I was born disabled a curse that God has bestowed upon me. A doctor in a public hospital, crowded and dirty, stinking of rotten bodies, blood and death, brought me into the world. I gave out a loud cry I waved my hands in the filthy air but, my legs just wouldn't move. My mother was a poor street woman, who died after giving birth to me. My father fled at the first sign of emotion and the word marriage.
I was brought up by my uncle, a poor shopkeeper in the Mohammadpur Baazar. His wife, my aunt, had always been like a mother to me, even on the days when profit was little and food scarce, she would make sure that I ate. I used to feel guilty all the time for not being able to help, even on the busiest of days, due to my disabled legs.
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By Daddy's Lil Princess
Harry Potter wonders what’s in a name
Imagine you are writing a story and you name the characters this way: you name the good guy (the hero) 'Good Hero' or 'Our Hero,' and name his friends 'Loyal Friend' and the villain is called 'Bad Guy' or 'very very bad guy'. Other characters are similarly named 'Sweet Mom', 'Great Dad' and the assistant of the villain (mini villain) 'Smells Bad'. Only, you use different languages or words that are very rarely used. Guess who would do such a thing?
It's an author whose first story was called 'A Rabbit called Rabbit'. She's probably the most popular author of our time (only books God wrote sells more than hers!) and is the best living English author. She's also considered one of the richest women in the world and now earns $145 every minute she lives (that's nearly 10000 BDT.)
I'm talking about, of course, JK Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter series. The great author has named her characters so ingeniously that anyone who understands a few languages can find out “interesting” facts about the characters only by casting a glance at the books!
Let's begin with the investigations.
The 'Malfoy' family: The dark and cool Malfoy family is pretty fascinating. In Latin, "malus" means "bad" and "mal" means "pale." "Mal foi" means "bad faith, an act with bad intentions, or a malicious act" in French. Also means "badly made" or "evil deeds." In Portuguese, (J.K. Rowling taught English in Portugal for a few years), "Mal foi" means "was bad" or "is bad.
Draco: Little villain. His name must mean evil or something even worse and, “Draco” is a dragon which is more like a snake. Not too evil? The word “Darconian” means 'harsh or cruel'; and in Romanian, “drac” means 'devil.' Cool isn't it?
Lucius: Nothing much to say… It means DEVIL!
Narcissa: Why Draco's lovely mother always has a look like she's has something nasty smelling object under nasty smell has been placed under her nose? It's because her name means so! The narcissus flower has a really bad smell, and, for explaining her obsessive love for her dear son, here comes the word Narcissism which means “the excessive love of one self”
Severus Snape: The COOLEST Death-Eater ever! Sever means “to cut off.” Snape appears to have "cut off" his ties with the Dark Lord through the first five books, and then with Dumbledore and the Order in Half-Blood Prince. And, needless to say, “snap” besides meaning “breaking,” also means “to loose control of emotions”. “Severe” means "cruel, strict" - two characteristics that accurately describe the Potions Professor. Sounds very similar to the Latin word "servus," meaning "servant." Isn't he still a servant of Voldemort's?
Lestrange, Bellatrix: Magic world's Condoleezza Rice! The word "Bella" is a make of the word "bellum" meaning "war" and "trix" refers to "a woman in power." Bellatrix is therefore known as the "Female Warrior" and is also the pale yellow star indicating the left shoulder of the constellation Orion, the Great Hunter.
Lupin, Remus: Moony, our favourite werewolf has got a name that is more obvious than any names you have read before… "Lupus" is the Latin derivative for "wolf." “Canis Lupus” is the scientific name for wolf. To be described as "lupine" means to "resemble a wolf.” Everyone knows the story of the twin brothers… Remus and Romulus was nursed by a female wolf.
Gaunt, Merope: Remember Voldie's mom? She chose mortal life and gave birth to the baddest baddie. Her name means “bee-eater” (when she had no money, she could've eaten bees.) And to resemble JK's usual writing style, her name has another meaning, “mortal”. And Gaunt means “to be very skinny especially because of hunger or disease or cold; to have a bony body.” No wonder she was skinny, probably that's why she had eaten bees!
Greyback, Fernir: This werewolf working for Voldemort bit Lupin into being a werewolf. Fenrir or Fenris in Norse mythology is a gigantic and terrible monster in the shape of a wolf. Want her to be more specific?
Fudge Cornelius: “Fudge” has a simple, English meaning- “an attempt to deal with a situation that does not solve its problems completely, or only makes it seem better”
Still wondering? It means “nonsensical talk!”
Mugglenet.com for all their research on this. You can get all the details on the names of every Harry Potter characters there too, so check it out if you're interested.
Mommy, what are these?
3-year-old Aliza asked this question within the span of 30 seconds. The countless rows of 'fishlike green bottles' in front of her were a source of infinite wonder. Standing just a few feet away, Isabel knew all too well that her daughter's curiosity would not stop at getting a satisfactory answer to that question. And right now, answering her question was the last thing on her already disturbed mind. It was not the first time she had come to a base, but she was never quite at ease around these things. The fact that these hundreds of 'bottles' were enough to wipe the last trace of life from an entire city made her shudder whenever she thought of it. 'Not here, at least not now...' she tried to assure herself.
Sensing her mother was not too interested in answering her question Aliza took a step forward, only to stop suddenly at her mother's shouting.
: 'When did you come?'
Aliza was so engrossed with her green bottles that she never noticed when her dad came. When she finally did, she ran up to him and didn't waste a minute in unleashing her full set of questions.
At this Aliza seemed to be particularly happy. She had started going to school only that year, and loved any chance of showing off her newly learnt skills. Shahar fetched a marker from one of the standby soldiers and handed it over to his daughter. Then holding her by the hand, he took her near the army of green bottles.
By Tawsif Salim
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