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If Overthinking Has Ever Stopped You From Admiring Life, This Art Is For You

The beauty in the little things we overlook.

It is a wonderful thing to be self-aware, to have an understanding of who we are and what we believe in. But sometimes, as we lose ourselves in an analysis of our every word and action, it becomes hard to tell where our thoughts of self-awareness devolve into self-criticism. And self-criticism is one hell of a slippery slope.

Artist María Sanoja found herself so absorbed in her self-critical thoughts one day that it led her to realise just how much she misses out on all the beauty around her. And that led her to create the project 100daysofoverthinking, whereby she draws wonderful illustrations of all the mundane yet beautiful things around her with a question or thought that didn't let her enjoy the moment she was in. And honestly, if you're as prone to bouts of overthinking as I am, this project will hit home hard.

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5 Films You Need To Watch If You Are Looking To Understand LGBTQ Culture

KJo films can portray terrible caricatures but these are real people with real personalities.

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Popular narrative is fashioned by terrible portrayal of gay men in KJo movies (Hello, Dostana, Kal Ho Na Ho, Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna) and rehashed versions of old handmaids tales that may or may not have any grounding in truth or science. Effeminate men or manly women have faced regular ridicule owing to their behavioural tendencies that do not fit traditional gender roles; the trauma victims of the LGBTQ spectrum face in real life has been worse.

Between all of this, there are some gems created by celebrated writers and directors of our times to shine a light on misconceptions and slay them all, one film at a time. Here are 5 movies you need to watch if you are a straight person curious about members of the Pride or a queer person struggling to come to terms with your sexuality:

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Self Love Doesn't Come Easy, But It's Worth Every Effort

All good things come to those who try.

Self love.

Two words. And so much to unfold within them.

You probably find these two words plastered all across the internet, in motivational paragraphs and inspirational quotes. You've probably come across several articles on all the wonderful ways to go about loving yourself. In fact, I know I've written quite a few myself.

Perhaps you're someone who doesn't quite understand what the whole hullabaloo about self love is, and see it as yet another hipster trend millenials just go on about. Or perhaps you're someone who has taken the time and patience to master it, and now devote a good amount of your time in making sure you find new ways to love yourself.

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We have our own ideas of the ideal life. That's good, healthy even. It is the right thing to do - work towards what your heart finds peace in. Try to reach a place in life where you're proud of what you've done and the life you lead. Again, there are expectations with everything, even when it comes to love. We all want that perfect person to spend the rest of our lives with, but for most of our parents, that decision was in their parents hands.

Jasmine Khurana's honest slam poetry about her #ArrangedLove is insightful, raw, and extremely cute. The simplicity of it will touch your heart. You might not connect with her emotions, but you sure as hell will feel them. Her eyes sparkle with honesty as she lays bare the naked photo of an arranged love, of compromises, of stepping back to let someone step in - and not regretting it.

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15 Instances Of Cross-Dressing In Bollywood That We Indians Celebrated & Loved

Famous characters that made cross-dressing history in India and nobody was offended. Double win!

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Human societies have had gendered dress codes since the beginning of dressing up but humans have also cross-dressed since centuries for different reasons. Historically, cross-dressing didn't mean a slur and was used to disguise people, ensure comfort and sometimes, self-discovery. Cross-dressing often fuels images of deviant sexualities and lifestyles in the minds of a populace fueled by politics and religion. Never mind the hordes of Bollywood characters we have laughed at/with, applauded, cried with for not just cross-dressing but displaying characteristics opposite to the ones assigned to their gender via our social constructs. The portrayal may be faulty, but here are Bollywood's greatest cross-dressing acts that have been hits with masses of every sexual orientation:

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Know what one needs in these seasons? A cup of coffee, a snuggly bed, and a fantastic thriller novel. There's a certain kind of pleasure in diving into an adrenaline-rich story that keeps you on the edge -- almost an escape from the dull dreariness of daily life; onto something bigger and faster. Here are some of my favorite ones, thank me later, my frens!

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Guys, sometimes when I'm devotedly bingeing on the latest TV flavour of the season, I find myself wondering, "What would my life have been if not for TV shows?" *gasp* It's a heartbreaking universe I like not to imagine. Because as (only slightly) productive as I might have been in that TV show-less world, would it even have been a world worth living in? A world without drama that is not our own, without fictional characters we love getting way too invested in, without one-liners we'd love flaunting on our T-shirts? Bah, I don't want that world.

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Dear Mom & Dad,

I know, I am not choosing the safest of paths. I know, I am turning away opportunities which will never knock at my door again. I know, I will be criticized, questioned and misunderstood for the choices I make. I know, I will fail, not once but multiple times. I know, I will doubt myself at times; feel sad, confused and scared. I know, there is a lot to this journey than I could anticipate or comprehend now. But it is for these same reasons that I choose this path.

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I understand you have fallen in love and gotten your heart broken. You are tired of giving your heart and soul to someone who can't handle the depth and intensity with which you love, let alone reciprocate with the same intensity. You have loved, cared, and trusted someone who took you for granted. Someone who didn't realize what he was losing as he walked away. Now that he has gone, you are left with yourself and the stories of your past. The stories that make you doubt if you could trust anyone ever again.

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