A musical interview with Lili @lili’s-not-so-secret-diary! (A collab)

Today is a guest post, by Lili, a blogger who writes on her blog “Lili’s-not-so-secret diary”. In this post, Lili and I have a chat about one of our common interests: Music.


{Everything from here in italic and in preformatted text is me, and everything else is Lili!}

Hey Lili! I’m so happy to have you here! Before we begin, would you give a small little introduction about yourself from a musical perspective?

Hii! It’s cool to be here! *stares as if it’s a new room*
I’m Lili. A multistan, not a very big one though. I like to live by a few song lyrics and I absolutely love Yoongi’s lyrics the most. I like slow sad songs with like relatable lyrics (not the heartbroken love stuff 😂💀) and I also love rap songs! I dream of making my own music one day!

Speaking of your own music, I saw your covers on your blog, they’re awesome! On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate your singing?

Oooh thank you! I’d rate it like, a five? Or maybe six. I know there’s so much to improve on, and I’d love to improve! Like cleaner notes and pronunciation? I’ll have to figure that out. And oh, no butchered Korean 💀.

5 that's it? I love your determination to become better. Let's talk about your inspirations. I believe that you are a fan of many music fandoms. What was the very first fandom you joined?  

Yess, I’m a part of like *counts* eight fandoms- BTS’ fandom was the first one I joined. A.R.M.Y before any other fandom 👀

Pictures for mood board: Pinterest, Template from: Canva, Editing by: Divi
Oh yes, BTS! I'm obsessed too. Everyone our age is obsessed with music (or let’s hope-). Do you think you’d have the same pop obsessions/idols 10 years from now?  

Agreed! Yess, I think I would. I cannot get over a lot of music at the moment, so I think yes I might have the same song/band obsessions 10 years from now. I mean 10 years is a long time, and the idols will be living their comfort life and all, but their music will still exist, soo yeah.

That's a beautiful expression of what you think. Let's come back to the present. Which Artist’s concert would you go to, if you had the chance?


BTS! Now tell me how obvious this was 😭 You know their concerts have this different energy. It’s chaotic and cool at the start, but gets so sad at the end. I’d love to see myself screaming and cheering for them, I can totally imagine that-

A different energy, agreed. You'd have a few songs on your mind that give you some feelings. What are the top 5 songs you can think of right now?
  • BLACK (G-Dragon ft Jennie)
  • Next Level (Aespa) – I’m listening to this rn!
  • Paint the Town (LOONA)
  • Ddaeng (BTS)
  • Cry for Me (Twice)
Haha, I must admit, I love Ddaeng too much. Does your family share your musical taste?


No, no no not at all. My mom prefers bollywood and old songs, my sister prefers old English songs and here I am, obsessing over songs that are composed in a language that I don’t even understand 😌😂Singing those 25/8 in broken Korean 💅 Fan goals on point though.

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Broken Korean, I can relate! But, If you could be any music artist right now, who would it be?


IU! I love IU so much. Her fandom is CHILLED. They’re probably the least toxic fandom tbh. And she has a beautiful voice like😫 I’d love to see what it feels like to be called the nation’s little sister!

What song would be the title track for your life right now?


BLACK (as I mentioned before). It’s just sad but beautiful.

What is your favorite music Genre?

K-pop 😂 Again, how obvious was that? I also like Pop, but I’m very choosy- Yep.

Pictures for mood board: Pinterest, Template from: Canva, Editing by: Divi, featured person: Jungkook (he kinda fit in the mood board somehow)
Open Spotify or whichever musical app you use to listen to music. Who are the top 5 artists you see in your library?


I see Wendy, Agust D, LOONA, TXT and BTS. 

Ooh great choices! Which lyric best describes yourself?


“Forever we are young

Even when I fall and hurt myself

I endlessly run toward my dream
(dreams, hopes, forward, forward)”
-Young Forever, BTS

I love them. Which lyrics do you "relate" to a lot these days?


Ooh there’s a lot!


1. I just want to be happier, am I being too greedy? – Blue and Grey
2. …..the living is wise if you never ever think twice – Paint the Town
3. I’m the same old me, I feel like I lost everything – Eight
4. All you wanna be is trendy, aggressive gimmicks, bad…. – HIP
5. I won’t change, I’m loving what I got, I wanna be me me me – Wannabe
6. You’ll never know unless you walk in my shoes….everybody sees what they wanna see, it’s easier to judge me than to believe – You Never Know

Like there’s sad stuff and then there’s like sassy stuff 😂

Haha, I love those variations! Random question: If you could go back in time to listen to a hit song when it was released, when would it be?


