Vintage Sapience

Conscious Avant-Garde Cogitation.

Haiku: All Over Again

Morning washes you off
Nights of fervour
Ready to welcome you into my arms again.

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Imperfect Devotions

Pixels for clarity
Denim on denim
Haze of your scent
A devoted pilgrim
Bowed in emotion
Fighting friction
Divine faith
A heavenly unison.

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In Search of You

I wandered off tonight

Looking for you,

Fool that I was

You were always in me

I found you in my heart,

My mind, my soul

I forgot for a second

You were a part of me.

National Poetry Writing Month #NaPoWriMo

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Top Ten Tuesday: Best Drama Shows on TV

Drama is the spice of life, Or so I say when I’m in *that* mood! The millennials would say that there hasn’t been a perfectly good drama show on television since the Sopranos, but today’s list has the guts to take it on (This is me attempting to be dramatic with the words). In all seriousness, these shows showcase how the drama genre has evolved over the years to birth some very epic shows. From catchphrases to ultimate scenes to award-worthy acting performances, these are the best tv dramas of all time. This in itself is a very sensitive topic of discussion because all of us have our own list of the best shows on TV right now. And I am willing to accept your suggestions and criticisms of my list. This Top Ten Tuesday post will be different-obviously I have listed more than ten, I couldn’t stop. As always, there are honorary mentions because they appeal to a different part of the audience are best according to them. Here we go:

1. Game of Thrones

Don’t blame me. I am also part of the GOT-fan world. I have come to love the story immensely. The drama is on fleek ( ūüėČ ) and a lot of the characters die so often, upping the drama-factor. You are the edge of your seat at every moment as the plot ties the loose ends, and creates more uncertainty for the next one. There is a reason it is the most pirated show on TV right now! I will admit that I watched it completely in my second attempt. When I sat to watch it the first time, I couldn’t comprehend most of it and I left it after the 3rd episode of the first season. In my next try, I overlooked the initial blank-ness and understood parts of it. By the end of season one, I learned a lot, including the fact that GoT is meant to be a little like that. Leaving the viewers in a state of shock, wanting more because a lot of stories are interwoven and will take the time to develop.

2. Narcos

s-e05243c0ba45ce2e971a240cafa389238faa1ca1I am proud to say I recently finished binge-watching the two seasons of Narcos, and it was a very good 48 hours of my life. People were gushing about it online, and I couldn’t see what the fuss was all about. A show about a drug dealer? It is so much more. Wagner Moura’s portrayal of the 80s drug lord, Pablo Escobar is enough reason to watch the show. But the storyline and the depiction of life is so artistic that you cannot stop watching. How the suspense develops, the story from all angles, the blood, the sweat, the deaths. It is too much but makes for a good watch. Forums report that some details might not be true, but they are dramatized for effect.

3. Doctor Who

A time travelling doctor, who has seen different times and different worlds, and saves the end in almost every episode is the epitome of drama! He is the last of the time lords, a dying alien breed, and he has a spaceship that looks like a police booth of present day England. It is pretty advanced as compared to a lot of shows that run today, and it has been for more than ten years now. The Doctor changes every one-two seasons, which makes for a fresh watch every time. You can watch this as a series or even as single episodes.

4. The Good Wife

15094Not a lot of people would have this in their top 5 because of obvious reasons-there are much better shows that would appeal to a larger audience. But I have mentioned a lot of them in older posts and the Good Wife gets to be here because it is good in my opinion. Alicia Florrick is the wife of Governor Peter Florrick, who has been caught cheating and has to resign. Alicia becomes the center of attention, and has to go back to work-being a lawyer. Having a gap between her practice, she gets accepted at a law firm because her college friend, Will is a partner. She works hard at her cases, has to prove herself at every point and still has to manage her family and the public humiliation of her husband’s scandal.

5. The Handmaid’s Tale

Honest confession, I have yet to see this show, but with my friends’ recommendations, it is on the list. It helps that I quite like Elisabeth Moss’s acting and she has always played roles of substance. Here is the description: In the future,¬†fertility rates¬†reduce as a result of¬†sexually transmitted diseases etc.¬†Worldwide infertility has resulted in the conscription of the few remaining fertile women in Gilead, called¬†handmaids, according to an “extremist interpretation” of a¬†Biblical¬†account.¬†They are assigned to the homes of the ruling elite, where they must submit to ritualized rape with their male masters in order to become pregnant and bear children for those men and their wives.

5. Westworld

The story takes place in the fictional Westworld, a technologically advanced¬†Wild West‚Äďthemed¬†amusement park¬†populated by¬†android¬†hosts. Westworld caters to high-paying guests, who may indulge in whatever they wish within the park, without fear of retaliation from the hosts.

