The Heroes…

To talk of books is brilliant. My friends tease me that I might run out of space for the books I buy to read. That doesn’t really stop me from buying those books that appeal to me a lot.

Day 15 – Favorite Male Character

With each passing day, this book challenge seems to challenge me a lot more than I expected when I started it. Which one character remains most memorable to me from the books that I have read? It’s like that parent choosing a favorite kid analogy again. So difficult.

If I were to look at crime thrillers, my favorite genre, there is Sherlock Holmes, the evergreen, master of consulting detectives, his able ally Dr. Watson and his arch nemesis Professor James Moriarty. They have remained in my heart, each one of them, for reasons I need not count or express. Then there is Matthew Reilly and his two heroes – Shane “Scarecrow” Schofield and Jack “Huntsman” West Jr. They have made me stay up many a night on tenterhooks, wondering what will happen next, even waiting impatiently for Five Greatest Warriors to release, to see if Huntsman had survived.

If I look at fantasy fiction, then Albus Dumbledore comes to mind, the wizened wizard who loves Harry and guides him, even after his death. Then Severus Snape, whose love for Lily makes him protect Harry like his own son, making me get emotional when he dies. And then there is Bilbo Baggins, who makes The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien one of my favorite books ever.

Umpteen characters come into mind when I think of this. Hassan and Sohrab from The Kite Runner, Frederick (Fatty) from The Five Find-outers, Calvin and Hobbes, Suppandi, Archie… I can go on and on and on!

(22nd November 2014)


Poetry & writing are to me, a breath of fresh air in a life that is sometimes covered by the smoke of sorrow or self doubt. They also become the sweets I share to celebrate when life offers me a reason to. But most of all, they are to me, my life. For each word I write is a piece of my heart, a thought that just had to find its way into the world.

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