Hello, I am Harini and welcome to my blog – Harini Blogs Here. I am thrilled that you have stopped by my little corner on the web.
After I completed my degree in Bachelors of Science with a major in Biotechnology, I decided to take a gap year before pursuing my Masters. It was during this time that I spent unhealthy amount of time on internet and discovered the world of blogging. Writing had always interested me, so in no time I was taken in by the idea of blogging. In May of 2009, I created my blog to while away my time and also hone my writing skills. But little did I know then that my true passion lies in writing. Long story short, I have been a content and creative writer for a decade now.
So, what is Harini Blogs Here?
Harini Blogs Here doesn’t really fit in just one category, it’s more of a life blog, where I share everything under the sun that interests me. So, you’ll find snippets of my life, adventurous and misadventures I embark on, stories about my travels, my favorite books and movies, my love for photography, music, cricket, food etc. From time to time I also share my poetry and short stories. So, in a nutshell this space is where I share a slice of my life, talk about my passions and voice my opinion and hope to be heard.
Let’s get to know each other… shall we?
I am Harini aka Rini. A 30 something year old, blogger and content writer from Hyderabad, India. If you hang around this blog for any amount of time, you will learn a lot about me. But until then here are few things you need to know –
1) I am married to the goofiest and most sarcastic man
I married Srinivas aka Cnu (a name he prefers) in January 2015 after 9 months of courtship. He is the goofiest, funniest and most sarcastic man I ever met. Here is a small example, after the above picture was taken, I fell into the muddy and stinky puddle of rice plantation water. Instead of trying to pull me up, he began searching for his phone to take a picture to memorialize the moment. That’s the sort of guy he is. But he is also the guy who makes me laugh when I am the sad or angry, gives hugs just because and puts my happiness above everything else. I am one lucky girl.
2) I am an avid reader and hoarder of books
Some of my earliest memories from childhood are that of my Grandfather telling me stories. Everyday, for at least an hour he sat me down and transported me to a land of imagination. He told me stories from Mahabharata, Ramayana, Amar Chitra Katha and Panchatantra. When I had a little command over reading, he brought me Twinkle and Archie Comics, Champak and various Short Story Collections. I loved devouring books. But it was only in the summer after I lost my Mother (I was 10) that books became my solace and my best friends. I immersed myself in the written pages leaving behind a reality that was too painful to comprehend. From that day to today, reading and books give me sense of comfort and happiness that nothing else can. Reading different genres, about different characters and socio-political situations hasn’t just expanded my mind but has also shaped me into the person I am today.
3) I love to travel
I have always dreamed of travelling. And I am lucky to find a guy who is as passionate about travelling as I am. Together we have travelled to 7 different countries and over 10 states in India. And over the years, travelling has become an essential part of life for me. It’s akin to the tasty meal that fills your heart, makes you happy and keeps you energized. Travel invigorates me, inspires me and rejuvenates me. It gives me the much-needed break from monotony and opens up my life to new adventures and memories. It challenges me, educates me and helps me grow as a person. Visiting places, meeting new people and learning about new cultures and traditions is what has made travelling my new addiction.
4) I am a Vegetarian, an animal lover and firm believer in climate change
I was born into a vegetarian family and have been a vegetarian my entire life. I never had an inclination to taste meat and the reason is the compassion I feel towards animals and mother nature. Unspoilt nature, for me, is the most beautiful thing there is. And being the most socially and intellectual developed beings we should shoulder the responsibility to preserve mother earth and safeguard our fellow creatures from extinction. I don’t say that everyone should be a vegetarian or a vegan but everyone should adapt themselves to more a sustainable lifestyle, where we and nature can thrive together and live in harmony.
5) I am a Feminist and Pro LGBTQ
Feminism and LGBTQ rights are two of my touchy subjects. I am a Feminist and a proud one at that. The reasoning of I should be the one who cooks, cleans, takes of home, husband and children just because I am a girl is my biggest trigger. When someone says, “Does your husband allow that?” my vein pops out (just like Monica’s from Friends). The other biggest trigger for me is deeming the LGBTQ community people as immoral or criminals. A person should be free to love who they want. No one has the right to tell anyone how to lead their lives.
Some more facts about me:
- I have a Masters Degree in English Literature.
- I can speak in 4 languages (English, Hindi, Telugu and Kannada.), read and write in three (English, Hindi and Telugu).
- I love Cricket. India and South Africa are my favorite teams.
- I am an optimist and a dreamer (my husband is my grounding factor).
- I consider myself to be adventurous and open to new things (albeit fighting fear on the inside).
- I love making lists and crossing things off (Bucket List and 35 Before 35).
- I am a Gryffindor.