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I won an Award but this is just puns and gifs really

(Look who’s finally gotten around to doing this)

Special thanks to Leanna at Short Story Long Blog for nominating me for the Sunshine Blogger Award!

It has been a while since I did the Leibster so I was really excited to do it (And the questions are so cool) 😀

The rules for the Sunshine Blogger Award are:

* Answer the 11 questions from the blogger who nominated you.
* Nominate some wonderful bloggers and write 11 questions for them to answer.

My answers to Leanna’s questions:

1. Who is your favourite Youtuber?

I don’t even have to think about this. 
The vlogbrothers. 
No competition whatsoever.

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2. You have been captured! The protagonist(s) of the last book you read is coming to your rescue. What are your chances of survival?

100%

The last book I  finished reading was the second book in the How to Train your Dragon series. So that would mean Hiccup and Toothless are coming to rescue me! Consider me rescued.

But also, I’m currently reading a huge-ish book called Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality. 
It is a fanfiction, and it is brilliant.

Harry is smarter than Hermione. He is raised by good stepparents. He reads a lot- by that I mean, A LOT.
If this Harry was coming to rescue me, he’d probably ensure that I never get captured in the first place. That’s how much of a genius he is. 
Like I said, it is huge and I’m still reading it, but all you Harry Potter fans out there (and a lot of you follow this blog too): Read this! Highly recommended!

[Shout out to my new-ish friend who made me aware of the existence of HPMoR and who knew that it was just the kind of thing I’d like to read. 
Also a shout out to her for understanding all my feels about the book.]

3. What is your favourite pun?

Could I change the question to “What is your favourite kind of joke?” And then answer with “the kind with clever puns in it”?

No?

Well okay.
Then I’ll do what I do every time I can’t choose, and list as many as I can find.

Ready? Here I go:

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4. What was your favourite cartoon as a kid?

The most my brain can go back is to remember ‘Recess’ which was a cartoon series on Disney and I loved it, and I’d be lying if I said I wouldn’t marathon it today if given a chance.

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I also loved love Phineas and Ferb, but I think I was already at least 12 by the time I started watching it. 
So, while I now think I was a kid back then, my 12 year old would take some major offence at being called a kid.

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5. Favourite book-to-movie adaptation?

Ermmm…. Harry Potter?

The movies aren’t without their own faults and they could obviously have done lots of things differently but the entire series is so much more to me now that I can’t not watch the movies whenever they’re on TV. 
I say this all the time actually. 
I should either find another answer, or a different way to put it.

Harry Potter is always a cop-out answer anyway.

6. When you were a kid, what did you tell people when they asked you what you would be when you grew up?

Doctor, I think? For a while it was “Doctor”. 
Although not the Gallifreyan kind- I wish kid-me was that smart for having watched Doctor Who at the age of 5 or whatever.

After the Doctor phase it was scientist. I had my heart set on being a scientist all through childhood, and for a little while as a teenager too. 
I don’t remember when exactly I stopped wanting to be a scientist- but it was around the time I was taught electromagnetism and things like that in physics and I couldn’t comprehend a word of it all… Around this time I had also started taking my reading and writing seriously so then somehow the scientist thing wasn’t too difficult to let go of.

7. What’s your favourite bridge?

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8. Do you listen to podcasts? Which ones?

Currently? None.
 
Usually? DEAR JOHN AND HANK!!!!

And a bunch of others, but none of them regularly.

9. What’s your favourite dish to cook?

I don’t really cook, but recently I have started to, a bit.
I like making mashed potatoes or French Fries. Truth is, I love eating them so I don’t mind cooking them as well. And for one thing, I’d never rely on my mother to make mashed potatoes just the way I like them.

[Update: A day after I typed out this answer and saved it as a draft, my mother made mashed potatoes because I was feeling too lazy, and they were the best mashed potatoes I’ve ever had. So guess who’s going to be making the mashed potatoes henceforth?]

10. What was your least favourite class in high school?

P.E.

11. Favourite thing on your bookshelf?

The books, really.

Hahaha…

Most priced possessions would probably be the Harry Potter set, and my signed copy of Gavin Aung Than’s Zen Pencils book (never miss a chance to mention it).

My nominations are:

1. Diary of an Introverted Schmuck
2. Anything and Everything
3. Freedom and Inspiration
4. The power of Dreams
5. The Writing Hufflepuff
6. Something Else
7. BABYSTEPS22
8. Fandom Addict
9. The Vocal Wallflower
10. My Tiny Obsessions
11. The World Past Me

If you’re reading this, and wish to do this challenge and answer my awesome questions, but I haven’t nominated you, this is for you! Consider yourself nominated! Go on, do it! 😀

My questions for you lovelies are:

1. Did you listen to the Hamilton soundtrack? 

2. If your answer to that question is Yes (or ‘OMG YES!’ preferably), which are your favourite songs (I know it’s impossible to choose just one), favourite character, favourite voice to listen to? Go on! Fangirl/ fanboy!!

