villains and vigilantes

What’s Your Super Power?

what is your super power

I guess it was Clark Kent who introduced me to this amazing world of Superheroes and as they say, the rest is history. Don’t know exactly what attracted me most about Superman. Was it his boy next door looks (the guy who plays Kent in Smallville), his simplicity or that he reminded me of my best friend. Whatever it was, the love for the impossible did not stop there.

All of the gang- Batman, Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, soon decided to add a little colour to my life and I kept getting sucked in deeper and deepesuperr. And in no time, I found myself discussing all sorts of crazy things with my friends- which super power you wish you had, who is your favourite superhero, which sidekick you love or hate the most, followed by bunch of technical questions!

I rarely find people who share the same craze as me and that’s when the internet comes to my rescue. I spend hours and hours on YouTube and several fan sites trying to find answers to questions I never knew I had.

My latest crush is Barry Allen, aka The Flash! Oh God, what killer cute boy looks and an even more amazing heart. Guys like Barry make you believe in friendship, in love and of course in the impossible! Kara Barry as FlashDanvers, i.e. Supergirl is one of my other favourites, though I feel she has the potential to achieve a lot more, and is often under – appreciated.

So what is it about these superheroes that make me so passionate about them? I used to think that it’s the fantasy which draws me to them, but recently I figured out my love has a deeper meaning. They all live for others; they all want to make the world a better place. They sacrifice a fair bit along the way, but are able to look past it and live for others. And when you see it in this light, you realize that it’s not their powers which make them who they are, it’s what they choose to do with these powers that define them. The powers just bring out the best in them and then they just follow their heart!

I believe all of us have a little superhero in us too. We just don’t appreciate it enough coz of the lame excuses we give ourselves. We don’t really need a Batmobile to reach a person in need, or the ability to fly to be there for our loved ones. No doubt that these things add a coolness factor to our being, but I am sure we are cool enough just the way we are.

We just need to take that first step to help others and contribute meaningfully to the society we live in. Coz we might not have The Joker or Zoom to fight, but we definitely have enough evils in our world too, and one or two superheroes are not enough. We all need to come together, question what’s happening and then fight against it. And in my diary, even one good deed a day is a win! So let’s embrace the superhero in us and go all in!


Pic credit Google.


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  • Reply
    Archana popli
    March 17, 2016 at 6:54 am

    I liked your piece .and agree we need to stand up to what’s wrong in our world and try and fight for,good .seems to me you are doing what you love to do .

    • Reply
      Niyati Raj
      March 17, 2016 at 5:24 pm

      Hey Archana! Thanks for your appreciation.. I am sure with people like you around, the world will soon be much more peaceful 🙂

      • Reply
        Archana popli
        March 18, 2016 at 5:12 am

        Right now in the states if you read the news we really need superheroes ,to fight the rugged system that we are facing right now ,do not like any of the candidates that the establishment wants us to vote for ,rooting for senator Bernie sanders he Jewish and he the only super heroe in our country right now

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    indrani robbins
    March 17, 2016 at 7:27 pm

    hi niyati, very interesting to read about your love for superheroes. i used to like superman… and way back, phantom. remember him? the ghost who walks. when you spoke of why you like them, i remembered how i found out quite by chance that many of the superheroes were created and illustrated by cartoonists who were jewish… their experience as outsiders, as immigrants in america, who were not necessarily included, shaped the characters a lot. i also remembered that tikkun olam is a major idea in judaism… it sort of means, “repair the world.” it can be interpreted as rid the world of idolatry in its most conservative sense, but in modern times it means more and more, make the world a better place… that is what my husband sees it as… he happens to be jewish and observant. when you said what you liked was that the heroes thought of others and brought good to the world, i wondered if the tikkun olam idea found its way into the whole thing, not deliberately but more as part of the thinking of the creators.

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    rhea sinha
    March 18, 2016 at 12:48 pm

    You know I realise the more I find a person with same interest the more the bond grows. Love your love for super heroes and that sheer positivity that our love for the impossible brings to our daily lives.

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