The bundle of contradictions that I am.

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So very often, our thoughts and hopes and dreams get tangled up together. We think we will love something and believe in something, but end up also loving its antonym. Every so often, I believe in something of myself but end up discovering that its very antonym also serves me. All of this to say, I am a bundle of contradictions.

Lines of oxymorons tattooed on my body make my head hazy. Am I like this? Am I like that?

We also end up sharing different versions of ourselves in front of varying groups of people, don’t we? My family…

A tribute to the world’s best mum

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Every year, on the second Sunday in May, the world celebrates Mother’s Day and takes the extra time to show these wonderful women how much they are treasured!

Since Mother’s Day is just around the corner, I thought I would start the celebration with this post dedicated to her! This time around, my mother has been in isolation for almost a week now since she tested positive for the virus recently. We are hoping the next test comes as negative since she seems to be in perfect condition now! Fingers crossed!

But of course, I have something planned for the…

A glimpse of my motherland’s glorious history

Author in front of the Rang Ghar in Sivasagar I By the author

Do you want to get lost in history?

No, I am not talking about Outlander, although Jamie would be a delightful companion. I am talking about Assam’s very own history. I often remember the beautiful Bihu days I spent in Sivasagar back in 2019. Apart from the fact that I finally got to meet my online bestie Gayatri, I spent the majority of my time there amidst the remnants of our illustrious past.

Don’t you wonder how the Ahom Swargadeos lived? Did their queens have retinues of servants and lady companions to keep them happy? Did the princesses frolic about in…

A last letter to my ex

(This article is a sequel to — I don’t want your body but I hate to think about you with somebody else: Sexual ownership and getting over an ex)

By Nayanika Saikia I Photo of the author

Four years and I think I am finally over you. And my heart feels light and I feel as if I have reached a full circle with you… Or rather, the memories of you. Your chapter is finally over and I can move on, and this time this is for sure. I have outgrown all my hopes and wishes that I had for you and me — our future. …

A list of 10 books to read, share and gift!

Women’s Day is just around the corner and therefore it is no surprise that readers all over the world are streamlining their To-Be-Read lists (TBR) for March. And of course, I being one of them, have mine all ready for the first.

This is a list of ten books, two each from five different genres, that I intend to read/reread in March. I have also made sure to ensure that at least one of the two books is by an Indian woman author. Although we should be reading more women’s literature around the year, we cannot deny that it often…

A list of 19 books to rein you into the world of reading!

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I have often come across many people who have asked me to recommend them books once they learned what I do for a living. And so, I had a go-to list of books that I would quote from, every time I got asked this same question again. And I am happy to say, there are quite a few people who loved the books I suggested and have come back for more!

Now this go-to list that I referred to, has been in my head for all this while, and therefore, I thought I would put it down into words and…

A beginner shares her To-Be-Read list

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There’s something really calming about the Japanese. Be it the Studio Ghibli or the contemporary books that everybody and their mothers are talking about, their way of life is something that makes you want to emulate it too. It will not take much for me to forget about the topic at hand and instead wax poetic about the aesthetics of Japanese culture (as popular media portrays it). And so, without further ado, I will share with you the beginner's edition of a TBR list that I have made for myself.

If you wish to start reading Japanese literature yourself or…

13 actionable tips to increase your reading goals

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In recent years, I have been smashing my Goodreads reading goals. In 2019, I read 265 books and in 2020, that number was 211. So far in 2021, I have read 18 books already. I have many friends who ask me how I read so much and my answer is unfortunately never complete because it is rather a combination of all the tips I am going to share with you all today.

However, before we begin I must admit that I love reading and hence it never really seems like a chore to me — except perhaps when I need…

8 books to propel you onto a fantastic journey

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“That’s the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet.”

— Jhumpa Lahiri, The Namesake

The North-East of India is a diverse land of astounding mountains, rolling valleys, and river plains, accompanied by rivers with various moods. With picturesque, almost fantasy-like picture-postcard perfect scenes, the northeasternmost region of India also boasts of more than 220⁣ ethnic groups and therefore, just as many dialects.⁣

It is therefore expected that the literature being birthed here will be just as diverse and unique.

Separated from Central India via the Chicken’s Neck (the narrow strip of land that connects this region…

Nayanika Saikia

22 I English grad, Book Blogger, YouTuber I Frazzled writer writing on books, personal essays, love, and relationships.

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