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And this is what I learned about patience and “getting rich overnight” from my journey.

Because of the pandemic, a lot of us had to turn our lives 180 degrees to create a different meaning. I was supposed to graduate and get into jobs. But my graduation got postponed, and my unemployment got extended because of it.

After chilling for two months and wallowing in self-pity, I decided that it was enough. I had to do something. But sadly, my list of skills that I could use was minuscule. I wanted instant cash, which is almost impossible in any startup. But I didn’t want to just speculate on my choices, I wanted to get in…


I need glasses, but I still know when someone is flipping me off even without them.

If I got one dollar for each time someone dragged my glasses and my not so perfect eyesight, I would have enough money to get lassic done. I don’t know about you, but a lot of the young people around me need glasses to see clearly. In my class, about half of the kids wore glasses, and half of the rest of them probably needed glasses but were in denial.

After almost ten years, wearing glasses seems pretty common to me. In my family of four members, all of us need glasses. My brother and I are Short-sighted, whereas my…


Who knew it’d be such a great combination

The year of 2020 is almost to an end. This year has been devastating and exhilarating all at the same time. Thinking back, this year has been nothing but a modern-day fairytale: dark, brooding, with bits of color and happiness shining through. To wrap up this reading year, so nothing else comes to mind other than the perfect fairytale retelling.

For readers, this year was a huge opportunity. We got more time to stay indoors and read books that were collecting dust on the shelf. We got some new writers, some new releases from favorite authors, and sequels to long-awaited…


When you feel lonely and depressed, the best solution to a better disposition is beautiful scenery

These days, we are too content with our ‘me-time’. We crave them, we long for them. But what does it mean? For me, whenever I try to spend time by myself, I’m never concentrating on me. Instead, I’m lost in the world of the broader media. But I convince myself by saying, “No matter. I’m enjoying myself. I’m spending quality time with myself.” All the while looking at my phone screen or a laptop or TV.

But during this era, when staying indoors is not a choice but a protocol — doesn’t it feel as if we lost our freedom…


Step-by-step details and resources for everything that helped me gain the confidence to speak in public gatherings

A woman stands at a conference table, speaking to four other people.
A woman stands at a conference table, speaking to four other people.

When I was eight years old, I had to do a little poetry recital at school in front of an auditorium full of people. I was nervous but excited. As I was walking onto the stage towards the microphone stand in the center of the stage, I stumbled on my loose shoelaces and fell on my face with a loud sound. A teacher came to help me up and ushered me to the mic. I couldn’t utter a single syllable and I started crying. All of the other children in the audience were laughing.

After that, I have never been…


How a small dog helped me get back in touch with my humanity

I sometimes wonder why humans act like animals sometimes and animals show more humanity than them. They say animals have a special sense of self. They can predict bad weather or unfortunate events. I’ve never had a pet, so I don’t understand the deep bond a person can share with an animal. But I’ve seen a pair of creatures who belonged to each other completely.

The old man was mentally unstable, and the little dog used to follow him around everywhere he went. I much younger when all this happened. He was the neighbor we couldn’t avoid seeing but pretended…


MAKE MONEY ONLINE

Rates, test systems, and my experiences with listening to people talk and writing it down.

One day, I went to visit a friend of mine — when visiting people was a thing — and she was sitting in front of her computer with headphones covering her ears and vigorously typing something. I thought she would be happy to see me. But apparently, she was too busy and kept shushing me.

After about 15 minutes, she got up to greet me and told me that she was working on a transcription. That was the first time I even heard about audio transcription. Later, when the pandemic hit and my graduation got delayed, I was stuck at…


It doesn’t matter if you are lucky or not — you just have to believe it to become confident.

One day, I was walking to the bus station when I saw an old lady sitting by the side of the road, with a metal plate in front of her. It had a few notes and coins in it. She seemed so tired and helpless. I stopped walking to give her some money.

Some people don’t like giving to the beggars because they think it’s a chosen way of life that some people prefer instead of a proper profession. I like to think of myself as someone forgiving, and so I don't think about all the details. If a small…


Can’t live with them, can’t live without them

Up until three years ago, the only social media platform of my life was Facebook. Twitter came to my life very recently (like two months ago), because it seemed...I don’t know — too blue. And also, I couldn’t deal with the fact that there weren’t multiple colorful buttons to convey my feelings. I agree that it’s not their fault that my mind is like a toddler’s, with zero professionalism. I didn’t even know Youtube was considered social media. Now that I know, I sometimes think about why I ever thought it was anything else.

According to the dictionary, social media…


5 books like ‘Romeo and Juliet’, but without the ‘insta-love’ bit.

If there’s one trope I’ve never been excited to read, that’s the one where the characters fall in love at first sight. That shit never happens. Well, I admit that in my opinion, most of the romance I read about in fiction is…well, fictional.

But for whatever reason, I cannot understand the idea of falling in love at the first instance they meet. These books make me lose interest in the novel. I love books where the characters go through a huge arc and maturity before and while falling in love. I like to fall in love with the characters…

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