movie, where all the actors have longer hair - this made me chuckle. The Goblet of Fire, anyone?)



I don't usually react to books so much, but this one had me laughing out loud, gasping over sudden revelations and sighing at the sweet romance.
The dialogues are crisp, funny and relatable. Here are some of my favourite lines:

Cath (to Levi): “How do you not like the Internet? That's like saying, 'I don't like things that are convenient. And easy. I don't like having access to all of mankind's recorded discoveries at my fingertips. I don't like light. And knowledge.' There are other people on the Internet. It's awesome. You get all the benefits of 'other people' without the body odor and the eye contact.”



As far as Reagan was concerned, Cath was already problematically weird. "It's bad enough that you have homemade Simon Snow posters," Reagan had said last night while she was getting ready for bed. "Do you have to have gay homemade Simon Snow posters?"
Cath had looked up at the drawing over her desk of Simon and Baz holding hands. "Leave them alone," she said. "They're in love.” 


This is the only book written by Rowell that I've read, but you can bet that I'm going to read the rest of her work, too. She has a flair for writing, that's for sure. Her characters are funny, emotional, and... real.
Levi, especially. He's not described as particularly attractive, he doesn't have the best grammar, and he isn't a bookworm.
But he and Cath really bond when she starts reading to him. Maybe he's not crazy about books, but you can tell how crazy he is about her because of the way he hangs on to every single thing she says. The characters don't need to tell you how they feel about the other person. Rowell's writing does that for them.

The only part of the book that left me slightly disappointed was the ending. I had been expecting something dramatic, something out of the blue, but the way it ended so peacefully left me wanting more. Rowell's writing may be classified as fiction, but it's stark reality, too. There is no sweeping declaration of love. There is only purity, and happiness.

I really, really didn't want this book to end. There's no sequel, unfortunately, and the Simon Snow books do not actually exist. But if they did, I would definitely be part of that fandom. :D

I'm going to go with 4.5 stars out of 5 for this book. 



It's the sweetest, most real college love story I've ever come across. Whether you're a fangirl or not, you're sure to love this book. So give it a try!

If you've already finished reading Fangirl, let me know: what did you think of it? What were your favourite dialogues?

Also, inspired by this book, I started writing my own fanfiction. Click here if you're interested!
Until next time, bookworms!

Here are some other books I've reviewed:
'The Perfect Match' by Kristan Higgins
'Allegiant (Divergent #3)' by Veronica Roth

Thursday, 26 December 2013

'Dhoom 3' Movie Review

How's it hanging, pals?

So I just spent Boxing Day watching Dhoom 3 on the big screen.
 

I had heard mixed reviews about this movie. Apparently people found it too cheesy, emotional and melodramatic. So I went into the theatre expecting it to be just another Dhoom movie.

And that's exactly what it was!

Dhoom 3 is not just an action-packed, car-chase movie. It's a Bollywood movie, that too a part of the Dhoom trilogy. So if you go in, expecting it to be some sort of mindblowing, life-changing cinema, then you will be disappointed. But keep your expectations low, and you might even love it!

At least the first hour of the movie is spent introducing all the characters, and of course that means three or four songs. The plot - and the movie - really picks up after the intermission, but it still doesn't make up for the somewhat slow first half.

Aamir Khan's name is the first that comes to mind when I think of 'acting'. It's the same in this movie. Aamir plays Sahir, the 'clown', a man of vengeance. This a villain that you'll want to root for. Make no mistakes - this clown isn't here to provide comedic relief (Uday Chopra does that, as Ali, the gal-crazy cop who almost always messes things up).
Aamir's acting is perhaps one of the things that saves this movie from going wrong. His role is quite challenging, but he pulls it off - as always! Hats off, Aamir!


See what I did there? 

Uday Chopra... well, he'll make you laugh weakly. I have nothing else to say about him.

Abhishek Bachchan, as ACP Jai Dixit, is alright. He plays the expressionless, moody cop quite well, but his performance doesn't really impact you as much as Aamir's does.

Katrina Kaif plays Aaliya, the 'Asian Goddess' who can sing and dance like liquid electricity (that dialogue's in the movie, I take no credit for it!).
 

