The 30-day Harry Potter challenge continued..

Ah! Time to continue where we left off..

11. Favourite place in Hogwarts:

Need you ask?! The Library.

12. Best event in the Triwizard tournament:

The one in the maze – my love of all things puzzling that requires one to use the brain extends to no end.

13. Favourite female character:

Hermione Granger. ‘Nuff said.

14. Subjects that I would like to include in the Hogwarts curriculum:

Occlumency and Legilimency πŸ˜€ What can possibly be more exciting than exploring the labyrinth that is the mind?!

15. Favorite shop:

Ollivander’s! What wouldn’t I give to go to that shop, and have a magic wand select me.. *sigh*..

16. Invent new flavors for Bertie Bott’s every flavor beans:

a. Pizza

b. Doughnut

c. Chocolate cake

d. Rice (weird huh?!)

e. Panneer

f. Pasta πŸ˜€

g. Ice tea

h. Cold coffee

17. Favorite magical beast:

TheΒ Phoenix! Que magnifique!

18. The Deathly Hallow that I would want to own:

The Invisibility cloak! I smell freedom.. πŸ™‚

19. One scene from the movies, which never fails to make me smile:

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There you have it! A minor scene I know. But Oliver Wood is gorgeous in this scene *drool*, and this is the one part in the entire HP series (movies alone), that reminds me why I’m a HP fan, every single time I watch it. It is the very first Quidditch match in the movies peeps! πŸ˜€

20. The most scariest part in the books:

Can’t think of a single thing that “scared” me!

And that’s that! Until the next and final 10, I sign off! πŸ™‚

The 30-day Harry Potter challenge

So I came across this 30-day Harry Potter challenge and jumped at the chance to take it up. Except I’m making it more of a 3-day challenge, with 10 questions a day; so that, while I can write eloquent answers to my heart’s content, the idea of posting 30 new posts doesn’t blindside me from writing about other stuff that I’m intending to.

Here goes:

1. My favourite book in the series:

Order of the Phoenix, hands down. As much as I love all the 7 books, this is a close favourite, not least because when I first read this book, I was exactly 15, the same age Harry was in this book. I could totally relate to all the teen angst he was going through, although I didn’t have a scar.

2. My favourite spell:

Accio. A simple summoning spell, I know. But it is the most useful spell I can think of, in our day-to-day muggle life.

3. A character that I would love to play:

Severus Snape. The latent spy with an air of mystery. The eyes that tell everything, but nothing at the same time. I would give anything to play Snape.

4. What would my wand be like:

As it turns out, it is the wand that chooses the wizard. But if I do get an opportunity to choose mine, it would be:

Wood – Cherry
Core – Unicorn hair
Length: 12 inches

5. The House I would get sorted into:

The Sorting hat may have a very tough time indeed, deciding whether to put me in Gryffindor or Ravenclaw.

“You would do particularly well in Ravenclaw, you know..” – it would say. “It’s all here.. the knowledge, the talent.. on the other hand, there is also a nice thirst to prove yourself, and a rebellion against conforming.”

And I would beg – “Please let me be Gryffindor…”

“Are you sure?” the hat would pipe up. “Very well then.. Gryffindor it is!”

6. What do you think your patronus would be:

A squirrel. Because I had one as a pet, and I got this uncanny instinctive feeling that there was a deeper connection between us that I don’t understand.

7. Favourite quotes:

“Where your treasure is, there will be your heart also.” – Albus Dumbledore.

“Not my daughter, you bitch!” – Molly Weasley.

“Indeed, your failure to understand that there are things much worse than death has always been your greatest weakness.” – Albus Dumbledore.

“If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.” – Albus Dumbledore.

“Just because you have the emotional range of a teaspoon, doesn’t mean we all do.” – Hermione Granger.

“To the well-organised mind, death is but the next great adventure.” – Albus Dumbledore.

“It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities” – Albus Dumbledore.

“Albus Severus Potter, you were named after two headmasters of Hogwarts. One of them was a Slytherin, and he was the bravest man I ever knew.” – Harry Potter πŸ˜€

8. My favourite magical object:

The Pensieve. What wouldn’t I give to be able to get rid of some thoughts that endlessly disturb me? And examine them at leisure as an outsider, so that we can analyse them instead of getting all upset and emotional.

9. My favourite portrait:

The portrait of the fat lady! πŸ™‚

10. A character that is worse than Voldemort:

Dolores Umbridge – There is a certain charm and captivating interest about a person who is evil, but pretends to be good, compared to a person who is evil and doesn’t pretend anything else. Dolores was by far the most interesting character in the series.

