The Blue Moon of Hope

Hands so full with veins alive

Mind baffled by the limits of reality

True essence of nature interwoven with psychic interpretations,

I walk into an abrupt simulation of the blue moon, with hope, with hope..

 

eyes opening doors to the life beneath ignorance

mother nature manifesting purest essence of anima

psyche fabricating the nuances in persona

ecstatic, i cry. 

 

What I know.

What I know is that I am in a state of chaos and I am extremely content with it. 

I know that no matter how much you say, its the silence that delivers the message.

I know that I can keep looking for the desired love, but it only arrives when I shut the door of searching.

I know that most beautiful things happen in life when you do not expect them to occur.

I know that I am me i.e., I have a contrasting identity- which is only obvious. But what I also know is that I compose the elements of my own psyche, I weave them myself, by tying my experiences of the contemporary- and not through the ideals of others, for me.

I know that I will not be able to explain myself sometimes. Therefore, I learn to be content with it. I know the truth, and I understand sometimes it is not explicable, and I learn to be content with it- as there lie only trivial arguments with the benighted.

I know that people will always have a perception of myself, and it is only moronic to deny that, so what I learned is to understand to be a person of my own self and not the product of others. Because how else will an original psyche bloom to enlightenment if it is corrupted by the ideals of the others about a perfect man or woman.

I know that I am capable of making mistakes, mistakes either grave or frivolous. I know that I am learning, if not fast like wind then slow like the change of seasons. But I am aware of my journey of gaining knowledge.

I know that I am not perfect, I know that I try to be perfect while being completely aware of the fact that I am not.

I know I am curious, that my senses ask me to see and contemplate more of the world. But I also know I am idle, I know I am a human.

All I know is that I am a person who has much to explore and that it will take time, maybe I will never achieve what I would want to achieve in life. But what I know for sure is, I’d know how to be happy with it.

To be happy with what is.

To appreciate the incomplete journey.

To appreciate the attempt.

~Sanjana Singh // @itsa2amgrunge

 

The Remnants of the Broken Heart

He came. He left. Nothing else had changed. I had not changed. The world hadn’t changed. Yet nothing would be the same. All that remains is dreammaking and strange remembrance.” — CMBYN, André Aciman

just another mere evidence, that emotions can truly devastate an individual into oblivion.

following lie the remnants of the broken heart…

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today i tried to cry.. I couldn’t.

I tried. With all emotions. It won’t happen.

Then a part of me searched for the area that used to care about you, it failed.

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sometimes i feel like our emotions repeat on a loop. we do the same things, and not even realise it. It’s intoxicating, how we make fool of ourselves every time, yet pretend to be contented. It’s hardly unfair too, if you ask me.

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I cried, and then, I flew

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Life is full of many emotions experienced every now and then. But Sadness, is the most beautiful. Because happiness comes and goes. It’s the sadness which stays. Deep inside.

There’s a beauty in sadness. In crying your emotions out. In reimagining all the memories. It’s a solid form of art. Always beautiful enough to make you feel good in the end.

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It’s crazy how much we pour ourselves into each other and then say goodbye.

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Writing is my release.

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I want someone to sit by my side, as I slowly pour myself out…

// It’s crazy how much we pour ourselves into each other and then say goodbye

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This morning, music saved me. And it was not only this morning, I cannot even get started on all those times where music saved my life.

After waking up, I saw a lot of him that would’ve broken me. A text, a picture and so much more.

But thankfully there was one text which redeemed me. And then the music I put on, saved me.

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Even though my heart is shattering into million pieces everyday, I like to keep the hope of healing someday.

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The point is you know deep down, that love isn’t an illusion. It’s the most strongest feeling present on this planet.

And how do you know that? Because you felt it. You felt it every time you were in his arms, you felt it even when you were at different places – you felt it when he left you.

And just because you’re hurting, doesn’t mean you’ll despise every thing about love.

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Heartbreaks, truly makes you realise the feeling of being in love…

// Loving someone, also involves a lot of hurting, and that’s one of the reasons why love is the most powerful emotion any human could ever experience.

