Monday, February 3, 2014

"Wordinie- The best genie"

I was reading Arabian Nights that night and reliving my childhood days. I finished "Alibaba and the forty thieves," "Sindbad the Sailor" and finally came to the page where "Alladin and the magic lamp" tale starts. I was immersed in the story and flipped the page by gently touching it so as not to destroy the brown tattered pages of the book! Suddenly there was a blinding flash of light. I instantly closed my eyes. When I opened I saw a bluish white genie glowing in the bright light holding a pile of books. My jaw dropped and I couldn't speak anything more than , "Who are you?!"

The genie: "You rubbed the page and here I am at your service. You rubbed the exact spot where I live. If you observe carefully you touched the spot with the picture of the magical lamp."


Me: "But you are supposed to come out of the lamp right?"


Genie : "But I am the reading and writing genie. You can also call me Wordinie!"


Me: "Is that your name?"


Genie: "Yes. I live in books and grant the reading and writing wishes. I am the bestest genie and you will not regret having me master." Replied the genie with an air of importance by folding his arms as a gesture of respect.


Me: "I am still in shock. If you lived in this book, were you not summoned before?"


"Of course I was summoned a couple of times. But I appear only if the pages are gently touched. Few readers were reckless. They swiftly turn the pages and don't relish reading. I don't grant wishes to such impatient readers."


"Oh! Then I am the lucky one Wordinie. I feel glad." I replied smiling broad.



Wordinie bent his head low and conjured few books for me instantly based on my taste, interest and mood!

I jumped with joy. "Wordiniee. How do you know all this?"


"They call me Wordinie for a reason master! I know everything."


From that day Wordinie became my best friend. He is like my guardian, my sooth sayer, my best pal and my everything. I need no friends when Wordinie is around. What can be the biggest treasure than having a room full of books!? Wordinie also built a magnificent library just for me in nano seconds. It looked better than an ancient British library and it is trendy and humongous. It looked like the replica of Mysore Palace! Books were neatly categorized and placed in each floor. If first floor is for fiction, second is for non-fiction, third for poetry and fourth for fun and humor. If fifth hosted the suspense / thriller books, sixth and seventh have the general literary and self help books, eighth one has classics , Ninth has comics and kids books, Tenth - which is the top most floor has the legendary books like "The Fountain Head," "Atlas shrugged" and many more which are on top of all. As they are books which can never be forgotten Wordinie placed them on top of all the books!


When I first saw the library it felt more than magical. I couldn't believe my eyes. I for sure felt I was in a dream and my mom will soon pinch me hard or splash water on my face to wake me up from my deep slumber. But none of this happened and I actually entered in to the magical library named as- "The Royal Library"- For the one who wants to get lost in the books! I did a jig in my heart and hugged Wordinie who was pleasantly surprised by my act!


The set up inside will surely make you all jealous. Needless to say it was calm , soothing and enthralling. Depending on my mood and the book I am reading the look and feel of the corner where I am engrossed in the book or the floor where I am walking to select a book changes! For instance if I am reading Harry potter and I am in a page where Harry , Hermione and Ron are walking in the forbidden forest, I almost become one among them as my surroundings become forest like. Sometimes Wordinie even surprises me by placing a sorting hat on my head. I can even wish in my head and my surroundings instantly change as per my wish. Once I was thinking to myself to sit in the Gryiffindor common room and relish the chapter where Sirius black talks to the trio from the fire place and the next minute I was snuggled on the red comfortable couch of the Gryffindor common room.


The corner of my library which resembles the gryffindor common room :) The scene changes depending on the book/ story - Image source : here
The magic doesn't stop there. Wordinie even surprises me with a hot mug of chocolate or mug of frothing butter beer now and then. The royal library is my home. No one can find me there as it is just conjured for me. Every one else will just see an old heritage building in the place where my royal library is built. This fact fills my heart with thrill and over joy. No one stands in between me and my books. Not even the facebook or a free wy fi. If I am reading Ruskin Bond I can see snow out of my window. .If I am reading any Indian book I get a hot glass of kaapi to go with the book! If I am reading a crime-thriller the library transforms and has a mystic ambience and there were moments when I was scared to death while reading the paranormal books and the genie had to turn off the new changes :) !

Same happens when ever I write. The aura around me instigates my mood and I can write more and more. If I am very emotional and am trying to write a nostalgic post then my atmosphere is so calm that even my words echo from my blog or my paper. If I am happy it is all vibrant with bright flowers and a sunny back ground. If I am writing about movies / current affairs Wordinie projects the data and pages on a near by wall which I have to go through while writing. 