If your answer to that question is No, what exactly are you even doing with your life?! 
While that question started out rhetoric, now I’m curious. What’s happening? What’s new? What are you excited about in the short term? Tell me.

3. Do you have any tattoos? Would you like any (more)? Describe them. 
If no, why not?

4. If you were a Greek God (or Goddess) what would you be the God of?

5. Why do you think cats can’t fly?

6. If you could hop into a time machine right now, where would you go, past or future? When and where, specifically, and why?

7. Which is your favourite book cover? Why? (Of course attach a picture!)

8. What is your comfort food?

9. Tell me a funny and/or cute story from your childhood. (You can and should ask your parents for help in this one!)

10. Which F.R.I.E.N.D.S. character are you?
(Take this Buzzfeed quiz and post a screenshot of your answer!)

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I'd say I did good, wouldn't you?

11. *Bonus question space!* What question do you wish I had asked you? Ask yourself it and then answer.

Good Luck to everyone who was nominated for having undertaken the task of answering questions, nominating people, and finding 11 questions for them!

May the 4th be with you!
(I am posting today- couldn’t give up on the opportunity!)

Edit: Do put a pingback to this post and/or comment with your blog link here so I can go check out your answers! I may act all chill here but I’m so excited to read all the answers. 😛

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Modern Tales for our Life and Times

Recently when I had voluntarily taken a break from reading (the break was about a month long, and it was only partly voluntary, but that’s not the point), I ended up reading a book anyway.

It was a short book full of short stories, which is why it was easy to read in spite of aforementioned break.
I read it in just a couple of hours, in fact.

It had some very interesting quotes and witty dialogue, so I’m going to post some here for your reading pleasure.

If they convince even a couple of you to go read the book, that’ll be cool because it is truly hilarious.

The book is called Politically Correct Bedtime Stories by James Finn Garner.

It is a collection of the fairy tales (such as Cinderella and The Frog Prince and Snow White) we all were told as kids, but stripped of all racism, stereotypes, sexism, misogyny (no but seriously, how sexist and misogynist were all the stories I loved as a kid anyway?), lookism, ageism etc.

It was refreshing to read these stories where the “bad” guys were not simply bad by virtue of belonging to a particular class of people living in society and they could also maybe do good things sometimes, and to see how the “good” characters maybe weren’t exactly as good as we grew up making them out to be.

The title was enough to convince me to go read the book, and the book did not disappoint.

Here’s a quote (one of my personal favourites) :

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From The Little Red Riding Hood

Here are some more:

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The Emperor's New Clothes

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The Emperor's New Clothes, again.

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Rapunzel of course

This was the disclaimer paragraph by the way:

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I especially loved how Rumpelstiltskin and Snow White ended.

Here’s the ending to Rumpelstiltskin (as for Snow White- it makes more sense within the context) :

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Speaking of Snow White, here’s a comic I found around the web which matches the tone of the book:

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Nice, huh?

Reading this book, and finding similar posts to the one above, made me wonder, would children grow up any differently if the stories we told them were more politically correct and helped them become more socially aware?

And yes, we need stories with beautiful ball gowns and glass slippers, but maybe not all of them need the Prince and the Princess to get married for them to be happily-ever-afters.

I like watching the books (??)

This post answers the question for Day 19. I haven’t yet answered the question for Day 17 (and Day 18 is here) because it requires me to embed videos in the blog post, which requires me to switch on my laptop and I might not be able to do that for a while. It didn’t occur to me (until now) that I could just skip a post and come back to it later, which is why I spent all these days not writing a post and trying to find a solution to the no-laptop problem.

Day 19: Do you prefer the books or the films?

Usually? The answer is always books.

In case of Harry Potter though, I see the entire Harry Potter fandom and all of its source material as a gigantic mish-mash of happiness and feels and all good things you can think of.
Which is why it is really difficult for me to choose.

Also, if this question was asked to me a couple of years ago, I’d say books.
Because I was this super-crazy girl who thought movies are just, like, okay and that they don’t tend to impact your lives in the same way that books do. (I mean movies in general, not Harry Potter).
While the latter half of that sentence still holds true to a certain extent, I have realised that movies can be just as awesome as books and can teach you just as much and evoke just as many feelings.
Yes, at moments like these, I realise I’ve grown up quite a lot. But I digress.

