A Favourite Movie (30 Day Blogging Challenge)

The movie ‘Neerja’ aptly portrayed the hijacking of an airplane. Aircraft hijacking is the unlawful seizure of an aircraft by an individual or a group. In most cases the pilot is forced to go along with the order of the hijackers.Many lives have been lost in the hijackings that have taken place in the past.

The movie is based upon a true story that took place on 5th September,1986. Neerja was an air hostess on Pan Am flight 73 and was killed while shielding 3 children from the terrorists that had hijacked the plane while it was standing on the tarmac of Jinnah International airport.

After the terrorists boarded the plane,Neerja alerted the cockpit crew who escaped through the overhead hatch in the cockpit.

After holding passengers and crew members hostage for 17 hours on the runway, the terrorists opened fire.Neerja stayed on the plane and helped other passengers escape even though she could have been the first one to leave.

Most of us will never find ourselves in a high pressure situation, facing death like she did. True bravery always emerges in the face of fear. We will never know what Neerja was thinking or feeling during those hours that spanned the terrible ordeal that ended in death, but we do know that she chose to respond to the actions of the terrorists with exceptional grace, courage and grit. Of the 380 passengers and crew members on flight, 360 remained.

Thus the world knows of a brave woman called Neerja who responded with courage and level- headedness in the face of the hijacking of an airplane.

 

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Ghosts And Ghost Stories

Ghost stories have been around for a long time. For more than thousand years. Before books, television and computers, nights could seem long. In order to entertain themselves, people sat around the fire and narrated scary stories which were just part of the fun.

So what exactly are ghosts?

Many people who believe in ghosts think that ghosts are spirits of those who have died but are not ready enough to leave this world for the next. The place where a ghost appears is said to be haunted. In most tales, the spirit of the dead haunts the areas where they have lived or died. In many narratives, ghosts are kind and helpful. Sometimes ghosts need help before they can finally rest in peace.

I know a lot of people who believe in ghosts while I, on the other hand, don’t believe in them. I think that they are just myths meant to frighten us. I don’t take such stories seriously and listen to them purely for the purpose of entertainment.

 

 

If I Lived In A Fictional Universe, Which One Would I Choose And Why? (30 Day Blogging Challenge)

I feel like every book lover present on earth, has, at least once in his/her life, wanted to live in a fictional universe. I have felt that urge plenty of times myself. And every time I come up with a different answer. Sometimes I want to be a demigod, fighting alongside Percy and Annabeth with gifts from my godly patron. Other times I want to be a dragon rider, touring the skies of an unknown land, cherishing the bond between my dragon rider and myself, fighting to save the world. Other times I want to be true to my roots and enjoy myself in the small town of Malgudi along with Rajam and Mani along the banks of  the Sarayu River.

But now I seem to have come to a decision: I want to go to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and live the life of an ordinary witch and study subjects like Transfiguration, Defence Against The Dark Arts, Charms and of course, Potions (Snape is dead, so that is fine!). And that is not all, there is Honeydukes and Zonko’s and even Weasley’s Wizarding Wheezes to check out and enjoy to the fullest. That is not to mention The Three Broomsticks, owned by the very lovely Madam Rosmerta!

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As you all know, I am a self-confessed book lover and I have always been curious about wizarding tales that have  been passed over the centuries in the community. Although  I have read the tales of Beedle The Bard, I am perfectly sure that more exciting legends an tales of wizarding folklore would await me on my entry into the wizarding world.

Oh and of course I would want to be on the Quidditch team. I have never been afraid of heights in the least and have always enjoyed the feeling of wind whistling past my ears. What’s more, I don’t make a fuss when and if I get injured. I would want to be a beater although I would not mind being a seeker or even a chaser.

So, all in all the wizarding world would be the best possible fictional universe to live in.

Book Review: Dracula By Bram Stoker

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‘Dracula’ is one of the world’s most well known horror stories. But do you think you can stand the most horrific of horrors?’Dracula’ is by Bram Stoker, who has, brought to life, in this book an age old mythical creature that all of us fear.

