About

This “About” page has undergone many an edit some will have observed. People change, perceptions change. So here I go again with fresh but retrospective eyes.

Hi there, people of the interwebs. I’m Devina. By nature, I’m a night owl. I began this blog way back in the November of 2011, the year I graduated from high school. The year I hadn’t quite grown up as yet, as my early posts might indicate.

I started out into this brave new world of sorts beyond excited at sharing my thoughts and opinions about … well, I wasn’t sure exactly about what, but I did know I had the choice of a louder voice.

Okay okay, so two things were certain, I wanted to talk about books and that I wanted to write stories. I read almost everything: fiction, non-fiction, adventure, romance, biographies, science, culture, history, fantasy, urban fantasy; you name it. I was married to hot chocolate at the time but we don’t see much of each other these days, now coffee keeps me company.

My other love is language. Not any particular one. Just the infinite, intangible, flexible but solid gorgeous weight of it! Currently, I’m self-studying the basics of linguistics and the French language. I’m planning to take it to an academic level soon.

Music-wise I’m also all over the place, mainly though I’m an 80’s junkie: Dire Straits/Mark Knopfler, Sting, ACDC, The Police, Def Leppard, U2, Journey, and company. If we’re talking more contemporary: Twenty One Pilots, Vance Joy, The Kooks, The Killers, Gorillaz, Ed Sheeran, George Ezra and the likes.

I’m partial to that remarkable man that was Ray Charles. Oh! And Paul Mauriat, the French orchestra leader, conductor of Le Grand Orchestre de Paul Mauriat.

The Welcome to Night Vale podcast is out of this world. Almost literally. Check it here: WTNV

Let me tell you right here and now that I am not ashamed to declare that I adore that special niche of animation magic that is anime. Studio Ghibli is love. Studio Ghibli is life. Recently though, I was told recently (not with a little horror) that I’m not a proper fan.

That’s because, apparently, I’ve yet to binge on royalty like Bleach, One PieceNaruto Shippūden; and that, what few I’ve seen so far: Yuri on Ice, Tokyo Ghoul, Attack on Titan, and Beyond the Boundary does not an “otaku” make. (Personally not fond of that term)

Pfft. I have a life, as it happens and I’m working out to live longer so I can watch them all.

TV dramas I’m trying (and really hard) to keep up with: Supernatural, Grey’s Anatomy, Teen Wolf, Sens8, BBC Sherlock, Doctor Who.

Another thing, in conjunction with my interests in language, I find great joy with my readings into archaeology. They go hand in hand, don’t they? My favourite ancient cities include Petra, Palmyra, and Rome though I still have tons more to read. And you could say I have a thing for Greek mythology.

There. I think this is enough for an introduction. I hope you like what you’ve seen, enough so that you’ll come back for more 😉

Devina.

5th May 2017

59 thoughts on “About

  1. I love to read books, too. But the fact that I’m a native Bengali and I’m not so good in English makes me uncomfortable with English books. I don’t know why but I don’t enjoy Bangla books that much (possibly because all my study materials are in Bangla 😛 ). I wish I could understand English well. I read a few translated books by writers like Aurthur Conan Doyle and many others and they were just great. I couldn’t imagine how I would feel if I were able to read the original version. Recently I took up an ebook of Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code and I’m having a hard time understanding it. By going back and forth to dictionary, I kind of lose the picture of the story from my mind and eventually give up reading. 😦

    1. Hi! I’m delighted to meet another book lover 🙂 Oh well all I think you need is practice and I suppose you’ll have to really go at it so you’d know how it feels to read the original versions! A.C Doyle is awesome and yes,The Da Vinci Code should be very difficult if you don’t have a good grasp of reading in English. It’s is very interesting but I advise you not to believe everything Dan Brown says, though there are facts in it.
      If I may, I recommend you begin with books by Jack London like White Fang and Buck. Practice make perfect, don’t worry about it much you’ll get it 🙂

      Thanks so much for visiting 😀

      1. Still I get tired of looking up words on dictionary. Even worse, I can’t understand most phrases and native ‘figure of speeches’ used in English literature. 😦

        I know that The Da Vinci Code is historically misleading. But I wouldn’t care. For now I just wanna know what’s the story and what’s going on at the every page of the book. I wish I could.

