The year through my phone camera.

So today I was browsing through all the numerous pictures I have on my phone stored up all through the year. Weird face selfies, screenshots (mostly those that’ll land me in grave trouble), birthdays and so much more. A phone camera (and specially the front camera), comes in handy in situations that you don’t have a proper camera and yet is a priceless moment that needs to be captured. so here is a series of such pictures, documented July onwards.

Clicked at the Bakery Carnival in December. Held at the Calcutta Club, I've been going to this party with my best friend ever since i was in class 9. This is Anubhav, better known by his surname, Bose. He happens to be one of those few people who crack the lamest of jokes and yet manage to sound funny.
Clicked at the Bakery Carnival in December. Held at the Calcutta Club, I’ve been going to this party with my best friend ever since i was in class 9. This is Anubhav, better known by his surname, Bose. He happens to be one of those few people who crack the lamest of jokes and yet manage to sound funny.
With my brother, Arka dada, who came from Chandigarh,  who made the last week of December a rather eventful one, with too much eating out, movies, adda and more. He is doing his PhD.
With my brother, Arka dada, who came from Chandigarh, who made the last week of December a rather eventful one, with too much eating out, movies, adda and more.
He is doing his PhD.
Adrija. Best friend. Repeated failed attempts at pouting.
Adrija. Best friend. Repeated failed attempts at pouting.
Adrija is my best friend from school. This was a stupid thing, now that i look back!
Adrija is my best friend from school. This was a stupid thing, now that i look back!
Making the 2048 tile for the first time! I jumped about after having done that,. (Literally) And then sent people this screenshot!
Making the 2048 tile for the first time! I jumped about after having done that,. (Literally)
And then sent people this screenshot!
The car selfie! Two of my best friends from school, Adrija and Toshani. On the way to Vedic Village.
The car selfie! Two of my best friends from school, Adrija and Toshani. On the way to Vedic Village.
Sister's birthday celebrations at pizza hut!
Sister’s birthday celebrations at pizza hut!
Food! Clicked at Smoke House Deli on Shashti.
Food! Clicked at Smoke House Deli on Shashti.
Papercup in the newspapers!
Papercup in the newspapers!
My birthday, celebrated with friends and family!
My birthday, celebrated with friends and family!
Bablai dada and Buro da's treat at Smoke House Deli marking the beginning of pujo. they have pampered their sister, Barsha and me way too much!
Bablai dada and Buro da’s treat at Smoke House Deli marking the beginning of pujo. they have pampered their sister, Barsha and me way too much!
Painting empty alcohol bottles to make lampshades. i got addicted to this eventually.
Painting empty alcohol bottles to make lampshades. i got addicted to this eventually.
Mom's birthday!
Mom’s birthday!
So Jashodhara and me used to meet up and send selfies to Rheya, staying in Nagpur, the third one in our group, to make her jealous!
So Jashodhara and me used to meet up and send selfies to Rheya, staying in Nagpur, the third one in our group, to make her jealous!
Midnight celebrations on Dad's birthday!
Midnight celebrations on Dad’s birthday!
The Open Air Theatre in college, all done up for the fest. it looked lovely.
The Open Air Theatre in college, all done up for the fest. it looked lovely.
The Open Air Theatre during a performance.
The Open Air Theatre during a performance.
Arinjay, and the rare times I met him during the year. He talks unnecessarily too much, but is one of my closest friends and actually always follows my advice!
Arinjay, and the rare times I met him during the year. He talks unnecessarily too much, but is one of my closest friends and actually always follows my advice!
College Departmental Freshers' invite! The theme was 29.
College Departmental Freshers’ invite! The theme was 29.
Birthday celebrations!
Birthday celebrations!
When Rheya comes to town from Nagpur, she makes it a point to click selfies everyday!
When Rheya comes to town from Nagpur, she makes it a point to click selfies everyday!
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Food again! Clicked at The Steak Factory, one of my favourite places for eating out.
On the dance floor. DJ night. Nabami. Pujo.
On the dance floor. DJ night. Nabami. Pujo.
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Meghna on her birthday! Chilis! 🙂
Jaipur on Diwali night.
Jaipur on Diwali night.
The Amer Fort in Jaipur, all lit up after the light and sound show.
The Amer Fort in Jaipur, all lit up after the light and sound show.
Shivi, and her undending urge to click selfies everyday!
Shivi, and her unending urge to click selfies everyday!
holds a bit of personal significance.
holds a bit of personal significance.
Arjyak keeps sending me these sort of pictures to make me jealous.
Arjyak keeps sending me these sort of pictures to make me jealous.
Painted lampshades for Papercup!
Painted lampshades for Papercup!
Hand painted bag. Done by me.
Hand painted bag. Done by me.
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The Year That Was.