To be continued…

Moonlight and Magnolias – Prologue

So this is my very first attempt at writing fiction. Although I consider myself pretty imaginative, my imaginations happen at very random moments – when I’m travelling in a bus, for example. So far, I haven’t really found the inclination to put them into writing, nor have I ever fancied myself the kind of person to write a book.

However, among my many newfound inspirations and interests, trying my hand at fiction seems like a brilliant thing to start doing! So here goes… the plan is to write a decent-length novel (eventually). I’m starting with a prologue today, and will try to post one chapter a week.
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Ishaanvi and Maadhav were returning from a Corporate event organised by one of their peers. The event which was a Benefit for Cancer patients had included an auction, dinner, drinks and a ball. Ishaanvi had had a couple of extra glasses of wine, and they had danced the night away while being lost in each other’s eyes.

As they stepped out of the 5-star hotel and Maadhav revved up the engine on his oceanic blue Swift Desire, they both realised that something had changed since yesterday. Isha felt unusually nervous around Maadhav, while he was mentally preparing for the biggest night of his life.

As someone who doesn’t usually wear her emotions on her sleeve, Isha made a deliberate effort and chatted animatedly to Maadhav about all the fun they had had at the ball, and ranted about how Corporate Social Responsibility has just become an excuse for pretentiousness these days.

As Maadhav drove steadily towards Velachery to drop her off at her home, his heart thumped louder and louder until he was sure Isha could actually hear it. Conversely, he became quieter and quieter, just nodding and proffering fillers at the right places. As they crossed Guindy, Isha looked at him enquiringly – “You’ve been pretty quiet today.. what’s up? Something the matter?”

Maadhav had the answer – he just didn’t know how to tell her. So he turned into the left just after the landmark restaurant – Aasife Brothers, and stopped under a shady tree. Isha made no comment, but just waited with a raised eyebrow. Maadhav braced himself, and looked at her a long moment.

Then he said without preamble – “I Love You.” Isha’s expression changed from innocent curiosity to shock to something gentler with the speed of a bullet train. She averted her eyes to make sure they gave nothing away.

Maadhav continued – “I’ve been in love with you for sometime now. I just couldn’t pluck up the courage to tell you, and well.. I didn’t have any clue of how you feel about me. I want to spend the rest of my life with you Isha. I can’t think of anyone else I would rather wake up with, every single day of the rest of my life.”

Isha had suspected that he felt this way for sometime, but still wasn’t ready to hear him confess it, and was even less ready with her reply. She looked at him with a pained expression – “Maadhav.. there are so many things that you don’t know about me… And you’re my best friend.. but well.. I don’t know what to say… can I have some time to think please?”

Maadhav answered unhesitatingly – “No problem! Please take as much time as you need.” He wasn’t worried about the “so much you don’t know about me” part. They had been best friends for 2 years; he knew her like the back of his hand.

Moreover, for all the hesitation she showed now, he suspected that she felt pretty much the same way about him. He had seen the way she looked at him a couple of times in her unintentionally unguarded moments.. like when they had danced together earlier that day.

Isha, on the other hand, was in thorough turmoil. She was at last getting the very thing she wanted, but she couldn’t possibly take it. The bridge that she was afraid of crossing was here at last. She had kept postponing it for 2 years, but now the only way out was to cross it.

And now we wait.. to see if their love comes to fruition.

The Book reading challenge!

So after years of avid reading which descended into months of no reading, which then graduated to weeks of sporadic reading.. I’ve now decided to graduate further to full-blown avid reading once again.

I fondly remember times when I used to read anything and everything I laid eyes on.. much like Hermione Granger you might say. But those are old memories, and now all I can think of is bitter thoughts of how I am no longer able to read like that. Anyhoo, I decided it’s time to throw out the mopey face and make fresh reading memories again!

I signed up for a Goodreads account at last, and well.. I have an Amazon/Kindle account already. So I’ve now signed up for the 2014 book reading challenge in Goodreads. It allows you to set a number – how many books you would like to finish reading before the end of this year? I’ve set a goal of 12 books from July to December – you know, at the rate of 2 books a month. I can read more.. but well.. I’m more of a realistic-goal-setting-person! πŸ˜›

I intend reading a lot of Classics this year, so I may not be posting any reviews; but I will most certainly keep you updated as and when I finish a book.

Now wish me luck! πŸ™‚