Claiming myself back: Life, with no baggage #MyFriendAlexa

When well-meaning folks said this to me when I was younger, I was quick to brush it off. A teenager possibly cannot fully comprehend the importance of experiences in life; good or bad. Today though, I realise how being called out for every little virtue or vice of mine has helped mould me. I know my …

Claiming myself back: Bragging rights and more! #MyFriendAlexa

Flaunting myself in those flowery green jammies, I was glee personified! (Yes, you may judge me if you like.) Until a few months ago I couldn’t pull them over my knees even with grand effort and now, they were loose. If this didn’t earn me some bragging rights, nothing else will. The mere possibility of reviving …

Claiming myself back: The crack that almost broke me #MyFriendAlexa

I was convinced that my end was near. Turning a blind eye to the caution signals had been a huge mistake. I never expected anything to crack my resolve, yet here I was, preparing myself for the inevitable. No, I’m not exaggerating. Have you ever gone to a new place, tried a whole new spread …

Claiming myself back: I’m not a narcissist, but #MyFriendAlexa

‘Taking yourself out on a date’ is a concept that sounds laughable at the face of it, for some. Why and how does one proceed to achieve it without getting scoffed for it? If you thought that spending time with you isn’t a conscious choice, think hard, may be it is. Treating yourself as an …

Claiming myself back: From greasy indulgence to a lean preference #MyFriendAlexa

It was immensely agonising for me to resignedly sit and stifle my hearty appetite for those few minutes. The wafting delicious aroma was increasingly, painfully punishing. However, I had to put my foot down. How could a Pav Bhaji joint run out of butter and serve me without the garnish of a dollop of my …