Saturday, October 14, 2017

School Makes Me Feel Sick

Hello. Today I am very mad and I will be detailing everything as coolly and calmly as I can. This might not be a universal problem and might not even be something that concerns everyone, let alone the folk who come read my blog, but it is still an issue that needs to be talked about discussed.

Being a medical student, there is absolutely no doubt as to how expensive it is to be here. Medical education must be one of the most financially draining fields out there to grow in. Doctors walk out of medical school, some in heavy debt and some with more financial spending ahead of them. It takes a long time for medical students to get on their feet and to reach a stage where they can finally earn enough to start paying back the heavy loans they take just to get where they are. Sometimes, you can't help but wonder if there is any future for young undergraduate doctors (in my country) where the pay usually isn't enough. It's a pretty sad life sometimes.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

How Am I Studying: The End of Third Year

I remember when, not too long ago, I used to be writing all sorts of study posts during first and second year. Something happened around the end of second year (even now, I'm not quite sure what), but I just haven't been able to get back to the groove of writing about studying. I've always wanted to be one of those study focused blogs, but that seems to be getting harder and harder by the day.

Sometimes, the best way to get things done or to get things to change, especially if you're unhappy, is to take the first step and get started. It doesn't matter if the first step is really small, you just need to start and get the momentum building. You'll get where you want to be before you know it. However, something important to keep in mind before taking the journey is to consider how much you are willing to sacrifice with it.

There's no point in committing to a cause and getting started when you are just doing it for fun or if you don't know if you really want to do it in the first place. I feel like that's a problem I face a lot. There are multiple things that I want to do, but I am never sure if I will be able to put in the kind of effort that is required to get the ball moving. I wish I had the time to sit down and think about all these things and plan them out, but let's be real, I'm never going to find the time until I make the time, and if I can't make the time, then maybe I shouldn't be doing it in the first place.

It's a bit of a defeatist ideology, I realize, which is why I'm trying really hard to start working on things I think I am passionate about. The truth is, I have a multitude of ideas. I just need to get started.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Hello to October of 2017

There's something great about the month of October. Maybe it's the fact that it's an announcement that autumn is here and autumn is my favorite season. It's that time of the year when summer is finally slinking away back to the other hemisphere and winter is on the scene. Yes, I love winter a lot, mostly because summer is no good for my hijab and also, I love wearing sweaters/hoodies and my boots. It's like my fashion statement (that I can only wear for six months a year). Sad right? I'm planning to move out to a place where it's boot season all year. Any suggestions?

Sorry for these low quality pictures.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

SketchBookArt: The Scanned Edition

It's been ages since I did a sketch book post. Remember those old posts where I would share random things I had been creating? Yeah, those haven't been happening for quite a long time. There are plenty of reasons for it which I will highlight for you below. I hope you're ready for some rambling and some pretty pictures!

First of all, my old phone had a really messy camera. It was like taking pictures from a microscope honestly, with lots of artifacts and dust in the lens. I didn't even want to post any pictures on Instagram (and hence why my Instagram was not updated since February). Now that I've got a new phone (not a brand new one, but new for me anyway!) with a much better camera, I've been trying to ease back into a posting routine.

Secondly, I haven't really been in the "art" zone for the fast few months, which is kind of ironic, since I thought I used art as a way to escape stress and to clear my mind for a bit. However it seems like I was too stressed to take a break in the first place. Hopefully things will get better though. I've been trying to make new things, but my preference seems to have reverted back to watercolors over color pencils.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

If Death Note Happened In Pakistan

You've heard of the anime (takes place in Japan). You've heard of the Netflix movie (takes place in Seattle). Now get ready for the blog post where we explore what would happen if Death Note took place in Pakistan.