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I know how I’ve stopped myself from falling onto him yesterday… how I stop myself everyday. Because even though it was good, it wasn’t enough for him. And going back, to put the amour propre aside again- is something that’d destroy me.

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Ego, rules. 

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some songs work as a trigger mechanism on me, they do wonders these ecstasy pills won’t do for shit. sometimes it’s the music, sometimes the lyrics and sometimes just a song on your playlist. i don’t think of you anymore. but now that i want to, no part of me is embracing it. its not happening, where are you? i am trying hard. and tonight, i’ll keep trying.

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I gotta say a lot can happen in 2-3 days. Well a lot did. I realised that healing isn’t a a month and a half procedure. But in fact it can take much longer. What I mean to say is, I knew this was a fact but I think un-consciously I didn’t really accept it.

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at night, i weeknd and lana del rey.

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You lost a precious diadem, only you realised it months later

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I think a part of me would always care. Because as much as I want to deny any of it was good after hearing his harsh words, I know deep down it was absolutely beautiful too, at times, at least for me.

But I know for sure, this time I’ll go forward with my decision, and not turn back. Because this time, the words and realisation cut me up like a sword. The cut being deep. The wound that’d burn like the hell’s fury for days or even weeks. And maybe even worse, for months. But the kind where the healing would be so powerful- that it’d lead to light. And that you’d never turn back.

And I know this will be hard. There would be days when I’d be crying my eyes out, though after all these days it’s less likely to happen.

But I know, deep down and even up front, that it’s for my own good.

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Why do I think so much? “Dude you always over-think / over-analyse”

Well at-least this time it’s bringing me close to redemption.

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The thing about lessons is rather amusing if you look at it from all different angles. It teaches you, it makes you aware of different situations, it may haunt you or it might simply not be a thing that you were ready to digest. 

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There is a strong possibility that my loyalty towards the one person went in vain. I think I was cheated on. And the only question is, does loyalty ever matter in this world? Well it’s so hard to admit things to oneself. This definitely made me doubt my ability to give anyone my 100% the next time.

Looks like the devil now-a-days, has started wearing sober masks. And perhaps that is why it’s hard to determine when it falls off. 

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Don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t always like this, it’s the inferno of the world that made me this…

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Why is autumn so beautiful yet everything dies?

Because what’s cold is generally beautiful

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The reality was, I was still accepting my mistakes of the past. Even I did make some mistakes. And I accepted them. Then and now. The reason I didn’t wanna talk about all of it was, I knew what it’d lead to, good or bad. I was convinced I didn’t want a part of it. It was something that’d break me all over again and start something all over again. And I made a promise to myself, to completely let go. Because damn, I don’t want to be a part of someone’s seasonal happiness and then get left behind when the winter comes. It breaks me. I’ve let it break me several times already. I don’t wanna be a part of any type of friendship that’d cause tumour right to my brain.

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They are like a statue, on the outside, all fierce mature looks but on the inside – empty. 

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@itsa2amgrunge 

 

Six of Crows – Book Discussion

Well, this is a spoiler-full discussion obviously so back off if you haven’t read the complete novel yet.

This discussion from my side will be character based. I don’t remember exactly what all happened in each part of the book – hence I’ll be discussing it character wise.

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KAZ BREKKER – THE BASTARD OF THE BARREL 

This character is probably one of the first characters to be introduced in the book and by far my favourite. Kaz is shown as the clever thief, the master of the dregs and the initiator of the deadly Bo-Yul-Bayur rescue mission. The character beautifully develops and opens up in the book. At first, we get a gothic or I will say dangerously-handsome-criminal vibes which slowly throughout the book changes a bit. We also see various insights to his human side through the revelation of his past- which was very impressive.

At first we are not able to make out much, except his lifestyle, his occupation, his relations with the dregs and a very slight concern for Inej, his wraith. We get to know how he is the best in ketterdam for carrying out dangerous missions and so much more.

