Category: ponderings

Hesse and Vacations.

Exams are over, so is the current purpose of my life. The only thing that does not work out with vacations is you loose your purpose. All that time I spent giving my exams, I kept thinking, “when will vacations come??”. Because of course, I don’t want to give exams either. But when vacations do arrive, I spend all my time sleeping. So I picked up something today, which I had been planning to read for a very long time. DEMIAN by HERMANN HESSE! The reason I chose this novel is because the epigraph struck a chord with me. It goes like:

All I wanted to do was try to live the life that was inside me, trying to get out. Why was that so hard?

So lets see what tone does this novel set for my vacations. I just felt like writing something again. I shall revisit with my mood-swings and some spoilers.

Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress : New Anime to Watch!

In 2013 people went crazy when Attack on Titan came out. Its one of the best anime that I have ever come across. Now of course like other fans I am dying for the second season to release, which won’t happen before 2017 no matter how many tantrums we throw. However, during my mourning phase (when I heard the second season had been postponed) I was looking for new stuff to watch, because we otakus just can’t sit still. We need our regular dose of anime and manga. That’s precisely when I came across this amazing series!

79164.jpgIts called Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress and is perfect for you if you loved Attack on Titan.The similarity between the two is uncanny. Instead of the Titans what we have here are the Kabane, who are these monstrous creatures who cannot be killed unless their hearts are pierced which is not going to be so easy because the heart is protected with a layer of iron! Whoever they dig their teeth into shall share the same gory fate. So basically its like zombie apocalypse but only better. When I watched the first episode it completely blew my mind! The story is set amidst the Industrial Revolution, the soundtrack transports you into the story and the so far the plot is gripping. Hence I would HIGHLY recommend this show.

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Blurb: As the world is in the middle of an industrial revolution, a monster appears that cannot be defeated unless its heart, which is protected by a layer of iron, is pierced. By infecting humans with its bite, the monster can create aggressive and undead creatures known as Kabane. On the island Hinomoto, located in the far east, people have built stations to shelter themselves from these creatures. People access the station, as well as transport wares between them, with the help of a locomotive running on steam, called Hayajiro. Ikoma, a boy who lives in the Aragane station and helps to build Hayajiro, creates his own weapon called Tsuranukizutsu in order to defeat the creatures. One day, as he waits for an opportunity to use his weapon, he meets a girl named Mumei, who is excused from the mandatory Kabane inspection. During the night, Ikuma meets Mumei again as he sees Hayajiro going out of control. The staff on the locomotive has turned into the creatures. The station, now under attack by Kabane, is the opportunity Ikoma has been looking for.

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One second of Gender

It was a very casual encounter. Not too long ago I came across a Facebook page with a ‘Male’ name. For the sake of anonymity I am referring to the name as Joe. So Joe here had a really nice picture of a BOY in his 20s maybe? None of my business, I didnt pay much attention to his age. As I scrolled down all I could see were the pictures of Hairstyles, manicures, ‘Pink’ accessories, Nail Polish, Lipsticks, Shoes, earrings and everything that in the contemporary society comes pre-tagged under the female domain. What really stuck to me here was for a second there I had to think, had to wonder if the profile was that of a male or a female. But to be honest why should I care of their gender? It’s no business of mine yet why does this question ‘girl or boy’ even rise? All the things have been so conveniently categorized that it has become so inconvenient for so many people. What’s scary is there is something completely wrong going here and we’re so unaware that we think everything is normal.