Quote 5

This happens to be one of my most favorite quotes and it’s from my favorite book too… I love this quote so much because I think that pain really does demand to be felt. One can never suppress pain for a long time. It will have to come out sooner or later and sometimes it will consume us for a while. Pain is something that can demand our attention and our lives unlike anything else. It’s not exactly an optimistic quote but I still think it’s beautiful. 

~Sithara ⭐

Top 5 Books I Read In 2016

Is it too late to post this? *frantically running around trying to convince people it isn’t* Well anyway I wanted to post earlier but I couldn’t due to heaps of school work… Board exams are coming in March and it’s the last minute rush for doing everything at school so I never get time to write😭 

Moving on… Here are the top 5 books that I read in 2016!

  • Rumour has it – Jill Mansell


A sweet love story about a girl falling for the town’s playboy, this book managed to capture my heart. The falling-for-the-player thing may seem a common plot but this book was funny, sweet, romantic and heartbreaking at all the right places. It’s very beautiful and this book has a way of making the overused and common plotline into something interesting and heart warming. 

  • Take a chance on me – Jill Mansell

By the same author as Rumour Has It this book is also another sweet love story. Cleo Quinn is looking for her Mr.Right but can’t seem to find him anywhere. But when she starts to fall for her old high school bully she doesn’t want to hope. Again a common plot made into something beautiful by Jill Mansell. I loved Cleo’s character and I would have loved to meet someone like that in real life. Jill Mansell has a way of turning the story around in the final few pages and making sure it stays with the readers. 

  • The Maze Runner Series – James Dashner


I read all the books except The Fever Code in one go and I loved it. I happen to love The Hunger Games and the Divergent series, so its no wonder that I liked these too. A captivating and adventurous story set in a post apocalyptic world, with a hooking plot.

  • Rachel’s Holiday – Marian Keyes

Rachel Walsh doesn’t have a problem with drugs. She’s completely in control (or so she thinks) and is shocked when she’s put into rehab by her family and friends. Rachel is in no way a perfect character. She has flaws just like any human and that is what makes the story even better. When I read the book I felt her emotions, I believed what she believed even when I knew it wasn’t the truth and that is a rare quality in a book. The book literally made me cry with the character’s grief and in a second those same tears changed into ones of joy. Another book that’s turned completely around in the final few pages, I haven’t felt so satisfied after finishing a book in a long time. 

  • Paper Towns – John Green

Another one of John Green’s heartbreaking and brilliant books, Paper Towns is a story that will stick with the readers for a long time. A story in which Quentin ‘Q’ Jacobsen embarks on a journey with his friends to find Margo Roth Spiegelman, his childhood crush, who is missing but has left them a breadcrumb trail to follow. The book shows the transformation of the characters from teens to adults and how they accept that life is not easy. But it isn’t written in an overly serious way. Its funny and serious exactly where it’s supposed to be. It doesn’t have a perfect ending and neither does life which is exactly the point the author wants to convey. The only disappointment was that the characters are almost exactly the same in Paper Towns and Looking For Alaska… But other than that an almost perfect book!

And so that’s it! Have you read any of these books? Did you like it as much as I did? I would love to know!

Untill next time!

~Sithara⭐

2016 Wrap Up!

Hello everyone!

It’s definitely been a long time… I hope you guys are enjoying your holidays. I’m sorry I haven’t posted for a month(!) I’ve been pretty busy with my second terminal exams, special classes which started the next day after Christmas and tons of assignments…

Even though I didn’t have many holidays I did enjoy Christmas and I got to meet an old friend after a long time on Christmas eve! I enjoyed decorating the Christmas tree with my parents. And here are a few pictures!

But back to the point of the post… 2016 comes to an end today and I thought I’d write about the highlights of my blog this year!

Well I started my blog this year in march. I never thought I’d get the response I am getting now for my blog. I never thought so many of you would read what I write! I found some pretty awesome blogs out here and made friends with my fellow bloggers. Here are just some of the awesome things 2016 brought about for my blog!