I like how later in the book his past is unfolded. It is very important in a book, in my opinion, especially fantasy genre books, to unveil the past in order to understand the way a character acts in a book.  I found the excerpts from his past about his lost brother, Jordie, to be very a great outlook towards the actions of Kaz. It is the perfect reason why Kaz becomes what he becomes after he learns his way around the city.

AND LETS TALK ABOUT INEJ AND KAZ. Sweet Jesus, I am totally in love with how this whole finally-admitting-we-care-for-each-other scenario somewhat falls into place in the end of the book. From the very start, when Inej sees Kaz without his shirt and reveals her reactions to it – I KNEW THIS WAS GONNA HAPPEN SOMEHOW. But I also feared that maybe this was one-sided from Inej’s point of view and that is because we didn’t get much from Kaz on this topic at the start. Later, we see Kaz revealing his feelings for her inside his head.

And The point where Kaz becomes weak, and Inej becomes the first one to gain insight on it shows how human he is besides being claimed as the total opposite. How he keeps going when he knew his past’s horrors won’t leave him, when he still saw Jordie’s bodily images, when he knew he was putting every crew member at a risk and thought he was responsible for everything.

The best part so far would be when Inej touches kaz’s cheek for a brief moment. That’s where you know the connection is real. And also, I cannot wait to see him finally kill Pekka Rollins.

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INEJ GHAFA – THE WRAITH 

Inej, in my opinion, was one of the strongest character. I like how brave and strong she was portrayed throughout the novel. At first, we just see a very dangerous secret keeper of the dregs who loves her knives and is always alert. She is swift, doesn’t make any noise while in motion – thus the title wraith – movements similar to a ghost.

Slowly as the book progresses, we get to know about her past. Through Kaz, we get know her Suli connections with the God and everything. How much she believes in the Suli saints and how much she prays before every expedition. We also get to know about how she gets separated from her parents (WHICH BROKE MY HEART) and how much she wants to return to her parents to tell them that their wraith survived.

The part where she gives insights about Tante Heleen, about how she was treated – sold and bought, had my nerves twitched. That is how we know how much stronger Inej truly became – from the inside as well as the outside. And the part were Kaz recruites her, gave me the much needed ease.

Throughout the mission we see Inej giving her all. When she climbs while her body almost burns was such a great scene that wins our hearts. How she told herself to climb, when everything seemed to be fading around her and when she was totally uncertain about what she will do in the future.

“I will have you without armor, Kaz Brekker. Or I will not have you at all.” THIS PART HAD ME GOING CRAZY.

ALSO I WANNA BE A PART OF THE CREW SHE WILL HOPEFULLY MAKE IN THE END OF CROOKED KINGDOM. FINGERS CROSSED.

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NINA ZENIK – THE HEARTRENDER 

Nina Zenik is again, after Inej, in my opinion, the strongest character here. I feel like this novel gave us so many women-empowerment lessons from the both the women crew characters. But also told us about women like Tante Heleen, the cruel ones.

Nina Zenik at first didn’t catch my concern until she started to give insights on who Matthias was and how much she cared for her Grisha people. At first, I fell in love with their quarrels (Nina’s and Matthias’s) and Jesper’s comments from behind. It was an absolute delight. I remember re-reading those parts. The way she cared and got him out out of the hellgate with the help of Kaz and his crew but then how Matthias reacted when he saw her – HAD ME SO SHOOK AND CONFUSED.

But then, as the story unfolded we get to know why this hatred took birth in the first place. I loved how Nina no matter what, did everything in her power, to save her people – THE PEOPLE OF GRISHA. It showed her patriotic values and also how soft at heart she was despite being claimed otherwise by Matthias- in the start.

I ABSOLUTELY LOVED THE CHEMISTRY BETWEEN NINA AND MATTHIAS. No doubt the best. I liked how their wrong misconceptions about each other changed and they discovered how much they truly cared for each other deep inside – Despite being political rivals.

We see how much she really cares for everyone when she voluntarily takes Jurda Parem to save her crew. How much strong she really is and how much willing she is to sacrifice anything and everything for the mission to be successful and for her to save the secret of the Jurda Parem from the wrong hands.

