BTS, I purple you ðŸ’œ

21.05.2018

Yes, this article is about the Korean band I have been posting about and feel free to skip reading if you dislike them already 🙂

It has been about a year since I wrote my last article. My posts are always more of a personal penning and today I felt the need to put down my emotions in words.

The following said are not to promote or hype a band.  This is just me sharing my experience and thoughts with you all.

This picture here was taken on 2014 when BTS went to US for the first time. They were on the streets handing posters to people and literally begging them to attend their performance for free of cost. Those were the times when they were unrecognised and free from being mobbed in public places.

This picture taken today, marks their second Billboard music award and they also made history by performing their comeback performance in this big stage. They had an arena full of fans chanting their names throughout the show which  made other artists more intrigued than ever. Still they refrained from waving to their fans as a respect to the bigger artists sitting beside them. They declined all the parties that they were invited to join after awards so that they could do a 10 mins live video to thank their fans for making this possible. Yes, I stan such humble guys❤

BTS, a Korean pop band of seven members, debuted from a small company unlike other bands and paved their way to what they are today. They are just in their early twenties and what they have achieved since their teenage is something to be applauded. They have contributed millions of dollars along with their fans to help the society. And they always credit their hardwork, and not the luck, as the reason for everything.

“If you listen to our music without prejudice you will like it” – Suga (BTS member)

I came across their music 6 months back. I still wish I could have known them earlier. They produce their music and write about social issues and mental health and how one is not alone in any phase they are undergoing in their life. Their lyrics conveyed the feelings of teenagers and the issues faced by them. I could relate to it 100% like any other fellow ARMY (their fans are called ARMY) and didn’t find the language a problem. An added bonus was their power packed dance while singing. 

You may think what is so special about this band. Being a celebrity, they have never acted like one ever. They sacrificed their private life and dedicated themselves completely into making music. They share their goofiness, thoughts, emotions, personalities and basically everything with their fans. This created a sense of closeness that only their fans can relate, something which I’ve not seen in any other celebrity or fandom. 

To people who think all this is a waste of time, I’d like to say that they never fail to  inspire their listeners and help them with their music and meaningful lyrics. I always admire the words of wisdom they share each time they gather a fanmeet. And the fact that it is coming from such young minds is even more commendable. One of my fav which I always remember to keep me going is

“I’d rather die to live without passion” – Jungkook’s words when he was merely 16 years.

Music has no language or any barriers for that matter. The fact that people enjoy listening to westerner’s music but disliked this band made me wonder. Apparently they needed perfect noses and eyes and many other features to even see their performance.

Only then I realised the prejudiced thoughts of the people. It is okay to not like their music. People have different tastes. But throwing a fit of laughter just by looking at their faces and making fun of people who like their music is something….. something that’s happening a lot. It’s sad to see such rascist behaviour even in this generation. 

I hope that one day all will rise above such narrow minded thoughts and accept people the way they are without any judgements. These are the thoughts that indirectly makes you think that you have imperfect physical features. Change your thoughts and see yourself grow into a better person.

And coming back to my favourite band, I am thankful to all those moments they shared with their fans. They never shy away from making meme/derp faces and even laugh along with fans to their own memes. All need such fun, sensitive and relatable celebrities and that is the exact reason behind their huge and growing fandom. I have forgotten having a lonely feeling and I have laughed and cried along with them for these past few months and I intend to share more happy moments in the upcoming years. 

So to the people around me, no offence but please refrain from passing those meaningless comments and be mum about it 🙂

Thank you if you read this till the end. 

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A boon it is!

I just realised something today. Engineering is the one professional course where we can actually find people disinterested in becoming an engineer. It’s like every student’s backup plan. “If anything doesn’t go as planned, I’ll take engineering!”

Consider Medicine or Law or CA. The mentioned courses requires a lot of hardwork, focus and determination to get into one and also to continue with it. It’s not that easy if you don’t have the passion to drive you.

But it’s not the same case in Engineering. I have found many people around me having some reason for disliking their course. It’s either because they wanted to get into medicine but their credits could fetch them only engineering. Or because they do actually like engineering but stuck with the wrong department due to various reasons. Or because they simply don’t know what to do after school and engineering seemed like the safer option to choose.

And there is always my category. Their interest will be something non-professional like journalism or psychology or photography and so on… but unable to make that as their profession, they preferred engineering. Afterall majority of the students end up here. Plus after getting the degree one can get into a job. That is it, temporary goals satisfied right? 😉

Ofcourse there is always the exception. Many do like engineering and it’s subjects and choose it genuinely out of their own interest. This article is not about them. I started writing this as I found many people around me experiencing the above said in recent times. Even I am one amongst them.

Some have accepted the fact that engineering is their fate and are now in terms with it. For the other half of the crowd, let me just say something.Try turning what you think as a bane into a boon. It’s okay to have chosen the field you are in.  Learning about the things around you and how they function is what engineering offers (and yes, it does vary with respect to the branch you have chosen.) You will find that helpful at some point. There is always time for you to follow your passion and learn more in the future. So quit thinking that you are stuck and that it’s a waste of your time. Instead face it with positivity that it’s always good to gain knowledge, whatsoever.

P.S. : Learning is different from studying and I know the subjects can be difficult and dry to study at times. :p But relating it to real world applications (like some training or factory visit) and doing simple projects and stuff now and then will make it interesting and even motivates you. That’s how it was for me atleast. 😀

Flinch no more girls!

I wanted to share my thoughts on something today. PERIODS. Yes, you read it right. 

Let me start by sharing an incident. During the lunch break in my college a girl had come from my neighbouring class asking for a help. Sitting in the last bench I was just observing her body language. She kept looking around the class fearing the boys might hear her. She went near her friend and whispered something after which her friend slid what she had asked with much difficulty so that people won’t notice. And all this time her face was so worried.

Can I blame her for being so nervous!? NO!

There are a lot of taboos in India and speaking or rather even uttering the word periods is one amongst them. All you can expect from the men in public while saying this word is an uncooked expression like you have uttered an unparliamentary word. 

Everyone expects you to carry the sanitary pads wrapped in black or brown covers so that no one knows about it. Knows about what? That you are buying one!? Like seriously! Practically every household has one and don’t tell me that you are buying one without the knowledge of the men in home.

I am sure everyone is knowledgeable enough to know the human body and how it works. Girls/ladies do have a monthly cycle and that is the normalcy of it. So they shouldn’t go pink in embarrassment about it. Things have evolved and you see India developing as a country but still our society’s thoughts remains the same!?

I wanted to express my thoughts about this in a public platform and I am glad I did. This is to all the girls out there – you never should feel bad about taking the topic of a completely normal thing. Only if you be brave in expressing, the people around you will accept this “new” change sooner. Likewise guys please spare the “what is she talking about!?” expressions. It’s high time this taboo got destroyed. And I am gonna promise myself that next time I won’t flinch talking about it.

A fresh start…

     It has been a long time since I wrote something. The last time I decided to write my thoughts a competition popped up and I ended up submitting my article. Guess what! I did claim the prize. So I should have only started writing more is what you are wondering right!? Instead I took a single criticism affect my passion. I do regret my act of folly.

     Writing is an art and artists (all of them I say) will be definitely criticised. Opinions vary depending on people’s thoughts and that shouldn’t deter you. So I took my next step by creating this blog to voice my thoughts. I am now open to all criticisms. 🙂

     If you are reading this and your long lost thoughts of writing or starting a blog is resurfacing, wait no longer. And I have to thank all my fellow friends who pushed me to start writing again. I needed the motivation. I dedicate this to you guys. Hence I finish my first post. Glad!