Boggled Bloggers w/ Tanishq Quraishi

I’ve been blogging for over 4 years now, and while it’s been the most enriching experience in the world, it’s traumatising too. I had the supremely talented Tanishq Quraishi come over and share with me the problems she has as a blogger, and I hear her. Loud and clear. The stage is yours Tanishq. 

You know the difference between doing homework and your mom yelling at you to do your homework all the way from the kitchen in this high pitched sound over the mixier- grinder? That is how blogging is. It is persistent and annoying. I dislike it but it’s how I reach the deepest emotions; an eternal journey in touching base with who I really am, painting shades of colours that only exist in my own little universe. It’s basically alcohol. Neat alcohol.Here is my list of reasons why Blogging Boggles me.

1)Time lines

You start with this huge announcement- 3 posts a week!! Make sure to subscribe!! Like gurl, you can’t paint three nails right you really think you can write three whole posts without sounding chipped, lumpy and lacking all sense of consistency?
2) Formatting

It needs to look nice. Unlike every other draft. Exhibit A-DRAFT: you cant pajnt three nails tiehft you rly think you can fucking type three pists bitch betyer have my money!!!

FINAL DRAFT: ” ..you can’t paint three nails right you really think you can write three whole posts..”
3) Diplomacy

MOST, and I do mean most bloggers try to sound as diplomatic as they can. And it isn’t being fake or hypocritical, it’s usually how we’re wired. I mean if we weren’t self critical and censoring we’d be working for Charlie Hebdo. But here we are!! Alive.
4) Most Interesting Man In The World

Bloggers try to sell their stuff by adding colour and life to their usually dull, word filled posts. It’s 2015 : if there’s no meme and the use of ‘tbh’, are you even deserving of that Pulitzer?



5) I have needs 

Bloggers take blogging really seriously. Especially if they’re camping in the woods with no access to the internet and their last marshmallow managed to catch fire along with their stick and sleeve. There is a constant NEED to blog about things in the oddest of times. Like I’m up here making out with my boyfriend and I realise his shirt looks like the colour of deep fried samosas?? You can expect a post about Mumbai rains, junk jewellery and DDLJ in Maratha Mandir in less than 20 minutes. (psst, stay tuned!)
6) Your boyfriend will dump you Refer to point no. 5. 

7) Other bloggers

It’s not a dog eats dog world, it’s a blog eats blog one. 



But on a serious note, blogging is absolutely wonderful and if you’re someone who wants to and isn’t sure about it, trust your instincts, listen to your heart, follow your passion, watch the horizon and dig inspiration from old, rusty utensils and your boyfriend’s shirt, and well, don’t do it.

You should check Tanishq’s devastatingly good blog out on which I listed reasons why the Holiday Season gets me all stressed out! Here’s the link:  https://touringhappiness.wordpress.com/2015/11/25/why-festivals-stress-me-by-akash-k/

I’m hoping it turned out funny..
 The accuracy of Tanishq’s points connect with me on a spiritual organic level, I can’t even. I’m so happy I’ve managed to collaborate with this talented eclectic human being and honestly, I can’t wait to have her on AkashKumarExistence soon enough. I’ll see you next time.

Reviewing the VS Fashion Show w/ Aditi Bobby

Once a year, we, mere mortals are treated to a carnival featuring Goddesses that defend from the mighty skies. They give us a taste of what perfection looks and feels like. Once a year, our self-esteem plummets to the ground, where it will remain till the time we can blur the memory. The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2015 had all the ingredients of a beautiful, mystical, night. I decided to Review/React to it because A. It’s something I’ve never done and B. I love myself some irony. To make sure you guys took me seriously, I thought of having a guest, someone who actually knows about this stuff. I’m collaborating with Aditi Bobby who is a makeup guru and a beauty/lifestyle blogger. Read on to find out who we thought looked the most angelic during the VSFS 2015!
Special Mention:

Taylor Hill

  
AK: Not much can go wrong if you look like this. She’s one of my favourite people on social media. Taylor looked hot AF wearing what resembled a BDSM gear in this black and cranberry number. It was frilly and tasteful. 

