NaPoWriMo Day 21: Love, Hedwig

Prompt: I challenge you to write a poem in the voice of minor character from a fairy tale or myth. Instead of writing from the point of view of Cinderella, write from the point of view of the mouse who got turned into a coachman. Instead of writing from the point of view of Orpheus or Eurydice, write from the point of view of one of the shades in Hades who watched Eurydice leave and then come back. Happy writing!


It’s been a long, long time
Since I nibbled your fingers
And felt the gentle touch
Of your loving hand

I remember the day I met you
I was a gift
And you treated me as just that
A magical present

Through the thick and thin
You were never alone
You had a companion
And I had one too

My dear Harry, my dear friend
Of course I understood you
Nothing to be surprised, after all
Love doesn’t need a language

I remember it all
Your friends, our friends
The awful Privet Drive
And the beautiful flights

The last thing I remember
Is a ghastly green light
Then I woke up here
Scared and alone

But don’t you worry, Harry
I’m a free owl now
It took me a while to remember
How much fun flying can be

So don’t you worry about me
You have been as much a friend
To me, as I have been to you
But now it’s time to let me go

Stop crying now, Harry
Wipe those tears off your face
Close your eyes
And see me soar

Soar across the sea
Across all lands
And smile now
For your happy owl

And when it’s time
I’ll be here to greet you
To nibble at your ears
And hoot with joy

Smile now, Harry
And gently
Let me go
Love, Hedwig

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How to Brew a Polyjuice Potion: NaPoWriMo Day 19

PromptMany years ago, “didactic” poetry was very common – in other words, poetry that explicitly sought to instruct the reader in some kind of skill or knowledge, whether moral, philosophical, or practical. Today, I’d like to challenge you to write the latter kind of “how to” poem – a didactic poem that focuses on a practical skill. Hopefully, you’ll be able to weave the concrete details of the action into a compelling verse. Also, your “practical” skill could be somewhat mythological, imaginary, or funny, like “How to Capture a Mermaid” or “How to Get Your Teenager to Take Out the Garbage When He Is Supposed To.” Happy writing!


In the dark, restricted corner of the library
Find yourself ‘Moste Potente Potions’
Everything you need you will find in there
The most potent potions

Three measures of fluxweed
Two bundles of knotgrass
Stir thrice, clockwise
Wave your wand
Now let it brew

Not yet, it’s far from over
Proceed with four leeches
Two measures of crushed lacewings
Thirty seconds on low heat
Wave your wand
Now let it brew

Three measures of boomslang skin
One crushed bicorn horn
Twenty seconds on high heat
Wave your wand
Now let it brew

One scoop of lacewings
Stir thrice, anti-clockwise
The dark, muddy potion
Bubbling up, slowly

And now, the final ingredient
A piece of the person
You wish to become
Now notice as it takes the color
And taste of his essence

Wave your wand
Now let it brew
For a month, no less

You have what you need
Now drink up lads!
In one hour, however
You will transform back

Make sure the job is done
And in some other’s skin
And should the need arise
You’ll know what to do

In the dark, restricted corner of the library
Find yourself ‘Moste Potente Potions’
Everything you need you will find in there
The most potent potions

Batman V Superman!

The day is finally here! I’ve been waiting for this Friday since I first saw the trailer of Batman V Superman. The critic reviews that I’ve read do share a mixed opinion, but who cares! That won’t stop me from watching the movie, and miss Batman kicking Superman’s ass! 8d323ee93a632da160a40114c00845a5

I’m a Bat fan. And a Ben Affleck fan. And I’m going to get them both in a single, (might I mention great looking) package.

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Fans of both superheroes are already battling it out on social media with memes, an evergreen social weapon.

Are you excited about the movie?

Fuller House!

It’s finally here! I’ve been so excited since the “29-years later” spin-off of Full House was announced. And now that it’s here, I’m going into my I’m-so-nostalgic-please-take-me-back-in-time mood, as I’m sure everyone does at one point or another.

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I used to loyally follow Full House when it aired on TV. The love among everyone in the family, the fights between DJ and Stephanie, and Comet of course, made the show so hilarious and comfortable. And John Stamos with his music!

“I asked the sky just what we had
It shone forever”

I was an ardent follower. The show meant so much to me.

Now that Fuller House is out, I’m all set to binge-watch this 13-episode season this weekend. I know the show isn’t remarkable, given today’s sitcoms. But I don’t think Fuller House was meant to do anything other than taking us for a trip down the memory lane and reminding us of the good old days. And I would say it has succeeded in doing that, at least for me. Because after this I’m ready to binge-watch Full House. This isn’t a splendid show in itself, with a brilliant story line. It is a spin-off of an old favorite show of mine, and I love it for that.

Before I leave, I would like to leave you all with the theme song of Full House, which has stayed with me after all these years. I still find myself humming  “Whatever Happened to Predictability?” and start reminiscing about the show. Do watch the video.

All right. I’m off for a month now, watching Full House. So long!

Why Emma Watson is my Hero

I was in a very feminist mood today. So I started thinking of Emma Watson. I’m a fan-girl, and a proud one at that. It’s not every day that you come across a talented actress who studied at an Ivy League university and became the UN Women Goodwill Ambassador before the age of 25! But Emma has proved that fame is not the answer. She has always perfectly balanced her work with her studies and never compromised on her education for her career. She is counted among the most influential women in the world and has no qualms about living life on her own terms. She is  role model to me, and to a million other girls out there.

So I put together a list of 7 times when we fell in love with her all over again.

1. When she was a true Hermione

"The saddest thing for a girl to do ..."

2. When she embraced her individuality

"I want to decide who I am for myself"

3. When she told us how trivial the opinion of others is

"Your self-worth shouldn't be tied up in what a stranger thinks"

4. When she told us it’s okay to be different

"Don't feel stupid ..."

5. When she recognized her inner beauty

"Beauty comes from within"

6. When she told us a woman is not  doll

"I am a human being who is not made to look like a doll"

7. When she told young girls they don’t have to be princesses

"If I were a princess, I'd be a warrior princess"

We love you for the person you are, Emma.

Thank you for  childhood full of memories.