Bula Friendly Dragons!
My name is Neko Neha and this is the page where I get to prattle awkwardly about myself! I figured it would be cool to put a face and eccentric personality to the person conjuring up words of love and hate on this lovely blog known as BiblioNyan!
To be perfectly blunt, I never really know what to say in these sections, so if I seem like I’m blabbering randomly from one sentence to the next, I can promise you that that is precisely what’s going on.
Aside from being a passionate bibliophile and a crazed otaku, I’m very enthusiastic about the feline species. I’m a gleeful butler to four kitties, two dudes and two dudettes. I also have two cockatiels, Rani (the Mrs) and Raja (the Mr), whom I’ve had for over 21 years now! Apart from them, I have a wonderfully amazing platonic human companion in my life who’s mysteriously known as Sir Besty.
I’m an Indian-Fijian introvert. I was born a woman, but I identify as gender neutral and prefer they/their pronouns. I’m also queer, specifically biromantic asexual. I’m short and chubby and I’m not fucking sorry to be such. I have learning and mental disabilities, but I don’t let them stop me from living like the vulgar, badass that I am. Languages that I speak fluently consist of: English (mostly British), Hindi, Urdu, and Italian. I’m learning my fifth language right now, Japanese. I absolutely fucking love video games, hot chocolates, Xenomorphs, Scooby-Doo, and Hello Kitty (aside from books, anime, and manga of course).
My credentials aren’t anything wow-tastic, but rather simple and straightforward. I’m a self-dedicated scholar of Asian culture and literature, specifically of Japan. I study Japanese culture and literature diligently so that I can become an expert and a reliable source for the trade. I also hope to one day become a translator of Japanese literature and media. I’ve had a passion for Japanese culture ever since I attended my very first Japanese tea ceremony with my best friend, who’s Japanese, when I was a wee little adolescent. Everything about it was so marvellous and elegant that I knew I had found my calling. But I don’t limit myself only to Japan. I have been educating myself and exploring cultures and literatures from all over Asia and the Pacific Islands. Being an Asian-Pasifika person myself, it helps to keep me tied and engaged to my own culture, heritage, and roots.
I am a proud advocate for diverse books, which consists of books written by marginalised people including but not limited to: people of colour, people with disabilities (physical and mental), and people from the LGBTQIA+; with a preference for #OwnVoices books. These are books written by people that explore same qualities of the themselves (such as being a POC, having a disability, or being Queer). If you don’t support diverse and #OwnVoices books, think they’re a problem or an unnecessary “fad,” then you are a part of the fucking problem and should kindly show yourself off my blog. Thank you, good day.
A bit about this blog: BiblioNyan is actually the third name (and the permanent one) of a blog I started about two years ago. As a lover of books and an obsessed stalker of cats, the name sounded very fitting. For anyone unfamiliar, “nyan” is “meow” in Japanese, which made it a perfect subtle reference to my anime loving persona as well. I’ve been seriously and dedicatedly writing posts since December 2016, when I established the blog as BiblioNyan, where I discovered a true passion for it, as well as the realisation of how much it helps me with my anxiety and Depression. So… here we are, BiblioNyan! I used to have a corresponding BookTube channel of the same name, but retired at the beginning of 2018. After nearly dying from pneumonia, I realised that I was no longer passionate about it. Instead of creating half-arsed videos, I accepted that it was time to move on!
In addition to books and anime/manga content, I have recently stumbled into the super fantastic realm of Asian cinema (Japanese/Korean/Chinese/South Asian drama and films), so you can expect to see content pertaining to this new passion sprouting up here on BiblioNyan beginning this year. Since I’m still a newbie when it comes to Asian cinema, you will have to be patient with me as I find my balance with discussing it. As they say, practice makes perfect!
Oh, wait! There’s more! I have also begun a segment called Self-Care Sundays, where I candidly chat about my struggles regarding mental health; how I cope, what works and doesn’t work, etc. My main goal is to raise awareness for mental health, as well as to erase the negative stigmas that are typically associated with it. I also hope that by reaching out and allowing myself to be vulnerable in such a way, I can help others learn to cope with their own struggles in one way or another.
Please know that reading books and watching anime for reviews, and creating content for my blog my full-time job. My work day consists of 8 to 14 hours per day where I am assiduously working on creating content. It’s something that I’m extremely passionate and serious about. Even if I’m not making a post every single day, I can guarantee that I am working nonetheless. I really want to make a positive difference in these industries and the best way to do that is to give it my full attention and appreciation. My health does not permit me to get a job in the most traditional sense, so I focus on this with everything I’ve got. I must give a very special appreciation shout-out to Sir Besty, as without their continued and constant support and love, I would never be able to do what I love. 💙
I think I’ve prattled enough. If there’s anything specific that you would like to know about me, without being a colossal arse-tart about it, please drop me a comment or inquiry. If I sound like someone you would like to befriend, but feel awkward or shy about, I promise you that I’ll probably be shyer than you. But hey, we can then be shy together with our awkward chit-chats and it’ll be a party. I really love meeting new people and I always need more friends, so chatter away. It would actually mean a lot to me. 😊
Please note that I am an independently intellectual sort of reader. What that means is that I like to read a book to formulate my own opinions about them. In regards to books that are considered problematic, I especially like to do this so that I can better understand WHY something is problematic. If I do not engage with the novel, then I’ll never acquire a personal comprehension of what makes the title problematic to a person, or a group of people, and thus I’ll never truly be able to understand HOW exactly it is problematic. Diversity in literature is a very important subject for me, which includes finding and promoting books with equal and proper representation. I cannot be a voice or an advocate for change, I cannot participate in discourse towards a positive evolution in literature, if I cannot fathom where the changes need to be made. I must engage with books that are construed to be problematic by reading it ON MY OWN so that I may devise MY OWN genuine thoughts, opinions, and understanding to become a more reliable and valuable voice in the fight for positive change. It also helps me to better comprehend the problematic nature of the book in the same way the people affected do. Please also note that this DOES NOT MEAN that I close myself off to listening to other people when they say that something has hurt them. In fact, I listen very intently so that I can be even more aware when engaging with such works. I wholeheartedly respect and encourage POSITIVE discourse in literature, as people are vastly and beautifully diverse as the books that we read should be.