Also, Nina and Inej give us some serious friendship or BFF goals.

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MATTHIAS HELVAR – THE CONVICT

Matthias Helvar was a very hard to understand character in the between of the novel. Also, the shocker we get when he joins his hands with Jarl Brum towards the end of the novel. At that point, the confusion kicked in. At that part I was not able to understand his true motives. But then, boom, false alarm. I was like wow, I just witnessed another awesome scare by Bardugo.

Matthias, in my opinion, was a character filled of emotions like, what-the-hell-is-going-on, do-I-like-Nina-or-not, I-wanna-kill-her-but-I-wanna-kiss-her-too, Should-I-betray-Fjerda-or-stay-loyal. That pretty much sums up everything.

Apart from that, I liked how he acted around the characters on the crew at first. Totally confused as to why they all were so strange to be around, how he had hate-love feelings for Nina and also how he was looking for a way to give Kaz a hard time.

Slowly, we gain insight to his side of Nina’s betrayal story. We learn how much he also was or is patriotic and would do anything to prevent Grisha people from ruining Fjerda. But we also see a very rational and understanding side of Matthias towards the end of the novel.

How he sees that Grisha people are also human and the part where he says “He is one of us” totally wins my heart all over again. It’s like he finally sees Jarl Brum as the evil he is and unleashes his rational side upon him.

I like how he supports and starts to openly show concerns for Nina by the end of the novel. How he stands by her, as she takes Jurda Parem to save their crew.

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JESPER FAHEY – THE ZEMENI BORN SHARPSHOOTER

Jesper Fahey is the best character here when it comes to excellent sarcasm and wittiness. Throughout the book, he doesn’t seem to bore us anywhere. He always has something funny to deliver. Also, how he occasionally flirts with Wylan – I LOVED EVERYTHING ABOUT THAT.

Jesper is shown as a fun guy who has a loose mouth. Throughout the novel, we see how concerned he was for the fellow dregs and how he always mentally debated his relations with Kaz. We get to know how much he loves his guns, just the sound, aim and power not the killing, as he told Wylan.

We see his other side, where he shows concerns for his parents and his native land. AND THE WAY HE REVEALS HE IS A FABRIKATOR, ANOTHER BARDUGO SHOCKER. We then see the parts of him which shows mixed feelings about his people of Grisha. How he wants to become more skilled at being a fabrikator and how he wishes to learn it from the Grisha homeland which he wanted to visit atleast once.

I TOTALLY SHIP JESPER AND WYLAN TOGETHER. The point where Ja Van Eck reveals his hate or true thoughts towards his so-called-failed-son, where Jesper stands up for Wylan – one beautiful scene. We see that he truly feels something about him.

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WYLAN VAN ECK – THE DEMOLITIONS EXPERT

We don’t have his POVs in this novel- which is disappointing as I wanted to learn more about his thoughts and feelings about everything. But anyway, we gain a few important details about him throughout the novel. At first, we see a decent homeschooled and intelligent boy who gets mocked by Jesper on his various acquired skills in his rich household by his tutors. Later, we see a boy who is determined to help the crew members and actively takes part in the missions.

We learn that he has a disturbed relationship with his father, Jan Van Eck. And that he is a demolitions expert, good at equations and a lot of other things.

I LOVED HIS BLUSHING REACTIONS TOWARDS JESPER’S COMMENTS. I liked how he stood next to Jesper every night on the return trip to Ketterdam, without him realising because he had changed his look to Kuwei Yul-Bo.

One of the funniest scenes was when he started to act as a drunk Fjerdan singing their national anthem to save Jesper from getting attacked by three Fjerdan soldiers.

I was extremely hurt to know his father’s truest thoughts and intentions about him. It was a very sad scene in the book. But everything brightened up when Jesper stood up for him.

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I CANNOT WAIT TO FINISH CROOKED KINGDOM AND START WRITING ABOUT IT ALREADY.

 

 

Six of Crows (#1 in Six of Crows Duology – Leigh Bardugo) Review

No Mourners, No Funerals. 