AB: She’s MY FAVORITE. I think she barely had any face makeup on(other than foundation and concealer). Super bare eye-shadow with a pitch black eyeliner made her beautiful ocean blue eyes the focus.

AK: But didn’t make our list because Tay looked like a sophomore playing dirty dress up for her freshman boyfriend. 

 
In reverse order…

5. Romee Strijd

  
AK: I have to admit I don’t understand what she’s wearing but if Eskimos look like that, I’m booking the next flight to the Poles. 

AB: Her blush and contour and inner corner eye highlight caught my eye. Never have I seen the holy trinity fit any better together. The peachy coraly blush with the natural bronzer made her look like she just got off the beach.

AK: Barring the expressionless face, she’s ticking all the right boxes. When in Rome(e)… 



4. Lais Ribeiro

  
AK: How someone could look like that is beyond my comprehension. Lais has the body of a Dream and the face of an exotic Arabian princess. It’s beautiful to see diversity at the VS shows and it’s the confidence, strut and sass of models like Lais that makes it possible. Werk.

AB: HER TAN WAS EVERYTHING. The contour was so on point my heart couldn’t take it. I like how they did do a smokey eye on her but it was everything but intense. Something you could probably wear for date,and spice it up with some red lips for a night out in the town. And her head piece got me screaming QUEEN. 
3. Kendall Jenner

  
AK: Unless you’ve been living under a rock, and/or are above the age of 50, you’ve seen this look. I’m offended if you don’t know I’m the biggest Kendall supporter there is. She looks magnifique in this ocean blue piece.

AB: She’s not like her sisters when it comes to makeup, very subtle and classy. During the show it self, her makeup was extremely elusive. Yet so so sexy. They managed to get her to stand out, with minimal makeup and I think that’s something young girls should follow.   

AK: If any of us looked even a fraction of what she does…
2. Gigi Hadid

  
Gigi looks like the butterfly that didn’t need metamorphosis. What I liked in particular were the black diagonal butterfly shaped wings. 

AB: Her hair was to DIE FOR. The color,the waves,oh my my. Gigi’s makeup was a lot very minimal looking but the intense black eyeliner made her eyes stand out. Which I think is fabulous. Its a nice makeup tip for everyone. You could go super lowkey all over,and bring out a feature you want to with an intense color.

AK: Between Kendall and Gigi, Ken is always the more prominent best friend. But this round sure went in favour of GG. Bow down.
1. Candice Swanepoel

  
Pop quiz: Who can make even a glittering body suit with white feathered spokes for wings look downright enchanting? Yes you’re right, give yourself a cookie. Best Hair, best eyes, best face, best personality, best walk, best gaze. 

AB: She’s everybody’s favourite, I wouldn’t question why. The gold highlight on her face and inner eye corner made her tan pop and that’s a nice tip for most of my not so tan goddesses. 

The eyeliner and the extension of the eye-shadow help elongate her eyes. Again,super subtle but with golds and bronzes. 

AK: We at AkashKumarExistence aren’t worthy enough

So, that was fun, thank you for doing this Aditi, honestly there wouldn’t be anybody else that I’d do this with! 

Also, I’m permanently moving to Brazil and never eating again. Yes.
You can follow Aditi on her Instagram- @muaxadii
I’d like to make it very clear that neither of us are condoning or endorsing any body type, ethnicity or the likes. This was a light hearted silly thing I decided to do because of just how out of my comfort zone it is. Please don’t take it seriously. I’ll see you soon!

Prières pour Paris

I remember three years ago, my college asked us to pick a foreign language we’d be learning over the next two semesters. I’d almost immediately zeroed in on French. My decision was prompted by the illustrious history of the country, its architectural magnificence and above all, the spirit of its people. If there was any way I, staying 7000 kilometres away, could get closer to France, I would. 

 On the eve of Friday, the 13th of November, the streets of Paris spewed blood uncontrollably, strewed with uncountable corpses, testimony to the insatiable hunger of the perpetrators, who’d brought the most beautiful city in the world to its knees. The blood on the streets of Paris was no different than that in Beirut a day ago, in Gaza the year around, in Mumbai 7 years ago or, in Madrid 11 years ago. Crumbling along with it, was our false sense of security. No one is safe.

