Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Its Magic.....Its Magic...!!

The Harry Potter books were officially released in 1997,but I was introduced to them in as late as 2001.By that time,4 books were already released and the 5th was eagerly awaited.

The description given about those books by a friend of mine"its about a boy who is actually a magician and his adventures" didnt really make me too enthusiastic about reading them....but on being told that start reading and you will be glued after a few chapters,I started... and that is exactly what happened:-)

The books kind of transported me to a world which most of us dream that it should exist.I finished the 4 books at a stretch and by that time Harry and I were just about the same age.....so it became easier to relate to the characters.:-).but even as I grew older,the anticipation for the new books and the excitement around the storyline continued in the same way...I remember how we "Harry Potter fans" used to discuss and guess what will happen next and how the ending would be....The ending,the last book was every word worth its wait and did give a logical end to the series.But yes,J.K.Rowling did leave us wanting more....for the fun to continue!!

The movies of course,gave a face to our imaginations.I am not one of those who would crib that the movies couldnt do justice to the books.It isnt really possible to cover everything from a book to a movie....so its wise that the 7th book comes out in two movies.....

But the sad part is,the movies and books are done with...Its the end of the journey....but it was a journey worth taking....it was a part of my growing-up years....and it sure was MAGICAL in the truest sense...and I guess it will always remain so....

P.S:-I sincerely hoped and still hope the Invisibility Cloak (among many other things)existed...!!;);)

Thursday, July 14, 2011

That Sinking Feeling......

Today is the day after the blasts....the blasts which happened in Mumbai and the blasts which made the news channels claim "Terror Returns to Mumbai"....but is it really 'terror' that thas returned to Mumbai??or for that matter to India...?

Since many years years now,there have been so many blasts and attacks in India,that it seems we are constantly living with terror in our hearts or our sub-conscious minds,so its not that it returns,its always there....the emotions that these occurences bring back are a feeling of gloom,weariness and even worse,a wave of bad memories...and what they also bring out are the different reactions from the human mind.

I might not be in the city of my birth at the present,but my whole family,friends and in short my whole world,resides in Mumbai...So when I hear of the blasts,what do I do?Try connecting with them,....if doesnt happen(due to the jammed lines),panic creeps in,,,,keep on trying...finally on being assured that all are safe,try to relax.But relaxation of the mind is something very far away.....the images on TV and many other sad thoughts clog the mind till finally a disturbed sleep arrives!!

And what happens in the morning...??A perfectly perfect day,which everyday seems to be pleasantly cloudy,feels depressingly gloomy today...and who exactly is responsible for all this??Cant say....

Yes,like most of the people around,I too want to know why Kasab is still alive??But him being dead wouldn't have averted these blasts??So,what could have stopped these attacks from happening again and again....

I just wish that instead of aping irrelevant things from the West,we learn how to give back to terror....9/11 was years ago,and no one has been able to strike America since then....agreed they have been ruthless in their security measures,but at least people their citizens are not dying due to blasts,...wonder when our administration will continue to remain awake always and not just get jolted up from a deep slumber every now and then because of a blast!!!