Six of Crows was always in my eyes as a to-be-read book until I finally gave it a read after my long reading break. And now that I have finished it, I am writing this spoiler free review at 1am in the morning.

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Six of Crows is set in the Grisha World, written extremely well and in probably one of the best story-unfolding manner by the author named Leigh Bardugo. It is about a gang of six dangerous criminals formed by the bastard of the barrel, a very clever thief & my favourite character in the novel – Kaz Brekker. The motto of the gang is to find Bo-Yul-Bayur, the genius mastermind responsible for the creation of a very powerful addictive drug called Jurda Parem.

I’ll give this book a 5 star, yes you saw that right – a 5 star. This would be because fantasy books all have amazing story lines, but this one apart from that gives you a very unpredictable turn of events throughout the novel. There were times I could feel my mouth open into an oval shape and just be like ‘whoaaa’.

Apart from the story line, it also gives a vast detail into each characters past, moods and motives. It’s almost like by the end of the novel, you know enough about each and every character. It almost feels like you know them in and out. And the bonding of all the characters was just beautiful. One could see how the characters felt about each other and the way they further developed different feelings for each.

I almost wanna open every detail of the book and write all the fantastic details that I found out to be truly breathtaking right here. I will have to say, in a very long time I’ve read such an outstanding fantasy novel. I cannot wait to binge-read Crooked Kingdom, #2 in the Six of Crows series.

This novel is definitely a must read for the fantasy genre readers. It will not disappoint you at all. TRUST ME. Also, you will not have to read the Grisha series to read the Six of Crows series. Infact, after reading this duology, I might consider reading the Grisha Trilogy.

 

 

 

 

A Psychotic Mess


Look at what you have done

Turned this heart into a psychotic mess

You came and you left

Muddling up this impotent soul


It all started with an incessant talk

And slacked off after things fell out

As time flew like an arrow

The wound deepened and was left uncured


Now this heart is vexed

Looking for calm and silence

The only desire left,

Is for this mind to become sane and kill pace.

~Sanjana Singh

[Picture – IG @bezcolor]

St. Petersburg: Europe’s most beautiful city

There is something about St. Petersburg or City of the Tsars that gets under your skin. I chose to visit St. Petersburg first, followed by Moscow. St. Petersburg lingered; it’s colours and incredible light stayed with me. The cold white nights, the unrivalled treasure trove of art and culture, the bridges and cruises, everything. Built on a swamp, the imperial capital is today a dazzling metropolis whose sheer grandeur never fails to amaze.


Whether you’re crossing one of the 342 bridges in the city, cruising the elegant canals or watching the bridges over the mighty Neva river rise at night to allow ships to pass through, you’re never far from water in St. Petersburg, which has earned the city unsurprising comparisons to Venice. 

St. Petersburg is an almost unrivalled treasure trove of art and culture. You can spend days in Hermitage, seeing everything from Egyptian mummies to Picassos, while the Russian museum, spread over four sumptuous palaces, is perhaps the best collection of Russian art in the world. Add to this world-class ballet and opera at the Mariinsky Theatre, classical concerts at the Shostakovich Philharmonia and a few of big-name music festivals over summer, and you won’t be struck for cultural nourishment.

The city’s white nights are legendary: those long summer days when the sun barely dips below the horizon. Revelry begins in May, when the spring finally comes to the city and parks are filled with flowering trees, and peaks in mid-June, when the sky doesn’t get dark, festivals pack out concert halls and the entire city seems to be partying over the brief but glorious summer. But don’t worry – even when the skies are grey and the ground covered in snow, St. Petersburg’s rich culture still dazzles and delights.


Now let’s take a look at St. Petersburg’s top 10:

1) White Nights 

The ultimate St. Petersburg experience is during mid-June when the sun slumps lazily towards the horizon, but never fully sets, meaning that the magical nights are a wonderful whitish-grey.

I enjoyed them in May end, these white nights were the best part for me. You can get confused with the time and lose track of it easily. I enjoyed walking late night, it helped that my hotel was very near to river. So all of it was divine.

