Hey there! My name is Varun Vivekananda Lokre, and I’m a 25 year old from Pune who’s usually super wise, bold, and outspoken!
HOW DO YOU DO YOU?
To me, happiness basically involves spending time with my close friends, having a good time, filling the air with laughter, bliss and joy.
Apart from that, it’s the real simple joys that get to me – dancing when no one’s looking, going for walks, driving my bike on a cool day on smooth roads, or just munching on a Kit Kat chocolate. It’s all in the simple things.
But I also love listening to soul-touching music – the list includes operas, too!
When I feel low, I do crib about it, but then I gradually tell myself that maybe life is teaching me something for my own good, and I feel better almost immediately.
SPONTANEOUS, QUIRKY ME
I love how spontaneous I am, if I may say so myself. I’m ready to do things even if no one else wants to join me, and the most spontaneous thing I’ve done so far is pack my bags and travel to Mysore for 3 days of seclusion. Really, if my life was a book, it’d be called ‘Get out there and get your own happiness!’.
I love family holidays. Spending time with my family, and all of us pulling each other’s legs – it’s great fun. Speaking of fun, I love watching Bhool Bhulaiya and Hera Pheri over and over again – it’s a guilty pleasure. I can’t stop laughing whenever I watch these films, as if it’s the very first time.
I’m very grateful for the unique, supporting and understanding friends in my life. Especially Falak, Nandana and Ishita for always being one phone call away.
One moment in my life I’ll never forget is the time I failed in 7th Grade due to a learning problem, but one of my teachers at the new school I was in, gave me that one chance to try again and never look back, and that kindness and love and support touched me deep within. It will always stay with me.
BEST ADVICE EVER
The best advice I’ve ever received: “Happiness lies within, look inside yourself.”
If I had 10 years to live, I’d do all the things that make me happy, or things I really want to do. Travel to places, live in the mountains, go deep sea diving, etc.
Dear 15 year old self… be patient, and continue being bold, that’s something most folks are nervous to do.
Dear 60 year old self… are you saying things like ‘I wish I could have done this or I shouldn’t have done that…”? 😛
Never be afraid to do the right thing.
- The Intern
- Threat Level Midnight (the Office)
- The Five People You Meet in Heaven
- Tunak Tunak Tun
- Mother, by Pink Floyd
- Somebody to Love, Queen
- Euro Truck Simulator
- The Little Mermaid
YOUR FAVOURITE MEMORIES?
When I was a kid, I loved eating curd rice that my grandmother would mix and give me. I have several fond memories of my grandparents, but this one takes the cake, as well as the times when I’d go on bike rides with my grandfather on his bike.
Back in 6th Grade, I remember going on a holiday to the USA, and the feeling of sitting on a place, watching the whole world travel – it was out of this world. I’ll never forget the feeling.
My favourite food memory that makes me all fuzzy inside would be going on a cool winter drive for Hot Chocolate at Mamma Mia in Indiranagar.
FINDING HOOGAH DURING COVID
The biggest takeaway from this pandemic is that honestly, a minimal lifestyle is the best lifestyle. The lesser there is, the better it is. I’m enjoying all the simple things in life. I read more, I eat, I give a dog a few biscuits, I pet him and talk to him, I try learning new things – I even learned how to make tea and coffee (finally)!
Sometimes it gets tough to keep my state of mind sane, especially when everyone else around me is going crazy because of the situation, but a surprisingly good outcome of this pandemic is that mother nature is finally able to heal herself, and the air we breathe is finally cleaner.
If I had to give advice to anyone, it would be that no matter how bad things may look, there is always a chance to be happy. All you need to do is go and find it for yourself. You are responsible for your own happiness.