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Feb. 26th, 2012

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Writer's Block: Weatherman’s Day

What is the weather like right now?
Really hot in the day, like maybe even 35C+. And it night it goes back to the mid twenties. I love <3

Dec. 9th, 2011

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Apr. 3rd, 2011

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Champions of the World!

The sheer awesomeness of today's win is what has inspired me to write this post, my first public post. Okay maybe 'inspired' is the wrong word to use. But I'm nervous okay? :P

First of all let me just say to everyone who kept telling me that the WC matches were fixed: You people suck. You ruined the semi-final and final for me, 2 matches which were probably the biggest and most important ones that Team India has played since I was born. So thanks for that :|

Secondly, WOW. It's a dream come true. India are now the undisputed champions of cricket. I think Virat Kohli, a dude who I'm starting to like more and more by the day, was worth noting when he said "He's (Sachin) carried the burden of the nation for 21 years, it's time we carried him on our shoulders." This is definitely going to be something that is going to be quoted everywhere, because it's so true. I have no more words left for Sachin Tendulkar. He's achieved everything anyone could ever dream of (except maybe the elusive 100th ton, which I'm sure is not far away :P :) ). And to do it in Mumbai must've been more than even he could have hoped for. If he retires now, I will shed many tears, but at least some of them will be tears of happiness.

I have grown up watching cricket, it is a part of my family. I remember watching cricket in the 90s. After India, Pakistan was my favourite team, Shoaib Akhtar my favourite cricketer (now it's India > Sri Lanka > South Africa). Back then every girl had a crush on the then beardless and single Shahid Afridi. And then there were others like Moin Khan (ai guh!), Inzaman, Saqlain Mushtaq (we share birthdays :P), Abdul Razzaq, Waqar Younis, Yousuf Youhana and plenty more. Speaking of Inzamam, have you seen what he looks like now? You'd never think he used to be an international cricketer. It's quite scary how much he's changed over the years. I hope Afridi doesn't end up looking like that. Say what you will, he's still the most handsome Asian cricketer, beard or not, and Dhoni is a close second.

Okay okay sorry, can't help it :P Anyway, my point was, that I love these guys. I felt so bad for Afridi when Pakistan lost to us a few days back. He's probably one of the few honest cricketers left in Pakistan, and even today, he manages to look dangerous on the field. I have so much respect for all these old cricketers already, and my respect for them increased tenfold this World Cup. Players like Sangakkara, Jayawardene, Muralitharan, Tendulkar, Brett Lee, Ponting (yes Ponting) etc. are all masters of the game in their own right. And the thought that this might well have been the last World Cup for them is just downright depressing. Don't get me wrong, the younger players, esp the Indians, look very promising. But the end of this WC has brought about the end of an era. The face of cricket is slowly changing, and soon all the players I've grown up watching will no longer be a part of the game. And that is just hard to accept.

Okay so by now you've seen that I'm a rambler, and I find it very difficult to get my thoughts in order. Bear with me please :P I want to mention Dhoni here. Before today, I couldn't remember the last time I'd seen him make a decent score. As a batsman he was suffering, and was getting a lot of criticism. But as a captain, he never failed. When you look at him, you can see that he was born to be a leader. And so many times people question his tactics, and he always proves his point, like he did today. Maybe bringing Sreesanth in was madness, but now that we've won, no one is going to question that move, as Dhoni pointed out himself. He's one of those few captains who manages to keep an utterly cool head and handle pressure oh so well, as opposed to the perpetually whiny-faced Ponting, for instance. It's people like that who command respect.

Another point I want to bring up is the sheer madness and love for cricket that Indians have. During the last two matches, there was a steady stream of noise flowing in through my windows the whole day, and I'm quite sure that it's on even now, all around the city, all around the country. Even people who don't normally care about cricket can't help but celebrate and feel proud. An example of this is my neighbourwali aunty. Middle-aged, sweet old lady, who at 11 PM on the day of the s/f came ringing our doorbell with sweets, and handed us all a piece :) It's stuff like this that make you realize what a crazy nation we live in, where people hand out sweets after India beats Pakistan in a cricket match.