2) The Hermitage 

Perhaps the World’s greatest museum, this iconic establishment’s vast collection is quite simply mind-boggling, with Egyptian mummies, more Rembrandts than the Louvre, and a collection of early-20th-century art that is unrivalled by almost any other in the world.

If you’re a history student or have a keen interest in the same, this museum’s heaven for you. I loved the Egyptian mummies and the halls full of paintings. This museum is very big and requires half a day. There’s a cafe and a bookstore/souvenir shop as well. I loved both of them.

3) St. Isaac’s View 

No other view point of the historic centre beats the one from the stunning gold dome of St. Isaac’s cathedral, which rises majestically over the uniformly sized Italianate palaces and mansions around the Admiralty. Well worth the upward climb  of 262 steps, a paranoma of the city opens up to you – with fantastic views over the river, the Winter palace and the Bronze Horseman.

The cathedral’s interior is also well worth seeing. I personally enjoyed and admired the view for almost half an hour and the interior for a long time.

4) Russian Museum

Even though the Hermitage is unrivalled as St. Petersburg’s most impressive museum, that shouldn’t stop you from visiting this lesser-known treasure trove of Russian art, spread out over four stunning palaces in the centre of the city. 

I recommend that you visit the main building, Mikhailovsky Palace, which presents a fascinating collection of Russian art from medieval icons to 20th-century avant-garde masterpieces. I enjoyed this museum as well. It covers a lot of area and is half the price.

5) Church on the Spilled Blood

The spellbinding Church on the Spilled Blood never fails to impress visitors. The church was built to commemorate the death of Tsar Alexander 2, who, in an event that gave church it’s unusual name, was attacked here by a terrorist group and later died of injuries in 1881. Despite its grizzly heritage, the glittering, multi-coloured onion domes and intricate interior mosaics are quite simply stunning, and have to be seen to be believed.

This church is a really good place to spend the other half of your day- the one with the evening. I’ve visited many European countries as well, including Italy & Vatican City. But I never saw the amount of faith towards their religion in those countries. Here, I saw most of the people, whether it’s an old man/lady or  young boys/girls wearing crucifixes and visiting as well as taking part in the mass and regular prayers. You can buy a Russian Orthodox Crucifix and  Madonna’s (Mother of Christ, Mary) postcards from the Church’s souvenir shop. You also find Russian Orthodox priests dressed in Black in the evening while conducting prayers. I had a small talk with one of them asking him about the Russian Orthodox culture. You can also catch up with one of them if you’re interested in history and religion.

6) Tsarskoe Selo

Arguably the most beautiful of the tsarist palace areas that surround St. Petersburg, Tsarskoe Selo (the Tsar’s village) is an idyllic place for a day trip. Arrive in good time to see the lavish interiors of the Catharine palace including the famous Amber room, enjoy the gorgeous formal gardens.

Unfortunately, I had only four days in St. Petersburg. I could only see half of this palace. There are some good restaurants nearby this palace. I ate a great vegetarian meal and sipped the famous Russian Vodka. There are tasty Russian chocolates with some amount of Rum mixed in them. Trust, it makes the chocolate tastier. There are many alcoholic chocolates as well. You can easily buy them from Cafe’s and Restaurant’s.

7) Mariinsky Ballet

What could be more Russian than seeing a ballet at the city’s famous Mariinsky Theatre? Formerly known as the Kirov, where soviet stars such as Nureyev and Baryshnikov danced, today the Mariinsky is one of the premier ballet troupes in the world. Tickets to see shows here are always sought-after, so book online before you travel to ensure you don’t miss out during your stay. Even if ballet isn’t your thing, the historic building is a captivating sight in it’s own right, as is the next-door New Mariinsky Theatre, Russia’s first new ballet house since the revolution.

I’m a dancer, therefore this was on my list. Even if you’re not a dancer, this whole thing- dance and the music is very relaxing. I was lucky as my hotel’s receptionist booked the tickets for me a day before. It was so good and relaxing that  right now while writing this, I want to watch it again. It’s one of the best forms of Dance. It’s music is way too classical. And the dance is marvellous.

