There's magic in the air. As I write this, I know lots of folks around the world are already reading the Deathly Hallows. Its still four hours left here in this part of the world. Here's a not so live blog...
8 PM, Friday: I only got the Silver! I went to Borders straight from work and guess what... fans have already lapped up the Orange wristbands! Well, fans get wristbands of six colors based on which they'll stand in the queue at midnight. I only got the second color. No matter!
For all those non-magical folks (Muggles) who are amused by all this, here's fews bits to kindle your intellectual curiosity.
1. The word 'Magic' comes from the Magis' - the Zoroastrian priests! Magis are similar to Rabbi's of Judaism and Brahmins of Vedic Hinduism (ala Brahmanism). Zoroaster, who may or may not have founded the said religion was a priest who used to render hymns from the Rig Veda.
There was a huge debate between Vedic scholars who took sides between Devas and Asuras. No, Asuras were not bad guys at that time. Zoroastrians celebrated Varuna Mithra, whom we now probably know as Ahura Mazda. (Ahura = Asura). Hinduism might have later demonised Asuras because of this fundamental divide.
2. For all we know Harry Potter may be a PIO - Person of Indian Origin! Afterall, the original witches and wizards are the Romani people whom we also know as Gypsies. Its suggested that, during the Islamic invasion, they migrated from Northwest India to Persia and eventually to Europe. The Romani flag now has the Ashoka Chakra to celebrate this bond! Romani history is a heart wrenching one. More on that may be on a later post.
3. Its one of my dreams to visit the Church of 'Sara Kali' (yes 'Kali') in Southern France. This amazing Goddess is a heady mixture of Christianity, Judaism and Romani Hinduism. Her black color and the name obviously derive from India. Christianity claims that she walked on the Mediterranean waters to welcome the early Christians from the Holy Land. And ofcourse we can also imagine her to be the daughter of Jesus Christ who escaped from the 'Christians' (Or someone related to that supposed event).
10 PM, Friday: I'm now leaving for the 'Grand Hallows Ball' at Borders. When I'm back I'll have the book.
1 AM, Saturday: I have it! It took about 45 mins on the queue. Not bad, was it? Now, I'll be back on planet Earth when I complete the book.
8 PM, Sunday: Done.