July 31, 2013

Until The Very End…

Because sometimes in your life, you get swept away by a story.  An idea that doesn’t stop your eyes from glinting, even as you grow up.  Come every 31st day of the month of July – I am reminded even more of the magic.   J.K. Rowling rightly said that some stories stay with us forever.  Until the very end.  Happy Birthday, Harry Potter.

March 4, 2013

Turning Pages

Books. I love everything about them.  The mysteries they hold. The satisfying whiff when I hold them close. The anticipation when you have to leave them midway and the gratification in having completed a story.  Reading from Mischief Managed, I thought of listing the ones that top my list and the ten authors who will always be on my auto-buy list. J.K. Rowling. For the pure magic she spins. Except for her most recent work, of course.  J.R.R. Tolkien. For his sheer genius. And for creating something epic. George R.R. Martin. For direwolves, Game of Thrones and giving honour the place it deserves in the big bad world. Jhumpa Lahiri….

July 31, 2012

Draco Dormiens Nunquam Titillandus

Today marks eighteen years to the day that the bespectacled boy-who-lived, discovered who he was, and there has no looking back ever-since! It has also been a year to the release of the final installment of the cinematic counterpart also came to an epic close. It was a rather emotional moment, causing me to write this post.   But the years have passed, and we have been made to believe that Harry is now grown up, married and says goodbye to his children on Platform Nine and Three Quarters. Somewhere deep inside, there are some of us who are still in a vacuum, uninterested to move on – from the eleven year old Harry…

July 13, 2011

The Boy Who Lived

The world is talking about it. The date has been long anticipated – so many are in mourning and the posters are aptly touching the right nerve. It indeed, all ends here. I can still remember the first day that I was introduced to J.K. Rowling and her magical world – I was loaned a copy of ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’ which I gobbled up and there was no turning back. Like millions of children across the globe, I grew up with Harry Potter. Often I laughed with him and his friends, sobbed uncontrollably when he lost his Godfather, cheered at the Quidditch World Cup, memorized almost all…

June 9, 2011

Summer Tales

Although I cannot stop complaining about the way my life is increasingly edging towards mundane, looking back at my photo albums, there seems to have been a lot of movement. There seems to be a lot happening and I haven’t been able to keep account of the activities, so in no particular order, here goes: # Ridhima got married. Swetha, Bhardwaj and I splurged on an air-conditioned cab to get there and be a part of her big day in Jaipur. It was my first trip to Rajasthan and while I was awestruck by all its Rajputana majesty and grandeur; I would never recommend that anyone visit during peak summers….

May 24, 2011

On Stranger Tides

The fourth movie of my all time favourite Hollywood blockbuster series Pirates of The Caribbean released worldwide on May 20 and boy, was the world geared up for it. Beginning from the local newspaper supplements, interviews, advertisements to posters and social media platforms – looking at pictures of the notoriously charming Jack Sparrow (There should be a ‘Captain’ in there somewhere!) was such a delight! Elaborate were the plans to watch this movie on the first day of it’s release – had lugged along my foam pirate hat, donned the new crossed swords silver earrings, worn an extra layer of kohl, set my workstation wallpaper to a huge smirking Johnny…

February 9, 2011

Blyton, Rowling & Tolkien

I have always been a sucker for books, even more for those which spoke of imagination, fantasy and all things fiction. I can remember growing up reading Enid Blyton; lapped up almost everything she ever wrote from The Famous Five, The Secret Seven, The Noddy series, The Malory Towers, The Wishing Chair and Adventures of the Magic Faraway Tree being favourites! In Class 7, Harry Potter happened to me and an entire gateway to a different magical world had opened up and I could talk about the books all the time; I knew all the dialogues backwards, and with every book, I got more and more involved. The Harry Potter…