November Rain



Time Turner

Disclaimer: All names, characters, businesses, places, events and incidents are neither the products of the author’s imagination nor used in a fictitious manner. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely intended. 

Quite contrary to the monotony that is reflected by the etymology of this month, the controversies that have been occurring in November since time immemorial are surely sufficient to grab everyone’s attention.

Rewind to the 1st of November of the 15th century A.D.: The ceiling of the Sistine Chapel of the Vatican City was first opened to the public. Exactly hundred years later, people were familiarized with the saga of Othello and how he wished to be remembered as “one that loved not wisely but too well.” In 1572, on the same day, a supernova was observed in the Cassiopeia constellation and in the year 1929, Richard E.Byrd made his first flight to South Pole.

Made by Ishita Srivastava

For all the wizards reading this article, Salazar Slytherin’s Locket was destroyed by Gryffindor’s sword this very month. Furthermore, for the Muggles (or No-Majs, if you will) it was in November, 1969 that The Beatles’ “Abbey Road” peaked at #1 in the US and stayed at #1 for 11 weeks straight.

“Molly and that Whiskey

That’s Monica Lewinsky”

These two lines answer all those anxious minds who have been contemplating the reason November has been branded as one of the most scandalous months. The most prominent American political scandals, referring to the sexual relationship between the 49-year old Bill Clinton and the 22-year old, White House intern Monica Lewinsky leading to the charges of perjury as well as impeachment of the President ending in his acquittal.Another evidence justifying this would be Dr.John Watson and Sherlock Holmes fathoming the scandal of Wilhelm Gottsreich Sigismond von Ormstein, Grand Duke of Cassel-Felstein and King of Bohemia in November. 

While I being a mere mortal, failed to understand the reason why conspirators have always chosen this particular month to carry out their impeccably devised plots, what can be asserted is that there is some uncanny luck associated with November. Be it the assassination of the Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin on 4th of November, 1995 or the American President John F. Kennedy on 22nd November, 1963, our conspiracy theories may exhaust but the truth shall never disclose itself. 

Or it might.

To address the question as to why we are releasing our first issue in this month, November was when the Author’s Day was celebrated for the very first time in 1928 (not really, we just thought that this reasoning would facilitate the seamless integration of this fun fact and because we are a bunch of lethargic people led by the most lethargic Editor-in-Chief, whose resemblance to a giant panda is really uncanny. Speaking of giant pandas, they too were  discovered in 1927 in China in November).                

On a serious note, while on the one hand, on the 17th of November, 1989, an incipient of a revolution took place when the “whites- only” beaches and parks were opened for all races in South Africa, on the other hand, on another continent 14396 km away, on the 4th of November, 2008, the first black President Barack Obama was elected in a country with whites as the majority. While women gained the right to vote in Spain in the year 1933, Benazir Bhutto became the first female leader of a Muslim nation in 1988 in  the same month. 

Surely, United States of America might be reminiscing of the date 1st November, 1800 when John Adams became the 1st US President to live in the White House when their current President-elect Donald J. Trump wants to stay there only for part-time. 

“I believe in the idea of amnesty for those who have put down roots and lived here, even though sometime back they may have entered illegally,” Ronald Reagan said at a presidential debate in 1984 and signed the landmark immigration reform bill on the 6th of November. While on the other hand, Donald J. Trump is calling for the deportation of millions back to their countries of origin and has promised to build a wall along the entire border with Mexico. Nobody knows what will become of this great nation, under his leadership.

Now is the time for the most cardinal creations during the month, the most paramount aspect of this column which overrides all the aforementioned genres. In conjunction with the principle that we should reserve the sweetest aspect for the end, I present to you this. It was the year 1964, month November. The spell cast by that sugar filling sealed inside two rectangular, thin pastry crusts produced in the Kellogg’s factory captivated the entire world. It was Kellogg’s Pop tarts pastries which spread like wildfire all across the world.

Muskaan Malhotra

Muskaan Malhotra

Time Turner


Intrigued by the Indian political system, Muskaan is a MUN enthusiast, an avid debater, a dilettante baker, a history buff and a tireless blabber. A staunch believer in the principle that life is as difficult as you make it, she is the sort of person who prides herself in being an optimist. Aspiring to be Sheldon Cooper, she possess the potential of making a world record in babbling about various television series all day long.

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1 Comment

  1. Nikhat Khan

    Hey Muskaan.
    Well- worded n quite informative an article ? Well done
    I loved the Trump part- time bit the most?


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