I guess I had thought her role would be as big as Aishwarya's from D2, but I was wrong. She doesn't really contribute much to the story, to be honest. She's not the best actress around, so maybe that's why they cut back on the speaking and gave her the dancing instead.
But when she dances, you won't be able to take your eyes off her. She hasn't looked this beautiful in any other movie, and the songs are a lot more bearable with her around.

The romance between Sahir and Aaliya is much more believable that I'd thought. They still don't make the perfect match, in my opinion, but then again, this is supposed to be an action film, not a romantic one.
 

Now, let's talk about the bikes, the cars (well, one autorickshaw) and the stunts.
Almost every sequence is played out in slow-motion, and you might even end up laughing because of it. Aamir's bikes are state-of-the-art, and can change into speedboats. Abhishek and Uday's bikes... I swear they changed models between shots!
But apart from that, the action is quite good (I found myself on the edge of my seat very often), and the classic Dhoom music makes it much more epic.

I did find a few plot holes, though. Why didn't the police just shoot Sahir when he was feet away from them? What were they waiting for? I understand that they might harm pedestrians accidentally when he was on the road, but they were a lot of moments when it was just the cops vs. the criminal. Why couldn't the Chicago police shoot him in the leg or the arm when they first saw him escaping?
Also, if young Sahir's father (played by Jackie Shroff), didn't have enough money to keep The Great Indian Circus up and running, then how did Sahir acquire it again? Are we supposed to assume that he raided a few other banks so he could buy the circus back?

I'll give this movie 3.5 stars out of 5. 


If you're an Aamir fan or a Dhoom fan, then by all means watch this movie. You'll like it, just as I did. But don't use too many of those brain cells, or you'll end up frustrated.

Have you already seen D3? Did you like it, love it or hate it? Let me know in the comments below.

Until next time! :)

Monday, 23 December 2013

What's in My Vellvette Bag! (December 2013)

Hey, everyone!

Santa has visited the Hegde household a day early, it seems, because I just received two Vellvette bags in the mail! :D

Bag #1

Bag #2

Yes, two!! I subscribed for my own bag last month (earlier I had been reviewing just my sister's bag), so this time I'm going to tell you what's in both our bags!



The name of the bag has changed, though, because Vellvette has now become the Fab Bag. And it is indeed fabulous!

The bag is black this time with colourful stars on it. Pretty cute, I'd say.
 Here are the contents of both the bags (4 products in each):

1) Iraya Nourishing Lotus Body Butter (Bag #1, 35 g)
  
My supply of body butter is fast depleting, so I'm glad I received this in my bag, although it's a very tiny sample. 
This body butter is perfect for the winter season, and it claims to keep your skin hydrated all day long. It also says it prevents premature aging, so I guess that's an added bonus! 
 It's supposed to smell like a lotus but I don't really think so. The scent isn't very floral and doesn't seem long-lasting. Still, I'll give it a try.

This product, I like. 

2) Kama Ayurveda Lavender Patchouli Hair Conditioner (Bag #1, 50 ml)

My hair isn't exactly my best feature, so this revitalising conditioner is always welcome. Again, this product is not full-size. 
This conditioner containes no parabens or sulphates, the scent is quite pleasant, and it contains some essential oils that my hair clearly needs. 

This product, I love!


3)  La Splash Nail Polish  (Glitter Pink, Bag #1, Glitter Blue, Bag #2; both 10 ml) 


I barely use nail polish to begin with, let alone glitter polish. The blue shade seems too glittery, but the pink one is alright. At least they're both full-sized, but I don't know if I'm even going to use these shades.
This nail paint claims to be quick drying and long-lasting. La Splash is a good company, I guess, because I received their mascara last month and I quite liked it.

These products, I'm neutral about. 


4) Anna Andre Acetone free Nail Enamel Remover (Bags #1 and #2, 30 ml)



Ah, how I love full-sized products! A nail polish remover is always useful, especially when it comes with Vitamin E, so I'm happy that I got this product in both bags. It promises squeaky-clean nails with no trace of that wretched white cast. 
If I don't like the glitter nail polish, I'll try this nail paint remover and see the results. :P 

These products, I love!