  • I have 170 amazing followers! (Thank you so much! It means so much to me!!)
  • I got almost a 1000 likes! (958 to be precise)
  • I wrote 88 posts.
  • I’ve received 4 awards!

    These are just some of the amazing things that I’m grateful for. 

    I’ve written 88 posts so far and here are 5 of them which I feel are the best that I’ve written. 

    1. 10 Things Introverts Want You To Know
    2. Micro Story 4
    3. Why I Love Writing And Why You Should Too
    4. 5 Tips To Deal With Stress
    5. 7 Things Harry Potter Taught Me About Life

      My goals for my blog for 2017: 

      They’re pretty simple… Try to get 300 followers and be more consistent in my writing! 

      2016 wasn’t such a good year for many but for me it was actually alright. It was a good year and I hope the next will be even better.

      So that’s the wrap up for my blog for 2016. I hope all of you had a fantastic year and hoping the next will be great for all of you too!

      ~Sithara⭐

      Experiment of the day! 😝

      Hello everyone! I tried this little cooking experiment today and I thought I’d share it with you guys. Its a strawberry flavored cake but its not your average cake. Oh no! 

      It has only 2 ingredients. Instant pudding mix and eggs! The pudding mix has been sitting on the kitchen counter for quite a few days now because I didn’t like the chocolate flavored one I made before. So I thought why not try to make a (sort of) cake? Its very easy to make. Its not even baked really (talk about cheating!). 

      Just blend the contents of an 80gm packet of instant pudding mix (which you can buy from any supermarket) with 3 eggs and microwave (yes microwave) it for 5 minutes! The cake is done! It turned out pretty well but it only serves 2. 

      Its a pretty simple and easy thing to make to satisfy your sweet tooth. I had fun experimenting on this today!

      Thanks for reading. Untill next time!

      ~Sithara⭐

      The Black Cat Blue Sea Award!

      Hello everyone! I was nominated for the Black Cat Blue Sea Award by the amazing trainofthought from My Bookish Life. Thank you sooo much for that! I was getting a bit demotivated to blog and this award definitely helped boost my confidence. trainofthought is quite popular so if you haven’t come across her blog yet please do check it out! 

      The rules:

      • Anybody nominated can nominate eight other bloggers
      • The nominee answers questions posted by the nominator 
      • The questions you ask while nominating can be any three questions
      • If any of the questions asked are offensive or the nominee simple does not want to answer, the nominee does not have to answer them to get the award.


      Onto answering her questions:

      1. What is your favorite food?

      Chocolate is not a food so that means I can’t say that. 😝 I’d say chicken biriyani (like many keralites) is my favorite food!

      2. When did you start blogging? 

      Last march (towards the end) right after finishing my 11th grade exams! 

      3. Worst crime you’ve committed?

      Crime? Well I haven’t exactly committed any law breaking crimes… I’m not exactly sure how to answer this so I think I’ll leave it at that…

      My questions:

      1. What’s your favorite season and why?

      2. What’s your opinion on Trump winning the election? (If you don’t have any particular opinion you can answer it that way)

      3. A stereotype that annoys you the most?

      My nominees:

        So once again thank you so much to trainofthought for nominating me! And to my nominees, please let me know if you accept the award. I’d love to read your post.

        Thanks for stopping by. Until next time!

        ~Sithara ⭐

        Would You Rather Book Tag

        Hey everyone! I’m doing another tag today which I saw on A Biblophile’s Obsession. It’s an awesome booky blog and I suggest that you guys check it out! 

        Would you rather,

        1. Read only series or stand alones?

        Well, I’m not sure. I read both kinds so it’s a tough choice. But if I had to choose I’d probably pick series. 

        2. Read only female or male authors?

        The author doesn’t really matter to me. But I’ve read more books of female authors (coincidence) so if I had to pick I’d pick them. 

        3. Shop at Barnes and Noble or Amazon?

        Neither because I haven’t shopped at either of them. I don’t buy things online and we don’t have Barnes and Noble here. But if I did have it here, I’d rather go there (to a bookstore) than buy books online. 

