Hello all! I hope you’ve had a good new year so far :)! My new year began with a LOT of deadlines and returning to university, which I have now only just adjusted to. BUT (and I know I say this all the time but I mean it today!) I have now managed to adjust myself back into university life and so I will now be uploading every Sunday! To start off this week, I thought I would share my poem reflecting on things I learnt in 2018. I performed an abridged version of the full poem at the Farrago Poetry Slam (video below) which is also my first official video on the InkLit Productions channel!! WOO!! It’s not one of my best performances admittedly since I was quite nervous, however, I’m still proud of it, so enjoy!
I learnt that some lame NYE traditions aren’t actually all that lame?
I still prefer drinking Shloer instead of wine
and sitting on the sofa
with my parents
doing nothing but
watching the BBC fireworks with my parents instead of actually going out and doing fireworks.
I learnt that Valentine’s Day is still just as
of a construct after you’ve been dating someone for a few years.
But I did learn
the rhythm of our bodies,
and sweaty smell of his skin,
its inviting company
and also the difference between a bruise and a hickey.
I learnt that Stephen Hawking died.
May he rest in peace among the stars,
alongside my godfather.
Two great men together can create
and I’m sure I saw them winking at each other when
those two stars twinkled just now.
I learnt that one of my flatmates made living in uni halls
so much better.
And also that living in uni halls are shit.
I’m sat on the windowsill,
looking outside and see the
paper-doll cut outs
of the buildings surrounding us.
It feels like jail.
I go back to my room, curl into a ball and
It’s exam season! So, I learn more Hindi words than I ever
knew I could cram into my brain before
and fall back in love with my
I also learnt that my mum knows less ‘proper’ Hindi than me
and also got
on her Hindi exam
which makes me feel a lot better when I get
I learnt that birthdays are best spent not stuck in Mumbai
cos it sucks.
But that I also feel sexier dancing to
Bollywood songs that objectify women rather than Hollywood songs that objectify women
But I also learnt that birthdays are sometimes best spent with 2, not 20.
I learnt that summertime can be sad.
I learnt the exact route to the hospital room where my grandma was staying,
memorised the exact number of plugs above her bed 
and exactly how much a midnight Subway cost [£3.59].
I learnt about Hindu funeral rites,
But I also learnt too late
that I loved my grandma,
but not the step-father tongue to say it in,
But I also learnt that peace and rest,
is sometimes better than life.
I learnt that some birthdays are better spent with 20 when there is only 1.
It’s Halloween! So, I learn how to shapeshift, transform into 3 terrifying creatures:
- A vampire
- A zombie
- …half an Oreo!
As part of a couple’s costume with my boyfriend.
I learnt that my housemates are amazing. And I love them very
We celebrate one of their 21st birthdays,
and for once I am
Until my wallet is stolen when coming home for Diwali.
I learnt that trying to get all your cards back is right nuisance.
I learnt that friends are not always the comforting ocean
breeze coming to meet you at the shoreline,
after a long, hard storm.
Rather, I learnt that they are not metaphors at all.
She is more than who I thought she was
I am more than who she thought I was
And 2018 is more than what I thought it was.
It’s not just time.
It is friends, despite the storm.
It is love.
And isn’t that a great metaphor to start 2019 with?