You know me. I'm Kanra, that one blogger who's obsessed with watching new things and then extrapolating them to see how it would play out if the setting was changed to my own country. So far, the only one I've done is for the Walking Dead and you can check that post out here. I have been considering to do a similar post for Daredevil and maybe the Avengers, but for now, let's settle with Death Note.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

How To Write A Good Romantic Ship ft Signal (2016)

Just the other day, I was browsing through Pinterest and I found a post about how to write a good romantic couple. You can find the original pin here. I took the time to go find the original post as well so I could share it with you guys. Titled "Writing a Relationship Your Readers Will Ship", it was filled with the usual tips, but one of them really stood out to me.
Step Two: Slow burn ships are fantastic.
Don’t make your characters fall in love right off the bat. There can be attraction, of course, but genuine feelings of true love don’t happen instantly. Your characters should become closer as people, feel at ease around each other, and truly know the other before they fall head-over-heels. The readers will crave the relationship far more, like dangling a treat right in front of a dog’s nose, but keep pulling it away. Teasing is a beautiful thing.
Okay now hold up here. When you reach the end of this post, you would be like "But Kanra, this tip says slow burn, but this ship you're talking about isn't slow burn at all-" well shush. Look at the lines I underlined. That's the only part I want to talk about. You can make your readers ship a thing so much if you dangle the ship in the middle of the air, no resolution, no conclusion, so near and yet so far.

Get ready to hear about Signal.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

The Mr Men and Little Miss Character Tag

Mr. Men and Little Miss series, created by Roger Hargreaves and adapted into a blogger tag by Wonderfully Bookish is today's post of the day. You may have heard of this tag before- it's a fairly interesting tag that circulates around the book bloggers community and I'm really excited to get this done- especially with the small twist that has been introduced by the person who tagged me!

I've never read this series but they look super cute! Anyway, let's get started.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

My Failed Attempt of Watching Mainstream Anime: Psycho Pass

"Watch this anime" they said. "You'll like it" they said. "Psycho Pass is totally up your alley!"

Spoiler alert: I did watch Psycho Pass, I did not like it, and it may arguable have been my type of genre but that doesn't change the fact that I just didn't like it enough to keep watching and finish. This was supposed to be one of those anime that everyone had glowing reviews about.

A lot of my friends who have pretty good taste in anime had recommended me this series and told me that it would be just right for me, since it's pretty obvious that most of the things I like tend to involve crime and police drama. Psycho Pass is a futuristic crime/police anime which sounds great, but...

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

The Greatest Korean Drama I Have Ever Seen In My Life

The first time someone tried to get me to watch a Korean drama was at least 5 years ago. My friend had come over from another city and I had invited her over to my place for the evening. We had sat down and talked and then she wanted to show me her favorite K drama that she was loving at that time.

I think it was Boys over Flowers? As well as another popular one that I can't recall at the moment. Both were romantic dramas, something that has never interested me. I think I'd watched about half an episode of either drama and given it up there. I can't even find what drama I had watched because Google can't seem to find good results for "korean drama where ugly girl becomes pretty". And then there was this other "drama where a shooting star knocks down a house". I can't remember if it was Korean or Japanese. Either way I can't find out what drama it was with such vague descriptions...

After I wrote out the review for Attack On Titan (without even watching most of the second season yet), another friend of mine from med school decided that she wanted to watch it too and she highly recommended the K drama I'm about to talk about in this post. "It's really good, you'll like it" she said. Spoiler alert: she was right.

Innocent Defendant

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Netflix Castlevania Review: That One Dracula Game Adaptation I'm Gushing Over

A vampire hunter fights to save a besieged city from an army of otherworldly beasts controlled by Dracula himself. Inspired by the classic video games.

When my friend shared the trailer for this Netflix series, I was excited out of my mind. Everything about it looked amazing, from the visuals and colors to the characters and the premise of Dracula, I absolutely had to watch it. I think it's one of the only Netflix trailers that made me so excited about a new series and had me waiting anxiously for the release date to come by. 

7th July. I didn't watch Castlevania the whole week because I had an exam on that Friday and had decided to dedicate my time to studying instead of being so wholly distracted by what I thought would be the most amazing animated television adaptation of a video game. Was I right to wait until the weekend? I definitely was. Worth it. 

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Love Yourself Cause No One Else Will Ever Do It Properly

Hi. Yeah, it's me again. I made a promise to post regularly, but unfortunately and sadly, I've broken this promise. In fact, I've broken it every time I make a promise like this and I want to take the time to thank you guys for sticking around with me. I've had a pretty rough past month with lots of things crowding into my life and whenever a lot of things pop up into my life, I have a safety mechanism where I shut myself down and decide to pretend a lot of things don't exist, as if that would somehow make things better. Spoiler alert: it doesn't.

