Bloggers Uncensored: with Books&Sstuff
Welcome to this weeks Bloggers Uncensored! If this is your first time reading a BU interview, this is my longest running blog series, and definitely my favourite. This series is a perfect opportunity to read your favourite bloggers' honest and uncensored opinions on real life topics, and to discover new bloggers to follow! This weeks blogger is Books&Sstuff.
Tell us a little about yourself.
I am Himani, a Book Blogger from India. I have been quite a reader since I was introduced to my first story book "Noddy" in class 2nd. I have always loved to read and narrate stories to anybody who is interested. I also love DIYs and Teaching. Also I have a dream to do something worthy for people of my country.
Why do you write?
I write Book reviews, Book tours, feature Author interviews and Blogger interviews, and other Bookish content. So basically everything and anything bookish under the sun. And I do that because I am in love with Books and want people to read more and more books so I write about them.
I believe "Reading makes you more humane than just a human being."
Why did you start blogging?
I started blogging because I wanted to tell people about what I read and how they can too induce the habit of reading by some of my suggestions to them. I basically want people to read more and more as that expands minds.
What do you love about the blogging world/community?
I feel that the blogging world is very cooperative and supportive. We have so much inspiration in the blogging world and I love that about it.
What do you hate about the blogging world/community?
Until now I don't hate anything about blogging.
What are some hard truths you have learnt about life?
In life, 'never say never'. Life has always given me things I said no to and this is the biggest lesson I have learnt.
What does freedom mean to you?
Freedom for me is doing what I feel is right in my own knowledge and my own conscious. Freedom for me is no explanations to anybody for what I have done.
What are your thoughts on mental health and how it's portrayed in today's society?
I think mental health is the utmost requirement of the world today. We have isolated ourselves too much and we are slowly suffering from anxiety, stress that we need to really ponder as to what is happening to us. I feel peace of mind is something I am myself searching for in this competitive world. I hope to find it soon someday.
Today's world is very advanced and I agree that we need a high level of awareness for mental health issues but also we need not worry too much about everything that is being served to us in the name of mental health because there are people who are selling it as a product for profit.
What are your thoughts on feminism and how it's portrayed in today's society?
Feminism for me is about Equality. That is to think of women and their capabilities in the same manner as men. I hate people who feel women can't do something just because they are women or they will have to do a certain type of thing just because they are women.
I sometimes feel that some part of society is taking feminism in a wrong sense and they feel it is all about equal rights and not "only women rights". So a man too can be a feminist if he believes in equality of opportunity and capability.
What are your thoughts on 'Love is Love' and how it's portrayed in today's society?
I strongly believe that 'Love is Love' and everybody should have the freedom of choice. After all we just have one life and nobody can snatch our share of love from us. I come from a country which has a culture of tolerance to all kinds of love and relationships. We can depict the openness of our ancient culture from books like Kamasutra that talks about everything openly. And my country recently removed section 377 from the law which means everybody has the right to find their true love in whoever they want.
Today we have formed so many boundaries and limits on everything that we see and I feel it is more from people who are sick in their mentality and have no sort of connection to God because if they would have had any, they should have known that he is the ultimate decision maker and not them.
What advice would you give to someone who is fighting a mental illness?
I would say to them, no medicine, no doctor, no anybody else is strong enough to take you out from your fight than you yourself. You have the biggest of power inside your mind and that is to think "from now on, I will live my life the way I want, that is happily". Decide that you will not let anything bother your mind and you will see that nothing will come near.
What advice would your give to someone who is being bullied or harassed?
Telling about myself, I just can't tolerate people who think that they are smart and can bully anybody they want. Build your personality such that nobody ever dares to come near you with their stupid pranks. Never ever bear harassment or bullying because you love yourself so much that nobody can dare to think of making you upset. Always remember this!
If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?
Religion. At least looking at today's scenario, I feel it's creating much more violence and mess in the world.
What else do you feel strongly about?
I feel strongly about the presence of a power in nature around us. (It has got nothing to do with religion) I feel a connection with that power like as if it listens to me and my wishes. And doesn't ignore me. I guess, it loves me. Hahaha...
Let's end this with some fun 'This or That' questions:
Love or money?
Love (money is easy to earn but not love)
Work hard or play hard?
Cups in the cupboard: right side up or upside down?
Chocolate or sex?
Plan everything or wing it?
Happiness or money?
Money is happiness for me (I know I am hard to understand like every girl is)
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