Sep. 10th, 2011 12:51 am
sivaroobini: (Lorien o Arda)

I'm almost never affected enough by sugar to have a sugar high, but I am pretty high right now. Both on sugar and sheer geeky glee.

So I went to my friend Amala's house for Onam dinner and ate SO MUCH. Rice and curry with so many different and delicious side dishes, all sorts of vegetables prepared in different ways with different spices and lentil types and stuff. And then her mum wouldn't let us leave until we had dessert; homemade fruit cake with a layer of cream cheese on top and some very rich payasam. Also, Amala is also a fan of Ancient Egypt and one of her friends, Azimah, is also a lover of Egypt and she is also an awesome artist, and since she lives near me we went home together and were chatting away and I was just happy to have made a new and awesomely quirky friend whom I connected with.

Then I got home and there was a little package from the lovely [ profile] nevermore_1106!

I'd sent her a book, bookmark and a letter in runes for her birthday, but hadn't been expecting a reply in runes as well so it was a VERY pleasant surprise, I nearly squee'ed. I'm enjoying reading it! And look at that AMAZING drawing of Fëanor from the Silmarillion! There's even Elvish script on his sword! Man, I want his clothes. And I love that she drew him with the Silmarils and then sent me a beautiful pendant. XD

... So I translated the letter; apparently the pendant is a copy of an actual crystal piece found in Gotland, Sweden, dating back to the Viking era. EEEEEEE!

Þokk, dear! ♥

sivaroobini: (Marauders)
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Definitely Harry Potter! My kids will be as familiar with The Tales of Beedle The Bard as with Cinderella and Snow White. :D And Hogwarts will be another home for them, as it was for me. They'll also watch the movies over and over with me. <3

I'd also read or recommend to them the Narnia books, and The Hobbit (and we shall watch the Lord of the Rings movies together too; I'll let them read LotR when they think they're old enough). I have loved these books since my own childhood and they're definitely classics for children. I also loved Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre, Great Expectations and Oliver Twist from the age of seven or eight, and I'd start them off on abridged versions and then let them read the unabridged ones when they want to. Also, I grew up reading loads of Enid Blyton. I think the Famous Five series was my favourite; I had the entire set. My kids will grow up on those too, and The Secret Seven, The Five Find-Outers and Dog, Malory Towers, St. Clare's, and her Rewards short story collections.

And, of course, mythology. I grew up reading loads of Norse, Greek and Egyptian myths, as well as Hindu myths. Obviously, as a child I only had access to the censored versions; therefore I believed that the part of Osiris's body that Isis could not find was his leg, only finding out years later that it was his, ahem, phallus. XD

Some gorgeous Potter-related graphics that sum up my feelings perfectly:

^ There are a couple of typos, but I still think it's gorgeous.

^ I thought that was the most beautiful scene in the Half-Blood Prince movie: when all the students and teachers of Hogwarts, standing by Dumbledore's body, raise their wands together, and the light from all their wands dispels the Dark Mark in the sky.

And that is the sort of thing I want my children, nieces, nephews and godchildren to read. Books that teach them to believe in magic and the impossible. Books that teach them the importance of friendship and family and bravery and loyalty and faith and love and forgiveness and ideals, that provide strength and show them that you can use your brains to get yourself out of sticky situations (I <3 Odysseus, even if he is a bit of a dickhead at times). Stuff that instils in them a sense of awe and love for the ancient civilisations. Stories that develop a love for adventure and nature.

One of the reasons I am so fond of Potter is all the references Rowling makes to creatures and legends from all over the world; it led me on a merry treasure hunt to find all these things, like manticores and divination methods and alchemy and etymological roots and so on, and I learned so much. (It's also one of the reasons I <3 The Dresden Files - the way Jim Butcher makes use of so much fantasy lore - but it's hardly for children.) The series isn't perfect, of course, but if you asked me what I would read to my children, it's the first thing that comes to mind.


Aug. 4th, 2011 12:43 am
sivaroobini: (Adam Lambert - yesno)

So I was summarising Beowulf for a friend:

SavioBriion says: (PM 11:22:34)
They introduced themselves - Beowulf son of Ecgtheow (I can never spell his name!) and his retainers.

SavioBriion says: (PM 11:23:15)
Aka the band of loyal knights that most young lords gathered to themselves and who proved themselves through acts of valor. He had no problem with his teeth as far as we know.

