Monday, February 7, 2011

Introducing Me

I realised recently that even though this blog belongs to me it doesn’t talk a lot about me.  I won’t lie saying that it’s an accidental occurrence, the truth being that when I started off with the blog I consciously chose not to write about myself. There’s something about revealing one’s personal side to strangers that is intriguing and at the same time intimidating. When you have elders at home constantly harping about psychopaths and stalkers you learn to be wary no matter how tempting pouring your heart and soul out to people who don't know enough about you to judge you seems. Another fact is that majority of my readers are my buddies and family:  people who either live with me , have lived with me or those I see every single day of the week. It never really came to mind to give a background about myself and my surroundings.
This, I have recently realised, tends to be a major impediment to my writing. Most of the time I have to go off tangent and give lengthy descriptions so that the new readers I’ve acquired who aren’t family and friends {I’m gloating as I write this :D } aren’t lost. 

So to both old and new, family and strangers welcome to my world of pixelated  thoughts.
 I’m Falak, a 19 year old girl studying in Mumbai, India. I’m a student of political science, English and French literature. I can speak decent enough French but I’m sure that in Paris I’ll be an outcast if I open my blessed mouth. I have no political opinions. None at all. Although I think living in a democracy invariably gives me the right to criticize the working of my country and I never miss a chance to do so whether in speech or writing because that’s the only possible way I can rectify things; by letting people know about it. I love English, the language of course, which I intend to major in. It happened almost a decade ago when my mother inculcated the love for reading books in me. It’s like being in love with your best friend: you’ve liked him and been with him for so long, loving him is a habit you’re unaware of unless someone draws your attention to it. Which is exactly what my friends Bev, Jo, Mads and Yo did. That’s how this blog came about, for more info read Writer's blog . 

I was born and brought up and completed my schooling up till the 10th in UAE and moved to India for my higher studies. Since the last four years I’ve been living away from my parents, here, in Mumbai but still entertain my frenemy homesickness. You can often see me whine about the people and things I miss. I currently live with my gran and younger brother who will feature more often on this blog from now on than they have in the past. I have a strapping, huge, extended maternal family who I lived with until last year and many a times this blog serves as the perfect platform for me to moan about the idiosyncrasies and peculiarities of my myriad of grand aunts, grand uncles, aunts, uncles and cousins who are all of the opinion that they possess the divine right to correct, criticize, judge and love me. I love reading but never limit myself to a particular author or genre. The same goes for movies and music. 
My bookshelf holds The Harry Potter series, Wuthering heights, Mills and Boon, P.G Woodehouse, Cecilia Ahern, Jeffery Archer, Arundhati Roy, Harlan Coben, Marry Higgins Clarke, Nora Roberts and The Twilight Saga on the very same rack. If you can write I’ll read it. I love poetry. I love poetry and dabble in some myself but am still in the process of exploring its many wonders in my lit classes in college. If you haven’t closed the web page yet after the bit about poetry then I enjoy cooking. From what I've been telling my near and dear ones I am supposed to hate travelling but I secretly enjoy it because the people I meet,the insights and experiences I gain during my daily 1 hour local train travels to and from college and my flights to UAE are blog worthy. I enjoy reminiscing; it’s maybe because I’m some kind of a masochist who doesn’t mind taking a trip through memories that evoke painful symptoms of nostalgia and homesickness if it means I can find some shadow of happiness lurking there.
 I ADORE little children, specially babies, as a result of which I often mention my kiddy and not so kiddy horde of cousins. I relish spicy food, freak out on the colour green. I love laughing out loud with my friends who I write about a lot. These 8  women: 6 from college and my 2 besties from school form my support system and help me weather my mood swings, phases of depression, omnipresent fatigue which is a consequence of being responsible for myself, my ageing grandmother, my rebellious teenage brother and the running of our small household, lack of confidence, constant bouts of anxiety and worrying about nothing in general.  We also love the boy band The Jonas Brothers. I like to think I’m funny, everyone does. I’m an expert at geriatrics, having lived with senior citizens for the last four formative years of my life but am completely and hopelessly socially inept in a teenage sceneJ. My 8 angels are working on it. I talk in Hindi, Malayalam {my mother tongue} and English but think in all three simultaneously and write in English. I meet my parents every 6 months during vacations and living in two countries simultaneously creates a sort of identity crisis for me.

