As a child I have always dreamed of fairies appearing out of thin air and solving my problems or of a handsome prince taking me along to his kingdom. It took me eleven or twelve years of my life to detach myself of this maze of fantasies. I went on complaining to my mother about how unfair it was to fool innocent girls promising them a ‘ prince and a happily ever after ‘. Since early childhood it is deeply instilled that women are fragile and need protection. Why is it always the girls who should be ‘saved’ or ‘protected’ ? The answer is simple – the world always adore the idea of ‘damsels in distress’ and the ‘ heroic princes ‘ destined to save them. In the recent years we have come across changes in these sexist thoughts. There were movie depicting powerful girls capable of protecting their dear ones and taking care of themselves. We Indians have always venerated the mighty and fierce goddesses but why are we reluctant to acknowledge that women are as strong willed as men ? The world no more need ‘damsel in distress ‘ crying helplessly,calling out to her prince to save her . The need of the hour is another ‘ Joan of Ark ‘ or ‘Margaret Thatcher’ or ‘Rani LakshmiBai’ to prove that the world require women warriors as much as it need heroic men…
Humans are considered the noblest of all God’s creations ..What makes a man humane is his ability to care for his fellow beings.In the modern era we seem to forget this or deliberately avoids the lives of others. We strive hard to maintain our kith and kin close to our hearts in a world where all are connected virtually. We’ve got strangers turned friends and friends turned strangers..But what haunts us is the way some of them still stay deep in the corners of our heart.
.A writer never fails to understand the complexity of human relationships..and that’s the reason C S Lewis states thus-
I want to be in a place where I can draw strength
Feel most at Home
A place where I can feel most Alive
Where I can feel that I belong…..
I have spied for you, and lied for you, put myself in mortal danger for you. Everything was supposed to be to keep Lily Potter’s son safe. Now you tell me you have been raising him like a pig for slaughter—’
‘But this is touching, Severus,’ said Dumbledore seriously. ‘Have you grown to care for the boy, after all?’
‘For him?’ shouted Snape. ‘Expecto patronum!’
From the tip of his wand burst the silver doe: she landed on the office floor, bounded once across the office and soared out of the window. Dumbledore watched her fly away, and as her silvery glow faded he turned back to Snape, and his eyes were full of tears.
‘After all this time?’
‘Always,’ said Snape.
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows ,J K Rowling
” Always..” – This one small string of alphabets magnified the persona of Prof. Snape enormously….What made it so special was a question which haunted me for years. As an ardent Harry Potter reader I grew up hating the sinister ‘ Professor of Potions’ who always threatened Harry’s existence at Hogwarts. It took seven books and thirty three chapters to throw light on the mysteries and enigmas that have surrounded this character . I never would have guessed that Snape would emerge as one of the truest heroes of this saga. At the pint where I knew Professor Snape saved Harry and the extent to which he cared for Harry’s deceased mother lily, I had a huge lump in my throat…
A truly magical,noble and self sacrificing character he is, I revere J K Rowling for the way she made me think about unearthing the goodness buries deep under human hearts ..
As one among millions of readers expresses..-“I love J.K. Rowling but I don’t know if I will ever forgive her for introducing me to a world I can never really be a part of. “
Just came across these words and I couldn’t believe the way it described me perfectly as an imdividual. Not all seem to be confused about life as I am. There are days I feel like flying , soaring the deep heights of sky , transforming myself into one of the brightest stars but other days I drown myself in the depths of the Great Canyon…The most curious thing about being a PARADOX is that I have experienced the binaries simultaneously .. ..
As the quote states – “If I Can’t Figure Myself Out , There’s No Way Anyone Else Has…”