I've been trying my hardest to get back into the writing zone with lots of little pushes and prods from everyone. Shout out to my friends who sent in messages, shout out to my friends who sent in emails, shout out to me friends who tried pulling me out of my pit of depression with all their special ways. I'm writing this post thanks to you. And of course, thank you Envy for tagging me in the first place (:

Anyway, let's get this post started.

i'm not satisfied with my graphics anymore, I need to find a new style.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Quick Blog Update + Small Giveaway (?)

Ramadan Mubarak! I know I'm a little late to this, but I hope you have a wonderful month ahead of you with all your prayers granted and all your sins forgiven. I hope this month removes your hardships and replaces everything with ease.

I normally don't have a lot of content to crank out during Ramadan since I have school and studies which tend to exhaust me while fasting. I think this year will be different because we've shifted houses and I now live in a basement house which is great because it could be searing outside but it's not horrible inside, in fact, it's great. Heat has a tendency to make me feel very exhausted and irritable, so having a cool underground home sounds like heaven.

Either way, I have to celebrate something with you guys! Not too long ago, I reached 50 followers on my blog via Google Friend Connect and I've been leaping in joy ever since (although somewhat shamed as well, since a lot of my content seems to be pretty watery and yuck. I'm sorry I'm a terrible blogger...), so I figured I had to do something for the amazing folk who follow my blog and read the terrible stuff I write (again, I'm sorry).

Presenting Kanra's very first "Everyone Wins!" Giveaway:


1. You must be following me on GFC or Bloglovin'.
2. You must have commented on my blog at least three times
3. Follow me on twitterinstagram and pinterest.
4. You should be a blogger!
5. Sign up to the newsletter at the bottom of the post (optional, but appreciated)

If you do all of these things, you are automatically a winner. And you get to pick one of three prizes:

1. An image edit of your choice. You can send in a photograph and your favorite lyric/quote for me to illustrate for you. Additionally, you could send just a lyric/quote and let me choose the photograph. Examples: i, ii, iii, iv.

2. An aesthetic edit of your choice. Whether it's a fandom or something you really love, I can build an aesthetic edit for you and will send you three files: the unedited version, the edited version and the Instagram version. Here are some examples:

Medicine Aesthetic:
Medicine Aesthetic

Ocean Shark Aesthetic:
Ocean Aesthetic

3. An aesthetic edit of your blog. Just send over your blog URL and some personal preferences (would you like your own pictures in the edit? do you want quotes as well as images?) and I'll make you something really nice. Example:

The Lunar Descent Blogger Aesthetic:
The Lunar Descent Aesthetic: Instagram version

I would email these files to you and if you want, I could feature it on my blog along with a short description of your blog, a few posts of yours that I liked and a quick social media shout out!

So if you're a winner and you like the idea of any of these, comment below! I will email you for further details once I'm done verifying. Please note that these will take a little time. I intend to post these prizes on a weekly basis of no more than three winners per post (and that's IF you are okay with me posting on my blog).

Have a nice day!

Friday, May 26, 2017

5 YouTube Channels Every Med Student Should Know About

YouTube is possibly the greatest and most accessible place to learn. Yes, there are websites out there like coursera that have courses and certificates for you to get, but if you don't have the time for getting a complete qualification or if you're doing it for fun or if it's for supplementing your tuition, then YouTube is perfect. It breaks down a lot of difficult concepts and makes them easy and if you can't figure something out, try a video made by someone else!

I used YouTube a LOT during my first two years of medicine. Near the time of exams, I would close my books, take out my notes and start watching a video on Youtube. It helped me go over concepts quickly and piece them together into a cohesive, coherent form. Of course, it took me a while to discover these channels and so I thought it would be super helpful if I linked them all up for you!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Workflow Timer: The 25/5 Pomodoro Technique

On my never-ending quest to find an app as useful and cool as Timeful, I have come across an interesting app with an interesting concept. It's not the greatest app around to be honest, but I suppose it merits it's own post.