I guess I’ve pretty much mentioned everything that I’d tell about myself to anyone, whether an acquaintance or a stranger. A little more and you might as well not read any other post I put up.
If you’re still reading after the Jonas part you must have deciphered by now why I call this blog Much Ado About Everything. It has nothing to do with being a lit student and enjoying Shakespeare {I have yet to read one of his plays in detail} but everything to do with my obsession with word play and the fact that I worry, whine and can go on and on about trivial things. On the good days I glorify the inconsequential joys of life.

I had a grand old time introducing myself and my muddled up world.  On a concluding note all I have to say to you whether you’re someone who’s been part of my journey finding my own voice this last 1 year or whether you decide to now or whether you’re just a passer-by is:
Enchanted to meet you



  1. Thank you for this post, I enjoyed reading about you :)

  2. erika: Thank You!I seem to know so much about the people I meet in the blogosphere I just felt a tad unfair that I didn't let them know a little about me :)

  3. falak this is awesome!! u shud write more posts like this!! im so glad i noe almost everything u wrote bout here! yayy!! nice to know u wanna let ppl noe more bout urself here...coz from the looks of it, ur getting quite a few followers who rnt family n close frnds! "It’s like being in love with your best friend: you’ve liked him and been with him for so long, loving him is a habit you’re unaware of unless someone draws your attention to it." love this line!

    keep it up falak :D

  4. Kim:- Someday maybe, when I'll find a picture of me I like enough to show off. I end up looking gawky and awkward in most of them and irritate my friends to the hilt when I refuse to pose for the same. Maybe one day I should get you to do a portrait of me since you excel at making people look great :D

    bev:- I'm sure that you second-guessed most of it :)Don't worry I'll be telling that line to you sometime soon in the near future :P

  5. ya i guess :)...n i dunno falak..i gues ive learnt tht falling in love wid ur best guy frnd isnt that gr8 an idea...not completely shunning away d idea tho :) it still sounds romantic to me :D

  6. Hello Falak,

    Although the content is very familiar to me, I still can't help but appreciate the way you have described your world. It will surely arouse the curiosity of the readers in the western world when they read about the intricacies of the big Indian family set up... I must admit that it is so well put up and just apt for information that people would love to devour. Many a times I have been left curious reading some good books and wondering who or what the author would be like.

    Happy blogging and I like the bit where you mention about your expertise in geriatrics... Age & experience really makes one wiser... Kudos!!! to a confident, matured and wiser Falak...

  7. bev:- What are you talking about? As of 12/02/2011 all your best friends are girls... Including me...
    :P Don't shun the idea. When it materializes into reality I'll blog about it :)

    Lakshmi:- :D Geriatrics..... How I love that field..

  8. I hope we get a chance to meet some day and I will take your portrait :)

  9. hey falak !!!!!!!!!!!!!1 it was gr8t reading abt u. :D. keep blogging. :P. eram

  10. Finally I know something about one of my most favorite writers!!!!:) It's really nice to read and know something about someone who writes about EVERYTHING but herself... You truly are an interesting person.
    This was by far the most interesting blog I have read (though I really like the blog you wrote on a certain Sonshine...she sounds really nice...treasure her!!!!:)
    Falak, seriously, you are amazing!!! Keep it up!!! ^_^ Love you girl, as always!!!

  11. Kim:- If and when such an opportunity comes I surely make it a point to meet you :)

    Eram:- Wow! Do you know how exhilarating it is to see your comment here? Thank you so much for the encouragement. Hope you have a great time at home and have a blast holidaying.

    Sonya:- Thank you for adding me to you list of favourites :D The Sonshine post has garnered a lot of great feedback. I guess it's the magic of the person it's about. Treasure her? I have her under lock and key and laser beams and surveillance :P

  12. just a darling you.:) all the best.

  13. Dear Falak
    Am your Aunt, Anitha's colleague and she gave me your blog's link. Though it has been a month, today, I made time to go through your posts.

    Being an English Teacher before entering administration, I find that you have great style. It makes me happy to see youngsters taking up English Literature :).

    Well, you have a good flow of thoughts and ideas and a good sense of humour - both vital for a writer. I hope one day you will be one.

    Keep it going, girl & all best wishes!
    Asha Chandran Perinchery
    Senior Supervisor, OOEHS, Sharjah