If you absolutely held a gun to my head, I’d end up answering this question with “books” but really, that’s just unfair.

Because yes, books were written first and they had the original J K Rowling magic and they contain a part of my soul and nothing could ever come close to this perfect set of book series that started it all for me.

But now, after it’s been years since I first read the books, I happen to be watching the movies more often than reading the books.
The movies help me satisfy my Harry Potter cravings because I’m not much of a re-reader (Harry Potter is still an exception), and a single scene can make me miss the entire series with a new vigour.
I have fallen in love with the actors who play my favourite characters, I’ve grown up with them (although they’ve grown up faster, I think?) and now I feel so proud to see Emma Watson being the ambassador of HeForShe and Rupert Grint owning an ice cream truck and distributing ice cream to children.
I love it when I spot Harry Potter actors in other movies and I will forever associate them with their Harry Potter characters.

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I hope this answers the question.

Until the next post! 🙂

My Patronus is Sherlock! (According to BuzzFeed)

Day 16 was missing in our Tumblr Challenge list so Leanna on the suggestion of Tanvi, decided that the prompt should be “Expecto Patronum! What form does your Patronus take and why?

Thank you both of you, it’s a great prompt.
We’ve always wondered about this, haven’t we?
I think it’d be an owl.
It is supposed to be my spirit animal, and what with all the Athena connections (I’m the daughter of Athena, who is the Goddess of wisdom, war strategy, inspiration, arts and loads of other awesome things) I believe it could be true.

Leanna’s post has these awesome pictures of owls (I especially love her display picture, ever since I first saw it!)
and wow! If that’s going to be Patronus, bring it on Dementors!

And the customary BuzzFeed quiz that everyone’s doing told me this:
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All I could think was Sherlock!

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And what’s with BuzzFeed saying the same for all three of us??
(Tanvi, Leanna and I have, apparently, all got Patronuses that are otters)
Come on BuzzFeed! You’re not even trying.

Tell me in the comments if you got something else on the quiz!

Congratulations to everyone who completed this challenge (especially if you did it on time) and if you haven’t yet completed, don’t worry! We’re getting there 😀

My Social Life at Hogwarts!

Day 15: Pick three characters to be your best friends at Hogwarts.

Let me get started on answering this question right away because I’ve daydreamed about this more often than I care to admit.

Also notice how the question says best friends, because I really plan to have more than just 3 friends when I go to Hogwarts and since I’m hoping to be a part of the years of The Golden Trio, I will quite possibly be friends with just about everybody, including Draco Malfoy (and if he looks anything like Tom Felton, then definitely Draco Malfoy).

Hermione Granger

Hermione is so awesome!
I’ve always connected to her ever since I started reading the books and I always wished for a friend like her.
So my first choice for friends at Hogwarts is Hermione Granger, hands down!
And well, think about it (because I have), we both could sit in the library and read tonnes of books.
She’d appreciate the company, and the fact that we’d both be quiet and lost in our own books wouldn’t matter to her (or me) a bit.
Oftentimes, you make conversation with people just because you’re sitting with them and feel the need to fill those awkward silences. We wouldn’t need to do that at all.
We’d also end up studying for the exams together and again, she’d appreciate hanging out with me as opposed to Ron and Harry because, don’t get her wrong, she loves those two but they’re extremely annoying when it comes to studying! Those two really don’t care, do they?

(Although I’d probably disappoint her in this case because I don’t get much studying done myself!
But the fact that it’s magic studies coupled with the fact that I’d be with Hermione might bring about a change in me. Yes, I’m hoping Hermione rubs off on me.)

I’d also set up Ron and Hermione as soon as I could, and I’d be there for her every time she felt like she required some girl advice because both the boys are hopeless!

The times we aren’t in the library reading, we’d be hanging out and discussing books. We’d totally fangirl.
I’d just go crazy shipping my OTPs and Hermione would come up with extremely well thought out fan theories and headcanons and we’d become this fangirling duo at Hogwarts just like Greddy and Forgy are the mischievous duo. Which brings me to my next pick of friends:

Fred and George Weasley

Can you even imagine the amount of fun I’d have at Hogwarts if I hung out with these two?

And I wouldn’t have to worry about attending boring classes ever again, although of course, Hermione would drag my ass to them whether I liked it or not. And she’d see through the twins’ tricks every time!