Hmm, maybe Exo’s “Love Shot”? That’s literally the only EXO song I like. I’d say IU’s ‘Lost Child’ but it isn’t THAT much of a big hit (armys see what i did there?)

Another random question: Which artist do you regret not discovering earlier?


BTS and LOONA. BLAME MY SISTER, FEEL FREE OKAY?

I'm sure we all have one song like this- Which song took you to a WHOLE NEW different reality?


Born Singer by BTS! I totally feel the harsh reality they faced through that one song. It’s my favourite one too!

Now since we're talking BTS. You’re an ARMY (that’s obvious after all these answers-), what do you think sets the Bangtan Boys different from other artists?


I like how they do so many different concepts. Also how chaotic they are, how relatable they can be with lyrics. I don’t like them only because they’re famous and look good, or just to go with the flow okay. And also their fandom, it’s like a huge talented family lmao. I think there’s a LOT more which I can’t think of, at the moment.

Okay, Quick question time! Kpop or Pop?


K-pop, how obvious was this again 😭 Sorry Pop lovers reading this, I do like some Pop though-

Best song ever?


That’s hard. I can’t really choose. But according to me I think it would be “Hello” by Joy. There’s no way you could dislike that song. It’s so cheerful and bright!

Best Album ever?


Wings! WINGS IS LITERALLY PERFECTION. Every song, every beat, every beat per minute- Okay let me stop. But it is perfect. Like have you heard Lie and MAMA? Don’t get me started on Stigma like HOW TO HIT THOSE NOTES TAEHYUNG?? And Cypher pt 4 🙄✋💅

2!3!, Begin, Wings, BS&T all of them together is just *chefs kiss* I love all the songs on that album. 

Pictures for mood board: Pinterest, Template from: Canva, Editing by: Divi, and oops- Jin is in the picture, because guess who else likes pink?
TRUE THAT! Now, Which song do you think is overrated and which song do you think is SO DAMN UNDERRATED? (state your reason so that you don’t get attacked oops-)


Overrated –
Rookie by Red Velvet, Growl by EXO. Please, don’t come at me but SM during that time wasn’t my vibe. I do not like them, and I feel like people wasted their time streaming that tbh. And if I were to give a song from BTS, it would be Boy with Luv. Don’t come at me, it’s the song that got me into BTS, but look at a point I got tired of it. I know BTS got a lot of fans from that era but still, I just don’t know how to explain this.

Underrated – People by Agust D, What do you think by Agust D, Sea (BTS Hidden Track) Like ‘people’ is BEAUTIFUL. Also Butterfly by LOONA, though I’m not sure if it was THAT underrated, it was supposed to be their first win I think. “When this rain stops” by Wendy is also beautiful and underrated according to me. Yep.

Do you like music on the basis of  the lyrics or groovy beats?


Lyrics. Just make more of an impact on me. 

Thank you so much Lili for bringing your musical genius to this post 😂  Any last words?

This was like a long post, but it was so fun! Took me like two hours to write all this :O but still. I’d just say that when everyone leaves, your music will stay with you. And yep! That’s the end of this post. Thank you so much for having me on your blog!

Once again, Lili, Thank you so much for this! Hoping to see more of your writings on your wonderful blog!


So ta-da! That was how this collab went, it was super fun. Make sure you visit Lili’s blog (she writes poetry and blogs about the random things in her life) before you leave!

And also,

Since this is a two-sided collaboration, Lili also happened to interview me. Find it here!

Not-so-daintily loving you,

Divi.

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Highlighting a beautiful travel experience in Andhra Pradesh, India: Photo post#5

Hello there, blog readers!

I know, I’ve been gone for long. But just so you know and if you feel concerned, I’m still alive. I’ve just been pushing the drafting of this post to another day, because my thoughts didn’t feel collected. Now that I found time (finally), here I am.

Just so you know the context of this post, I’d gone for my Diwali vacations, as I mentioned in the earlier post, to my grandparents’ place, in Andhra Pradesh. Though I live in Pune, Maharashtra (which is, if you don’t know, FAR), I’m native to Andhra Pradesh. I don’t go there quite regularly, and it is more of an annual or occasional affair. That sadly also means I’m not that attached to the rest of the family that lives there.

Get ready for some pictures of landscapes and a complimentary animal misadventure🙂

Also, make sure you see this post on the original site because the blog graphics look best on the original blog! (if you’re using wordpress reader)

This was a b&w shot I took while our train was on a halt. It felt like one of those pictures you see in a history textbook.

As we crossed states, the millet crops and black soils vanished. While we neared, we saw vast fields of paddy fields and red soils. Not to be that geography teacher, but I’m awed by the beautiful transitions of the soil diversity even as I revisit the pictures again.

