Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Look at This!!



Isn't this adorably amazing! Be still my fangirl heart.

Yours,
Zoe Summers

Friday, 26 June 2015

Little Girl In A Big World - MAGIC!

This little gem from MAGIC!'s debut album, was discovered by an extremely exhausted me this morning, when I was looking for fast music to shut the pounding voice in my head begging me to return to bed.

I have this weird habit (among many); whenever I'm sleepy and I need to get out of bed and get rid of the sleepy look on my face, I have to listen to extremely fast music.

This apparently jolts my conscience and I'm a happy-go-lucky koala in no time at all.

Back to the song. I don't have to tell you how amazing this is because I only write about songs, I feel are amazing.

It starts off with some drums and percussion and controlled guitar and then, the tune adjusts itself to the reggae style the band affiliates itself with.

I relate to the song because during the entire duration of the song I feel like it's my dad talking to me. Because all my dad seems to be doing this year is to tell me to get my life in order. Like that's even possible. I thrive in chaos, if you took that away, I don't think there will be anything worthwhile left.

Then there is the chorus:
Long live the queen of all exaggeration, long live the queen
'Cause you're just a little girl in a big, big, big, big world
Let it do, let it do, let it do, do
It is my dad's opinion that no one can compete with me in the field of exaggeration. That's not true, considering the fact that he gives me a run for my money with HIS exaggeration skills.

While the song is extremely awesome and amazing it does bug me on one note:
You're just a little girl in a big, big, big, big world
Let it do, let it do, let it do, do
Let it do, let it do, let it do, do
I don't like people reminding me that I'm immature (even if there's a slight possibility of that being true) or that I'm just a "little" girl. I'd like to hear you say that AFTER I have conquered the world and have you begging for mercy.

Just something to think about....

Happy Friday!

Yours,
Zoe Summers 

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Robert Frost as a baby

Robert Frost

This is how our favourite poet looked like when he was just teeny tiny thing. Isn't he adorable??? You can see the dreamy eyes already present. 

Yours,
Zoe Summers

Saturday, 20 June 2015

Crossing 500!

So basically this blog has crossed over 500 (almost 550) views and I'd like to take this opportunity to say thank you to all of my readers who actually consider my blog read worthy.

When I started The Average Blog of an Indian Teenager in May, I didn't really expect ANYONE to actually read it. But the views just kept coming! In the beginning, we'd get like 3 views a day and now, we get get an average of 30 views a day! Yes, I know that 500 is not such a big number, and there are blogs that receive thousands of page views in a day; but to me, this is something of an achievement and right now, I'm really very happy.

And for that, thank you once again.

Here's how you can contact me (if you want to):
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100007129818429

Yours,
Zoe Summers

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Ramadhan Kareem!


Ramadan Greeting Card. May This Ramadan Be Your by inmystudioo, $3.00

Here's me wishing everyone Ramadhan Kareem. Here's hoping the month goes amazing for you.

Yours,
Zoe Summers

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Why Becky from A Little Princess is so important.

A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett 

Remember this little quote?

'Yes, miss, you are,' she cried,and her words were all broken. 'Whats'ever' appens to you - whats'ever - you'd be a princess all the same - an' nothin' couldn't make you nothin' different.'
- Becky, A Little Princess

 Can we talk about how pivotal this quote is to the book? For all you traitors who have forgotten where this quote comes from, this is the part where Captain Crewe has died and Miss Minchin is basically emotionally torturing her. I think, that we can all agree that there can be no villain worse than Miss Minchin. A little girl, barely eleven years has just heard that her father, her best friend has just died,not to mention that it was her birthday, is basically being made to feel worse than lowest of all life forms by this cold hearted woman.

Sarah almost loses all hope then, if not for Becky who believed in her and was one of the main reasons Sarah survived. If Becky had not been there, Sarah would have no longer been the strong, unbroken thing she is and she might not have met Mr. Carrisford (Uncle Tom)!