Disclaimer: This app is not very interesting, I would 10/10 NOT recommend, do not install it, it's a waste of time and space, everything is locked and I don't feel even mildly interested enough to consider buying the app. Still here to read? Let's get started.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Is Medicine Really For Me? My First Cadaver: Season 2

I've been subscribed to Med School Tutors for a while now. Although I don't read each and every blog post, I do find interesting things popping up in my email every now and then; and that's exactly what has prompted this post.

I don't really listen to podcasts. In fact, I had deleted the Apple Podcast app as soon as I could. I only tried to use it to listen to "Welcome to Nightvale" or whatever that's called but somehow never got around to listening to it actually...,but when Med School Tutors announced about their podcast, My First Cadaver, having a season 2 being released, I was super curious. I had to know what it was about and what kind of things would be discussed. I promptly re-installed the Podcast app and eagerly waited for Season 2, Episode 1 to download.

Monday, May 15, 2017

A Talk On Titans: The Shingeki no Kyojin Review Nobody Asked For

Have I screamed about how much I love Attack on Titan on this blog yet? I have? Oh well. Time to write a civilized blog post on Attack on Titan and why it's my favorite currently ongoing series! If you haven't seen it yet, I highly recommend that you go watch it when you're done reading this post. As of right now, the second season has been released so it won't be too hard to catch up.

Get ready for rambling and all the reasons why you should watch Attack on Titan!

Monday, May 8, 2017

My Adsense Fiasco: Why I'm not going to use Google Adsense to Monetize my Blog

Clearly, I will not be able to monetize my blog through Adsense, considering they straight up rejected me and I can't seem to figure out what the problem is exactly.... The more I researched over (what little, dejected research I did), the more I realized it was probably best if I didn't jump in to waters too shallow for my taste.

You interested? Well then. Let's get started.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

13 Reasons Why: This May Be Uncomfortable

It's been trending everywhere- my twitter feed is filled with discussions about it, several bloggers have made posts about it- you can say that it's taken the online world by storm. It's not surprising if you think about it. 13 Reasons Why covers a lot of uncomfortable things all in one series, so of course it would rub a lot of people the wrong way. It's been a week or two since I've finished watching it and I think I can finally write about it on my blog now too.

“Hey, it’s Hannah, Hannah Baker, don’t adjust your, whatever device you’re hearing this on. It’s me, live and in stereo. No return engagements, no encore and this time absolutely no requests. Get a snack. Settle in. Because I’m about to tell you the story of my life, more specifically, why my life ended.”

Friday, April 28, 2017

The Dummy's Guide to SEO: Get the Basics

Everyone's always talking about SEO when it comes to blogging and I've always been curious about what exactly SEO is. So of course, I decided to do a little research on it and share with you what I learned about SEO.

Be prepared for the detailed guide for blogger dummies like me. Additional warning; please read the entire post till the very end before actually implementing anything that I share. Thank you!

Monday, April 24, 2017

How To Celebrate a Mid-Degree Crisis

especially if it's a bunch of people all at the same time.

The more I think about it, the more mid-life it seems to me. You could argue that life is still life when you're in your 50s (you know, the ages when you start meddling into your kids' lives and try maneuvering them into getting married and stuff, but essentially, that's you playing with someone else's life, not your own). So if you cut down the time line for life into "the part of your life where you are in charge of making your own decision", then 21 sounds like a good age for a mid-I-currently-run-slash-ruin-my-own-life crisis.

Only this time, everyone was celebrating. Context: We are 2.5 years into our 5 year degree of medicine and surgery. Just saying it in my head, typing it on my laptop makes this phrase feel so heavy. Two and a half years of medicine and surgery, completed. Anyway, my class decided to celebrate the occasion by taking group pictures of the class throughout the week, have a formal dinner party and a class trip to somewhere fun.

Guess who's not excited.