Flash forward to a few days later, I found myself at my aunt’s house, paying a visit. There’s a beautiful green farm, with cattle and chickens! I only managed to take pictures of a small cute calf because others were a bit…rude. And the chickens just ran away.

The calf’s name is moony, and he’s quite the opposite of the moon. Well, he’s black. On the roof, I could manage to catch a glimpse of him, somewhere. All alone.

“Wait- this human was on the roof, now she’s coming at me?”

“No, no, you’re not coming closer-“

“You’re a funny human you know, and is that my food you’re holding? can I eat it?”

*hides the phone and runs*

Thankfully, his unnamed sister is pretty calm. She’s pretty gentle.

The most exciting part was our trip to Rampachodavaram. That is a huge name, I agree. Break the word and read it again. Much of the photo post is about that place.

This place is a beautiful forest with cool waterfalls. This is one of the best memories I take back from here, apart from my jovial and fun cousins’ playtime, eating loads of sweets and spending time with family.

This place is kind of a very lesser known area, it’s not that popular, at least as of now. Who knows, this post might attract someone. (and there goes my feeble attempt to contribute towards Indian tourism)

Trees were coming closer to form a canopy like thing (sorry that I cannot put it to nicer words apart from “like thing”), and I understand that I dramatize things a LOT, but as and when you go deeper, the forest gets denser and dangerous.

On the way, we grabbed lunch. Not to mention the fact that there was no seating anywhere apart from a ginormous stone besides the waterfall (which was fine with me), there are a good amount of food stalls that give you bamboo chicken.

I don’t know if they do vegetarian, but I only know about chicken. The street vendors have huge grills with blazing flames where they put the bamboo on, that’s filled with chicken. It’s kind of the speciality in this region. And it did taste nice, apart from the fact that it was very spicy. Which is, again, fine with me.

We set off to go higher to find a better view of the waterfall, where there are less people. The path is rocky. Maybe that is why the picture above is blurry.

A few more wild shrubs and boring rocks-

That is how dense it gets as you climb uphill. But the denser it gets, the quieter it all seems. Just crickets in the background, and sticky skins. This place seems like somewhere Bear Grylls would go and build a house out of trees.

“Mr. Bear Grylls, you’re welcome to come here and build your new home…”

Wild mushrooms!

My dream house would be built somewhere near a waterfall like this. Waking up everyday to this, pleasant!

*also the fact that this forest hides potential wild life behind*

See that? Pretty, right?

Leaving all the beautiful things I’d seen there and coming back to live amongst buildings surely is angst mixed with nostalgia. It’s frustrating that I don’t get to live my native culture, while the rest of my family does. In Pune, everyone either speaks Marathi or Hindi (which I’ve gotten used to). Very occasionally do I find someone who speaks in Telugu (my mother tongue). Living in Pune doesn’t give me that familiarity of my native language.

I miss delicacies that are unfortunately found only in Andhra Pradesh. My parents tell me stories about their childhood that they experienced in their own state, such fun stories, of them sleeping under mango trees or nearly encountering a ghost or those little mischievous things they did with their friends. A huge part of their heart is still attached to that place, my parents’ don’t show it, but staying away from where they were brought up does shatter them and makes them sad.

I’d miss all those green fields, long coconut and palmyra trees, clean air of my native village and all the memories I made there. But I’m sure, I’d go back there, and I cannot wait until that happens.


No, I’m not interested in explaining where I was all these days and you’re probably even tired of waiting for me. I just held back this post, and making this post was so tiring, especially the editing! Anyways, I hope you all are alright.

Not-so-daintily loving you,

Divi.

Sending you the festival’s greetings!

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Hello there! First off, I must wish you all a happy diwali. I was actually planning to make a huge post with write-ups and pictures about Diwali, but I’m not where I used to be. I’ve been travelling, and only now, as I type from my mobile phone, do I realise that blogging while you’re travelling is damn difficult.

Nevertheless, I plan to write a nice travel report when I do go back home. Of course, with pictures I clicked on the way🙃

I’m trying to be a good earth citizen by not bursting crackers this year, but it seems likely that I would go burst a few after persuasions by family. Yet, I’d try to be as sustainable as possible.

I look forward to so many other things today, especially the food🙈. Since this year I’m with my grandparents, I look forward to spend it with them.

what are you planning to do this Diwali?

Let me know in the comments!

Happy Diwali once again!

Not-so-daintily loving you,

Divi.

P.S.- thank you so much for all the love you gave on the last post, but I’d be late in replying to your wishes!