Under normal circumstances I have to sit in-front of my laptop and open 100s of windows google searched by me for may be an hour, so as to be sure of what I am writing but with a genius genie like Wordinie around me my present effort is cut to 1/10th of my earlier effort! Wordinie obviously provides the free wyfi when ever I am in the mood to write. Rest of the time its all "No Wyfi- Only Read" time. If my wrist is paining he types the words for me. I just sit there and dictate munching some cup corn or biting a chocolate bar!  I daily go there and read for hours and hours and come back home bubbling with enthusiasm and overwhelm. With wordinie around my days are bright and nights are always spent in the anticipation of how to plan the reading hours for the next day!

On one such fine sunny day when I was reading "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" by Mark Twain sitting by the window from where I had a view of Mississippi river Wordinie approached me.

I instantly recognized that he was not in his usual high spirits. His dull / droopy face bothered me.

"What's wrong Wordinie. You don't seem OK ?" I asked.

"The time has come to leave master." Wordinie replied.


The earth below my feet shattered. I couldn't bear the thought of Wordinie abandoning me. 


Me: "What ? But why?"


Wordinie: "Another master summoned me and there are no other genies available so I have to go."


Me: "But there should be some arrangement right?" It first time stuck me that I never bothered about the world of genies from the day I met. That second a surge of questions popped in my head and were fighting with each other to come out of my mouth!


Wordinie: "If there is shortage of the available genies then we have no other go master. We have a leader who decides all this!" replied the genie with finality in his voice.

I was speechless even if I wanted to shout loud and express my displeasure. Wordinie hugged me and tears welled up in my eyes.

Wordinie: "Don't worry master. We will meet some other time. The books I gave to you will be with you but I am very sorry as I have to dismantle the royal library. It will be owned by some one else now!"


I burned with anger and jealousy that second.


Wordinie: "But you are one of my most favorites. I planned a surprise for you at your home. Hope you will enjoy that. Till then adieu master!" Saying so Wordinie shook my hands and vanished. The royal library vanished along with him and I was in the mid of the road with my books sack. I rushed to my bed room to witness the stylish book rack below.


I wanted to kiss Wordinie the same moment. I longingly looked at the page which hosted Alladin's lamp as Wordinie said it will glow bright when he decides to meet me next...



[This post is written for the Project 365 program at We Post Daily aimed at posting at least once a day, based on the prompts provided. I am the guest author for the month of February. The prompt for today is "Writing room- A genie has granted your wish to build your perfect space for reading and writing. What's it like?"]

27 comments:

  1. Nice, loved the fact that you let your imagination go quite wild and penned down your wildest fantasies in this post. Lovely take on the prompt :)

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    1. :) :) Thanks for being the first to comment here !!
      thanks for reading

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  2. Wow Afshan, your level of imagination is remarkable, inspiring. Oh, and would you kindly recommend the Genie to visit me as well.. I do have a couple of very humble wishes, if your dear Mr. Wordinie could oblige! :)

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    1. Thanks Arpita !
      haha if I come across will surely recommend ;)
      thanks for reading

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  3. Afshan, I must say that is very creative. Love what you call the genie. Sent the suggestion to a friend whose daughter is called 'Vardhinie' and she was elated by the word play. :D

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  4. Simple yet imaginative.. I liked it..Just make sure you " RAISE THE BAR " a little on your next prompt.. All the best.. Keep going..

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    1. Thanks
      Raising the bar is tough as I have time constraints. ! sorry but shall try
      thanks for dropping by

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  5. You have such an excellent imagination. I like that. Wordinie performed such a great magic for you. Is he, by chance, Houdini's brother?

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    1. THanks SG !!
      haha may be Houdini's cousin. possible :P
      thanks for reading

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  6. Aww why did Wordnie have to leave and worst of all why dismantle the library :( . LOvely imaginitive piece btw :)

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    1. hehe !
      all good things end at some point . That was the philosophy. zyada hogaya na :)
      Thanks sridevi

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  7. HehehhehI need this Wordinie in my life now!!!!!!!!
    I am jealous of your imagination!

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    1. awwwww !! thoda zyada hoga. tum aur jealous of me :P ! namumkin
      thanks for lovely compli

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  8. What a creative take on the prompt... your imagination was enthralling indeed :)

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  9. Nice imagination Afshan :) I am drooling at the stylist book rack :)

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    1. THanks
      ya its a dream book rack, found pic some where ... forgot where it was

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  10. Creative story! I would ask Wordinie to help with writing a thousand words a day and with reading a book or two a day.

    Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks Vishnu for reading :)
      I wud have done the same too

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  11. Creative thoughts..Lovely write-up..:-)

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    1. @ A Homemaker's Utopoa " Thanks fr reading

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  12. remind me of Virginia Woolf's A rom of her own

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  13. Interesting...never thought of Wordinie kind of stuff before !!

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  14. Very creative take on the prompt! I like this Wordinie :).

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