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This is it. The last ever time I’ll find myself looking forward to a Harry Potter event. This is something that’s been a constant in my life, since I was nine.

In fact, I never did want to read the first book until a friend of mine decided to show me a couple of pages from her copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – the page where he receives the letter indicating the list of books. And needless to say, that initial glimpse into the world pulled me in and produced another Pottermaniac.

Lucid always says the first she heard us talk (when she crash-landed in our school) was when we were talking about the release (?) of the fifth book and of Snape’s abysmally large nose.

The movies have altered how I perceived the characters, the most of all – Ginny. Somehow the head Ginny differed so much from the movie Ginny or me. But then this isn’t as bad as BWC imaging Voldemort to look like Squidward from Spongebob.

Ten years ahead, here I am, with the realization that I’ve been very lucky to be a part of this cult/phenomenon/Muggle-world.

It feels like finally closing the lid on this box, but I plan to read all the seven again, after the movie. And then, maybe still have this ‘box’ next to me always. Plus, reading it again, isn’t for the story and its interweaving layers, it’s also a trip back to the tiny (okay.. tiny-er) me. It’s always wonderful to the see the complexity she built and how the cogs turned. In fact, Snape is one of my favourite characters, because he’s so well penned down.

It would be wonderful if there was a midnight premiere and we could go dressed as characters. But no, this is Chennai. Joy.

Sure I had complaints, criticisms and all that throughout the reading/watching experience, but just like any old Rajnikant fan, I will always stand by the books. (The movies… maybe to a littler extent, ja?)

All that’s left is to try and convert my brother into an HP-reader.

This would probably best sum it:

Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?

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Hello! Yes it’s been a long time. *blame those exams*

 

“Imagine you cut an orange in half….” (That’s one of my favourite lines from the book, the significance of which you would realize a little later)

So yes, I just re-read “The Simoqin Prophecies” by Samit Basu.It’s brilliant. You should read it, if you ever lay your hands on it.

Basically, it’s a fantasy, with a mix of Indian and western elements. The one thing I love the most is the fact that Basu brings in themes, characters and events from “The Ramayana”, an Indian epic. Those who haven’t heard of the basic story might find it difficult to realize the connection.

The story basically revolves around Kirin, Maya, and Asvin; and is centered around 2 prophecies made 200 years ago by Simoquin. There’s a dark lord rising called Danh-Gem (which is Meghnad, backwards who is an evil guy from “The Ramayana”) who has to be defeated at all costs. (And no, It does NOT end up like Harry Potter.) There’s magic, there’s demons, politics, humour and racial fights, different world and aliens, and most importantly “The Gods” who decide your fate.  The world he weaves is intricate and you HAVE to read it to find out for yourself.

These books are brilliant especially by an Indian author who doesn’t settle for “good vs. evil” and “good” wins.

The 2nd book and 3rd book are called :

The Manticore’s Secret

The Unwaba Revelations.

 simoqin-propheciesThe manticore_s secretunwaba revelations

And besides that, Ive been watching Idol obsessively. Im an Adam Lambert fan. I hope its him and Allison in  the finals! Go Adam!

Laterz!

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Hey ppl, long time!!

My avatar’s on the right cuz I got bored of the avatar on the left alwayz. What have I been doing these holz??

  1. Go to school for spl class
  2. Rot in school
  3. Complain about school
  4. Eat
  5. Went to CCD for LucidInsanity’s and Zonkt’s combined B’day treat.. (Was FUN!!)
  6. Read, Read And more Read

So, 2 books i wanna mention Princess and Brisingr

PRINCESS – By Jean Sasson:

Jean Sasson

This book is just amazing. It recounts the hardships Princess “Sultana” (name changed in the book to protect her identity) has to face as a Saudi royal woman. Written by Jean Sasson as if narrated by Princess “Sultana”, this book is a must-read. You don’t feel, even once,  like someone else has written the story in 1st person. It starts with “Sultana’s” childhooh and how she grows up into a woman surrounded by the men who “twist the Prophet’s (Muhammed) words for their needs” ,the horrors faced by Saudi women, and the “Male Dominance” beginning right with her brother.”Sultana” is a bold character who tried to defy the male-dominated society right from delaying the wearing of her Abaya. She is at the mercy of the men who surround her life – father, husband, brother etc.  It makes you feel very lucky to have not had to face such things.

This book is well written, and is not exactly what you would call on feminism. It is basically that “Sultana” wants people of the world to realize their plight. And there is this one line from the book that I like:

“If no-one knows of my existence, does that mean I do not exist?” – Princess Sultana

BRISINGR – a book that I’ve been waiting for, ever since I finished eldest.*Spoiler alert*

I have heard of many negative reviews about this book saying that this book is just a filler to drag time and stuff, but I feel it was a good book on the whole, I mean not as brilliant as Eragon/Eldest but ok, quite good. It wasn’t a disappointment for me, mainly cuz i didn’t read too many fan fics and theories online.

This book basically deals with Eragon’s promises to the different people he has made and how he tries to fulfill them. Eragon’s loyalty toward Roran makes him determined to bring Katrina back. He also marries them both. (It’s kinda weird to imagine the younger brother performing the marriage thingy for the older one!) I found Roran’s story quite annoying. He was just kinda very annoying with his “leading the troop” and great battles and everything.Then there’s Eragon, who as an elf-human hybrid is weird to picture and I would have preferred him to stay human. The truth about Brom being his father was kinda expected and wasn’t much of a shock to me. I loved the whole forging of the swords chapter. It was brilliantly written, very picturesque. And I love the sword and the idea that it bursts into flames when u say “Brisingr” The stuff about Eldunari was also also quite good. Though, I did feel a little sad when Oromis dies. There wasn’t much of action (ok there was, but not as much as i expected) but the revelations of Galbatorix’s and Shruikan’s power, Eragon’s mother, Solembum’s words and all were interesting. Saphira, my fave character, was, as always, brilliant. I have nothing to complain about her. Her character’s so strong and beautiful. You can’t help but love her!

I would say u HAVE to read, even if it isn’t as amazing as the previous two. I’m waiting for the last one now which hopefully, will be as good as I want it to.

P.S. I made that pic that sez Brisingr 😉

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