Category: Creative

  • A letter to my forty year old self

    Dear Naina, Hi! I would explain why I am writing to you but you are future Naina so you must know. But just in case you are too busy enjoying yourself on our FORTIETH(!!) birthday let me tell you. This is a letter describing what I wish for our future, all my hopes and dreams. […]

  • Letter to my 20 year old self

    Dear Naina, Let me introduce myself! I am you from the future. A nearly 30 year old you and I want to have a chat. My sweet sweet Naina, it’s 2012 and you are a bit unmoored, I get it. You are at a university that you think is beneath you and you have a […]

  • 30 lessons I want to take into my 30th year old

    HAPPY NEW YEAR! The most important day of the year is a day or so away! My birthday! I am turning 30 soon so here are 30 things I want to be mindful of going into this new year! It’s important to know when to let go of your plans. It’s ok to do nothing […]

  • Missing

    I miss …I miss a lot … I miss the chances I didn’t take,I miss the memories of the chances I did take. I miss the person I was, I miss the person I will become. I miss the food I have devoured in the past, I miss the food I will curtail in the […]

  • 29 things I am leaving behind in my 29th year

    It is about to be a decade of starting my age with a `2`. As I leave that part of my life behind, here are 29 other things that I am leaving behind in my 29th year. Health Getting less than 8 hours of sleep a night. Eating junk food because I am stressed or […]

  • 35 things to do before I am 35

    At one point I had a list of 30 things to do before I turned 30. COVID made it very apparent that I would be nowhere near finishing those things, so here are instead 35(!) things I want to do before I turn 35! Career Deliver a presentation to more than 200 people (Done: Google […]

  • What I thought turning 30 would look like

    It’s happening. In less than one month I will turn 30. No longer will I write my age by starting with a 2. Those days are behind me. As a result I have been reflecting on where I thought I would be when I turned 30. As the years have passed my impression of what […]

  • An ode to fan fiction

    There is one constant in life: the book/show/movie you enjoy will come to an end. Scratch that. If you are Naina there are two constants in life. The book/show/movie you enjoy will come to an end and you will have questions about the characters lives after the book/show/movie has ended. I can make up stories […]

  • Why I read

    Bespectacled and tiny, Playing sports made me whiny, Growing up I was a runt, However, regarding my love for libraries I was blunt, I was an introvert with few friends, My love for books my parents couldn’t comprehend. I first read the adventures of the Famous Five, I joined them on their boat and as […]

  • A letter to my neighbours

    Introduction Since I moved from San Francisco to Mountain View, I have been able to hear my neighbours (to the left, right, and upstairs) a lot more easily! I blame shoddy construction materials and being home 24/7 due to a global pandemic. Being conflict averse, I have only confronted my neighbours on one occasion. So […]