In the words of People’s Princess,
” I don’t go by the rule book. I lead from the heart, not the head.”
Princess Diana, the epitome of beauty and a beautiful soul,was the reflection of pure generosity. She was the Princess of Wales and the first wife of Prince Charles. Her purity reflected in her noble deeds andher charm made her the People’s Princess. She believed that nothing is more powerful than love and compassion in this world. She was a free spirited soul andcontinue to inspirewomen all across the globe, even after 21 years to her unfortunate death.Undoubtedly, she still remains to be the most giving souls ever born blessedwith compassionate hands.
1) THE FAIRYTALE WEDDING
It was a fairytale moment for Princess Diana when she married Prince Charles on 29th July, 1981. It was likelive fantasy when she took the wedding oaths at St. Paul’s Cathedral with an audience of over 700 million aroundthe world watching her. Her charisma, even today, is irreplaceable.
2) WHEN SHE FELT LIKE A MOTHER
It was on June 21,1982 when she gave birth to Prince William, surviving the bruising fall downstairs. Her first appearance with the baby in her arms melted hearts all over the globe. Later in 1984, she gave birth to Prince Harry and grew up stronger as a mother. She made it a point to spend quality time with her children and took them to school personally, a rare thing for a royal woman to do.
3) THE AUCTION OF ROYAL DRESSES
Princess Diana auctioned 79 of her royal dresses raising $5.76 million,irrespective of the royal rules. Thisauction served asthe charities for AIDS and Breast Cancer.
4) HER CONTRIBUTION TO AIDS/HIV
She had immensely contributed to the treatment of AIDS/HIV patients. In order to spread awareness, she became the first lady to have photographed herself touching AIDS/HIV patients. Her compassion became a medium for how people were disconnected from the stigma associated with the disease.
5) THE LEPROSY MISSION
Diana had huge affection for children suffering from this disease. Her kindness was visible in her constant appearances with these children, making her a patron of this mission. The mission aimed at providing medicine and treatment to children afflicted with leprosy.
6) THE ROYAL MARSDEN HOSPITAL
This organization aimed at treating childhood cancers and was a National Health Service Trust. Diana, due to her inclination towards spreading love, was a patron of this mission. She was often seen enjoying and playing with the youngest of cancer patients, giving them the best gift for life : gentleness and smiles.
7) THE GREAT ORMOND STREET HOSPITAL FOR CHILDREN
This hospital was considered as a miracle home by parents of children suffering from complicated diseases. Diana became a patron of this hospital. She personally reached out to children with complicated disorders and monitored their treatment.
Princess Diana desired to be remembered as the Queen of People’s heart and her legacy indeed fulfilled this desire. She might have been a part of the royal family but she always remained an innocent, simple woman caring for people who lack affection in their lives. She had the courage to reach out to people suffering with any form of disease or depression. She quoted,
“Carry out a random act of kindness with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.”
She proved that real beauty and love lies within the soul of a person.
The country couldn’t even get over the Unnao Rape Case, and Asifa left everybody dumbstruck, leaving us with a brutal humanity.
She cried, she wept and she must have shouted but probably her screams were not loud enough for the society to hear. Her name was Asifa Bano, a young innocent girl, just 8, experienced the most brutal death. A smiling girl who must have thought of life as a fairy tale saw the most disastrous phase of the society in those seven days. She lived in Rasana village, Kathua and belonged to a Nomadic Muslim Tribe. But at the end of the day, she was a child, an angel of God whom he loved the most. Let us just stop here and think, what was her crime that some inhumans kidnapped her, drugged each day, gang raped and then killed her. Is this why God created humanity to see this inhuman phase of man?
The sad part or let me say the irony is that it happened inside a temple. A temple? The place where we tend to worship Goddess Durga. That pure place was chosen to perform this act of brutality. Isn’t it shocking that some men who claimed themselves as “Hindu” by religion kidnapped a Muslim girl, took her to the temple and raped her for seven days. This, for a second, leaves me confused over a tornado of questions in my mind now.
The first question: We have seen man was never afraid of the law and order, for it felt he will either not be punished or punished after years. This increased his courage to commit crimes and stay all safe. But after this case, should we begin to realize that man now, is not even afraid of the Supreme Power that created him, God? For if he doesn’t feel guilty committing such a crime in a temple, he probably forgot that if spared on earth, he will have his judgement in front of the creator himself on The Judgment Day. Then, he won’t be spared for his deeds and the punishment would be irreplaceable.
The second question that troubles me even after me being a firm believer in God: God resides everywhere and temple is his home, the place where people worship him. If God is an eternal energy, an infinite truth then why couldn’t he save Asifa even when she was just there, near him? Why did God just weep and not send one of his angels to save the little girl? Why even after being the Supreme Power, God was so helpless this time? God is not differentiated by religion, all humans for him are his children. Kids especially are his favorite souls on earth. Then why, he allowed all this to happen for seven days and didn’t stop those men to defame humanity and that pure place of worship?
Even when irony has struck me, shaken me, I still believe that if not on earth, the skies and the creator of this world have sentenced those men to Hell. A punishment that will come to them at the right time and destroy them for killing an innocent child. The other criminals to this case are those people who are shouting in support of those accused men. How can anybody support those men who raped a child ? How can people say that she was a Muslim and the accused were Hindus so they need should be forgiven? Is this what our society is doing? Hiding crimes in the mask of Religious Riots? If the accused are criminals, even people in their support are for they have mistaken religion.. No religion justifies the rape of a girl and you just can’t rape a girl in the name of Hindu Muslim riots.