8) Peter & Paul Fortress

The city’s first major building is on little Zayachy Island, where Peter the Great first broke ground for St. Petersburg. It’s immediately recognizable from it’s extraordinary golden spire, visible all over the city center at an incredible (for its 18th century origins) 122m high. A visit to this large complex is a must for history buffs: you’ll see the tombs of the Romanovs, visit an excellent history museum and even be able to relax on a surprisingly decent beach with stellar Hermitage views.

My hotel was close to this palace, so, I visited this palace on the evening of the day I arrived. It’s incredibly beautiful. Its souvenir shop has communist sign brooches. I bought one. I suggest you wait for it’s church to ring bells. It’s really beautiful and relaxing.

9) Cruise the Canals

St. Petersburg is, quite simply, a city that is best appreciated from the water. Despite Peter’s efforts to make the population use boats as the main means of transport, boat transport never quite caught on in the ‘Venice of the North’.

I personally loved the cruises the most. It costs around 150-350 Roubles, depending on what kind of boat you board in. I suggest you have a seat on the open side of the boat and enjoy the cruise. It’s really cold when the boat’s moving. But, trust me, it’s worth everything. You get to enjoy the cool breeze, the monuments, everything. I remember the moments when I was standing and enjoying the cruise, and then the bridge comes close, so I had to lower myself a bit. And then waving hands – hello to the people on the sides and bridges with the kids in the cruise.

10) Taking a Banya

For real cultural immersion, head to one of St. Petersburg’s Bani (stream baths) and get the detox of a lifetime. In between basking in the infernal wet head of the banya, having your toxins removed through a sound birch-twig whipping and then plunging into ice cold water, this is a great place to relax and chat with locals for whom the weekly banya is a semi-sacred rite.

Luckily my hotel had one. It was so relaxing. After travelling the whole day, all tired, this gave me heavenly feels. And I got to meet many other travellers as well as locals.

This one’s my click ^ while taking the cruise. It’s a beautiful city, and one of the most photogenic destination. 

Food/Drinking & Nightlife/Entertainment/Shopping, it depends on your taste & style. I’m vegetarian, so I always have a lot of problems. But I always find good vegetarian restaurants. For Shopping, you can always find malls or shopping complexes while travelling on foot. In these cultural & historical cities, I mostly buy souvenir’s and books. Language is a problem in Russia, you need to be clear with the routes and mode of transport you’ll use. Weather is always very cold and rainy. It can rain anytime. I suggest you carry an umbrella or maybe when it rains, just go to a shop or a cafe on the sides. You’ll see a lot of cafes in Russia. Sometimes you’ll see the whole streets full with cafés. Overall, the experience is just remarkable. I hope you guys find this helpful or maybe it reminds you of your visit here. 

~Sanjana Singh

What do people want from their life?

Generally, we go through some situations in which we think- what do we actually want from our life? Then we start thinking about all sorts of things we want. But in real life do we get all the things we desire or truly want?

Now you’ll say yes, Celebrities do get! But in real life they also don’t. They after enjoying some wealth and popularity, start wanting to be normal. To sit and stand with ordinary people,which they can’t for many reasons.

We almost plan everything we want in our perfect future, But do we achieve it ? 

Not always! This happens because of many reasons like – Pressure of parents or people who want you to do what they think is good for you OR Simply because we think it won’t give us enough money! 

We sometimes want other people to understand what we are all about or what are our perspectives on different things. Many a times people don’t understand us and then we think that we are a complete mess and can’t do what we are planning on to do. But why do other people matter? 

One day we all will be old enough to do absolutely nothing in our life. This is true as it is destined to happen with everybody. In my opinion, we should try to listen to ourselves a bit and understand what we want and not what other want us to do! I think it’s an easy task for us to perform. We just have to get some time for ourselves and think about that.

And I swear, that time,that day,that year (when you finally listen to your heart), you won’t forget.

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PS. I wrote this a year ago xD

  • Sanjana