Friday, April 21, 2017

I Know You Don't Like Me: Concealed Thoughts of an Introvert

I've been really tired these days. There's just so much going on that I can't help but feel like drawing away from everyone and everything. Sometimes I lash out with a loud "Leave me alone!" but the only person who I said that to is quite thick headed and didn't really listen to me, choosing to laugh at my outburst instead. Yes, I think that makes me feel tired too, trying to avoid that person as much as I can.

blog post header butterfly edits befunky

Just because I feel overall awful about everything and myself, I decided to write a poem about it. I feel like it's better to create a piece of writing rather than rant out about things and make it seem like my life is dramatic (it's really not. I'm just very sensitive and tend to overthink situations a lot). Plus on the upside, if anyone comes across my blog, I don't want them to see me write negative things specifically about them. (Yes, you're really annoying by the way, if you're reading this and you know who you are...)

Monday, April 17, 2017

Habitica: Turn Your Life Into An RPG (Review)

FYI, RPG means role playing game. Habitica is a productivity app that focuses on helping you build habits and clear out tasks by turning them into "quests" and granting you "in game" awards so that you are motivated to get things done- just like how you would while playing a video game. Sounds cool? Definitely!

habitica logo header griffin

Habitica is a free habit building and productivity app that treats your real life like a game. With in-game rewards and punishments to motivate you and a strong social network to inspire you, Habitica can help you achieve your goals to become healthy, hard-working, and happy! For more details. 

Friday, April 14, 2017

I'm Getting Serious

I covered this a little bit in the previous blog post where I talked about how the past three weeks (not counting this week) have been pretty tough in terms of how much energy I had. I had been pretty demotivated in terms of studying and would spend my tired evenings watching Dexter. Now that my new module has started, however, I've been kicking myself back into gear when it comes to studying. And to be very honest? A lot of it could be attributed to this video:

Disclaimer: the video has great content but the sound effects are really loud and very annoying....

Monday, April 10, 2017

The Autopsy Adventure

So what am I up to in med school? I just gave an exam on Friday (it was kinda 'meh') for the module we just finished called Medico-Legal Autopsy. It only lasted three weeks, but as you may have noticed, I haven't exactly been posting fresh content- most of the posts from these past 3 weeks have been reviews or old posts that I cleaned up and posted.

The reason for this is that even though MLA sounds really easy (it's just forensics. No pathology, no pharmacology, nothing), but it was still really exhausting because we went on autopsy visits every other day.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Showtime's DEXTER

So I may have binge-watched another show/season. Yes, I seriously binged this one. The last show I watched (Code Black), was near impossible to binge because of how emotionally packed it was with it's punches and raw display of trauma and life. Dexter though- Dexter is a drama with an important story line that makes you feel like one episode is not enough.

Dexter Morgan is a Miami-based blood splatter expert who doesn't just solve murders; he commits them too. In fact, he's a serial killer -- but he only murders the guilty, so he feels justified with his lifestyle choices. His policewoman sister and his cop co-workers have no idea Dexter lives a double life; however, adoptive father Harry knows his secret, and does, in fact, help Dexter hone his "skills." It's a unique brand of justice for which charming Dexter feels a psychological hunger.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Roast Yourself

Remember when this was a trend on Youtube? First there used to be Youtubers who wrote diss tracks on other people, until some people decided enough was enough- it was time to roast yourself. Nobody likes talking badly about themselves, but compared to the alternative of having a stranger pick out bad things about you, it seems like a good idea to get the job done yourself first. After all, it's easier to laugh off self criticism than dealing with unsolicited opinions.

So I thought, hey. How about I try roasting myself?

Friday, March 31, 2017

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (Stieg Larsson)

Hey hey hey, it's time for another book review!

Mikael Blomkvist, a once-respected financial journalist, watches his professional life rapidly crumble around him. Prospects appear bleak until an unexpected (and unsettling) offer to resurrect his name is extended by an old-school titan of Swedish industry. The catch—and there's always a catch—is that Blomkvist must first spend a year researching a mysterious disappearance that has remained unsolved for nearly four decades. With few other options, he accepts and enlists the help of investigator Lisbeth Salander, a misunderstood genius with a cache of authority issues. Little is as it seems in Larsson's novel, but there is at least one constant: you really don't want to mess with the girl with the dragon tattoo.


The book to end all books.