Eunice says: (PM 11:23:31)

Eunice says: (PM 11:23:35)
thanks for explaining that

Eunice says: (PM 11:23:43)
i was abt to commennt that beowulf had braces???

I hope my explanation was correct, it's been ages since I've read Beowulf. However, the mental image of Beowulf wearing braces just tickles me. XD


Aug. 4th, 2011 12:42 am
sivaroobini: (Adam Lambert - yesno)

So I was summarising Beowulf for a friend:

SavioBriion says: (PM 11:22:34)
They introduced themselves - Beowulf son of Ecgtheow (I can never spell his name!) and his retainers.

SavioBriion says: (PM 11:23:15)
Aka the band of loyal knights that most young lords gathered to themselves and who proved themselves through acts of valor. He had no problem with his teeth as far as we know.

Eunice says: (PM 11:23:31)

Eunice says: (PM 11:23:35)
thanks for explaining that

Eunice says: (PM 11:23:43)
i was abt to commennt that beowulf had braces???

I hope my explanation was correct, it's been ages since I've read Beowulf. However, the mental image of Beowulf wearing braces just tickles me. XD


Jan. 5th, 2011 04:52 pm
sivaroobini: (Armageddon)

So I've decided that whenever possible from now on I'm uploading a picture, with some relevance to whatever I think I'm going to talk about, before the actual wall of text post. I have so many cute or funny pictures and I might as well share them. ;)

I just want to bury myself like that fox and hibernate right now. @_@ There's this strange sort of lethargy or sluggishness in my bones.

Last night I was trying to catalogue some of my books at my LibraryThing account and now I just want to curl up with snacks and a hot drink and reread most of them, starting with Neil Gaiman's Odd and the Frost Giants. It may be just a really thin kids' book, but the storyline is awwww-worthy and the characters and the use of Norse myths are amazing and if I had kids I would so read it to them. That also goes for Sheila Banfield's Leif the Lucky. According to LibraryThing, only one other person on that website besides me owns it. Which is sad because for a simple-looking thin little kids' book, it combines an engaging plot and historical characters with lovely details of Viking history and art and culture and everday life, and shows how Christianity is just beginning to make itself felt alongside the old worship of Odin and Thor and so on. These books, to me, are amazing children's books, and I don't get how stuff like Captain Underpants is more popular. Sigh.

cut for ramblings about crystals, religion and cleaning )

Help wanted! Help me clean my room and move stuff, and I will cook for you and give you something from Dubai or Egypt. Even if it's just sand from Giza or Saqqara in a tiny bottle. :D

sivaroobini: (Lorien o Arda)

From [ profile] vnfan !

Rules: Don't take too long to think about it. Fifteen books you've read that will always stick with you. First fifteen you can recall in no more than 15 minutes. Note that the wording is "will always stick with you" which I'm going to say does not mean favorite, which we've done before. It could, in theory, be something horrible that you hated, but can't shake off.

As far as I'm concerned, comics/graphic novels count as books. Especially if they're by Neil Gaiman or Mike Carey. Also, I cheated by putting quite a lot of series there. XD

1. The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien
2. Harry Potter (series) by JK Rowling
3. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
4. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
5. The Chronicles of Narnia (series) by CS Lewis
6. River God by Wilbur Smith
7. I don't remember the title of this very very thin yellow volume for young readers, but it was about the Norse myth of Loki and Baldur.
8. The Sandman (series) by Neil Gaiman
9. The Famous Five (series) by Enid Blyton
10. Everworld: Discover the Destroyer by KA Applegate (I think. It has been years since I looked at that book)
11. What Katy Did (series) by Susan Coolidge
12. Little Women (series) by Louisa May Alcott
13. Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
14. Ramses (series) by Christian Jacq
15. Lucifer (series) by Mike Carey

It's really hard to cut myself off at 15 minutes because I have a huge bookworm and I will freely admit that I like showing off my reading list. I'm always glad to see someone else with similar lists and will gladly talk books with them. If you've read this, I'd like to see your list. Consider yourself tagged! :D

Regarding 7 - I found that book in a cupboard together with my audiobooks (as a kid, I had a lot of those book-plus-cassette combos) when I was very small (preschool, I think, or maybe kindergarten). The book was REALLY thin, a very simplified version, but none of the emotion was lost and I found myself weeping for Baldur and absolutely HATING Loki for killing him, and the old woman who refused to weep for him. (Later on I came across versions in which it was either Loki or Hel pretending to be the old woman, but I don't remember whether or not this book just had the old woman as a separate character or not. Since I remember wishing that I could make the old woman cry, it probably stopped there.) I suppose Loki was the first character I truly hated as a child. XD

Regarding 10 - That book is on there because it stays with me, but NOT because I like it. In retrospect, and with the help of Google, I think that had I discovered it in the past couple of years, I would have liked it. As a very young child, however, I was probably a little too young for it. I found myself drawn in by it, but at the same time I was rather uncomfortable with a lot of it. I found it in a bookshelf and it was probably my brother's, but I had found it in my parents' room, so perhaps it had been confiscated from him.

