Illustrations and Artworks

Works Of Art

Artwork by Zoya Azmi

“Some of us are paintings, waiting to dry. Some of us blank sheets of paper, waiting to be touched. Some of us are waiting to be framed. We all are works of art just waiting to be finished.”

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Writer's Clan

Depression

The whole of social media is now raging with just one topic: Depression. While this word has a simple meaning, it’s a crucial stage to be in. People confuse it with sadness and yes, it is similar. It is a prolonged state of unhappiness, continued for several weeks, which may result in tremendous urge to inflict self harm or injury.

It is a sad fact that today, 75% of the young generation ‘calls’ itself to be depressed. It’s like, depression is the new cool. I’m not mocking at any person but these are my views. People go around everywhere saying they are depressed. While some ignore them, others extend an understanding hand towards them which is totally justified. But what these ‘depressed’ people need to understand is that life won’t move at the pace and track you decide for it. I see everyone posting quotes like, “I want the old-school love with letters and flowers and this and that.” Why are you not asking for that old-schooler patience and calmness also? Why is only the golden side being focused at? We say that models have set a standard as of how a female body should look like and this is why, fat people feel out of crowd. Yes, absolutely. But why do we never say that we’ve set a beautiful romantic standard of love and this is why, our generation has become sheerly incapable to handle a bit of pain?

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To all the ‘depressed’ souls out here, what are you depressed at, young fellow? A heartbreak? Well I have also suffered from it but never wanted to kill myself. Broken bonds with friends? I too have lost quiet a few over the years and now when I see, I realize it wasn’t only their fault. Least-understanding parents? I also have that kind only just because I prefer keeping my things to myself and not sharing with my parents. What more? Bad grades? Teachers’ scolding? Oh darling, these problems can never make you ‘depressed’. Do you know how it feels like when you have to feed a whole family and you can hardly earn a one-time meal? The mental pressure then can cause depression. Do you know how it feels when you are seeing your ill child taking his last breath in your very lap and you can’t do anything? The self-hatred then can cause depression. Do you know how it feels when you want to talk but you have no one as your better half has expired and you’re too old for young people to talk with? The helplessness then can cause depression.

You, young soul, aren’t depressed. You’re just yet another one of the generation I belong to where people have lost hopes and courage to fight. Go, have a look at the world once, look at the slums of India, look at the children in Syria and then talk of sadness and depression. Sitting in an air-conditioned room, using unlimited internet packs won’t teach you the meaning of depression. It’s just a phase and this too shall pass if you focus on what’s good rather than what’s gone wrong. You’re much privileged that you’ve got a platform to voice your pain. If you think no one understands you, talk to strangers. Find your peace there. And if you get no one, remember you have yourself all the time. Fight with your situations and know, depression is not in your life, it’s just an overrated term in your head. We need to look beyond our own world and be empathetic, kind and helpful towards others.

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All About the Lens

Istanbul, Turkey🇹🇷

Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey🇹🇷

 

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Topkapi Palace, in Istanbul, Turkey.🇹🇷

 

 

 

Captured by Albinah Mirza on her visit to Turkey in Summer 2016.

“There was this beautiful message on the wall that I absolutely loved”

– Albinah Mirza, about the Blue Mosque.🇹🇷

(That message is displayed below)

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On the walls of the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey🇹🇷

Illustrations and Artworks

A Cherokee Tale

An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy.
“It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.” He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.”
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”
The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”

Artwork by Juvairiah Khan
All About the Lens

“While I Was Travelling” by Nitika Grover

Hello Readers!

Recently, we received a Submission sent to us by a talented girl, Nitika Grover. These were the pictures that she beautifully captured in monochrome while she was in New Zealand and Canada. Also, read some of her anecdotes below.

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Channelling the peaceful Shire from Lord Of The Rings in this picture of Hobbiton in Matamata, New Zealand.
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Bringing out wanderlust in each of us with this picture of Hobbiton in Matamata, New Zealand.
This is the movie set of Lord Of The Rings and The Hobbit.
“It was a whole new experience in the middle earth while I imagined myself playing charades with Bilbo and the Hobbits. Going there and experiencing the life of a Hobbit make me feel that I am born in the wrong world. Home was behind me and the world right ahead of me.”

Nitika Grover, talking about her LOTR experience in New Zealand.


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Living upto the old school vibes in this classic picture clicked in Quebec, Canada.

Quebec is a beautiful French city better known as the ‘Canadian France.’
“In old Quebec, when you love someone you declare your love with the words “Osti de crissde tabarnak”.  These words roughly translate to “The only arms that hold me”.
And you’d respond to that with ” osti de calisse de viarge ” which means “the arms will only hold you ” and I think that is very beautiful.
I had personally witnessed this this picture’s location and this is what makes me believe that Quebecois French is even more beautiful than the Parisian French, and this proves it  for me.”
Nitika Grover, talking about her memories of Quebec, Canada.

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About the Photographer, Nitika Grover:

“I am not a journalist. Just a philosopher the way 90% people on Facebook are. I love photography and I write weird stuff.”

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