5) MUA Lip Boom (Shade Ok.com, Bag #2; Full size)


 

My sister and I had been longing for this lipstick + gloss combo ever since subscribers received it in their bags a few months ago. And finally, Vellvette has granted our wish!
You can use this lip combo in four different ways based on the kind of result you want. :)
I really like this shade. It's a pinkish nude colour that really complements my skin tone. The lipstick and lip gloss both smell like sweet candy. Perfection, in other words.
This product, I LOVE!!!

6) Rusk W8less Strong Hold Shaping and Control Hairspray (Bag #2, 23 g) 


 
I've never used hairspray in my life. I'm serious. :|
I actually don't use any hot tools by myself, so I've never needed any such product. This product claims to provide texture, shine and long-lasting support to keep hairstyles in place for a long time after using a blowdryer. 
So I don't have any use for this product right now... well, maybe I could use it for my Graduation day!

This product, I'm neutral about. 

Bag #1 is more useful to me than #2, but the second one has the MUA Lip Boom... so I guess I like them both equally!
The value of  Bag #1 is Rs. 893 and the value of Bag #2 is Rs. 1,749 (the Lip Boom is quite expensive!).


Thanks for the Merriest of Christmases, Vellvette! :D

If you received your Vellvette/Fab Bag, tell me what products you got. I'd love to know! :)

Check out my previous Vellvette posts here:
September 2013
October 2013
November 2013

See you next time, guys!

Sunday, 22 December 2013

I Love Fangirling + All My Fandoms

Hello, internet!

It's been a while since I've blogged, but now that Christmas break has officially started, I'm back! :D

Today I thought I'd write about a topic that's very close to my heart. It's something that will always be a part of me. And that is fangirling.

If you don't know what fangirling is, this should make things clearer to you:



I wasn't always a fangirl, you know. Even as a kid I was a bookworm, but I never reread books and I never spent hours thinking about them. I loved; I didn't obsess.
I'm not sure when things changed. I think it happened last year, when I read the Harry Potter series again after about four years. I had a lot of burning questions about the series, so I went on the internet and found a few fan pages.

The rest, as they say, is history.
Before I knew it, I'd read The Hunger Games trilogy again, and then I was desperate for more word-action. Next came a ton of romance novels, followed by Divergent, followed by a movie marathon of all things Potter and Peeta.

A lot of my friends don't understand my obsession. Most of them hardly even like books, but the ones who do aren't as attached to fictional characters as I am.
They say:



They don't understand why I would want to read a book again and again, or why my perfect man is a mix of various fictional characters. Also, they don't know what 'shipping' or 'One True Pair (OTP)' is!!

That's why I love the internet. It's a haven for us fangirls. Not only can we talk about upcoming novels or movies, we can do it while looking at pictures of fictional characters. What could be better?

The main reason why I check my Facebook news feed every day is to catch up on fandom news and to obsess over new things. It may sound weird to you, but it is also awesome!
 
So here are the fandoms I'm a part of! The list includes not just books, but TV shows or movies as well. :)

1) Harry Potter:


Favourite quote:
Dumbledore: 'After all this time?'
Snape: 'Always.'
Favourite character: Hermione Granger
OTP: Ron/Hermione (Romione)
Favourite book: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Fictional boy of my dreams: Neville Longbottom, Ron Weasley
Obsession quotient: 10/10

2) The Hunger Games:

Favourite quote:
Peeta: “Remember, we're madly in love, so it's all right to kiss me anytime you feel like it.”
Favourite character: Peeta Mellark
OTP: Peeta/Katniss (Everlark)
Favourite book: Catching Fire
Fictional boy of my dreams: Peeta Mellark
Obsession quotient: 10/10

3) Mean Girls  

Favourite quote: All of them!
Favourite character: Janis Ian
OTP: None, actually!
Favourite scene: The Spring Fling Dance, the Ending
Fictional boy of my dreams: Nobody.
Obsession quotient: 9/10

4) How I Met Your Mother


Favourite quote:
Barney: "It's gonna be legen... wait for it... and I hope you're not lactose intolerant because the second half of that word is DAIRY! Legendary!"
Favourite character: Barney Stinson, The Mother
OTP: Marshall/Lilly
Favourite season: Season 2
Fictional boy of my dreams: Marshall Eriksen
Obsession quotient: 7/10

