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The dreamer, the writer, and the reader

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About Me

Hello everyone!

I have been on Medium for almost a year now, but it is only recently that I came across an About Me story, and just knew I had to write one as well. There is perhaps nothing more perplexing than answering this question the interviewers put in front of you, “How would you describe yourself?”

There is perhaps nothing more perplexing than answering this question the interviewers put in front of you, “How would you describe yourself?”

So let me try and sketch out my condensed autobiography for you…


For the #MyBrag initiative

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Because you need a list you can come back to, to gaze upon, to find courage in, to inspire you after a setback.

And I figured my first self-published piece should be one that will inspire me and I will have full control over.

But first, a pep talk

Dear Nika,

You are a hard worker. You are smart. You know how to balance it out and take care of yourself. You know when to work your ass off and you know when to rest. You are kind. You are helpful. You know how and when to set boundaries. You stand up for yourself. You…


Books, movies, and more!

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What is Dark Academia?

Dark Academia is a genre of literature that literally revolves around academia or learning. Therefore, you will see that it is mostly set in educational institutions and follow the lives of students.

It revolves around the pursuit of knowledge and classical literature. There is also an obsession with Greek mythology, and the vengeance of the Gods is a common element.

The obsessed artist trope is also a great example under this category (think Black Swan and Whiplash).

However, like the term ‘Dark Academia’ itself suggests, it is dark. And no, I don’t simply mean dark shades of colors and poorly…


And a step by step process on how you can transform your own life by adopting minimalism

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“Too many people spend money they haven’t earned, to buy things they don’t want, to impress people they don’t like.” -Will Rogers, 1879

My journey into the trend of minimalism started on an entirely different note. 2020 had been a very complicated year for me. It was not at all constant and I had soared, buoyed by my success in academics, and I had also been in the deepest rungs of despair, hopeless and bored with life.

I always place importance on letting myself mope. I believe in the balance — that you need to mope sometimes and then, you…


How did it feel to read the Bible of Dark Academia

‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’ by Oscar Wilde on a desk, surrounded by old stationary: notebooks, postcards, and a fountain pen.
‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’ by Oscar Wilde on a desk, surrounded by old stationary: notebooks, postcards, and a fountain pen.
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The Picture of Dorian Gray is one of my favourite classics of all time. Long before I knew what Dark Academia even was, I had picked it up, read it from end to end, and despite the conflicted nature of it, I was enamoured.

I was repelled by the evil and yet like Eve who too succumbed to Satan, my love for this book, this sensational masterpiece, won me over. So today, I will share my rolling review of this book, from back when I first read it.

I am adopting the rolling review method created by Eliza Lita in


And a final dive into dark-academia

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Hello, my dear fellow readers! I am so thrilled to be writing this guest post and so I must of course begin by thanking Amanda Kay Oaks for this opportunity.

“I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! — When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.” — Jane Austen.

My reading recently has taken a turn for the better. Not in terms of quantity, mind you, but rather, in terms of quality. I had…


A character from the novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray

‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’ by Oscar Wilde on a desk, surrounded by old stationary: notebooks, postcards, and a fountain pen.
‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’ by Oscar Wilde on a desk, surrounded by old stationary: notebooks, postcards, and a fountain pen.
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Lord Henry Wotton is a character from the novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde, first published in 1890. It is a classic work when it comes to the English canon as well as the world of Dark Academia.

“You will always be fond of me. I represent to you all the sins you never had the courage to commit.” Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorain Gray

The reason why I want to talk about this side character today is simply that even though the book is named after Dorian Gray, it is Lord Henry Wotton’s influence that…


Why ‘The Maidens’ is a thriller take on dark academia. And should you read it?

‘The Maidens’ on a cluttered desk, with an open notebook, a laptop, and other books around. The cover is black with gold writing and a plaster bust in the centre.
‘The Maidens’ on a cluttered desk, with an open notebook, a laptop, and other books around. The cover is black with gold writing and a plaster bust in the centre.
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So I just read The Maidens by Alex Michaelides, whose debut The Silent Patient was an international bestseller. I received a copy of The Maidens from the publishers, but all my thoughts that I will be sharing today are entirely my own and in no way influenced by others.

For your consideration, here is what Goodreads describes it as:

Edward Fosca is a murderer. Of this Mariana is certain. But Fosca is untouchable. …


Identity, sexuality, and literature

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One of my favorite graphic novels is the famous Fun Home by Alison Bechdel. A grounding exploration of sexuality, identity, and literature, this is a book one simply cannot miss. What’s more striking is that this is actually a memoir!

According to Goodreads,

In this graphic memoir, Alison Bechdel charts her fraught relationship with her late father. Distant and exacting, Bruce Bechdel was an English teacher and director of the town funeral home, which Alison and her family referred to as the Fun Home. It was not until college that Alison, who had recently come out as a lesbian, discovered…

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