        4. All books become movies or TV shows?

        TV shows! So many books have been made into movies and have been changed so much!! I’d love to see them with each and everything in the book with every detail in it. So TV shows would be perfect for that! (Although please don’t make it like The Vampire Diaries turned out…) 

        5. Read 5 pages per day or 5 books per week?

        5 books a week of course! I literally cannot stop at 5 pages a day. The more reading the better right?

        6. Be a professional reviewer or author?

        Oh, author all the way! It’s a dream of mine. Rather than reviewing others’ work I’d like to create something of my own. 

        7. Only read your top 20 favorite books over and over or always read new ones?

        New books I’d say. As much as I’d miss reading my favorites not reading new ones are just too unbearable!

        8. Be a librarian or bookseller?

        Bookseller. I love new books and I want to start a business in the future so bookseller it is for me!

        9. Only read your favorite genre or every genre except your favorite? 

        Favorite genre. I’d miss it too much and it’s my favorite so I wouldn’t get bored reading it. 

        10. Only read physical books or ebooks?

        Oh physical books without a doubt. I really don’t like ebooks and I love the feel of a book in my hand. It just isn’t the same reading from a screen.

        And that’s the end of another tag! I tag My Bookish Life and Write Ally! Write! for this tag and anyone else who’d like to do this if you haven’t done it already. If you do decide to do this please let me know. I’d love to read your answers! 

        That’s it. Thank you for reading. Untill next time!

        ~Sithara ⭐

        10 Things Introverts Want You To Know

        Are you an introvert? Or do you know someone who’s more to the introverted side? Do you feel like you can’t understand them or some of the things they do? Well here are some things introverts want you to know! 

        1. Just because we don’t talk much doesn’t mean that we’re upset or mad at you. We tend to think more or maybe we’re just shy. So please don’t keep asking us a million times whether we’re mad at you or whether there’s some kind of problem. 
        2. Its easier to express ourselves in writing than speaking out loud. Introverts aren’t really talkers and sometimes we find it hard to say what we want to say on the spot. So please don’t judge us if we write a long heartfelt letter to you! (This one is especially dedicated to my friends). And please whatever you do please don’t ask us to speak in front of a group of people! 
        3. We usually have 2 or 3 close friends with whom we can share anything and everything. We’d rather have a few people who understands us than a large group of friends. So please don’t think we’re friendless. 
        4. Or antisocial! Its just the ‘I’m shy and I don’t really feel comfortable with small talk’ part of us showing. And for most of us socializing is an absolute nightmare
        5. We think a lot. There’s a lot going on in our heads all the time and that’s one of the reasons we don’t talk much. Although we do tend to overthink sometimes… 
        6. We don’t hate parties or functions. We love them if they’re with people we feel comfortable around. 
        7. But all of this doesn’t mean we’re always shy. Once we’re comfortable with someone we’ll open up to them. Sometimes we’re just more comfortable in our own bubble. 
        8. We don’t want to become less introverted or more outgoing. We are comfortable with ourselves just the way we are. So please don’t try to change us. 
        9. Being introverted doesn’t mean we’re stuck up. We are generally quiet. So if we’re not talking it doesn’t mean we have egos the size of Tony Stark’s or that we’re being rude. We like to stay quiet and listen more than participate in a lively conversation. 
        10. We are great listeners. We love to listen more than we like to talk and we’re always ready to lend you an ear. So if you want to talk to someone who’ll listen to everything you have to say then we’re the ones you need!

          Shoutout to all the introverts out there!! I, being more on the introvered side myself can definitely relate to all of these things. Can you too? Is there something you’d like to add? I’d love to know so feel free to drop a comment! 

          Thank you for reading. Untill next time!

          ~Sithara ⭐

          10 Fictional Characters To Dress Up As This Halloween! 

          Hello everyone! Finally it’s October, the leaves have started falling, the cold has started to creep in (hopefully it has where you guys live, I don’t get much cold weather here). And it’s definitely time for that special day to roll around. Yep it’s Halloween! 

