Tuesday, 25 August 2015

As a Gryffindor.....I needed to share this.

I'm not a Slytherin, but this is so important to note.

#NostalgiaTale1 Becoming a Bibliophile



They say that habits are not made in a day. They have to be sowed, nurtured and loved; and then MAYBE they become something one day. Something like that happened to me. To begin with I had some amazing gardeners. My dad the book addict who could make up stories at a moment's notice. My mom who read a page of Faerie Queene by Edmund Spencer every night before I fell asleep. I would try to wrap my head around those strange, fanciful words and trying hard to keep up.

But I didn't really get the urge to read until the day my Nani (maternal grandmother) gifted me with my first book: Jack and the Beanstalk. It was a picture book, so mother would read the sentences and I would squeal out what the pictures were. I was three then.

Laughing at the little girl who doggedly begged him to read Jack and the Beanstalk with him continuously, my dad went and bought me a bunch of Akbar Birbal comic books along with my first Spider-Man comic book (my dad claims he bought that for himself but I begged him to read that to me and he had to give in).

But not all of my reading journey was magical and fascinating. My mom is proof of the struggle she had to take to teach me how to read. Now I was never a bad student, I was practically born a nerd; but teaching a four year old how to read is no piece of cake. But she id it! She IS one hell of an amazing woman, my mother. The first time I read a big proper word was one of her most joyous moments. I had picked up a Formula One magazine and read "racecourse" and she was so, so, so very proud of me. She kissed me and twirled me around the room and then went and bought me cake.

After that day, the world of words opened up for me. My dad kept spoiling me with books and my mom kept feeding me ideas to fuel my writing. And ever since then books and words have become an obsession, a kind of drug like euphoria to me. I think that maybe, if I didn't read so much I'd be a very different person. The way the words move me, make me feel things in my abdomen, make me cry or make me laugh is truly amazing.

And one day I hope my words move people...

Yours,
Zoe Summers

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

The Jallianwala Bagh Massacre

 
So this is going to be a pretty serious article. So if you've been having a bad day DO NOT read this post.

Before I begin, I would like to make something very clear so that nobody gets offended. Because it is NOT my intention to do so. To all the amazing people who happen to be British, I love you people and don't by any means want to stereotype your people or insult your history. Just like all Germans aren't pro-Nazi, not everyone in the East India Company committed crimes against humanity. So, please don't take his post in a way it was not meant to be conveyed. And if I have hurt you, I apologize in advance.

To begin, the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre. Anyone who has studied in an Indian curriculum,or studied Indian history basically would be familiar with this episode of Indian history. To those of you who don't, I'll try to explain it briefly:

During the Gandhi Era of the Indian freedom struggle, the scene in Amritsar became violent. General Dyer was sent to bring order to the city. Curfew, was implemented, disrupting the routine of hundreds of families.

In April 1919, two prominent leaders in the freedom struggle, Dr. Satayapal and Dr. Saifuddin Kichlew were arrested before a very prominent peaceful protest. The people of Amritsar were outraged. They decided to stage a non violent protest at the Jallianwala Bagh.

The Sunday of April 13 1919 was the day of Baisakhi, a important Sikh festival. Apparently, word  got around General Dyer about the peaceful protest earlier in the day. He proceed to ban all meetings on the said day and placed sources all around the city to sniff up even the slightest hint of rebellion.

But the details are not what the story is about. General Dyer found out about the open rebellion of his orders. His men surrounded the sole entrance cum exit of the public garden and open fire. The people who came to protest peacefully were trapped inside and being gunned down by the British soldiers.

The Martyrs Well at Jallianwala Bagh

They were in such a state of shock that couldn't react for the first few minutes. Then the whole crowd rose up and tried to flee. They were unarmed, they could not force their way past the entrance. So they all jumped into the well present in the middle of the garden. Thousands of men, women and children drowned themselves in that well to escape being shot by the seemingly endless fire of bullets.

Do you know when they stopped firing? When they ran out of cartridges. Thousands of lives were lost that day. People who had families, men who had wives to go back to, women who had children at home, youths who had their whole lives ahead of them. They had to give up their lives because of the lack of humanity in a sadistic General. Does that seem fair to you?

The General was brought back to England to face his trial. And there, he was hailed by some as a HERO. people refused to accept the fact that innocent, unarmed lives had been taken by that fiend. No,apparently innocent people were Barbarians if they did not accept foreign rule willingly.