This basically proves that Becky was the sweetest friend anyone could ask for. It's so not fair that the poor thing has to work so hard and to be made to accept it as a part of reality. I'm sorry, but I can't help but cry every time I read that part. Not only because Captain Crewe dies, but also because of the intense devotion Becky has towards her friend.

That's all for now.

Yours,
Zoe Summers



On Re-Reading The Princess Diaries

The Princess Diaries series by Meg Cabot. | 13 Books Every '00s Teen Girl Has Read



So last week I started re-reading the Princess Diaries series all over again. Yes, I like them. No I don't think the titular character is a shallow blonde.

She happens to be the strongest fictional YA teen I know (in the humour non fictional world fictional characters list). Here's why:

1. She's a member of Greenpeace for crying out loud! An active one at that. Being a freelance member of Greenpeace myself, there is one fundamental rule I have learnt: No members of Greenpeace are dumb or self absorbed.

2.She's a very cool teenager. So cut her some slack, because she is a teenager after all.

3. She has very strong opinions and she tries her best to stand up for them.

4. She's friendly and doesn't take shit from bullies.

5. She's very insecure, just like the rest of us and don't forget that the princess gig is NOT a piece of cake.

6. She puts up with her crazy family and needs credit for that.

7. I don't know about everyone else, but as a teenager born in the 2000's; I was introduced to the Princess Diaries as an essential ritual of entering teenagehood.

8. She freaks out all the time. It makes her non perfect and ergo, so much more relatable. I like it that she's always over reacting instead of being a calm, perfectly classed princess.

9. She's an animal lover. Remember how much she loves Fat Louie? Anyone who treats their pets right is a good human being in my eyes.

10. She stands up for herself, even though its not easy to do that most of the time. Especially if your best friend is an over achieving, dominating genius.

And I could go on and on....

Yours,
Zoe Summers

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

What I'm Currently Reading...

Along for the Ride - Sarah Dessen

Title: Along for the Ride

Author: Sarah Dessen

Why I am reading it: Because Sarah Dessen is friggin mind blowingly amazing!

Other books I enjoyed by the same author:

#1 This Lullaby (My absolute favourite!!)
#2 What Happened to Goodbye
#3 Dreamland

I'll be posting a review of this book shortly.

Yours,
Zoe Summers

Monday, 15 June 2015

It's official, Gareth Bale has won the man bun of the century title AND scored the winning Goal!

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For the person who's having the worst f****** day ever

I cried. I love you. Whoever reads this. I love you and you matter. Also you don't need to repost to show you care. I'm reposting because I am against bullying and it's not right.

I frankly don't care if you repost this or not. The thing is, I've been there. I've been through the bad times and the worst times. In fact, the only thing that kept me alive was the fact that my religion forbids suicide (yes, I DO believe in God, But if you don't, I think that's pretty cool too.).

I find this post beautiful considering the fact that no one really knew what I was going through. So if you're going through a bad time, I'm not going to load you with the optimistic bullcrap but instead consider this:

Maybe, it's up to you to make sure that your kids or any other basic human being goes through what you're going through. If you quit who will lead the soldiers in battle.

Just something to mull over in your head.

Yours,
Zoe Summers

Friday, 12 June 2015

There is no excuse for rape.



So please don't try to justify someone's actions, it just sounds stupid. If we can't live without being frantic or constantly watching out for ourselves I don't think it's very fair. I myself cannot feel completely safe anywhere. Not at school. Not in the library. Not anywhere. I do agree that men are abused too. And it's even more difficult for them to speak up about it than it is for us (not that we have it easy, you know).

It's like we're oppressed even though we're free. How s it a girl's fault if I guy ogles her on the basis of what she's wearing? I mean, at the beach all the guys are shirtless, we don't sexually abuse them do we? So it's basically alright for men to wear whatever they want, but we should be restricted to the clothing "they" think is alright for us.

Then on the other hand, people need to understand that not all women who choose to cover themselves are oppressed. I'm a hijabi, I wear a headscarf because I like it. Not because the male members of my family force me to do so.