Anyway, so, yeah, this is my post. Don't worry, I won't bore anyone with any more. After this, my journal goes back to being a friends-only personal diary :P But over the last few days, so much was going through my mind, so many emotions, and it seemed too much to fit into a Facebook status message or tweet. All I can say now is that I'm happy, as happy as any other Indian is right now. I'm happy for India, happy for Sachin, happy for the entire team. I love each and every one of those guys, even Nehra! Nothing came easy to them in the tournament, they fought and they fought, and it was team effort that won them the Cup eventually. And I'm also sad a bit, because this is the last time I will have seen so many of my favourite players. I've grown to respect them so much over the years, and though new players will come and fill in the gaps left by them, they will never really be able to replace them. For that reason, I am thankful for the IPL. Because of the IPL, I still get to watch these legends play. That century Gilchrist scored against the Mumbai Indians once is one of my most cherished sporting memories.

Yay cricket. Yay Team India, CHAMPIONS OF THE WORLD! :)

Nov. 22nd, 2010

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But I don't get it. What exactly did you feel needed to be "patched up" and what "silly explanations" are you talking about? If you're going to make such allegations, you need to be more specific. If it's Harry's survival that you're referring to, the fact that Harry didn't die has a complex explanation to it. I only understood it fully the 2nd time I read the book (which I don't think you must've done, going by this post of yours), and there's nothing silly about it. Going by the rules of magic that Rowling established in her previous books, the explanation given by Dumbledore in King's Cross was quite logical.

You say "easy reading" like it's a bad thing. When most people read books (especially fiction), it's because they want entertainment and relaxation, and not something that requires presence of mind to read or something where every line has some greater, deeper meaning to it. The beauty of Harry Potter lies in its simplicity, in the end it is about good, evil, love, friendship and bravery. Rowling has created such a wide array of interesting characters over the course of the books, from Harry to Dumbledore to Voldemort to even Umbridge. They have become a pop symbol BECAUSE they're so good. And in some years, they too will be known as classics. Which is exactly what happened with Oliver Twist and Moby Dick.

And when I ask you to adjust your tastes, all I mean is that don't look at everything with such a critical eye. You seem to be judging the entire series on little mistakes here and there instead of looking at the series as a whole. Dickens and Melville wrote standalone novels. Rowling wrote a 7-book novel over the course of 10 years, so a few mistakes here and there can be forgiven. Again, Harry Potter is a children's story, it is not meant to be taken so seriously, and that is one of the reasons for its success.

And if you "simply stated Harry Potter because the movie release was a king of trigger" then at least have some solid grounds for making such harsh criticisms. Just throwing words around is easy and anyone can do it.

Nov. 21st, 2010

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1) Thestrals are in fact a breed of winged horses.
2) Baby Harry doesn't actually witness his parents' deaths. James is killed elsewhere in the house, and even though Lily is killed in the same room as Harry, as they show in the movie, Harry is sitting in his crib, and doesn't actually SEE her die. With regards to why Harry doesn't see the Thestrals at the end of the 4th year, JKR has given the explanation that a person has to "accept and understand" the death before being able to see the Thestrals, and at the end of the 4th year, Harry is still "in shock" over Cedric's death. No doubt, it's something she came up with because she didn't want to introduce Thestrals before OotP, but a satisfactory enough explanation nonetheless.
3) Yes it probably was a little silly to tie Pettigrew up instead of knocking him out, but this is hardly a jaw-dropping factor.
4) The magic shown in the books (or any other fantasy book, for that matter) isn't some Hocus Pocus snap-your-fingers and you can have whatever you want type magic. It's more complex than that. Reparo only works on certain objects, not objects that are beyond "magical repair". To ask why it can't be used to fix EVERYTHING else is like saying "If you can glue together a broken vase then why can't you use the same to fix broken bones?", which is a rule that applies to everything else. Magic is sort of like a science in itself, it is complex, it is developing, it has certain laws of its own.
Just like science has solved a lot of our problems, but not all of them, so it is with magic.

And what "massive holes" in the storyline are you talking about exactly? Do elaborate.

Also, not all books have to be in old, classic or rather "perfect" English that require presence of mind to read. There sure wouldn't be as many readers in the world if it was so. Harry Potter is primarily a children's series, so of course it is "easy reading". Just think how many people got into reading just because of the Harry Potter series! I for one started with it and went on to read Wodehouse, Ayn Rand, the Sherlock Holmes series and lots more.

And the story of good vs. evil is perhaps the simplest one, but so many great books have been based on it: The Lord of the Rings for example. So as long as you find a new way of telling the story, there's nothing wrong with it.

No doubt your tastes don't suit the HP category of books but you are being overtly critical, and maybe it won't hurt you to broaden your tastes a little bit, or at least learn to appreciate what you don't necessarily like. The HP books aren't perfect, but it's how it makes you feel at the end of it that counts.