This is a poem I have written for all my fellow Hunger Games fans. May the odds be ever in your favor !
In the nation of Panem, lived a girl from District Twelve On her hunger and lack of wealth, she tried not to dwell. But the day all she felt was fear Was the day she had to volunteer. She had dreaded this day from the beginning The day she had to play the worst game ever A game only the most cruel had a chance of winning.
To win this game of death She had to fight till her very last breath. And so she did, and emerged victorious, In her journey she met many, some sweet and some notorious.
But one remained with her through the end First her fellow victor, and then her friend. They fought countless wars together, And together countless forces they aligned But those tales are for another time.
You may be wondering who this girl was, such a fearless queen ; Her name was Katniss, Katniss Everdeen. ~ Aahana Jain
Recently, I went to ‘BOOK STREET’ in Mumbai, a place that gets its name from the many vendors who sell hundreds of books on the sidewalk. It was my first time experiencing something like this and for a bookworm, I have to say I was surprised. The vendors there are very simple and normal people, but the knowledge they had of books was so surprising and intriguing. They knew books of every genre and even recognized the lesser-known authors that I named.
I think this goes to show that the magical world of books calls to any and every type of person. This place was like a paradise on the street. Walking under the blue tarp to explore books somehow was an experience in itself. I even bought three books, two of which were recommended by the vendor himself ! I think I have to say that buying books is a magical experience, and buying them from a place like this made it even more special.
Stranger Things! A show that literally changed my whole perception of horror shows. For me, horror shows weren’t even half as good as the movies because I felt that in a series of this genre, either the stuff will be too scary or the story will be stretched. But ‘Stranger Things’ is nothing like that. Not only does this show has an awesome story line that keeps you literally on the edge, it also finally made a group of kids famous that weren’t from Disney. Just kidding 😁.
The first season is mainly centered on the disappearance of Will Byers due to a creature from another world, and how his friends and family go to great lengths to find him with the help of a very unique girl, Eleven, with superpowers. The great lengths that Will’s mother Joyce goes to find him and saves him from the deadly monster (the Demogorgan) with the help of police chief Jim Hopper shows how a mother can do literally anything for her child. Also, the way that Will’s friends (Mike, Lucas and Dustin) search for him risking their own safety tells us what is the meaning of true friendship.
The second season was even better ! The way that they showed how Eleven is hidden by Hopper and how she rebels and reaches out to her family and a sister that she never knew about is just amazing. Meanwhile, Will is literally possessed by another thing from the Upside Down (a totally different dimension from where all the evil comes) and therefore becomes a threat to his family and friends. How will they get this demon out of Will ? How will they save themselves from all the danger coming towards them? Watch the series on Netflix to find out.
And lastly, the third season of Stranger Things is epic. The story line, the base, the new characters, the plot, everything is amazing. I really have to give it to the Duffer Brothers on this one. And fortunately, nothing happens to Will in this season 😜. This season not only tells us the horror story, but also shows sides of the gangs’ friendships, relationships and normal teenage problems. But in the end, the whole thing is amazing. In this season, the Russians are trying to open the portal to the Upside Down (are they literally mad !) right here in Hawkins, Indiana. Also, the Mind Flayer has now almost taken over the full town andis coming for Eleven and her friends. How will Eleven save herself and her friends from this deadly monster. Watch the show only on Netflix to find out.
I think by now you must have got the idea of how awesome Stranger Things really is. So best of luck in watching it and remember, stay safe from the Upside Down. 😉
Harry Potter- the magical wizard who took our hearts with him while flying on his ‘Firebolt’ broomstick. Almost every child who likes reading books knows and has read about the adventures of this skinny wizard and his 2 best friends’ adventures. From finding the Philosopher’s stone to winning the Triwizard Tournament and defeating the powerful dark wizard Voldemort, Harry Potter has gone on many many adventures alongside his friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, two people who stood with him and believed him no matter what.
