HIGH BY THE BEACH

251 High by the Beach

“Rose Quartz is a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure. Serenity is weightless and airy, like the expanse of the blue sky above us, bringing feelings of respite and relaxation even in turbulent times.”

(This is what has been said on the Pantone website.) Never before have I felt a more powerful pull to the colours of the year! I have always been interested in knowing what the colours of the year are (ever since 2012), but this year feels special. I feel like they are connected to me in a very overall way, this year. The colours speak to me! A cool wave of tranquility washes over me… Cleansing my soul completely. I am warm, I am cool, I am tinted, I am hued, I am flawed, I am perfect. I am well!

  1. This is a collection of items that seemed to reflect my thoughts – at least, I think so! I chose them for their colouring and vibe. Also, my mermaid socks from Forever 21 (Rs. 89), and the Ruchi Opal Pendant from Accessorize (Rs. 343.50) make an appearance, here.
  2. I am very excited to begin reading The Love Letter and Other Stories by Buddhadeva Bose; I have only read one of his other books which I enjoyed immensely so yeah, I picked this one up on a whim. (The book isn’t being sold like this, I just liked how it looked without its jacket on.)
  3. I don’t remember how this little plastic, Barbie-like mermaid came into my possession, but I am not complaining. I like her!
  4. And the watercolour postcard? :-) Sonaksha posted this one across to me, and I love it so much. (Yes, it is from the same series that I was talking about earlier.)

P.S. I think it is very, very important to remember that you are the only person who can make you whole again. I was lost for a very long time, sinking slowly into a dreary depression, etc. and so I might be able to relate to someone else feeling similarly. It would be crazy town to tell you my life is idyllic RN, but it certainly is not so bad either. I have been forgetting about the little things (maybe you have, too?) – and now, I really want to devote my efforts, energy, love, money and time to create more – and, experiences.

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Artwork and pictures by Roanna Fernandes

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The Shop Around the Corner

175 The Shop Around the Corner

Books really make the best companions… And book shops, well, don’t even get me started on them! They’re my favourite places to be… from when I was in the kingdom – Jarir Bookstore was my all-time favourite, and after having come here – I’ve found that Crossword and Landmark (boy, do I miss the underground store at Phoenix Mills!) are quite special. Of course, I love those old, quaint book shops too – you know, the ones with the huge stacks of Tinkle, and Mills & Boon, and that have a lot of favourite pieces of literature from your yesteryears… Okay, so coming to the point! I’ve been in Bombay for about ten years now, and I’ve discovered Kitab Khana very, very recently (because of this girl I follow on Instagramwhimsybookworm) – and now, because of her sister (let me introduce her – she’s kookycookie) – I finally found the hub of many a book lovers in the city! STRAND BOOK STALL.

It’s a quaint little shop alright, and took a bit to find but I asked 4-5 folks who pointed me in the right direction. I must have gotten there about twenty minutes before closing time (eep, I was LUCKY!) – and picked up four books. (I judge the books I buy by their covers.) This one’s really pretty – The Golden Honeycomb by Kamala Markandaya (Rs. 479), and the little snippet at the back was very interesting. I’ll share a mini-review on Instagram when I’m done, if you would like? Now, I’m going to get back to my new baby (I haven’t been this excited about a new book in VERY long!). I don’t know if I should say this? Eh, what the hell! Books? Books > Boys. Way better!

P.S. I’ve yet to check out the one in Bandra – Title Waves. Do you know it? And have you been there, what do you think of it? I forgot to say, when I order books online – Flipkart is my go-to place for NEW books available at sooper prices.

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Artwork and picture by Roanna Fernandes