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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. …


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…


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. …


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…


‘Sisters of the Snake’, by Sarena and Sasha Nanua

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Disclaimer: I received a review copy of this book from HarperCollins India. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

One of the books I read this month was this debut fantasy novel, Sisters of the Snake, by the sister-duo Sarena and Sasha Nanua. …


6 more Indian movies you need to watch

This article is a part of a series. You can read Part 1 here.

Hello, my Desi Dark Academia fiends!

Today I wanted to continue my list of some of the best Dark Academia movies Bollywood has produced. Even though I have seen and loved these movies, I am sure…


6 Indian movies you need to watch

When it comes to Dark Academia, it is so very obvious that this genre is largely dominated by eurocentric ideals. While I have nothing against this European aspect per se, I do believe that it overshadows the really nuanced Desi or Brown culture’s Dark Academia. …


And an introduction to desi dark academia

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You begin the day by brewing a cup of steaming adrak chai¹.

You pick up an old tome of poetry written in your mother tongue, that you inherited from a great grandfather. Inside, you find dried flowers of the gulmohar², and dream up a story of two star-crossed lovers.

You…


On ‘Chinatown Days’, originally ‘Makam’, by Rita Chowdhury

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In September, I suddenly had an inspiration for my book club, and I decided to transform it into the Explore India Readathon. My intention with this reading challenge was to read a work of literature from each state and union territory of India. My country is vast and truly diverse…

Nayanika Saikia

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