 By the time I finish writing and editing this, everyone will be aware of the details. Every reaction, every quote, every tweet. There will be a lot of generalised statements that will be thrown in the fray. I’m not one to judge other people, but stereotyping an entire community based on what was done by a few deranged fanatics is only narrow minded. It’s only admissible to feel outraged. If you’ve been following my social media, you know I’m just as outraged as the next person. But it’s important to not direct this outrage towards other innocent people who’ve had nothing to do with the cause.

 About three summers ago, as a part of an online ‘Student Exchange Program’, I had the privilege of interacting with students from HEC, Paris. It was during this interaction that they explained to us how they celebrated Christmas, the subjects they studied and how they would get frantic calls from their parents if they were late by a minute past their curfew. That was the first time I’d realised we all are, irrespective of their colour, location, eye colour, sex and religion, the same

 There have been people complaining of the lack of attention that the Gaza, Syrian or Peshawar situations received. Fact of the matter is Yes, a European country will always receive more coverage than any other. But that doesn’t mean our prayers aren’t with all those people around the world who are at the will of terrorists. If I my there had been greater media coverage, more people would know. 

 I’ve only experienced one terrorist attack in my life- 26/11. While I was at home all the while, I’ve never felt as vulnerable. Every half-cracked sound would betray my senses. I felt like the comforting world I’d surrounded myself with, no longer existed. Being confined to my house, living in the constant fear of giving up on my life made it one of the darkest weeks of my life. That’s why I’m praying for Paris, Gaza, Peshawar, Ethiopia, Mumbai so on and so forth. 

 I’m praying for the newly wed, who lost her husband. For the mother who’d just seen her son take his first few steps. For man who doesn’t know what to do with the ring. For the girl who’d just graduated and wanted to become a lawyer. But I know what will eventually come through is the spirit that made me fall in love with its country. Prières pour Paris.


I know this wasn’t what you were expecting from a Collab Fest, but it felt almost disrespectful to talk about an International tragedy such as this. I will be back with something funny soon. 

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Twitter: @AkashKExistence

Who’s the Better Best Friend w/ Amani Nagda

For as long as I’ve known her, Amani has been a highly competitive person. Given the fact that I share her level of aggression, It’s no surprise now, after 8 years of acquaintance, that we’re best friends. So I decided to put this friendship to the ultimate test- Who’s the Better Best Friend Challenge.  

 AK: What are we doing today, Amu?
 AN: Your blog, shouldn’t you know?
AK: This is what I’ve been dealing with for 8 and a half years now. Where is my Nobel.

 We’re going to be asking each other a set of five questions about ourselves and whoever gets more answers right wins. 
AN: Wow! Wins what? 
AK: Oh I didn’t know you wanted me to get you something
AN: What is this, You make me cancel everything and I don’t get anything in return. Yay me.
AK: Getting right to it, who’s going first? I’ll go first. 
AN: Thanks for taking my opinion, Akash.


AK: What’s my favourite movie character?
 AN: Has to be Poo from K3G don’t dare to say I’m wrong! 

AK: It’s Poo!

AN: Next question, what are we waiting for, Christmas? 



AK: What’s my biggest phobia?

AN: Based on your last post, deleting a good selfie. Who cares about poverty, unemployment when you have natural lighting.

AK: Wrong, sass queen. It’s bugs. That was easy.
AK: What is my all-time favourite TV show?

AN: The Kerry Washington one, I don’t remember what’s it called.

AK: Correct, Scandal! Anybody who follows me on social media will be knowing that. 
AK: What was my most and least favourite subject in High school?

AN: English because. And commercial applications? Your lease favourite was Art. Don’t deny.

 AK: You got them right except Comm Apps, yuck. How do you know about Art though?

AN: Clearly you’ve forgotten how you used to make me do all your assignments
AK: What are my favourite Pizza toppings? 

AN: Sausage and pineapple, you like sweet and salty.

 AK: No, it’s wrong! It’s bacon and tomatoes. I see the confusion though, I’m not much of a pizza fan..

You don’t like Pizza? We can’t be friends
You scored an impressive 3/5. Let’s see if I can do better.

Your turn, go.
AN: What’s my biggest pet peeve?

