Aside

” Abhi mujhme kahin baki thodisi hai zindagi, Jagi dhadkan nayee jaana zinda hun main toh abhi.” ( There is still a little life remaining in me, There has awoken a new heartbeat in me, I realize that I am still alive.)

This a song from the movie Agneepath. It has been written by Amitabh Bhattacharya and sung by Sonu Nigam with music composed by Ajay and Atul Gogavle. The translation you see here is by me. Translation takes away the impact of the song, but it is essential to understand the meaning, so…The actual hindi song is absolutely beautiful, it’s mersmerising. It’s one of my most favourite songs ever!! And Sonu Nigam’s voice…!!!  

The inspiration for this post came from WordPress’ ‘Inspire me!’ ( I am not feeling very inspired at the moment). It said that I should write my favourite line from a song I love and elaborate on it. I immediately thought of this song and specifically these lines. Isn’t it kind of funny? These lines give me hope when I am feeling, like I said, not very inspired about what I am doing. When everything is lost, there is that one small ray of hope somewhere. It makes us realize that there is still something we can do, there is always something to live for. Even if you are feeling absolutely alone, you have yourself to think of and live for. Our life does not come easy and we can be a little selfish sometimes. Just a little, though.

So it’s good to know that there is still something to live for. Hope for a better tomorrow and hope for a better post next week 🙂
Until next week then…

Daffodils

Hola!

Okay so I am not posting something very original today, but I am posting a poem which I think most of you would already know. If you don’t, well, you can read it here. I was reminded of this poem in one of my lectures today and I thought I would post it because it is one of my favourite poems. It makes me feel good and I think it will make you feel good too. It is a very simple poem and I first heard it in school. I really liked it then too as I do today. 

So, here goes…

DAFFODILS

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed–and gazed–but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:

For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils. 

WILLIAM WORDSWORTH

Isn’t it a nice poem? 

I really liked it because it reminds me that we all wander and feel lonely sometimes, like a cloud. But, we also have that field of beautiful, golden daffodils that we only need to think of to start feeling better again. The daffodils make us realize of the joy we can find in simple things, in nature. It is something that we can all share and that joy, that pleasure of seeing something beautiful will always stay with us. Both sad and happy moments are a part of life, we need to decide what to remember and dwell on and what to let go of. Our ‘daffodils’ , those happy, wonderful memories, are always going to be with us. We only need to remember them to be happy and never let them go.

Until next week then.

All was (and still is) well

It’s all over the news that J.K.Rowling said in a recent interview that she would have liked it better if Harry and Hermione had ended up together. She said that it was more ‘wish fulfillment’ than anything else that Ron and Hermione are together in the end. The statement created a lot of uproar in the HP fandoms, obviously. 

What I didn’t understand is why she would want to change something so important now, after almost 6 years since the last Harry Potter book was published. For me, the story ended there and I liked the way it ended too. While saying this I do agree that it is very interesting to read about Harry Potter and other related stories even after all these years.  But that does not change the original story for me in any way. I think that the books were perfect, the movies are another story though ( Why did Harry and Voldemort have to have that fighting sequence in the end, when they so obviously had awesome spells? Why weren’t so many of the horcrux memories shown in the sixth movie? Why wasn’t the last fight in the Great Hall, like in the books? It would have looked amazing on screen.) I should stop, I could really go on and on.

Back to my point here, I just think that once an author has written a story, and such an immensely successful one at that, why get into it again? Ofcourse, I realize that it is the author’s creative right and all that, but I still don’t agree. Plus Rowling was not talking about something very secondary, she was talking about the main characters! 

I haven’t found, in any of the seven books, even an inkling of a doubt as to who Hermione would be with in the end. I have always believed it to be Ron. Harry was always her friend, he calls her a sister. But Ron, wasn’t the fact that they were so often at each others throats proof enough that they would end up together? It does become kind of obvious as the series progresses.

For me,  it is ‘Romione’ all the way!! They do suit each other, Ron is so obviously funny, so uninterested in studies, Hermione on the other hand is studious. They complement each other in these regards. They are both so brave and they have been through so much together that I wouldn’t have expected any other end to their story. 

All this ranting done, I can finally talk about the ‘little’ truth that has come to my notice today . In a recent article on MuggleNet they have put up the actual interview that happened and Rowling doesn’t mean exactly this, apparently. You can read the interview here.

I think you will realize that she isn’t talking about changing the ending at all, but about how compatible the characters are. And I have to agree, Harry and Hermione are definitely more compatible than Ron and Hermione. But, like I mentioned, the differences between Ron and Hermione make them better-suited. After all don’t we say ‘opposites attract’? That’s my way of thinking anyway. Compatibility obviously goes a long way in building and maintaining a relationship and that is what makes Harry and Hermione’s friendship so much more important. Like Rowling says, it is Hermione who is with Harry every step of the way. It is because they were so similar in many ways that they have such a strong relationship. But, Ron and Hermione needed each other in a way. They needed each other to balance themselves and they made each other better people. 

She talks about this one scene in which Harry and Hermione are dancing in the tent after Ron has left. I am one of those people who really liked that scene. But for me, the scene was more a proof of how much Harry and Hermione mean to each other and how strong their relation is than a scene where you wonder ‘what could have been’. It is a beautiful scene. There is this innocence in it, especially Harry’s because he knows how much Ron’s leaving has hurt Hermione and how much she misses him. The little dance is a very sweet effort  to cheer her up because he does not like the way she has become, all subdued and lost. That is not the Hermione he knows.

That’s my take on things, then. Rowling talks about a little bit of counselling that they might have needed. I think Harry would have been good enough as a ‘counselor’ for them. Who knows them better than they do themselves, after all? Harry is a pretty balanced character in that sense, he has traits that both Ron and Hermione have and he is such a great friend. They wouldn’t have had to look too far for support if they did have problems in their marriage.

So everyone can be at peace now because Ron and Hermione are still together and everything is well in the wizarding world. That makes our Muggle world a little more happier too, doesn’t it?

Until next week then.