          So those of you who celebrate halloween will probably be very excited about their costumes. Even though I don’t celebrate Halloween here, I thought I’d write this post on the best fictional characters to dress up as this year! 

          1. Elsa from Frozen

          A Halloween favorite of the girls, Elsa the ice queen from Frozen is a great choice to look your prettiest (if you don’t wanna go for scary) this Halloween. A beautiful blue gown and Elsa’s famous braid (find the tutorial HERE!) is all you need to transform into this beautiful princess for Halloween! 

          2. Effie Trinket from The Hunger Games

          A chance to have fun with your makeup set. A pretty poofy dress, matching hair and other accessories, shoes and makeup! Going as this eccentric character will definitely bring a little colour to your halloween! 

          3. Bellatrix from Harry Potter 

          Have super frizzy hair? Well here’s a chance to make use of it for once. A black dress, some long robes and a wand is all you need to go as this evil witch this year! 

          4. Black Widow from The Avengers

          Here’s a chance for you to put your flaming red hair on show. All you need is a cat suit, black boots and fake guns to go as this fierce assassin. 

          5. Bruce Banner from The Avengers

          This one’s for the boys. All you need is a purple shirt, dark brown/grey suit and glasses to go as this brainy scientist. 

          6. Percy Jackson from well… The Percy Jackson Series 

          Blue jeans, an orange camp half-blood tshirt, a bead necklace and a sword is all you need to transform into this awesome demigod this Halloween. If you can’t get a sword, just keep a pen in your pocket and name it Riptide 😉 You girls can also go as Annabeth Chase by just swapping the pen/sword for a yankees cap. 

          7. Augustus Waters from The Fault In Our Stars

          He is probably the easiest character to dress up as. You can pretty much wear your daily outfit. Jeans, a tshirt and a brown leather jacket with an UNLIT (note: do NOT light it, smoking is bad for you, surely Augustus will tell you that) cigarette to complete the look

          8. Deadpool

          I don’t think any further explanation is needed. 😝

          9. V from V for Vendetta 

          A black shirt, pants, boots, cape, hat and a belt with daggers along with the mask of course is everything you need to go as this intriguing character this year! 

          10. The Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland 

          Personally one of my favorite characters and also portrayed excellently by Johnny Depp in the movie, The Mad Hatter is an excellent choice for this Halloween. 

          So that’s it! I hope you enjoyed this post because I sure loved writing it! I don’t celebrate Halloween but I’d love to experience it someday… 

          What/who are you dressing up as this year? I’d absolutely love to know! 

          Thanks for reading. Untill next time and Happy Haunting! 🎃 

          ~Sithara ⭐

          Recipe 5 || Carrot Halwa

          So this is going to be a quick and super easy recipe for making yummy carrot halwa. I tweaked the orginal recipe (A LOT)… My version pretty much needs about 4 ingredients 😝 So here it is! 

          Ingredients: 

          • Grated carrots – 2 1/2 cups
          • Milk – 2 1/2 cups
          • Sugar – 8 tablespoons 
          • Ghee – 2 tablespoons 

          Method:

          1. Mix the grated carrots and milk together in a pan.
          2. Keep on fire and allow the mixture to simmer and cook stirring occasionally. 
          3. After 15-20 mins (when mixture has started thickening) add the sugar and ghee and mix well. 
          4. When mixture is almost dry, take it off the heat.
          5. Garnish with dry fruits. (optional)

          See, I told you it was super easy! I found the orginal recipe to be a bit complicated and that’s the reason I changed it a lot. It uses almond paste, cardamom and lots of dry fruits (I don’t like these in my desserts 😝). Be sure to check it out too!

          With Diwali just around the corner, carrot halwa is just the thing to try out this coming weekend. I hope you’ll try it out and I know you’ll love it! 

          Untill next time. Thank you for reading!

          ~Sithara ⭐

          PS: I can’t believe that this is my 5th recipe on my blog!! I never thought that I’d be posting recipes let alone cooking all these dishes when I started my blog!! If you’d like to read the recipes to the other delicious delicacies I’ve tried out before, you can find the link HERE!!!