I basically wrote this because this has been on my mind for SUCH a long time. So when I saw this on facebook, and I just had to write about it.

Yours,
Zoe Summers

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

The First Year Frenniversary - Foram Pathak




So I feel really weird writing this post. So yeah, maybe I do talk a lot about myself but I don't usually go so deep; and I'm pretty sure talking about my best friend would be like opening a part of myself that I usually keep under lock and key.

So here it goes, even though I'm not going to be good at this. The extremely beautiful girl in the picture above is Foram Pathak, my absolute best friend in the whole world (okay that sounded immature but it is true).

We met this day exactly a year ago. I was in a new town, which I absolutely hated because it was nothing like the city I fell in, and even though I had plenty of experiences in changing schools (the current one is my ninth) I was dreading it. And then, some would call it fate and other bull crap, I sat down on a seat next to this extremely tanned, tall girl with ridiculously long hair sitting next to me, basically analyzing me.

I have this weird tradition that at every new school I'll be really nice and friendly towards everyone to try and read their faces. So, I turned to my left and said Hello in my sweetest (Foram would say squeakiest) voice. She returned my Hello, and we basically did the which school/town are you from banter.


But what really got us connected is Cassandra Clare (our favourite author) and from there a whole new world of topics opened up. We had lots of things in common from books to music to gossip and T.V. shows.

There are many things different about us. For instance, she absolutely adores the Eagles and I can't stand them. I like things fast and crazy and she's the sane responsible person who mothers me every now and then. Then she's the extrovert to my introvert (yes, I stole your line Beyonce), so we basically compliment each other.

We have our own language and it frustrates a lot of people and used to frustrate someone. We basically became soul sisters in the middle of a very boring Physics lecture where we christened all the students of 9th A with code names of their own.

And now I'm basically going to say something cliched about how I had and over - the - top amazing time with her last year. But I did, I really, really did.


She helped through my cyclothymic moods and bad days. She always knows how to cheer me up. She's the only person who is allowed to read my poetry. In short, she's the best best friend a girl could ask for.

I mean, who else tolerates their friend's never ending obsessive campaigns for Greenpeace. Or the ridiculous things I make her try with me like bookmark making phase.

I have no idea where I will be next year but I really do mean it when I say that I don't ever want to loose the friendship we have or let it fade in time. You are bsically the twin sister I never had and I love you to infinity and beyond and back.

Happy Frenniversary! Let's hope our's doesn't turn out like Hannah and Mona's (again, PLL reference beyonce).

Yours,
Zoe Summers

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

#SaveTheArctic

In 2012, Shell announced its plans to start digging in the Arctic for petroleum. This was met with a mixed response. 

In 2013, they decided to start drilling and environmentalists all over the world went ballistic about it. And for good reason:

1. The drilling will add to the pollution all ready taking place.

2. Millions of marine organisms will be killed, not to mention the melting of the ice caps.

3. The process will speed up the melting of the north pole, which will lead to a significant rise in sea level. Which means all the coastal cities (including Mumbai) will be submerged under water.

4. This would affect our whole lifestyle, rain patterns and vegetation patterns. It would take Global Warming to a whole new level.

5. So we basically will be plunged into disaster after disaster just because of an oil drill.



              

Is this what we really want? Our whole future destroyed because a company is looking for a way to make more money? Don't we deserve more than this? Apparently some people think we don't.

The world as we know it, would change. Our children won't be able to enjoy our planet, there won't be enough food or drinkable water. It's time we took a stand against this, because no matter how "good" Shell is or how environmentally concerned Shell is, it won't change the fact that it's trying to melt the North Pole!!

Here's how YOU can help:
  • Boycott Shell Petroleum. Stop filling your vehicle fuel with Shell Merchandise.
  • Tweet #NoShell to Shell, if you're on twitter as much as you can.
  • Log on to www.savethearctic.org and sign the petition today.
NOW is the time to act. #GetUpAnd say no to Shell.

Yours,
Zoe Summers