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Maitreyi Naikwadi’s 10 Favorite Things

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  1. 2000s pop music

I don’t care who you are, but we as a society can not surpass the absolute unit of a decade that was 2000s pop. I have a Spotify playlist titled ‘Trashy 2000s Pop, Because You’re Not Above This’. Although I do like older music, 2000s was the rise (and fall) of some of my favorite bands. Regardless of your taste in music, no one can do Toxic like Britney Spears did.

  1. Stickers and Washi Tape

Although my immediate knee-jerk reaction of blurting out ‘stickers’ seems a little childish, I genuinely love stickers. And Washi Tape. I’m very specific about these as well, I don’t like the ones that you can buy out in Michael’s, but the ones that you can occasionally find on Redbubble or on an artist’s personal website are genuinely some of the most adorable things I have seen. 

  1. The hurt/comfort tag on fanfiction

Okay, okay, here me out. It took a while for me to put this one down because I still come from the era where publicizing that you read fanfiction gets you odd looks. Fanfiction has always been a motivator for me in the little things, especially when I wasn’t doing so well emotionally. It was a way to make sure that I remained productive, and possibly to get closer to comfort characters that I collect like little Pokemon. Additionally, I love the hurt/comfort tag that is found on fanfiction–I actively seek it out. 

  1. Rajastani Food

I’m telling you! You haven’t tasted real food unless you’ve tasted it from a rasoi in Rajasthan. When my family went to the Taj, we ended up having to take a detour to the closest restaurant that we could find because my little sister had to use the restroom. There, I had the food of my life! No one makes food like that from Rajasthan. My family is from Maharashtra, and while the state itself has its own delicacies like pav bhaji and pani puri, I don’t think you can get closer to absolute perfection unless you’ve had a Thali. Especially when you get it from Rajasthan. 

  1. Note taking, but like…the ones you see on pinterest

You know what I’m talking about. The aesthetic notes with the calligraphy at the top and the impeccable handwriting? Although my notes haven’t reached that level of visually pleasing, I would like to get very close. I think it also motivates me to keep working if my notes are well organized and well done. 

  1. My sister.

I adore my sister. We are ten years apart, and half of my camera roll is her doing the silliest things I could ever think of. It’s really cool to see her start to become her own person, have her own humor. She likes to share her experiences with me, and I like to share things that I like with her as well. 

  1. Aladdin (the animated movie)

Okay. So there’s a little part of me that could probably quote most Disney movies and burst into Disney song when asked at any moment. But something that I will always love is Aladdin. Genuinely, ask me to quote the movie and I could probably come back to you with a decent transcript. Perhaps it’s because when I was younger I immediately saw a roguish character and wanted to be him (I know a lot of little girls wanted to be Jasmine, but hey, Aladdin had a pet monkey, a genie, and a magic carpet.) Additionally, I love every single song in the movie (while granted some lines have become a little controversial).

  1. Languages

As someone who has been multilingual since I’ve grown up moving around, being automatically forced to pick up on a few languages, I have come to appreciate how important languages are to a culture, and to people– especially the words and phrases that can’t translate. 

  1. Mystery Stories + Puzzles

Regardless if they’re in a novel, in escape rooms, or in games. I think the idea of trying to solve something with people is one of my favorite activities, especially when it starts to show the way people start to act.

  1. Bulgogi from this one restaurant

I bought Bulgogi from a restaurant in Philly and I have not been able to stop thinking about it ever since. The broth, the noodles, the meat were genuinely very good. I had never tried Korean cuisine before, so this was a very pleasant experience.

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