Circe Book Review by Madeline Miller - Book Review by Fanana. Greek Mythology For Feminists

Circe – A Feminist Retelling of the Famous Witch in Greek Mythology

Posted Leave a commentPosted in Books

Circe Book Review This was just the second book I read this year, but I can already tell that it’s probably my favourite of 2019. The only reason I picked this book up was because the good people at Books on Toast recommended it as one of the best books of 2018 and from their words, Circe sounded like a feminist badass. Before starting this book, I was apprehensive – I pretty much knew nothing about Greek mythology. As a kid, I played a Hercules computer game, but beyond that, I had no interest in Titans or Olympians or whatever. The movies and stories were too macho and violent for my taste. But this book changed me. I never thought I’d say this, but now I am curious about Troy, and Clash of the Titans, and Minotaur, and the Percy Jackson movies. The Story “When I was born, the name for […]

On the Big Deal About Vacations

Posted Leave a commentPosted in Life

Seriously, what is the big deal about getaways? Ok. It’s not visiting new places that I hate – it’s the part where people ‘take a break’ and ‘recharge’ by visiting a new place for, like, 7 days. So you spent a lot of money, requested leaves in advance, probably took a visa, asked all your friends for suggestions and turned the internet upside down with your research,  planned a detailed itinerary, travelled to a new place, saw all the places, got carsick/airsick/homesick/sick on the way, and came back physically and mentally drained, only to think, ‘Oh wait. I have to get back to life now’ Seriously? Why wouldn’t you use that time and energy to simply improve your daily life? What is the point of running away from real life, escaping to a foreign wonderland for respite…… and then coming right back to it all? I really cannot see the point. […]

On Accepting What You Can’t Control

Posted Leave a commentPosted in Life

I’m a world-class worrier. Worrying and coming to the worst conclusions happen naturally to me. In my entrepreneurial journey, I have very often been prepared for many disasters because of my constant state of worry and preparedness for all the what-ifs. Yes, worrying helps. But more often that not, it doesn’t. My anxiety chips away at every iota of mental resource that I have. And I’m no longer going to position anxiety as a credit (or worse, a personality trait) when it has been nothing but a debilitating condition. My anxiety draws me a very detailed and elaborate map of everything that could happen from the current point on. It is so elaborate that it doesn’t fit in the canvas of my mind. It overflows into my personal journals, my work, my relationships, my decisions, my feelings, and finally (drum rolls), my physical well being. And when any of this […]

On Multitasking and Zoning In

Posted Leave a commentPosted in Life

I want to do all the things. Everything. Listen to a podcast while cooking a new recipe. Watch a how-to video while writing an article. Read a book while making a plan for the next weekend. Respond to an e-mail while going through my client’s monthly strategy. Go through a month-old abandoned piece while taking a break from work. Or moving to another task without finishing the one at hand because hey I am a goldfish. And of course, there’s always a thousand tabs open on my Chrome at all points of time.   Need to stop doing this. It’s not healthy, it’s not making me happy, and well, all research points towards multi tasking being the enemy of productivity. I’m definitely completing all my work. That I am sure of. So does that mean……. without multi tasking I can get even more work done? Hmmmm, let’s see.

Personal DJs are a Luxury Commodity

Posted Leave a commentPosted in Life

Before Get towel and fresh clothes – 1 min Create perfect playlist apt for your mood – 20 min Rinse, lather – 5 min Repeat until playlist is over – 30 min Towel dry and run to warm place for self-preservation – 4 min I love a good playlist for a warm shower, but we all know how nerve-wracking it is to create one (No? Just me? Ok). During my showers, I’ve found that almost always, I was longing for ‘that other song’ that I liked exactly 13% more than the one that was currently playing, both of which, by the way, had been meticulously added by me to my custom-made shower playlist. I then started creating a new playlist for each shower, but it STILL didn’t work because apparently, I can never predict which song I would long for. Also, most showers hardly last 15 minutes so that’s like […]

day 6/21: saying goodbye

Posted Leave a commentPosted in Life

Days 4 and 5 went really well – much meetings, much calls, much striking off from the to-do list, except for the fact that I couldn’t find the time to update my series here. (Which means my time management and priority setting skills are still not levelled up) Today is a Saturday, and so far I’ve really had a stressful time – my nephews were creating a racket, I couldn’t take a shower, and I booked 5 tatkal tickets on IRCTC (Anyone who’s ever booked tatkal tickets know what I mean) Where am I going? Well, later this month, I’m travelling overseas, so I have to say goodbye to a few relatives. It’s going to be a very long trip, starting tonight and ending day after tomorrow. Wish me luck. Anyhow, I need to get back to my senses, stop being stressed out, take a shower, pack, order some work […]

a library in the background. the foreground text reads: Day 3/21: No Shame on Your Trash

Day 3/21: No Shame On Your Trash

Posted Leave a commentPosted in 21days, 21DaysofProductivity

Day 3 was better than day 2. Hmmm. I drank a lot of water, I woke up on time, I completed way more work than intended, and I also reached home and made enough time for a walk AND a podcast.  So I’ve lately been listening to the Slate Audio Book Club Podcast, which as the name suggests, is a podcast that discusses one book per 40-50 minute episode. So today, I was listening to their take on The Girl on The Train – a novel by Paula Hawkins,  and New York Times Best Seller, and described as #Unputdownable by yours truly. So here’s my opinion: I absolutely loved the book. Full disclosure, I have this habit of liking any book with female protagonists. (I really can’t remember a good female protagonist of any book I read growing up) That being said, this book has such a gripping plot that […]

Day 2/21: Need for Sleep

Posted Leave a commentPosted in 21days, 21DaysofProductivity, Life, Random, TV

Woke up a little late. But I managed to catch up with the day. Had this conversation with Ar about Sex and the City, and how it probably pioneered female centric movies that dealt with their friendships and relationships (which are still so few in the world), and men who are always one foot out of the frame. Both of us based our opinions on the movies, and not the TV shows, so we could be wrong. Did Carrie Bradshaw own too many things? Would you hold that against her? Let me know. Work was heavy, with little time to finish what I wanted. The day was littered with long, taxing meetings, which eventually ate up into the time I’d left for a walk. It’s during my walk that I listen to podcasts – Day 2 was harder/more tiring than day 1 (obviously)

image of an aged book and pen, with the title: 'day 1/21: a kickstart to productivity'

Day 1/21: A Kickstart to Productivity

Posted Leave a commentPosted in 21days, 21DaysofProductivity, Life, Random

With the raging success of my 21DaysofMornings, I thought I’d restart this series. To the uninitiated, here’s a recap: So you know what they say – do something for 21 days straight and it becomes a habit? Well I tried that with waking up early, and it kinda sorta worked. It’s November 2017, and I don’t oversleep anymore. So this time, I thought of restarting it with the aim of becoming more productive every day. My goal? To make each day as productive as possible. For the purposes of this experiment, I’ll define ‘productivity’ as : doing things and having something to show for it. So for instance, if it’s related to work, I’m not productive if I just sit and research something. I need some sort of update for my team – like a presentation, or an e-mail, or just a message. If it’s related to hobbies, I’m not […]