As many of you readers know, the Harry Potter series taught us to imagine, taught us to believe, made us realize that anything can happen and the most important of all, taught us friendship. Being an orphan, all Harry Potter had for a family was his Uncle Vernon, Aunt Petunia and his cousin Dudley, all of whom treated him like a servant and an outcast. But when Harry came to Hogwarts, he found his real family- the smart Hermione Granger, the brave Ron Weasley, the wise Professor Albus Dumbledore and his extended family of the sweet and welcoming family of the Weasleys. Molly Weasley was like a mother to Harry that he never had; she cared for him as if he were his own son, so much so that her boggart was of that of her family AS WELL AS Harry dead. The Wealseys, despite of their weak financial conditions, took care of Harry as if he were if their own.
For me, reading Harry Potters adventures was like going on them with him and his whole gang. I felt bad when Fred Weasley, the Murauders and many other people died, and I felt overjoyed when Harry won the Battle of Hogwarts.
I feel that we all owe a BIG THANKS to J.K Rowling for making mine along with many other children’s childhood so very special. And finally, A VERY VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO OUR BELOVED WIZARD, HARRY POTTER.
Ah! The ‘Fault In Our Stars’, a book that explained Love in all the right ways. For those who don’t know, ‘The Fault In Our Stars’ is a book and also a movie that tells about the life of Hazel Grace Lancaster, a 16-year old cancer patient who falls in love with Augustus Waters (a.k.a Gus), a cancer survivor.
Hazel, having lung cancer couldn’t exert a lot and was very sick. She sat at home all day binge-watching TV shows and didn’t even have any friends. Upon her Mom’s advice Hazel forcibly goes to a Support Group for child cancer patients. There, she meets the ever-charming, ever-sweet Augustus Waters, an 18-year old Cancer survivor (Augustus had osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer due to which he had to get one of his legs amputated). Although Hazel did fall for Gus, she still wanted to be ‘just friends’ with him as she referred to herself as a ‘grenade’, and believed that when she died, she would hurt the people she loved and the people who loved her, therefore making everyone sad and miserable. Although Gus agrees to being just friends, he knows deep down that both he and Hazel love each other.
When Hazel and Gus go to Amsterdam to meet their favorite author, Gus tells Hazel some news that shocks her to the core. Read the book or watch the movie to find out what happens in Hazels’s life.
All throughout the book, the same lessons and facts about life are shown again and again-“Pain demands to be felt”. This fact about life is something that we can’t ignore. To quote Jim Hopper from Stranger Things (A Netflix Series), “Make mistakes, learn from ’em, and when life hurts you – because it will – remember the hurt. The hurt is good. It means you’re out of that cave.”. The message that the author is trying to convey in this book is that ‘Pain is inevitable, but misery is optional’. It shows that if you have pain inside you, it isn’t wrong. But it is very important to acknowledge this pain and to move on and start from a fresh page. Also, to quote Augustus Waters, “You don’t get to choose if you get hurt in this world, old man, but you do have some say in who hurts you.”.
Lastly, I would really like to thank John Green for writing such an amazing book and for teaching us these important truths about life.
This movie is actually based on a novel written by Rachael Lippincott, Mickey Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis published by “Simon and Schuster” ; but the movie is just as good and heartwarming as the book is. If you have seen the 2019 film “Five Feet Apart”, I am sure you will agree with me that this IS one of the best movies ever made. For those who haven’t had a chance to see the film, I am telling you it’s a MUST watch. The film focuses around the lives of 2 cystic fibrosis patients-Will Newman and Stella Grant- who despite of their very different lifestyles and attitudes, fall in love with each other. This film is the kind of movie that will make you cry and laugh at the same time. The thing that is so special about this movie is that both Will and Stella have the same disease that prevents them to be within six feet apart of each other at all times. This means they can’t even touch each other. Imagine loving someone who you can’t touch let alone get closer to than 6 feet. How they make their love work is very heartwarming and beautifully depicted in the film. I am not going to give any more spoilers, but I am telling you, if you don’t watch it, you are going miss out on one of the best movies made in this decade. This movie has Cole Sprouse playing the easy going Will Newman and Haley Lu Richardson playing the good girl Stella Grant. This movie is also available on Netflix.