That's just me being over dramatic.

Monday, March 27, 2017

White Washing?

In case you don't know, Netflix recently released a trailer for an upcoming movie called Deathnote (an American adaptation of Deathnote, based on Deathnote, the popular manga/anime series) and wow, was I excited because first of all, NETFLIX. I've come to expect a lot of good great things from Netflix because of how they did Daredevil and A Series of Unfortunate Events (I think these are the only Netflix things I've watched? And they're both based on popular literature and had a good show produced).

Second of all, Deathnote is such a good, complex, interesting story that has so many concepts in it that are really important to address. I won't try to spoil it for you, but one of my favorite things about Deathnote is the entire of concept of "if you had the power to deliver direct justice, should you?". But we won't be discussing the story today, but the casting.

In case you haven't seen the trailer, you can check it out here!

Friday, March 24, 2017

I AM ASOCIAL (How To Be My Best Friend)

Part One of How To Be My Best Friend. Interested in signing up, huh? It's not that hard, really! Make yourself comfortable and let's get started.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Code Black

code black:An influx of patients so great, there aren't enough resources to treat them
The average ER is in code black five times per year
I can't help it, I love watching doctor shows. There's something really interesting about seeing drama in medicine, especially when some of the gibberish the doctors are saying make sense. While Code Black doesn't have any of that aspect in it yet (since it's about the Emergency Department and most of the gibberish is about acute trauma, instead of deranged physiology or obscure diseases), it's still exciting to watch.

“Your Mama knows when you are lying, crying, or dying…” - Code Black 101

Friday, March 17, 2017

Dealing with Information Overload

Studying in med school is often compared to drowning. There's so much information you need to swim through as well as all the drift wood your teachers throw on you at the same time for you to collect. It's harrowing, daunting, stressful, you name it.

Once you get a hang of it though (the feeling doesn't last long), it's actually pretty cool. During my first year of med school, I was honestly amazed at the notes I had taken over a 2 month period. The content was equivalent to the biology notes I took in my first year of A Levels, meaning that I had essentially learned in 2 months, the content which was equivalent to 1 year.

And I actually understood stuff. It blew my mind.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

How To Get More Views

ft. Reddit.

EDIT: Okay I screwed up! I meant to publish this on Monday (13th March) but accidentally clicked on Monday 6th March so it all messed up and you can see most of the post in your feed anyway!!! So I might as well publish it now. Sorry! Consider this as Monday's post come early!

Hi everyone! Totally not a click bait title, I promise. I've done this myself. Tried and tested. I won't even ramble too much about it- let's just get right into it and start expanding your audience and getting more page views! This is going to be a pretty lengthy post, so buckle down with your afternoon tea and let's get started.

Friday, March 10, 2017

A Series Of Unfortunate Events

If you are interested in stories with happy endings, then you would be better off somewhere else. In this story, not only is there no happy ending, there is no happy beginning, and very few happy things in the middle. My name is Lemony Snicket. It is my solemn duty to bring to light the sorry history of the Baudelaire children as it happened so many years ago.
Was I the only one yelling when I found out the series of my childhood was being turned into a series on Netflix? A Series of Unfortunate was one of those books that all the cool kids had a copy of and every new installment was bought and read vivaciously. You know how the kids of today are obsessed with Marvel and DC, constantly talking about Batman and Ironman? Imagine it like that. If you didn't know about A Series of Unfortunate Events, I regret to inform you that you were considered to be very, very unfortunate.

(see, that's me doing a lemony impression)

Monday, March 6, 2017

The Cramm Tag

I didn't even know what the Cramm was until Rithvika tagged me and I decided to go check it out. And wow, is it cool. Cramm is essentially a quick highlight of the news (mostly American), summing everything up. I've signed up for receiving the updates on my email, so I'm not sure how often you get the newsletter, but it's a great initiative, I really like it. (Especially after the fake news post I did just a few days ago).

Continuing on the whole news thing, I recently subscribed to the Philip DeFranco Show mostly because he does the research for his viewers before presenting the news and I'm pretty happy with the content he's got. So yeah, check him out if you don't know about him. He covers a lot of different areas of the news.