Though there was one man who was not blinded by this. WINSTON CHURCHILL, the then Prime Minister of England declared the event as an outrage. He along with a majority of the British people did not agree to this injustice. Unfortunately, the man did not face much punishment and was let off almost scot-free.

But the lives of those people who died that day are still remembered. And they will continue to be remembered till the demise of India. These unsung lives will always remain as a harsh reminder of the sacrifices made to achieve a free nation.

May their souls find peace.

Yours,
Zoe Summers

I died laughing, I hope this makes your day.

Are we talking about the same Civil War?

Friday, 14 August 2015

Feminism and what it really is about.


This quote is so important. Because people are forgetting what feminism really is. The internet has both improved our situation and also worsened it. People,no let be more clear, MEN  think that feminists are extremists who just like making a lot of noise. Feminism is about equality of rights and opportunities between men and women. Not asserting that one is better than the other.

You cannot say that you don't support feminism because men get raped too. I get it, men are harassed, men are hurt and men are raped. BUT SO ARE WOMEN AND PEOPLE CHOSE TO IGNORE THAT AND HAVE BEEN IGNORING IT FOR CENTURIES. To all the men who have been through those horrible situations; I'm not implying that you haven't suffered as much as a woman would have, you are incredibly strong and no less brave than any other rape victim. My point is that suppressing the rights of women just because men suffer too is RIDONCULOUS.

But this post is not about that. The post is relatable because the world totally accepts feminism coming from people of a fairer skin race. Being an Indian feminist, I am very often not taken seriously. People laugh at my beliefs and tell me I shouldn't over-react. Isn't this wrong? Isn't feminism all about EQUALITY?? Sometimes, I really don't get people.

I do hope all of you who proudly call themselves anti-feminists, can please explain it to your sisters, wives, mothers, aunts, girlfriends, grandmothers, WHY you think women don't deserve to be treated on an equal par with men.

Yours,
Zoe Summers

Monday, 10 August 2015

What you SHOULD watch is Dr. WHo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I got Sherlock. Spot on!

Wanted: Teenagers Living In Canada

I write this post in a dire state, my face is caked with eye make up and I'm exhausted. So the thing is, in a months time I will be moving across the world to Canada! The bad thing is, I don't know anyone there. Like nobody. At all.

So if you live in Canada or know someone who lives there and has one of these traits in common:

  • Reads. A. Lot. of. Books.
  • Has read Stieg Larsson.
  • Has an amazing music taste. By that I mean you swing by Taylor Swift to Fall Out Boy to Eminem to Kelly Clarkson to Owl City to 5SOS.
  • Watches the Game of Thrones in equal angst and love, but still agrees that THE BOOKS ARE MUCH BETTER.
  • Agrees that Shakespeare is over rated.
  • Is a cat person (not that there's anything wrong with cats).
  • Watches Dr. Who and all other good T.V. shows.
  • Is a football freak (SOCCER YOU NORTH AMERICANS!). #TeamManUtd #TeamRealMadrid
  • The Big Bang Theory.
  • Lives for chocolate and all types of nice food.
  • Is a feminist. If you happen to be an ignorant unevolved monkey who doesn't know what feminism actually is, don't force your pointless views on me.
I think that's a good start. If you're interested, you can contact me at:

Mail: sierrahunsfield@gmail.com
Twitter: @zoe_zosie
Yours,
Zoe Summers

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Couldn't have said it better

Speak for yourself.

Me being the cheerful magical creature spreading optimism.....

Would love to do thin on a sign.  I think it would be great for pre-teen and teen girls to have in their room.




The reason I did not use the word elf s because I've read too many books with bad ass elves and elves playing the titular villain to stereotype them as the cheerful messengers of happiness.

Yours,
Zoe Summers


Saturday, 1 August 2015

For all the Potterheads in the Western Hemisphere....

Man, I totally want all this Harry Potter art! Done by the original book artist.
The Old Train



Study like Granger Protect like Weasley Live like Potter - DIY Harry Potter Wall Art



Harry Potter - stag protronus
Expecto Patronus!



Wow,  this is absolutely stunning. Not sure whose art it is, though. Anybody know? -Harry Potter-
Do you remember? The first time?



Harry Potter Deathly Hallows "Always" Galaxy Painting | $20.00 | Anchors Away Studio | Etsy.com
Forever and Always



Hey residents of the Western Hemisphere!

Here's wishing you a Happy Potter Day!

Yours,
Zoe Summers