6. Boardwalk

Boardwalk Empire¬†is a period drama focusing on Enoch “Nucky” Thompson (based on the historical¬†Enoch L. Johnson), a political figure who rose to prominence and controlled¬†Atlantic City, New Jersey, during the¬†Prohibition¬†period of the 1920s and 1930s. Nucky acts with historical characters in both his personal and political life, including mobsters, politicians, government agents, and the common folk who look up to him. The federal government also takes an interest in the¬†bootlegging¬†and other illegal activities in the area, sending agents to investigate possible mob connections but also looking at Nucky’s lifestyle‚ÄĒexpensive and lavish for a county political figure. The final season jumps ahead seven years, to 1931, as Prohibition nears its end.

7. Fargo

Fargo¬†is an American¬†black comedy‚Äďcrime drama¬†anthology¬†television series created and primarily written by¬†Noah Hawley. The show is inspired by the¬†eponymous 1996 film¬†written and directed by the¬†Coen brothers, who serve as executive producers on the series alongside Hawley. The series follows an anthology format, with each season set in a different era, and with a different story and mostly new characters and cast, although there is minor overlap. Each season shares a common chronology with the original film.

8. Downton Abbey

The series, set in the fictional¬†Yorkshire¬†country estate¬†of Downton Abbey between 1912 and 1926, depicts the lives of the¬†aristocratic Crawley family and their¬†domestic servants¬†in the post-Edwardian era‚ÄĒwith the great events in history having an effect on their lives and on the British social hierarchy. Events depicted throughout the series include news of the¬†sinking of the RMS¬†Titanic¬†in the first series; ¬†the¬†Teapot Dome scandal¬†in the fourth series; and the¬†British general election of 1923, the¬†Jallianwala Bagh Massacre, and the¬†Beer Hall Putsch¬†in the fifth series. The sixth and final series introduces the rise of the working class during the¬†interwar period¬†and hints towards the eventual decline of the British aristocracy.

9. Homeland

rs-18136-homeland-624-1382199764The series stars¬†Claire Danes¬†as¬†Carrie Mathison, a¬†Central Intelligence Agency¬†officer with¬†bipolar disorder, and¬†Damian Lewis¬†as¬†Nicholas Brody, a¬†U.S. Marine Corps Scout Sniper. Mathison had come to believe that Brody, who was held captive by¬†al-Qaeda¬†as a¬†prisoner of war, was¬†“turned”¬†by the enemy and poses a threat to the United States. The drama that ensues in each episode, how the plot unfolds and the secrets are changed is a thing to watch. The acting has been spectacular including Mandy Patinkin’s as Carrie’s friend and mentor.

10. Greys Anatomy

I love this show. Here, I’ve said it. It has been a little slow with the later seasons but never low on drama.¬†The series focuses on the fictional lives of surgical¬†interns,¬†residents¬†and¬†attending physicians, as they evolve into seasoned doctors while trying to maintain personal lives and relationships. The title is a play on¬†Gray’s Anatomy, a human anatomy textbook by¬†Henry Gray. The show’s premise originated with¬†Shonda Rhimes, who serves as an executive producer, along with¬†Betsy Beers,¬†Mark Gordon,¬†Krista Vernoff,¬†Rob Corn,¬†Mark Wilding, and¬†Allan Heinberg. Although it is set in¬†Seattle¬†at the fictional Grey-Sloan Memorial Hospital (formerly Seattle Grace) it is primarily filmed in¬†Los Angeles,¬†California.

Honorary Mentions: They are worth being on the list.
House M.D.
The West Wing
Orange is the New Black
House of Cards
Better Call Saul
House of Lies

Shows I’ve mentioned in other lists:
The Walking Dead
Breaking Bad
Black Mirror
Mr. Robot

Check out my other Top Ten Tuesdays:

Top Ten Tuesdays: Suspense TV Shows

Top Ten Tuesday: Best Comedy Shows

Top Ten Tuesday: Best Horror Shows

Tell me more suggestions!

My Blog Turns Two!

Two. Last year it was one! It is all so surreal. Is it weird I have no words? While normally I’m rambling?

I have a couple of people to thank for this. Although I had had this thought of a blog for a long while before I finally took the plunge. Before I finally started researching about the best platforms to do this, I was a common person, just writing for the sake of it, living off on the appreciation of two-three friends who would be privileged enough to read my poetry. But, having a blog has been a rewarding experience. I felt myself getting more confident about my writing, even when I changed my style of prose and poetry. Even when I chose to write on more complex, non-mainstream topics. Choosing to focus on the moment has also been a big part of my writing in the last year. Looking at the blog, I can actually track my growth, the variation of the thought process and in me as a person.

