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Breakfast Babble: Saying No Is Art And I Couldn’t Agree More

Saying No

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Hey there, fellow humans! Today, let’s dive into the fine art of uttering those two little letters that have the power to change destinies, break hearts, and summon the wrath of a thousand grandmothers: ‘NO’.

Now, some might say that saying no is as simple as declining a second helping of ghee-soaked parathas at a Punjabi wedding. But oh no! It is far more intricate than that. It’s an art, a delicate dance between politeness and firmness, akin to walking on hot coals while juggling samosas.

Picture this: You’re at a family gathering, surrounded by aunts and uncles who believe it’s their birthright to know every detail of your life. Aunties swarm around you like bees to honey, armed with questions about your career, marriage prospects, and whether you’ve gained weight since they last saw you (spoiler alert: you have).

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Here’s where the artistry comes in. Instead of blurting out “No, I don’t want to talk about it,” you must channel your inner diplomat. Smile warmly, nod graciously, and deflect like a seasoned politician. “Oh, you know how it is, Auntie. Life’s a rollercoaster! Let’s focus on the delicious food instead, shall we?”

But beware, for traps are lurking at every corner. The friend who wants to borrow money, promising to pay you back next week (spoiler alert: they won’t), the colleague who wants you to cover their shift (spoiler alert: they’re probably going to the beach instead), or the distant relative who invites you to their son’s third cousin’s wedding in a remote village (spoiler alert: you’d rather binge-watch Netflix in your pyjamas).

So, how does one navigate this treacherous terrain with finesse? It’s all about the art of saying no. Think of it as a delicate dance, a performance worthy of an Oscar-winning actor.

You must master the art of excuses, honing them like a well-crafted biryani recipe. “Sorry, I have an appointment with my dentist’s cousin’s cat.” “Unfortunately, I have a pressing engagement with my existential crisis.” “Alas, I’m allergic to social gatherings involving more than three people and a goat.”

Remember, saying no is not just about rejecting others; it’s about honouring your own boundaries and priorities. It’s about reclaiming your time, your energy, and your sanity in a world that thrives on chaos and obligation.

So, my fellow artisans of the art of saying no, go forth and wield your two-letter sword with grace and confidence. Whether it’s declining unwanted invitations, setting up boundaries in relationships, or simply saying no to that extra piece of jalebi (okay, maybe not that last one), embrace the power of no like the true masters you are!

And always remember, in the immortal words of Bollywood’s greatest philosopher, Shah Rukh Khan: “Don’t underestimate the power of a well-timed no, my friend. It can move mountains, or at least get you out of attending your third cousin’s destination wedding in Timbuktu.”

Until next time, keep saying no and stay fabulously unapologetic!

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Sources: Bloggers’ own opinion

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