An incident that has left us with anger and sadness, I feel we couldn’t be fair to Asifa. She was one of us, our child, our sister, our daughter. What did we give her, seven days of pain and inhumanity? In the end I just wish to question God and my inner soul,
“God might have decided the punishment for those men. But, why is it that for the sake of punishing the wrong, an innocent pure soul was left to get slaughtered as a meat?”
SOUTH AFRICA’S MOTHER OF NATION: WINNE MANDELA DIES.
Winnie Mandela, most commonly known as the ‘flawed heroine’ of South Africa, died at the age of 81.
Here are some facts you must know about this popular woman.
1.Winnie Mandela was born on September 26th,1936 and named Nomzamo Winifred Zanyiwe Madikizela.
2.Termed as “Mother of the nation”, she was an anti-apartheid icon who constantly supported the black majority. Winnie Mandela was ex-wife of Nelson Mandela. They remained together for 38 years, and later separated due to certain issues.
3. In 1955, she became the country’s first black social worker in a hospital, in Soweto township.
4. She suffered from several harassments, pain and assault in the prison. She eventually emerged as an influential African National Congress figure.
6. She was found guilty and finned for kidnapping and murder of a youth by her bodyguards.
7. Later, in 1994 she donned the place of the deputy minister of arts,culture,science and tech, in nelson Mandela’s unity government.
President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday said -“In the face of exploitation, she was a champion of justice and equality.”
Though after few years her reputation became tainted legally as well as politically, yet her steadfast beliefs and good leadership quality made continuously alive in the hearts of millions.
FICTION BECAME REALITY WITH THESE CHARACTERS THAT HAVE BEEN ETERNALLY PLACED IN OUR HEARTS. THAT’S THE REAL MAGIC OF THE HARRY POTTER SERIES !!
If you ask a Potterhead who’s their favorite character in the entire magical saga, the answer can never be just one. Each character has its own importance and is equally unique. You will find intelligence in Hermione Granger, strength in Harry Potter, Wittiness in the Weasley Brothers, Innocence in Nevil Longbottom and purity in Luna Lovegood. Each character has etched their places in out hearts, teaching us the lessons of life. Professor Severus Snape taught us the meaning of eternal, undefined love, Sirius Black and Remus Lupin taught us bravery and loyalty towards friendship. That’s what the entire series display, the true depiction of friendship, courage, love and loyalty. The essentials of the series is not Magic but the emotions that are so beautifully conveyed through the characters. JK Rowling definitely created magic through Harry Potter but not just with wands. She created it with her magically compiled characters that became our inspiration since childhood.
THE GOLDEN TRIO
Friendship was given a new definition by the trio: Harry Potter, Hermione Granger and Ronald Weasley. The trio taught us the meaning of true friendship, love and loyalty. The trio taught us how friends become each other’s strengths even in the hardest of situations. Laughter or tears, success or failure, this trio stood together throughout, making us wonder if we could ever cherish a friendship like that. Deep down, all of us wish to have a friendship that is simply family.
THE WEASLEY BROTHERS
Who doesn’t love the witty tricks and crazy magic of the Weasley Brothers? Fred and George have been the reason we have smiled even during fearful situations. The twins were a reflection to each other’s strength. From crazy magic stuff to the Marauders Map, they were the masters of the wittiest. It left everyone shattered to see them separate forever after Fred Weasley died in the Battle of Hogwarts. A heartbreaking incident, it surely made its fans cry and still does.
The brilliant woman, introduced as a black cat elegantly transforming into a witch in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Yes, she was the strongest woman in Hogwarts, the woman who was patient along with a pinch of humor at times. Who doesn’t love the scene when she comes to face Professor Snape in the last part of the series? She once again emerged as the most wonderful witches of all times.
PROFESSOR SEVERUS SNAPE
When we imagine Professor Snape we see an arrogant man wearing black robes, scaring the hell out of everybody. We as fans didn’t seem to like Snape much until his end time. When he died, we knew it wasn’t usual. Undoubtedly, his tears said it all that he was the one who protected Harry all these years. It was he who loved Lily Potter. He made us all understand that true love is that which lasts ALWAYS, even if that love gives pain.
SIRIUS BLACK AND REMUS LUPIN
These two friends stayed loyal to their friend James even after his death. Sirius Black who was the Godfather to Harry Potter and Remus Lupin became his mentor who taught him the Patronus Charm. These two became Harry’s strength and guided him to the path where his parents would be proud of him. Indeed, their friendship was undying and stayed eternal even after their death.
The earliest enemy to Harry Potter, we have always seen Draco boasting about his pure blood family. He was always a jealous person, who coveted attention. But then, he was a good one at heart when he stood by Harry if not publicly but by heart during the Battle of Hogwarts.
Who doesn’t adore the villain of the series, the cruel man who cannot be named, Lord Voldemort? Even though he was the villain and we wished for him to die but yes, his presence on-screen was always the perfect definition to darkness and intelligence. No doubt, he was a genius and not an easy one to fight. He was, the ugliest yet one of the most powerful wizards after Albus Dumbledore.
The series has seen many more wonderful characters who played their parts so well. There was Arthur and Molly Weasley who became parents to Harry Potter when he needed a family. We’ve loved Dobby the elf and we’ve also adored Hagrid, the perfect definition to cuteness. We have loved owls and flying brooms, the changing stairs and the speaking wall portraits. We have hated Bellatrix Lestrange but at the same time we have respected Narcissa Malfoy when she saved Harry. For a Potterhead, this series is endless and the reason we believe that friendship and love wins over the darkest of troubles. For Albus Dumbledore said : “Happiness can be found in the darkest of times, if one remembers to turn on the light.”
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