Anyway- back to the tag.

Friday, March 3, 2017


I don't frequently browse through my facebook feed (maybe once in two days? I log in just to check my class group for announcements and stuff) and there has been multiple times when people shared news article with- you guessed it- click bait titles.

You know, those titles with an outrageous statement that make you think "wait, this can't be true" and then you think "well, one way to find out" and then you click on the link and you read the article and you realize that you've wasted like five minutes of your life reading an article and then you might get distracted by other articles below that have similar titles and content. (Hold up, hold up. I've got a recent example. Not too long ago- this week in fact- iiSuperwomanii posted this video. Completely clickbait title).

At first, I didn't really care about these articles cause most of them were harmless, until news came in about the President of the United States calling a lot of news outlets 'fake news'. I thought he was being pretty paranoid, calling the news 'fake' until I sat down and really thought about it.

In case you haven't heard about it, there's been a pretty awful fiasco on the internet and Youtube about Wall Street Journal taking a bunch of things from Pewdiepie's video's and calling him a 'nazi'. Yeah, that's right. Wall Street Journal, faking news. Creating mountains out of mole holes by taking things out of context and click baiting to get their content more views.

Fake news is disgusting.

I should probably water-mark or add something in the pictures to prove I own them lol

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Open Letter to JI Youth Islamabad

Back at it again with the salty roast posts. I'm so sorry guys, but what can I say. If something's on my mind, it will keep on circulating in my thoughts until it finally gets out in some sort of way. Let me start this post off by giving you some context.

On a fine Saturday, the 11th of February 2017, there was an event organized by JI (Jamaat Islami) Youth about "Haya Day". You must have even seen the pamphlet I shared on Instagram. Haya is often taken to mean modesty, which is true pretty much, however the pure meaning of Haya comes from Hayat which means the life. So Haya is extrapolated to mean modesty in every aspect of your life, from dressing, to manners, to... whatever else.

I thought this event was going to be fun cause it seemed like it was organized for girls and there would be refreshments and lots of interesting youth things. Boy, oh boy, was I proven wrong. Before I continue, I would like to make it clear that this is my blog. I will not take down posts unless I want to. Do not pressure me to remove this post. I would have told JI this personally (I wrote A LOT on their feedback forms) and I would have commented essays on their facebook page- if they had a facebook page. Seriously? This is the 21st century. You want to address the modern youth, but with your old school ways.

That's just asking for Kanra to dish salt out.

Monday, January 23, 2017

SketchBook #5: Carcharodon Carcharius

Yes, I decided to number them since it's basically a series. Essentially, I'm just spamming my Instagram art and then some, but I'm also giving some context to what I've done, so it's hopefully better.

If you've been following my instagram (optic_chiasma) you must've noticed the double shark spread I did recently. There's a pretty long story behind it, so if you're ready for it, let's get started.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Sherlock V Sherlock

You've heard of Batman V Superman. Now get ready for Sherlock V Sherlock.

The fourth season of Sherlock just ended and it was surprisingly satisfying, despite the initial mess the first episode of the series was. If you haven't seen the series yet, don't read this post, because I'll probably be referring to a lot of spoilers and if I were you, I wouldn't want to know about them until I was done watching the series for myself.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Before You Pick Your Weapon-

Hello boys and girls! I'm Dr Kanra Khan (not yet, wait three more years) and today we're going to be going over something that seems to fascinate the youth of today. Are you thinking what I'm thinking? Yes, that's right. All those wonderful comments that people leave on the internet, just three letters, really. Are we on the same wavelength yet?

KYS. An acronym for "kill yourself", KYS is like.. well. It's really bad okay. You should never go around telling random people on the internet to kill themselves. That's never nice. Although if you really want to kill someone in that passive aggressive way, it's not that bad an option at all.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Upcoming Posts

I've been having a pretty rough week (isn't every week like that?). It's had it's ups and downs but honestly, I've just been waiting for the weekend to roll back around. I keep thinking about the load of work I need to do and just thinking about it exhausts me sometimes. And then Monday rolls back so fast, it's almost terrifying.