The story is about an old count, who has the power to live forever as long as he feasts on human blood. He decides to invite Jonathan Harker, a young english lawyer, to his castle. Harker, of course, is not aware of the true nature of the count. He is made prisoner at Castle Dracula and is forced to send false letters to his lady love, Mina Murray, informing her of his departure from the castle and that he would arrive back in London in a few weeks. In this book, the author, Bram stoker succeeds in his aim to terrify. The myth is powerful because it allows evil to remain mysterious. The book dives into the realms of evil myths and superstitions but also strongly portrays the power of love and friendship.

So, what happens to Jonathan Harker? Will he get the better of the evil count? If you are not afraid of vampires, then I recommend you read ‘Dracula’ by Bram Stoker and find out yourself.

A Little About Myself (30 Day Blogging Challenge)

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Hi! My name is Pari and I am 13 years old. I live in India, the land of unity in diversity and I speak 2 languages, Hindi and English. I play badminton almost daily for 2 and a half hours and have been playing for 3 years now. So, it is no big surprise that my favourite player is PV Sindhu.

I am a self confessed book lover, with my favourite genre being murder and mystery. I consider myself to be a true potterhead and, if you are curious I am in Slytherin and my Patronus is a dolphin. My favourite book is probably Agatha Christie’s ‘And Then There Were None’. My favourite book series are the Harry Potter series as well as the Anne of Green Gables series. I am currently reading the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare.

I enjoy listening to music and, being Indian, listen to both Hindi and English songs. Most of this music is usually from the top 40 charts and I quite like it. My sister, on the other hand says that I have a horrible taste in music! My current favourite in english music is Grace Vanderwaal’s ‘Moonlight’ and in Hindi music is ‘Baarish’ from the movie Half Girlfriend.

I also enjoy watching Youtube videos in my spare time, particularly studytubers such as Studyign, StudyWithInspo, Tbhstudying and Mariana’s study corner. It is thanks to these youtubers that I started a bullet journal this year and have maintained it throughout. Did I mention that I absolutely adore cute stationery?

I am not a huge TV shows person but I do like watching Masterchef Australia and as you can probably tell,I am a bit of a foodie and happen to have a huge sweet tooth. Being a non-vegetarian, my favourite fast food is KFC’s Chicken Popcorn. But in my opinion, the best ‘junk food ‘ in the world is Vada Pav on the streets of Mumbai, my city.

As far as movies go, my favourite English movie is ‘The Parent Trap’. As for Hindi movies, there are far too many to choose from! My favourites are ‘Yeh Jawani Hain Deewani’, ‘Piku’, ‘Neerja’, ‘Dangal’ and ‘Bajirao Mastani’.

This is my second post on The 30 Day Blogging Challenge. See you next week!

Bye!

Dogs Vs. Cats (30 Days Blogging Challenge)

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I would be extremely surprised if you told me that you have never been asked this question in your lifetime. Irrespective of whether or not you like animals, someone or the other is bound to ask you this question. The moment those words will leave his/her mouth, the great debate will start.

Me (To a friend): Hey, do you like dogs or cats?

The friend: Um… I don’t really know. I mean, dogs are really cute but cats are really smart, but then cats scratch you with their paws and dogs don’t do that! You get what I mean?

Me: Hmm.

The friend: What about you? Dogs or Cats?

Me: Hmm.

The friend: Apparently, dogs are much more high maintenance than cats but I’m not really sure about that. And you still haven’t answered my question.

Me: Oh well, never mind. I’ll see you tomorrow.

I personally prefer dogs but I frequently play with the stray cats in my building. I prefer dogs because they are very cute and play with more than just a ball of yarn . They don’t scowl all the time but instead multiply the happiness levels in the  house by about a million.

So, all in all I prefer dogs but the great debate lives on!

30 Days Blogging Challenge

Hey guys! This is the 30 days blogging challenge that  I have decided to do. I will not be doing one each day but rather I’ll spread it over 5 to 6 weeks. I decided to take up this challenge not only to improve my writing skills but also to voice my thoughts on various topics. While my thoughts are just a few drops in the ocean, I do hope that they are of some impact.

I hope you enjoy the tour of my brain!

Here is the challenge, made by my sister.

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The Challenge Sheet.