Richa Nigam, you do you!

Chocolate cake for breakfast, lunch, dinner! Coz, why not?

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Hola ! I’m Richa Nigam, and I’m a 21 year old from New Delhi who loves to write and tell stories!

HOW DO YOU DO YOU?

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The first things that come to mind when I think of the word ‘happy,’ are being satisfied with life, being at peace, and having great mental health. 

If you asked me what my three simple joys are, I’d say spending time with babies and reading a book while drinking coffee, but also hogging food with friends.

SPONTANEOUS, QUIRKY ME

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The most spontaneous thing I’ve ever done was take home an abandoned puppy from the roadside. I saw some kids throwing stones at the little creature.

So I took him in, kept him, fed him, cleaned him, and then took him to a vet for two days.

Due to college, I couldn’t keep him for too long, so I had to give him away, but I’m thankful to know he’s doing okay now.

The quirky thing about me is that I’m a little psychic. I often dream about events in the future that actually end up happening in real life sooner or later!

If my life was a book, it’d be called ‘I wish I could finish…’

I LOVE

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I love my family, and everything I love revolves around that. 

I love watching news channels with my family, only to turn the T.V off because we’re too busy debating amongst ourselves instead of actually watching the news. 

I also love it when my family and I celebrate small career successes together.

Oh, and also, I absolutely love sleeping in the afternoons! I can’t forget to mention this one. You could call it a guilty pleasure.

GIVE THANKS

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I’m very grateful that whenever I feel low, I can either talk to my mom, talk to my best friend for hours, cry my heart out, write down my feelings, or even simple draw mandalas.

I’m grateful for my speed dial peeps – my mom, my therapist, and my best friend!

I’m so thankful I have understanding parents, a super supportive best friend, and hundreds of books, books, and more books at my disposal. They’re the reasons I managed to come out of depression.

OH, THIS ACT OF KINDNESS!

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One unforgettable act of kindness that will always stay with me would be one of those days when I would return home all teary and overworked during last few months of my final semester in college. I started getting migraine attacks and depression too.

My boyfriend got me to take a break, visit a doctor, and see a therapist, and he also cooked so much food for me. He actually visited the doctors and therapists with me and made notes for my exams with me. He acted like my mom and I can never ever ever in a lifetime, do so much for a person as he as much as he did for me.

BEST ADVICE EVER

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The best advice I’ve ever heard, is “Don’t underestimate the power of being empathetic and honest.”

If I had only 10 years to live, I would definitely do three things. One, say ‘no’ to the negativity that comes my way, whether it’s a person, or a situation. Two, remind the people I love that I love them more frequently. And three, I’d try to be a little less lazy.

Dear 15 year old self… You’re worth more than you think you are. You’re stronger and more creative than you know! Don’t cry so much.

Dear 60 year old self… Hey, look you made it!

ALL-TIME FAVOURITES

Favourite Quote:

  • “Always be a little kinder than necessary.”

  • “Everything is beautiful because everything is doomed.”

Favourite Movies:

  • The Truman Show

  • Forrest Gump

  • Ship of Thesius

  • Kal Ho Na Ho

  • Al Camino

  • Pyaasa

  • Dead Poets Society

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Favourite Books:

  • Frankenstein

  • The Palace of Illusions

  • The Alchemist

  • The Great Gatsby

  • David Copperfield

Favourite Songs:

  • Dancing on my Own, by Calum Scott

  • Mad World, by Imagine Dragons

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Favourite Fairytale:

  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

  • Jack and the Beanstalk

  • Pinocchio

YOUR FAVOURITE MEMORIES?

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My favourite childhood memories revolve around never having had to be worried about degrees, careers, and the latest, COVID. I also wish I could go back in time to the days I could eat all the junk food in the world without gaining any weight, or worrying about it. Those were the days…

My favourite memory of food is when I learned how to bake, and so I could eat chocolate cake for breakfast, lunch, and even dinner!

And one of my most favourite memories with my grandparents would be when they’d tell me ghost stories at night, and I’d get so scared that I’d hug them tightly, and before I knew it, I’d be fast asleep!

FINDING HOOGAH DURING COVID

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The biggest lesson I learnt during COVID is that it’s okay to take a break. We’re all artists here, and so we should stay calm and focus this time on finding our creativity. 

Initially, it was tough for me because I felt worthless, and I was trying to fight the depression of staying indoors all day long. But I gradually started to do things that gave me a peace of mind, such as learning how to cook, creating a blog, drawing mandalas, etc.

During COVID, I found pockets of myhoogah in focusing my anxieties and worries on creative outlets like writing and drawing. I also try to check up on friends from time to time, as well as be honest about my fears as much as possible. 

I’m learning how to be happy on my own, I’m getting to sleep on time and have a healthy sleep schedule, and I’m getting really good at multi-tasking.

HOOGAH ON

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It’s really okay to take a break. Don’t underestimate the power of kindness. Acknowledge your privileges and when you find nothing is worth all this, try some volunteer work and help the needy.

All we can do right now is be kind to others, and also learn how to be kind to ourselves. Also, read, read and read!

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