This is my first post, and since it’s the 26th of December, I decided a short recollection of everything that happened during this year was the best I could start with. I personally decided to focus on the happier aspects of it because there is never any point in dwelling in negativity. So, here goes!

The first part of the year was dominated largely by a lot of studying and panic, thanks to the upcoming ISC examinations. The most traumatic period though, was the phase post the examination where I firmly believed that i wouldn’t get through a decent college. I cried and cribbed all day and two people who need mention here for helping me get through this phase were Rheya and Jashodhara (she has an extremely embarrassing nickname which I choose not to reveal here). These two girls, have known me  since I was in diapers (literally)  and would meet me in the evenings and make me laugh till I was in tears.

Rheya and Jashodhara. Clicked during Pujo.
Rheya and Jashodhara. Clicked during Pujo.

Well, I did manage to get into a fairly decent college with a subject I’ve grown to love. The first semester, which ended just a few days back, was mainly a learning experience mixed with a lot of fun moments and good times.

There was also this guy, I developed a strong liking for. It’s a funny story about how we met thanks to an examination. What followed was, lots of coffee, good food, getting drenched in the rain, slight bit of alcohol, deliberately getting lost, long walks, lots of jokes and plenty of memories. He seemed to like me too.
But, as all good things come to an end, this did too. Standing at the end of the year, I frankly don’t have any regrets or complaints about whatever happened. I indeed, gained a good friend.

There was pujo, with all its colours and grandeur. Those were five days of insane dancing, the mammoth food festival, sarees, dressing up and sleepovers.

The happiest time of the year.
The happiest time of the year.
Barsha. Also clicked during Pujo. This picture is proof of all the great food we hogged on.
Barsha. Also clicked during Pujo. This picture is proof of all the great food we hogged on.

The first semester at college was a rather eventful one. In Jadavpur University, the first few months comprised of new faces, freshers, departmental events and then, the unacceptable event of police brutality in campus and Hokkolorob.
I met new people who are going to be like family for the next three years. There’s Shivangi who can talk endlessly and yet be loved by everyone, Dwai with his stupid jokes, Joshita and her sense of responsibility, Vanshika, the pretty one with a crazy fan following, Rahi, who has heard too much of our feminine conversations and many more. There are also around 8 canteens in campus, which meant unlimited options for lunch. (Yes, all the recent weight gain has been thanks to college)

Fashion show at JU as a part of the Freshers'.
Fashion show at JU as a part of the Freshers’. Clicked by Spandan Bandyopadhyay.
College peeps. Clicked on a picnic we went on, after the semester got over.
College peeps. Clicked on a picnic we went on, after the semester got over.

One of the most important things that happened towards the end of this year, was Papercup. The coolest boss and the coolest workplace. Ever. Do check it out on Facebook.
https://www.facebook.com/Papercup.web

We went on a splendid family trip to Rajasthan which definitely revived my love for history. This was clicked in the 'Sheesh Mahal' of the Amer fort.
We went on a splendid family trip to Rajasthan which definitely revived my love for history. This was clicked in the ‘Sheesh Mahal’ of the Amer fort.

The most significant bit, was perhaps School coming to an end. I miss the uniform, gossip, lunch breaks, teachers, the art room and the four walls which protected and had nurtured us for the last fourteen years. My closest friends from school, Adrija, Toshani and Adrija still remain my closest friends.

Adrija, Me, Adrija an Toshu. Clicked at farewell.
Adrija, Me, Adrija and Toshu. Clicked at farewell.

That could appropriately be called an apt summary to a wonderful year that just went by.

PS. I’ve perhaps been a good girl, considering the wonderful waistcoat Santa gave me this year.

PPS. There are two people who deserve mention for being instrumental in me starting a blog. They are Arjyak and Anirban da. Here are the links to their respective blogs.
http://firstpersonsingular95.blogspot.in/
http://www.anirbansaha.com

(All pictures are clicked by friends)

Full Circle.

Earlier during this year, the idea of creating my own blog came to my mind. It also was something I have contemplated over several times during the last few months but never quite got to opening it.
So eventually, I decided I should definitely open it before the year ends. So here it is.

I just realized there’s possibly much I’d like to talk about and discuss. From my art work, to dad’s photographs and even mindless rantings about chocolate, there’s perhaps a lot I would like to keep documented.

Why “360 degrees”?
Well, this blog is not going to be about one specific subject. I would love to talk about travelling, perhaps write stories sometime or even put up some of my paintings. So thus, a Full Circle. A collection of varied ideas,  pictures, memories and thoughts.

Here’s hoping you love reading my blog.

That's me.
That’s me!