But I’d have access to the Marauder’s Map!!
I’d sneak out with them, help them in their elaborate plans and just be there as moral support, if nothing else.
(And they’d like it if someone anonymously- or not- blogged about the successful and the not-so-successful tricks they played on various teachers and students… Three guesses as to who’d volunteer. Because everyone needs a blogger- even Sherlock Holmes!)
I’d persuade Hermione to convince Harry to lend us the Invisibility Cloak every once in a while, when he’s not too busy trying to save the world using it. 
And because I’d be friends with Hermione, I would, by extension, be friends with the trio.
This is a win-win!

Luna Lovegood

(Yes I’m choosing one more, shut up! Gred and Forge are one unit, they do not count separately. If you’re not convinced, I’ll post a few really really sad posts trying to prove my point, but I have decided to spare you- and myself- the feels. Every single mention of Fred and George doesn’t have to be sad. That sort of defeats their purpose in the books.)
(Also- how could I not choose Luna?
For someone who loves Luna as much as I do, I haven’t been appreciating her enough this past month)

So, Luna!
I don’t really know what to say about our time at Hogwarts.
That is because I have no idea what it’ll be like.
Luna is so unpredictable- which is exactly why I’d like to be friends with her.
We’d talk about Nargles and Wrackspurts and she’d also randomly spout wisdom and I’d realise all over again why I admire her so much.
We’d both be in Ravenclaw so she’d be my house-buddy!
We’d sit together in classes and along with Hermione, we’d probably become this girl trio.
Of course, I’d first have to convince Hermione just how awesome Luna actually is… It would be good for Hermione too.

Luna is one of the most loyal friends I’ve come across in the books and I’d never take her friendship for granted.
The best thing about her is that she accept me the way I am (which is fortunately true for most of my current friends as well) and I’d do the same for her.

I’ve been pretty irregular here as far as the challenge is concerned, and I’d like to thank Aditi at My Crazy High School Life for reading my blog yesterday and commenting on various posts which reminded me how much I love blogging and so I ended up writing this post (I was planning to, of course, but got busy and finally did it today).
Thanks Aditi, my fellow Potterhead, you did not forget to be awesome! 🙂

“The world is not divided into good people and Death Eaters”

Day 14: Team Harry or Team Voldemort

Everybody seems to be answering this question with “TEAM HARRY FTW!!”
and “Who’d even choose Voldemort like siriusly?”
To be honest, my response on hearing the question was same; followed by “Why would you even ask this question?”
But then I’ve been thinking about it for a while (and since I’ve been not blogging every single day, I got time to do that) and I thought about it in a different way, sort of like Leanna’s post, but slightly different.
(She does explain the Draco and Narcissa part nicely though)

She asks the question, Under what circumstances would you join Team Voldy?
And think about it, it is really easy to choose Team Harry after having read Harry Potter and seeing how it ends and every thing that actually happens and there’s a clear distinction between the good guys and the bad guys.
But what about if you were actually there?
And you didn’t know who was good or bad?
As somebody who was, say, 17 before Harry was even born and Voldemort had power, would you join the Order or Voldemort?
What if your family was pureblood, or better yet, somebody from your family was a Death Eater?
What if we’re scared about defying Voldemort?
What if The Dark Lord has done some harm to our families?

Of course, in spite of saying all of this, I’m still, willingly, Team Harry.
I try my best to always be a good person.
I’m not a racist, sexist or a homophobe and I try to be as tolerant and accepting of others as possible.
I have no desire to be powerful either, not really.
I wouldn’t know what to do.
So you know, it is safe to say, I’d be Team Harry anyway.

But what I’m trying to say is, we should think about whether we would be so confident about joining Team Harry under any circumstances…

A combined post

Day 13: Your Least Favourite Movie
And
Day 18: Your Least Favourite Book 

I racked my brains.
This is what my brain came up with:

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The question about least favourite book literally makes no sense.
It doesn’t even register in my head for the few moments it would require me to come up with an answer.

The one about my least favourite movie, maybe I can think of if I watch all the movies once now (marathon them, I mean) (Wow! Now there’s an idea!) and then decide which one was not the most interesting.

But right now, I can’t do it for various reasons.
One of them being that I don’t want to.

The Harry Potter movies have now become a thing that I watch parts of every time they come on TV.
I rarely (if ever) sit down by myself to watch them.
Harry Potter movies on TV equals excitement for me.

It doesn’t matter which movie it is, or what scene is on when I watch.
Five minutes of watching Harry Potter is enough to create a torrent of emotions in my mind regarding the entire series and the effect it has had on my life.
Oftentimes it so happens that I watch a particular scene which makes me realise something (be it about the series or myself) that I didn’t know before.
Then I have to sit down and think- once again- about how this series is so brilliant and how it is full of surprises and how I can never stop loving it ever.

I know I didn’t answer the questions asked, but that my response was sufficient for the questions asked.

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