My first thank you is directed to the WordPress community. Everyone who views, comments and likes my post makes me confident that I’m doing something right. The writing to me may be mediocre, it may just be average, but the support has been incredible. The idea of people willing to read what I’ve written is so strong an inspiration that I’m driven to write more and more. I will also honestly admit that I would have stopped writing long ago if it weren’t for my friends. They are good critics and far better believers. They admire my work and have never held back their honest opinions which is more than I can ask for. I have a small group of close friends who mean the world to me, and they have cheered me on, every step of the way. They are the reason I believe I might someday be able to achieve my dream of having a book. ūüėÄ The very thought is exhilarating!

Next, my family. They are the most amazing bunch of people. A perfect mix of love, indifference (from my sibling), and freedom to be myself is such a liberating factor when you’re writing.

Maybe I’m hormonal, but I feel something. I am not a sentimental person(or so I’d say) but anniversaries and writing on that topic make me conscious of the knot in my throat.

I will be linking my last year’s posts as well. Just to reiterate the little things. Like how to get more followers, and how happy I was at the first birthday as well. It is part of the celebrations. I promised myself I would get a lot more followers in the coming year, and I have been mildly successful. I still think that if I devoted ALL of my time to blogging, and writing, Vintage Sapience would be a lot more successful. And my hope of it being famous is still a dearly held wish. But keeping the blog steady along with a full-time job is demanding. And yet, I can shamelessly say that since the blog is my baby, it is always a priority.

Some people would have noticed that some days my posts seem long and polished, while others are rushed. Those are the days when I’m running to get ready to go and yet put up a post because posting regularly is the only way to have a dedicated audience. And, honestly what is more encouraging than looking at the post stats while slogging in the office ūüėČ

But all of the words won’t be enough to express the sheer happiness I have every time I think I am a blogger too. I may have very few followers in comparison, but I believe I am happy with the slow but steady universal growth. Moreover, in these times of short posts, quick inspiration and viral feeds, the written word is somehow looked over, but the select few connoisseurs will keep it going. And that is my belief, just an optimistic way of saying the same things.

Thank you again for reading this long rant of a two-year old blogger, repeating some stuff but being very candid in my experiences, and thank yous.

You can follow me on my social media accounts, where too I’m marginally fun ūüėČ

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Wise Words Wednesday 19.7.2017

‚ÄúA mother is the truest friend we have. When trials heavy and sudden fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.‚ÄĚ

‚ÄĒWashington Irving

The bond that a mother has with her child is incomparable to any other. That level of purity is akin to spirituality and the infinite love and wisdom that she shares with us over our lifetime are priceless too. It is just the theme for today’s quote because we should stop and think more often about our mothers. And, thank them for their endless commitment¬†and sacrifices.

Revenge Wears Prada: Very Candid Book Review

Contains spoilers. Reader discretion!

The review is kind of equivalent to the book summary.

I wasn’t even sure if I wanted to do this review. But, here I am for the sake of a few hundred people reading right now. I was really excited to have picked up this book at my city’s book fair for a very reasonable price. Had I known the book would be so disappointing, I wouldn’t have paid even that much. I had read The Devil Wears Prada, and watched the movie more than 20 times. Which is why I couldn’t wait to know how Andy’s story progresses.

This year I had resolved to increase my book consumption, and being the only chic-lit book in my collection, its turn came really soon. Partly because I knew it would be a page turner. And, that it was because I read it a record speed but for all the wrong reasons. The story was flat, Andy didn’t seem like herself anymore, and she was whiny about everything. Even though she had a hot, eligible guy as her fiance, a breakthrough wedding magazine and Emily as her best friend. Yes, dear old enemy Emily from ten years ago was now closer than a sister. Literally.

But, where is Miranda Priestly you ask? Good question. Because she is the most lovably hated character of these series, her debut couldn’t have been more disappointing. Just casually at a cocktail event and then casually at a dinner she threw for Emily and Andy. Because she wants to buy their magazine. ūüėĪ Ooh, aah? Yes, and no. I am excited that Miranda has come, but that happens about fifteen chapters in.

Till then Andy is married, supposedly has an STD, and her mother-in-law hates her. Nothing new. But actually she is pregnant! She has that cute baby girl, delays selling her magazine to Miranda’s company so that Emily may change her mind. Sells the magazine, fights with her husband, takes a break from everything.

She also gets to meet her old boyfriend. Divorces her husband and has her happily ever after with her boyfriend of ten years ago, whose name I have conveniently forgotten. Just like I did a lot of things from this book.

I did not completely hate it, but I did not love it as much as I thought I would. Lauren Weisberger has written books based on her experience as an assistant to the Editor-in-chief of Vogue. And she writes with a practical and simple hand. But this book fell short of combined expectations of readers all over the world. It’s fun, light, and full of romantic perfect moments that people can only dream of. But other than that, it could have been so much better with the kind of strong characters that it boasts of.

