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Harry Potter for Muggles

A Muggle's guide to Harry Potter
Harry Potter, the latest phemonenon to hit the literary world, is a force to reckon with. Created by an unknown author named J.K. Rowling, it has become such a runaway success that you can love it, or hate it, there is no way you can ignore it. Although meant to be a children's book, the latest news reports suggest that a large number of adults are buying and reading the latest adventures of the bespectacled, orphan Boy Wizard with a lightning-shaped scar down his forehead.The Books have been so successful that J.K. Rowling has managed to carve a niche for herself in the same echelons as literary giants like Enid Blyton and J.R.R. Tolkein. At last count, Rowling has surpassed the New Testament by about 70,000 words. Therunaway success of the series has propelled Rowling from a struggling-to-make-ends-meet single mother to the world's richest author and the richest woman in the UK. With Harry Potter facts and Trivia cropping up in discussion…

Police Story - Part IV
The Villains of Koramangala...

This is the second part of the Robbery series. For those who came in late...Thieves struck at about 5:30 am on a Sunday morning, while I was fast asleep and stole my mobile phone... This piece is about my interaction with the friendly(Pun, intended) neighbourhood police. Forget expecting them to trace his mobile, it was a herculean task to just get the police to lodge an FIR...

Was rudely woken up from a deep sleep, commotion all around. I somehow manage to shake the sleep off. Realise that it has been years since I have woken up so early. The unthinkable has happened. There has been a robbery at my place. It has actually happened to me. It is no longer something on the crime page of the newspaper, that we usually read with a sense of detachment. Am quite shocked and dizzy (Partly because of the early hour, partly due to the actual event). Gradually it starts to sink in. After some harried searching of the belongings, discover that my dear mobile phone had been stolen. Am feeling hu…

Darkest Before the Dawn !!!!

This one is based on a real experience. It was the first time I ever experienced a robbery....
-Manoj

It's like a bizarre dream. I suddenly hear shouting. I almost wake up then sink back into sleep thinking it is just some dream. Then I hear Dinesh, my roommate shout and open my eyes to see him running out of the room. This is too wierd to be a dream. I jump out of bed and run after him. He yanks the door open and runs out. Outside the girls on the first floor are screaming "Chor, Chor" (Thief, Thief).

The time is about 5:30 in the morning. It is the time when most people are in the deepest part of their sleep cycle. As I come out of my front door and look around groggily, the setting looks quite surreal. It is almost dawn but still quite dark. The sky looks bright, but my surroundings are still in shadow. I almost decide that the setting is too wierd to be anything but a dream, when suddenly I see Dinesh and one of the girls running after the thief, and I follow su…

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