5) F.R.I.E.N.D.S


Favourite quote:
Monica: "Chandler, for so long I wondered if I would ever find my prince, my soul mate. Then three years ago, at another wedding, I turned to a friend for comfort. And instead, I found everything that I'd ever been looking for my whole life. And now here we are with our future before us and I only want to spend it with you, my prince, my soulmate, my friend."
Favourite character: Chandler Bing
OTP: Chandler/Monica
Favourite season: Season 5
Fictional boy of my dreams: Chandler Bing
Obsession quotient: 9/10

6) Pretty Little Liars

Favourite quote:
Caleb: "Stealing a blind person's phone. That's sick! What do you do for fun on the weekends? Break old ladies' hips?"
Favourite character: Hanna Marin
OTP: Spencer/Toby
Favourite season: Season 2
Fictional boy of my dreams: Ezra Fitz, Wren
Obsession quotient: 6/10

7) Divergent


Favourite quote: 
Tobias: “When her body first hit the net, all I registered was a gray blur. I pulled her across it and her hand was small, but warm, and then she stood before me, short and thin and plain and in all ways unremarkable- except that she had jumped first. The stiff had jumped first.
Even I didn't jump first.
Her eyes were so stern, so insistent.
Beautiful.”
Favourite character: Christina
OTP: Tris/Tobias
Favourite book: Divergent
Fictional boy of my dreams: Meh, none!
Obsession quotient: 5/10

And there you have it. I'm a fangirl, and proud of it!

Let me know in the comments below: which fandoms are you a part of? You are a fangirl (or fanboy), aren't you?
Also, if you had to pick a fictional character to spend the rest of your life with (character, not actor), who would you choose? I'd choose Peeta Mellark, definitely. :D

This holiday season, I'm going to read a few good books and spend my Christmas and New Year's Eve crying over the deaths of all my favourite characters.
Oh, wait. I do that everyday.



See you next time, readers! :D

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Dealing with Failure

Hi, friends!

I hate failures. I really do. There's nothing I hate more than the realisation that I've failed myself, that I haven't lived up to my own expectations. I don't find myself in this situation very often - I guess I'm lucky that way - but when I do, I find it very difficult to get over the feeling of hopelessness.

It's not easy to accept failure, especially not when things go wrong, especially when you thought you'd tried your best. It's not easy to have the courage to try again. It's very difficult to stop yourself from thinking, "I suck."



When others have failed, you're there for them. You support them, encourage them, and assure them that next time, everything will be perfect. But why is it so difficult to be there for yourself in times of need?

I think it's because that enormous shadow of self-doubt tends to take over all your confidence. You decide to take the easy way out - either you put all the blame on yourself ("Why do I even bother trying? I'm a failure at everything!") or on everybody else ("I know I didn't do anything wrong; it's all their fault!").

Neither approach is right.

You have to understand that it's not just your fault, but you're probably not completely innocent, either. Failure happens because of a lot of reasons, and you need to find out what those reasons are. If you have failed, you probably don't want to face the facts, and I understand that. But someday, you will have to learn from your mistakes.

Failure happens to everybody. There's not a single person out there who's never failed in life. Those who are successful have definitely failed at some point or another, but they kept on trying anyway.
And that's what you have to do.



You need to find out what went wrong and understand how to fix it. Once you figure that out, you have to attempt the same situation again, no matter how difficult it is! If you don't try again, then you're not going to be able to move ahead with your life. You won't be able to experience real success. You need to be brave, and you need to have the courage to believe in yourself even if you feel worthless.



You also need to remember that there is a small chance that you might fail again, and again after that. I know it's scary to put yourself out there; it probably feels like you'll never win over failure. But you will, I promise! So you can't and shouldn't give up. After all, it's better to have failed that to have never tried at all. Life is all about experiences, both good and bad.
And you're the only one who can decide whether the experience is going to help you or ruin you.


Failure is a suffering that helps you grow.

You can look at failure in your own way. I thought failure meant not getting enough marks or not being well-liked. But I realise now that failure is a forked road and not a dead end. If you decide to keep walking, there's a chance it could lead you to success. If you stay put, however, then you're failing all over again.