It was certainly a lot darker than the usual things I read at that time - I believe it started with the main characters having their hearts taken away, pulled out of their chests, and replaced by rubies by Nidhoggr - and while I recognised the names of Loki and Huitzilopochtli and a few others, and the satyrs and nymphs, at the time I had not yet read enough to catch all the mythological references like Nidhoggr himself, or the Celtic fairies and the cauldron of the Daghda. Years later, as I read more mythology, I wondered why these names sounded familiar before realising that I had indeed read about them before. But as I said, when I read Everworld: Discover the Destroyer at that age, I was unable to catch all the references, and things like David's obsession with Senna, and Chris's jokes, and a lot of other things about the young adult (I think) characters, made me feel slightly uneasy. At the same time, as I said, I was strangely drawn in by the book and read it a few times over some years, but it was a sort of love/hate relationship. I think I gave it away later. I know some of you are not fans of the 'you're too young for this book' idea, but I honestly think I was too young for that book, at that time, and I wish I could have discovered it now instead.

sivaroobini: (Isis)

It is Walpurgis Night! :D

In Norse traditions - and many others - this night is the time when the boundary between our world and that of the spirits is a bit shaky. Much like Samhain, six months later, Walpurgisnacht is a time to communicate with the spirit world and the fae.


I admit to going and gathering herbs from the garden and brewing 'potions' this evening, but that's because I have a sore throat and believe in traditional medicine. And there's a gorgeous full moon! I'm so tempted to run out to the forested hill opposite the house and dance on top, though of course it's not the Brocken. xD

The witches t'ward the Brocken strain
When the stubble yellow, green the grain.
The rabble rushes - as 'tis meet -
To Sir Urian's lordly seat.
O'er stick and stone we come, by jinks!
The witches f..., the he-goat s...
The broomstick carries, so does the stock;
The pitchfork carries, so does the buck;
Who cannot rise on them tonight,
Remains for aye a luckless wight.


I think I'll light a candle and put it in my skeletal hand candle holder, like I do for most pagan festivals.

Happy Walpurgis Night, everybody!
sivaroobini: (Isis)

After school today, I met my sister and her friend Andy to go and see How To Train Your Dragon. I LOVE IT. The dragons are ADORABLE, especially "Toothless" the Night Fury. <3

Plus, being a geek, I was very excited over the runic script and the details of things like the houses and shields and so on. 8D

I highly recommend it - I went AWWW out loud quite a few times because this dragon ^ is ADORABLE. He's like a huge dog or cat, and you just want to reach out and cuddle him, especially when he does his big-eyed look like Puss in Boots from Shrek. <3

Cool date

Sep. 9th, 2009 04:22 pm
sivaroobini: (Armageddon)

It's 09/09/09! :D

Nine was considered a sacred number by many ancient mythologies/cultures. Most of them held both three and nine in high regard. The Egyptians had their Ennead, the nine powerful gods of Heliopolis. The Greeks and Romans considered nine a powerful and sacred number and some prayers were recited three or nine times. The Hindus have our three powerful gods, Brahma the Creator, Vishnu the Preserver and Siva the Destroyer (my namesake), and we often recite prayers three times, or nine. We have a festival, Navaratri, coming up, which literally means nine nights, since that's how long it is. The Christians have their Holy Trinity of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. And in Norse mythology, Odin the Allfather hung from Yggdrasil, the World Ash Tree, for nine days and nights, to learn the runes of power.

And if I started on the significance of a triad of women in nearly every single culture I'd go on for pages and pages. ;) The three Hindu goddesses Saraswathi, Lakshmi and Parvati, the Greek Fates, the Greek Furies, the Greek triadic-witch or Hecubae, the Norse Norns Urd, Verthandi and Skuld, the archetypal three witches, the maiden, mother and crone... Okay, I'll shut up now. xD

But come on, it's a cool date! :D


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