        I’ll definitely look for an ebook online. We don’t have plenty of English literary books over here so I’ll have to look for an online pdf version of the story you said. Let’s see if I can find it.

  2. Hi! I used to see you commenting on Thomas’ posts. So I checked on your blog, and I actually liked it. I’m following. I could really use a lighthearted read.

  3. Devina thank you for following my blog and i will do likewise.
    Can you give me your wordpress username found in personal settings for the invite. when you get it you can remove your name.

  4. Hello, thanks for having indicate our Free Tag Zone Blog in your “Blogs i follow” section …
    I’ll also indicate your blog in our “friends” (or amis in french) section
    Keep in touch!
    Greetings from Belgium
    Eric

      1. Apparently with each new blog I follow the list shifts down, so what I did was add you to my Blogroll. By the way, thank you for visiting as often as you do 🙂 PS – The trains were nice! But is that really legal?

    1. Hot Chocolate lovers unite! That’s the thing, you can have it any way, hot or chilly and girl is it delicious. It’s not something difficult to get addicted to.

      Muffin Break’s hot choco looks real good and I’ll take your word on it, though I wouldn’t pass on the sprinkles!

      Thanks!

  5. I find you through the Weekly Photo Challenge of this week and just had my mouth water at the title of your blog! Chocolate and books are some of my favorites in life, EVER! Haven’t read a lot of yours yet, but I’m signing in for the up-coming goodies!
    Cheers to all good things!
    Jul’

    1. Hiya D! My studies are coming along okay, though I’m a little behind on English 😦 But I’ll be fine it’s just that I need to quit stressing. I do this a lot these days. You just reminded me that I’m out of hot chocolate! Good grief. I really appreciate the visit, do hope all is well with you and the little man 😀

      1. Good thing I dropped by then! hehe, now fill up your stash and make sure you always have a mug of goodness when you need one 😉 We’re both doing great, he’s growing up and getting taller! omg! he’ll be as tall as me in 2 years time LOL. Great that your studies are coming along, stop stressing though, you’re doing it right so believe in yourself, ok? xx

  6. Hey I too like chocolates whether it’s hot or not. I like your about a lot & well guess what I’m a bookworm too. I’ve still not started writing in my blog (You know, I write too). Anyway I’ll be following you…
    Rach.

  7. Devina! I love your about page 🙂 It’s so nice to meet you and reading is a wonderful pleasure … you’re right in that reading takes you away … I can go on vacation in my mind. It’s a wonderful thing … 🙂

  8. Not sure why I haven’t commented on this page before… I hope you’re doing well Devina! Love how your blog encompasses various subjects and doesn’t stick to just one thing. Wishing you all the best for the New Year!

    1. Oh, that’s okay 🙂 I’m fine, thanks! And how, kind sir, are you faring so far in the new year? Yes, I don’t like putting myslf in a little box, I get even more crazy than I already am, I’m all for the ‘variety is the spice of life’. Thank you again, Thomas, and I wish you the same!

  9. You’ve used certain adjectives to describe yourself which just made me contemplate: Are we that similar? I love to smile and laugh too and then this love for reading is there of course…I am very talkative, a little funny, at times even sort of a nerd! I thank WordPress for making me meet such people. Nice blog you have out here 🙂

  10. Hot chocolate and books — what is there not to love? I am always on the lookout for new books to ‘devour’ – especially fantasy. I look forward to browsing your reviews.:-)

  11. Hi, I just found you, books and hot chocolate! A perfect world! And after reading through some of the other comments, I see I’m far from alone in those feelings. You have a wonderful blog!

  12. so glad I found you! My world is big on books as well! (I’m a librarian). I love your simile (“like this collection of heartbeats frozen in flash frames that when looked down upon, invoke distant smells and lingering emotions.”) better than the cliched roller-coaster.
    Gail at http://seezooeyrun.wordpress.com/

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