I thought I'd do this post to motivate myself a little and to give you guys a heads up about the kind of content I'm currently working on. I'm kind of excited to write these out! I hope you find them just as interesting to read about!

Monday, January 9, 2017


no, I'm not archiving this blog. I was going through my old blog- the old "the emo wolverine writes". It's still up, just the URL has been changed. Anyway, I had originally thought about revamping some of the posts there and publishing them here, but I don't think 'the emo wolverine writes' has content that can be revamped and put on 'The Lunar Descent'.

I mean, don't get me wrong, they're both my blogs and I really like what I've written there. But 'the emo wolverine writes' is basically me word vomiting about things that have happened to me. It's literally a diary- sometimes in the form of pictures, sometimes in the form of narrations and skits. That's not what The Lunar Descent is, not anymore.

I just browsed through some of my own latest posts and I'm not sure how to categorize my blog haha. But anyway, here are a couple of interesting posts worth reading that I dug up from my old blog.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Are You Asleep On Duty?

I'm pretty sure everybody has had their 'emo' teenage phases, whether it was obsessing over aesthetics or people or ideas. I'm not sure if you could accurately summarize your phase though- there are just so many aspects to take into account that you can't really summarize it, just like how you can't summarize a person. Maybe your teenage phase consisted of trading Pokemon cards or playing the game, or pretending the world was a simulation, or imagining yourself on an adventure.

I was the kind of kid who liked building an imaginary world, augmented by ideas and concepts I hoarded almost jealously from my favorite tv shows and books. It would be a lie if I said that I didn't obsess over fictional characters. It would also be a lie if I said that those characters didn't shape me. I am not lying when I say that it was all very childish and embarrassing, now that I think about it, but considering how I was 15, 16, just in the middle of the teenage timeline, I'm not very surprised.

If, out of that tangled mess, I had to pick one thing that I could state without embarrassing myself, it would be this one quote that the 15 year old me would be busy scrawling everywhere.
When injustice becomes law, rebellion becomes duty.
I didn't know where this came from. I didn't care who said it. All I knew was that it sounded nice and it fit in with my fictional world and nestled against concepts like crusading against all the obstacles thrown in my way. You see, back when I was 15, the idea of watching and rebelling- or at least, fighting injustice, was a pretty romantic concept. Maybe it was because those young teenage years are when you're so full of ideas and you feel like such an adult, you're busy trying to find ways to express yourself.

Five years later, and I'm still finding myself head over heels for rebelling- protesting, fighting. The concept hasn't lost any of it's enticing visions of bravery, courageousness and righteousness. Send me to a protest, hand me a sign, and I'll stand there for something I believe in.

I thought this was something normal. That everyone felt the same way and that if you walked up to the average person and handed them a sign, they're stand for your cause too. Things don't work that way, unfortunately. I'll tell you how I found out.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Hello 2017

Yes, you guessed it. This is my resolutions post again.

For some reason, I've started feeling very tired. I'm not really in the mood for resolutions, especially since a few of last year's resolutions haven't been completed. I think I may be feeling this way since I don't have any winter vacations to relax in? Or maybe I'm still carrying a lot of stress on my back.

I'm not sure.

Here are the resolutions I had for 2016:

I think what's really made me give up on resolutions is how you just stop thinking about them once they're written down. I didn't think about saying anything nice and genuine to someone everyday. I know I should have (I mean how hard is this resolution?) but I didn't. I must've read, by a maximum estimation, only ten books. I did write my blog regularly (the only break I took was during my professional examinations). I'm not sure if I learned how to handle anxiety and stress.

I suppose 2016 has been a good year in terms of interacting with people, although the times when I was very antisocial tend to stick out more. I did buy that sketchbook though and I ended up converting it into a notebook, so that's one completed resolution. I kept a happy jar. I wasn't too harsh on myself when it came to academics. I've been slacking off horribly when it comes to tafsir though.

I'm not sure if I should write resolutions for 2017. I've already written a few blog related resolutions that you can read up here. But yeah, I'm just not in the mood for more 2017 resolutions that will be mostly broken. Let's stick to one resolution then?

Goals for 2017: Make the world a better place.

Won't you join me?

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