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5 Reasons Why The Harry Potter Series Is The Best Gift For A 9-Year Old

The most thrilling part about reading fiction is that it provides the mind with an escape. A sort of a metaphorical freedom. But inculcating that into the mind-set of your child, niece or nephew is not an easy task. This is why I believe that the Harry Potter Series are the best medium to achieve that space.

    1. Books will be Associated with Family, Love and Warmth:

      Gifting the child this series can be a fair excuse for you not having the time to read out-loud to your kids. Also, I am stressing on gifting it only to your child, nephew or niece, or someone close,

      because then the child learns to understand that books and family are associated to love and warmth, and will always have a bankable resource to depend on, not ever turning hostile towards either books or family. Books will become their home.

    2. The Characters of the Series grow with your Child:

      I think this is one of the biggest reasons why kids who haven’t been introduced to reading as a habit should be reading books. I am not exclusively endorsing the Harry Potter series, although I believe richly in its competency. When children are around the age of nine, the need for ‘feeling belonged’ begins to grow. It is hence important that these needs are fulfilled, and literature, in my opinion, is the greatest richness that one can be bestowed with.

    3. One can Learn The Best Of Lessons:

      One of the biggest reasons I love the Harry Potter series is because it a complex (yet unconscious) amalgam of life lessons, good values, morals and have these literary landmarks to help one have an understanding of his or her own. I think that happens a lot in fantasy novels. They generally are vast and expect the readers to develop their own perspective. Because, unlike a mystery/suspense noble, you don’t have to necessarily race your mind to uncover the answers that are hidden. Instead, it gives space for the mind to think in parallels.

    4. It is the Best Stepping-Stone of a Series:

      The Harry Potter novel has a greater advantage of having a superb fan following because it consists of seven books. Once your child (or nephew or niece) reads the first book, curiosity will make sure that he or she goes through the rest. Eventually, the child will develop an avid reading habit and will be ready to read other novels (Like The Lord Of The Ring series? Yep!) and explore other genres of writing. And I can bet the child will do this all on his or her own. You have an independent kid, who would have learned to think by himself or herself.

    5. It Makes Going to School look Cool:

      Harry Potter made me realize that nerds can perhaps be the greatest people in the world. Also, the series upholds the necessity for adventures. I remember studying chemistry assuming it to be Potions. So if the child grows up to be street-smart, intelligent and brave, what more do you want to give to his or her growth?

    So long, WORLD!

    – Shaun D’souza
    (I study forensics, play beats with my fingers
    and sometimes take a nap.)

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When Rehan Ain’t Going Blue

Most of my friends and people around me know me as the ‘swimmer’. Closer friends, who also happen to be swimmers, also, know me as the ‘swimmer’! Family however and maybe very few others, get to see another side of me, a side that I think is more fun, more uncensored, and way more interesting than the ‘swimmer’ avatar that I’ve had to live with for the last 17 years. Though I attempt to write about the part of me that most do not know, it is only natural that you will still see leftover traits of chlorine and water!

I consider myself unique, silly, immature and stupid enough never to accept failure or defeat! I have an ego the size of small country, and a heart, bigger than life itself! I love food, travel, exploring old ruins, castles and the like. Most of my trips abroad have been stress filled because of the racing, but when I do get to holiday, I prefer it being the beach.

There’s one side of me that loves the pool, and another that adores the sea. I could have 100 things on my mind, but if I were to sit back at a beach, I’m refreshed before I know it! Nothing brings me more happiness than the sound of the sea, and, knowing that my silly sense of humour just made someone laugh. I live to entertain!

Not too much of a party animal, I prefer meals and movies with friends and family.

Attention lover, not a seeker, but one who demands it, love to make people laugh and I find the greatest joy in doing so. I hate being alone and the need for company are probably some of my weaknesses. Speaking of such, I’m a sucker for romance and a total die hard romantic.

Speaking of romance, I believe that there is a special someone reserved for us all and when we find that person, we do everything in our power to make them smile. All this comes from the tons of movies I watch, DVD buff, horror fan, gore fan, comedy and romance too! I have watched more movies than I can count, downloaded more than you should know of 😉 Music is my escape, escape from the pressure of racing; escape from the heartbreak of love gone sour. Music comes third on my list of favorite things after my mom dad, and the special girl I’d like to keep secret for now.

If I weren’t a swimmer I’d have probably ended up playing another sport since I love competition! Nevertheless, most attractive to me is improving myself after which comes attention!

I love the fans, the adulation and the respect, and I feel I’ve earned it. I value the support I’ve got from everyone around, and I have a memory that can recollect things said to me when I was a kid.

Facebook: until very recently, my PR engine, my past time and my way of seeing the world! Always used it to relax, get away from the stress and will continue to do so in the future.

Girls: love the attention, love the praise I get, but now seem mundane and irrelevant now 😉

People: in general, I’ve learnt and seen so many different types of people, because of my sport and travel that I think I’m set for life, and have learnt to deal with all sorts of characters!

Fans: mostly motivating, help me realize who I am through tough times, help me stay happy when I’m down. Couldn’t live without them, call them my life support.

HARD reality: some people, who wouldn’t turn around and look at me a couple of years back, now want to be part of my life, social and otherwise. It’s not a compliment but an insult to myself, but I guess that’s the way the world works. Nevertheless, that’s how I’ve learnt to find out who my true friends really are!

Love life: I love videogames, clothes, shoes, watches, fast cars and everything spoilt boys like!

Terribly insecure that people who love me today may not tomorrow, but deep down know that they wouldn’t ever let me down.

Dying to have a dog as a pet, will do so one day, no real plans for the future; I live life one day at a time, and enjoy each moment. Finding something funny in every situation is what I do, making light of a tuff one is what I do better. Being random is a part of me that’ll never change, probably because there are a thousand different thoughts attacking my brain this very moment.

Written too much, hope you read a bit, love me at the end of this blog or learn to do so soon!

Peace !

– Rehan  Poncha ( Olympian and an Awesome Being!)

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