Black Tinted Glasses

I donned those black tinted glasses

laughter echoing in the air
Mirth resounds in this fair
The twitch of my lips
enough to prevent any slips

I donned the black tinted glasses
To hide the anxious eyes wondering If i looked right
Result of clogged insecurities
Caused by feeling of inadequacy

I donned the black tinted glasses
To hide the sunken crescents under my eyes
result of endless sleepless nights
caused by the constant buzzing in my mind

I donned the black tinted glasses
To obscure the redness of my eyes
result of unbridled tears
caused by those who fed me lies

I donned the black tinted glasses
And they prevented me from seeing beyond darkness

One day,
I broke those black tinted glasses
Snapped by dainty, unwavering fingers
that carried lot more strength
than  I could  have envisioned

And I replaced them.


I don my clear glittery glasses

To Match with my loud outfit
To coordinate with my jovial spirit
There is no falter in my stride
As I maneuver over every tide
Endurance burning through my veins
ready to venture through rocky lanes

Those clear glittery glasses,
are not a veil over my persona
but a reflection of the
ignited sparkle

in my irises


A/N-  I am lookig for artwork to go with this piece. Contact if you want to collaborate !!

Discovering the Secrets of the Universe

            A spoiler free review

Some stories are a roller coaster of emotions. it is almost impossible to put down the book because of the urge to know what will happen next. Some stories spell anticipation and thrill. It’s an adventure to flip through pages filled with action.

But some stories are like a gentle boat ride. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (by Benjamin Alire Sáenz) is one of them.

Imagine yourself in a small boat , there is no noise, just a soft murmur of nature that envelops you. The sun shines bright but it’s not blinding, the canopy of trees provides a delicate shade. And you are lying on your back, eyes closed and thinking about everything and anything.

It’s pleasant yes, but not always. Sometimes the boat rocks too hard, sometimes it’s not so comfortable lying on hard floor. But that’s okay, it’s part of the journey.

Similarily, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe- it’s not plain joy. It’s about two teenagers and their journey towards finding themselves, so naturally angst walks with the two boys. Within the pages of this book you will find a blend of all human emotions. It’s raw and it’s real. Aristotle and Dante may not be famous Greek philosophers- but they teach the reader a few lessons of life. Together Aristotle and Dante share the secrets of the universe with the reader.

And it’s not just Ari and Dante who will catch your attention, their parents too are written with sincerity.Reflections of their personalities and upbringing are seen in the distinct mannerisms of  Ari and Dante.

Scars. A sign that you had been hurt. A sign that you had healed.

This is one of the many breathtaking lines in the book and if the plot was to be described in one line without giving away any spoilers- this would be it. And indeed, the book ends with the metaphorical (and literal) wounds healed.

As someone who is in the phase of life where the secrets of the universe are very much a mystery, where discovering myself is still a work in progress, I enjoyed the book immensely.

And as I finished the book- I smiled, my fingertips grazing the last of the words tenderly and I thought –

what a beautiful journey it was.