IBMC #10: The Happiness Challenge

This Post is written for the Incredible Blogger Marathon Challenge.The challenge has 10 tasks and this is the tenth one. You can view my previous entries: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

Incredible Blogger Marathon Challenge #10: The Happiness Challenge is to complete the sentence “Happiness is…” and grow it. Keep it a maximum of five hundred words or less.


My entry is:

Happiness to me is sweater weather, warm tea, a good book, making loved ones laugh, a yoga posture done right, staring at my bookshelf or pile of unread books, quiet reveries, hanging from the bed upside down while listening to 8tracks playlists, instrumental background music while writing, completing a blog post on

Happiness is eating spicy vegetarian biryani, relishing spicy momos from Bamey’s and chaats from VV Puram Food Street. Happiness is the pride of the courage at wearing that one skirt or dress despite the unwanted long stares. Happiness devouring my mother’s majige paldya and lemon pepper rasam, reading Reader’s Digest(or The New Yorker) hardcopy in the World Culture Library, playing out imaginary stories with my brother. Oh, Happiness is World Culture Library. Experiencing theatre in Rangashankara, and lengthy conversations on it, in Anju’s cafe and Paperback bookstore is happiness, too. (Read about all the places in Bengaluru I love here.)

Image: Indian Institute of World Culture Library

Happiness is also a day spent in Banashankari, eating Roving Feast pasta, babycorn noodles in Ravi Gobi, Smacznego’s loaded chilli nachos and chaats from banashankari BDA complex. Happiness is the evenings spent in Suchitra Film Society watching foreign and indie films on wooden benches, to the melody of rain drumming down the tin foil roof. Happiness is a day spent in Alliance Francaise de Bangalore, and Goethe Institut (Max Mueller Bhavan). Oh, and film festivals.

13221530_557198737775264_6348165588644161799_n Bamey’s spicy momos

Happiness is the slightest difference made through volunteering in different NGOs and causes. For example, happiness is the brilliant smiles of small children telling us they had a good day- “Chanagi aithu!” and “Khushi aithu!” after coordinating literary events for an inter-children home fest.

Happiness is a Doctor Who season 3 to season 8 marathons.

Happiness is a day away from college. Happiness is also a program executed and running without errors. Happiness is a criterion collection and TV shows binge watching marathon. Happiness is re-reading Harry Potter series, Percy Jackson series, The Chronicles of Narnia and even the Enid Blyton books. Happiness is buying new books in Blossoms by exchanging old ones. It is trying out new stuff. Happiness is volunteering for Comic Con year after year.



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