AK: People eating your food without permission and pretentious people.

AN: Fake people, correct.
AN: What’s my most favourite thing to eat?

AK: Chicken lollipops!

AN: Are you sure? 

AK: I’ve never been more sure of anything in life. You know someone loves Chicken Drumsticks when they can eat them at 7 in the morning.

AN: Can’t argue with that.


AN: One person I can talk to for hours without wanting to kill them (excluding yourself)?

AK: There are very few people who you don’t want to kill but I’m going to go with Rihan and your sister!

AN: Not my sister, are you kidding me? But yes correct. 
AN: What’s my favourite thing to do while unwinding?

AK: Reading, doodling and writing poetry. You’ve been uploading a lot of emotional stuff on IG tell me why. 

AN: Moving on
AN: Favourite Hollywood and Bollywood actor? 

AK: So by favourite you mean hottest because you’re quite shallow that way. I’m going to say Sid Malhotra and Zac Efron.

AN: Okay I’m impressed. 
You, Akash Kumar, managed a 4.5/5.
I won! Ha! Do you have anything to say?
I asked you easy ones, I feel lame!
You’ll get over it. I won fair and square.
You sabotaged me. I don’t know how but you did.
I hope you guys liked it. If you haven’t checked my previous post, you should:

https://akashakumar.wordoress.com/2015/11/03/teenage-trauma

You can check out Amani’s short prose and poetry on her instagram: @cookiesandeverythingnice

Teenage Trauma 

The past couple of posts have been intense, to say the least. So I’ve decided to do something a little light-hearted, in alignment with the fact that it was Halloween just a couple days ago.

  Here’s my list of 5 Things that the 21st Century Teenager is most afraid of. Leggo
1.  ‘That was not meant for you’

So you’re texting the girls about how your crush has the bluest eyes in the world and who do you accidentally send it to? Your crush. And then the customary ‘I wasn’t talking about you if you thought so’ text just makes matters worse. I once sent a text to my best friend which read ‘Emily Ratajkowski uploaded topless selfie check‘. That’s normal, right? Except that it got sent to my English tuition teacher. (P.S. @emrata on Instagram, I saved you a Google Search). 

                                         


2.SOS- Save our Selfie

I take most of my selfies on snapchat. Partly because I like the filters and partly because I’m a basic b*tch. And if you use Snapchat you know the struggle, saving a good picture before you send it or rushing your friend to Screen-Shot it before they’ve already opened it. Do not pretend like you don’t do it, we’re all guilty. Recreating a good deleted selfie is more difficult than listening to Hotline Bling (just kidding that song is a guilty pleasure) 

                                         
3.Cry, Bye

I really need to know if I’m the only person who gets uncomfortable in the presence of other people crying. If I’m to be brutally honest, it makes me laugh. Especially when said person cries and then smiles and says ‘No, I’m fine!’. And continues to sob. You know what I’m talking about. It’s a trap. They just want you to keep consoling them. And it gets harder because 90% of us look ugly AF while crying. Let’s just put it out there. 

 
                          

   
4.Scrolling in the Deep (two Adele references winning at life)

Raise your hand if you’re the official ‘photographer’ in the family. That responsibility brings with itself a thousand conjectures. Every Aunty wants to see how she looks in the picture. And I get it, you can see yourself, you can approve of yourself. But my heart skips a beat when these Aunties scroll through my camera roll like it’s everybody’s goddamn business. Now I’m a smart guy, I know how to protect the privacy of my phone but the sleuthing skills of Middle aged aunties would put Sherlock to shame. Every dilating fingertip brings me closer to my grave. 

                                                  
5.Overthrown without Earphones

I have a problem. My addiction towards my earphones is unhealthy. You’ve left your home, you’re going to be out all day, fishing for em’ earphones in your bag… Can we just address the multiple issues here? ‘How am I to listen to Adele 10 million times today?’ ‘How am I to ignore people I don’t want to make eye contact with?‘ ‘Will I actually have to talk to people today?!‘ 

                                                 
So, that’s my list of 5 things Teenagers are most afraid of. Leave your additions in the comments section! 

 P.S.: Thank you for all the love and support on the previous post, it means the world to me. x