Suspense Rating: 2.5/5

Simplicity of Writing: 3/5

Sequel Story: 3/5

Honest Recommendation: Read it only if you love, love chic-lit and have zero expectations when you complete it.

Check out my other, more satisfactory reviews:

1984, by George Orwell

The Hypnotist, by Lars Kepler

Animal Farm, by George Orwell

The Old Man and the Sea, by Hemingway

Flashback Friday: Raging Battles

A young girl walks bare feet,
Amongst the gunpowder and debris,
She looks at the bloody bodies, now covered,
She mourns deeply for her beloved.

The world was such an empty place before,
Then came her prince-on-the-white-horse to the fore,
They shared a bond that could last forevermore
The world wasn’t so empty anymore.

He was a soldier of the state,
Serving the country was his fate,
He loved his girl and his nation,
He was his country’s true citizen.

They walked the lush gardens hand-in-hand,
They scoured for shells in the golden sand,
They ran gleefully in the rain,
They were not aware of the upcoming pain.

One day, he got called for his duty,
He was called to serve at the front;
They were taught to show no pity,
The enemy had to face the brunt.

The girl was left alone to ponder,
The state of her lover she often wondered;
She passed her days lying in wait,
She couldn’t leave everything in the hands of fate.

She heard the radio day and night,
Heard the horrific results of the fight;
They often recounted the names of the dead,
With worry did her forehead always sweat.

He called one day, ‚ÄúHow are you, my love?‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúLying in your wait‚ÄĚ, she only sobbed.
He told her of his friends’ death,
She only said that she was sitting with awaited breath.

He recounted the booms of the guns, the missiles, the bodies,
He told her how they had to live as a quarry;
He said he was proud to fight,
He said he was content he was right.
Though the barrels made him shiver,
He had always the strength-filled quiver.

She longed to see him day & night,
She heard from them one twilight,
He had been martyred by the enemy’s cannon,
‚ÄúHe was our bravest soldier‚ÄĚ, said the Captain.

Her heart burst with paramount grief,
Battles raged in her heart as on the streets;
‚ÄúHow ironical‚ÄĚ, she thought grimly of her loss,
That it should come at a time after their country had won.

She walked then between the gunpowder and debris,
She now only felt the thorns of the roses, on her feet;
Come and see the blood in the streets, her heart cried
Come and see the blood in the streets!
Come and see the
blood in the streets!!

I posted this poem for the first time on 23rd July 2015, two years ago. And in the first month of blogging, this was the composition I had posted! I am celebrating completing TWO years of blogging, and there is a post on that coming very soon. Raging Battles, this poem has won me two awards, lots of appreciation from family and tons of impressed/bewildered looks from my friends. In simple terms, I love it! And as it is Flashback Friday, I couldn’t wait for the opportunity to post it yet again ūüėõ

Wise Words Wednesday 12.7.16

The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.

-Mark Twain

Celebrating the birthday month for my blog in July! Which is why a birthday-themed inspirational quote. Mark Twain has the best quotes, concise and perfect. Finding out the reason why you exist is the biggest challenge ever since we’re born. And those who realise what their calling is, go on to become very successful. On this note, hope that everyone who is reading has a nice day. ūüôā

Flashback Friday: Secret

Myriad colors and faces in the crowd,

Thoughts, dreams and wishes echoing loud

Find the man most glad, he’s stark,

For he hides a secret most dark.

PS: This one is from my diary archives. I remember penning this forever ago! It’s still remarkably accurate.

This was posted on my blog in July 2016 and received mixed reactions from the ‘crowd’! Because it is a litte¬†dark, it seems like a twisted quartet. But the thought behind it is actually the common thread that binds us all today – that we carry deep secrets within us and yet be social, pretend to be happy and hide behind our smiles to appear normal. If you believe another interpretation of it is valid, I’d love to know.

Wise Words Wednesday 5.7.16

The minute I heard my first love story,
I started looking for you, not knowing
how blind that was.
Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere.
They’re in each other all along.


Flashback Friday: After You’re Gone

Discovering your brown boots
And one by one
All the things you left behind
Books and keys
Clothes and receipts
Crumbs of us.
Some of you and some of me.

I‚Äôve started Flashback Friday to repost some posts because I have a lot more followers than I did last year. It is also a very simple way to reminisce about my state of mind from a year ago! This was a surprise sort of short poem that just came to be because I was thinking about how it is the little things that remind us of the people we no longer have in our lives. It doesn’t always have to be a better half, these verses work for every relationship we’ve ever had that was so close to us. That we see the crumbs of a past frequently every day and we miss that person every single time that happens.

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