It has taken longer than expected (or so I thought) for me to resurface. I went on a two-week holiday with my folks (early June) and yet when I came back, I could not muster the will to work on any posts. I enjoy publishing these stories and knowing that someone out there is reading them or even not, basically I like the feeling of having done something. Something I really want to. Why did I need four months away? Was I developing ah-mazing content, was I revamping this webzine of sorts, was I going to be back with a BANG? Was I sad, and needed time to collect my thoughts? No, no, no and no. I just wanted to take a break; it felt good, four months was goooood and long.

And here I am! We went to Europe, visited four cities/countries there, and I could not be happier that it happened. It was not so much the food or the men, but the sights/sites that had me intoxicated. I definitely want to cover my travels in a series of smaller posts, soon – and I hope you will like reading these tales. But yeah, extremely grateful that everything worked out, and we got to visit some truly wonderful places. :-) Since coming back, I have been working on writing assignments, one illustration project (the business has come from a dear set of friends so I am happy), and another (that I hope to acquire) etc.

Erm, I am also learning a new language online (it has been two months, and I am happy with my progress so far); and I have been watching a lot of movies and shows. I need to stop! But first, let me say this – I discovered the best series yet this August, Stranger Things, it was so fucking good that I re-watched the entire series immediately after completing watching it, the first time. Uh-huh, that level of psychitude, homez!

What is with the title of this post, and the illustration?

Well, I think sometimes we all need space and time to figure ourselves out. And journeys! Not just to places, but within our minds as well. We need to breathe, be free, let go and just be. Experience things or not, develop our wits, learn lessons and move forward. We might feel like we have deeply unsettling problems and that we need cures, and yeah, maybe we do but sometimes we also do not – we are good yet missing the point. Much like the folks in this story; should you dig J.K. Rowling, you will know.

So whether you are hoping to chance upon magical keys or mirrors, ingest a few drops of a magical elixir or potion, interpret the patterns the tea leaves form in your cups, wear some quartz to tap into its energy etc. – also know that you have it in you. Failures and mistakes are okay, I am learning this better with every passing year; plus it does not seem all that nasty when I think of who I am becoming or growing into. I like this person. I have liked me for a long time now, more than I thought I could admit. I have flaws, and want to make the best of all this lesson-learning. I do not want to wither away, I would not like my work to be forgotten or deemed worthless.


Artwork by Roanna Fernandes


The Troubled Life of a Jewellery Junkie

97 The Troubled Life of a Jewellery Junkie

Listen up, jewellery junkies (of all ages and types)! It’s a tough world out there when you have too much of a jewellery addiction to handle. And if you also have as many pieces as I do or as any other self-confessed jewellery junkie, you’ll agree that keeping track of every little piece is pretty hard. (In fact, sometimes I lose track of what I’ve bought, what I’ve worn last and if I’ve misplaced any.)

Of course, it’s easier if you have them stored in places that are easier to spot, as opposed to little boxes and purses stashed away in hidden places. Yeah, you can store more of the sentimental pieces in proper containers for safe-keeping but the ones that you wear everyday? It’s better to keep them in places you are more likely to see (on those late mornings when you’re in a hurry to dress up), and where you don’t have to hunt around too hard to look for a particular something.

For this reason, I found a couple of containers around the house, and some that I bought that looked cute enough to fit the bill. They’re pretty and you can place them almost anywhere – on your dressing table, on a book shelf or by a little ledge/wherever.

Little Cane Baskets

These are really good buys. First of all, a small basket like this will cost you just about 20 bucks (I bought this one, and a few other bigger ones from Crawford Market for Rs. 20 and Rs. 40 respectively). You can store everyday bracelets, bangles etc. inside. Play with how you store your stuff in these baskets. You can even drape a few beaded necklaces on the rim to make it look pretty. Do place a little piece of fabric right at the base of the basket before you start storing things (for sake of protecting your trinkets).

Vintage Tea Cups

Of late, I’m beginning to fancy all sorts of cute and vintage tea cups. I found this one hidden inside one of Mum’s kitchen cupboards, lying unused. Perfect to store little odds and ends, and perhaps even to hang a pair of those little teardrop earrings on the cup’s rim.

Decorative Bowls

A conventional choice, but a decorative bowl is a sweet little container to store all your Bohemian jewellery, statement rings and bigger pendants. I found this one at Dhoop on sale for Rs. 265. If you don’t want to buy one, just use an old one at home that’s not been in use for a while.

Wood(en) Containers

Wooden boxes and other containers made out of wood (yes, even those cups that saké is usually served in) rate high on the rustic appeal. Besides they’re cool in a sense that you can even use them to adorn a side table possibly, while storing whatever else you want to, in them.

Shell Trays

You know how prettily these sit on your dressing table? I got the idea first from a movie I watched called Aquamarine, where the girl in the film (Emma Roberts) used to store her earrings and bracelets in a large oyster shell tray. I bought this one for 800 bucks at the Tibetan Market in Goa. It’s probably a bit much than I’d spend usually but I do so love its natural appeal.


Artwork and pictures by Roanna Fernandes

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