So you can either stand on that road, afraid of failure - or you can start on another journey, chasing after success.

Let me know in the comments below: how do you define failure, and how much does it affect you?

Be sure to +1 this post if you liked it. See you all next time! :)

Saturday, 14 December 2013

3 Ways to Deal with Anger!

Hello, dear friends!
Do you have a short temper? Do you find yourself wanting to punch people who annoy you?


Do you want to learn how to calm down?
Well, then you're on the right blog!

I, too, have anger management issues. I can go from extremely euphoric to incredibly furious in just a matter of seconds, and I don't even know how!


What I do know, though, is that being angry all the time isn't good for you or the people around you. Here's what you (and I!) can do to keep calm and cool down.

1) Recall Good Memories:
Yes, that person might have annoyed you today, but didn't you two have a great time last week? You can't glaze over the good memories because of one argument. Forgive them for what they said; you know you'll regret it otherwise.
But what if you have never had a good time with this person? Well, then...

2) Stop Reacting:
Okay, I know, this is tricky. But it's true - most people just want to get a reaction out of you, and by being angry, you're entertaining them, not punishing them! The next time somebody tries to drive you over the edge, just get out of the car!
Smile back at them, even if it's a fake, tight-lipped smile. If you can't manage that (I know I can't), then ignore them. Silence often has a better effect than saying '@$#*!', really.



3) Respect Their Opinion:
No two people can have the same opinion about everything. This person might have been brought up differently, or maybe they have a reason to feel that way about any issue. Understand that they have every right to think however they want to, and you shouldn't try to change that. Would you like it if someone tried to shove their opinions down your throat?



It's not easy to control your temper, but it isn't impossible. If you're trying, then you've already won half the battle!
But don't keep that anger within yourself, either. Find a better way to express your emotions without blowing up, whether it's writing, singing, dancing or even debating (calmly). I'm sure you (and I!) will be cool-headed and calm soon enough... hopefully.



Tell me in the comments below: how often do you get mad, and what do you do to chill out? I need all the help I can get.

Until next time, pals!

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

People Who Annoy Me #3: Homophobes!!

And that includes the Supreme Court.

Hello, everyone.

So, today I woke up as I would on any other good day, at ten a.m., and the first thing I saw on my NDTV newsfeed was that the Supreme Court had cancelled the 2009 Delhi Court ruling that had legalised homosexuality.
So being gay in India is illegal again, because it is 'against the order of nature', apparently.



Why do people think homosexuality is against nature, or unnatural? It is not! Animals, also a part of nature, can be gay whenever they want, but when humans do it, it's disgusting? Why?

Going by that logic, a lot of things are 'unnatural'. Plastic surgery and genetic modification, for instance, but they are both legal (I am not against either of them). Then why take away basic human rights?

Some of the homophobes who are supporting the Supreme Court's decision are arguing that gay marriage, or even a relationship, is a westernised idea that if legalised will only degrade the rich culture of our country.
That's funny. I seem to recall that a lot of Hindu temples have idols of homosexual men and women. If that's accepted as our culture, then isn't the above argument illogical?

Homosexuality is in no way 'western' or 'eastern'. It's not psychological. A person's sexuality is determined at birth, and nothing can change that.

Some people think that encouraging homosexuality will influence others to 'turn gay'.


They think that watching television shows about gay people or even having a gay acquaintance will make others want to be like them. That's in no way true! If someone is gay, bisexual or straight, then they have been that way since day one, and they can't be converted into something else! They can only discover what they want and how they feel.
Some think that being gay is an illness that can be cured by forcing someone into a marriage with a person of the opposite-sex. That is only going to shackle two incompatible people to an empty and incomplete marriage.

Others argued that legalising homosexuality will lead to the extinction of the human species.
As I said above, people are born gay or straight. Legalising it is not going to make much of a difference in this sense. It will, however, prevent a few unhappy marriages and give courage to people who fear being themselves.

Homophobes need to understand that we are all human beings who deserve to make our own decisions, especially when it comes to spending our lives with that one special person.

Please +1 this post and share it on Facebook if you agree with me.
The Supreme Court has to come to its senses and revoke this new rule. We were promised freedom in 1947. I can only hope we get it soon.


Come on, people!