Book-Bit : If on a Winter’s Night a Traveller

The novel you are reading wants to present to you a corporeal world, thick, detailed. Immersed in your reading, you move the paper knife mechanically in the depth of the volume: your reading has not yet reached the end of the first chapter, but your cutting has already gone far ahead. And there, at the…

Book-Bit : If on a Winter’s Night a Traveller

Perhaps you started leafing through the book already in the shop. Or were you unable to, because it was wrapped in its cocoon of cellophane? Now you are on the bus, standing in the crowd, hanging from a strap by your arm, and you begin undoing the package with your free hand, making movements something…

Poem: Vikram Seth

Time Zones I willed my love to dream of me last night, that we might lie at peace, if not beneath a single sheet, under one sky. I dreamed of her but she could not alas humour my will; it struck me suddenly that where she was was daylight still.

Book-Bit : The Master and Margarita

“The tongue can conceal the truth, but the eyes never! You’re asked an unexpected question, you don’t even flinch, it takes just a second to get yourself under control, you know just what you have to say to hide the truth, and you speak very convincingly, and nothing in your face twitches to give you…

Book-Bit : Of Love & Other Demons

“One never quite stops believing,’ said the Marquis. ‘Some doubt remains forever.’ Abrenuncio understood. He had always thought that ceasing to believe caused a permanent scar in the place where one’s faith had been, making it impossible to forget.” Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

Franz Kafka on Reading

“I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound or stab us. If the book we’re reading doesn’t wake us up with a blow to the head, what are we reading for? So that it will make us happy, as you write? Good Lord, we would be happy precisely if we…

Gary Paulsen on Reading

“Why do I read? I just can’t help myself. I read to learn and to grow, to laugh and to be motivated. I read to understand things I’ve never been exposed to. I read when I’m crabby, when I’ve just said monumentally dumb things to the people I love. I read for strength to help…

Book-Bit : English August

“We are men without ambition, and all we want is to be left alone, in peace so that we can try and be happy. So few people will understand this simplicity.” Upamanyu Chatterjee

Stephen King on Marriage

On Page 275 In a marriage, words are like rain. And the land of a marriage is filled with dry washes and arroyos that can become raging rivers in almost the wink of an eye. The therapists believe in talk, but most of them are either divorced or queer. It’s silence that is a marriage’s best friend. Silence….

Stephen King on Creativity

On Page 230 Creativity is like a hand at the end of your arm. But a hand has many fingers, doesn’t it?” “Well, at least five.” “Think of those fingers as abilities. A creative person may write, paint, sculpt, or think up math formulae; he or she might dance or sing or play a musical…

Unread Quote: Everything’s Eventual

This is a quote that I came across in the book I’m reading currently  – Everything’s Eventual by Stephen King. It’s quotes like these that make the book a much more interesting read. This is one of King’s first collection of short stories in the horror genre.    

Unread Quote: The Lowland

This is a quote from Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Lowland. Just skimming through the pages, I found this quote underlined in a shade of neon. It is one of my favorites from the book as for some strange reason, it fills my heart with warmth.  

Reading Inspiration

As voracious readers, at times, we feel weighed down by our reading commitments and challenges. So for all such readers like me, here’s a little nudge to keep going. Here’re a few of my favorite quotes from famous literary figures. For those who read incessantly without the need for a nudge, cheers! May you enjoy…

Reviewed: Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri

Interpreter of Maladies that won the Pulitzer Award is deeply enthralling with simple but intensely emotional short stories that change your perspective on a lot of matters. The book is a collection of nine short stories A Temporary Matter When Mr. Pirzada Came to Dine Interpreter of Maladies A Real Durwan Sexy Mrs. Sen’s This Blessed…

5 great writing tips from J.K. Rowling

Here are five great writing tips from J.K. Rowling: How to write a book from one of the most successful writers on earth. The author that went from having nothing but a dream, and turning that dream into reality. Reblogged from A NOT SO JADED LIFE

Reviewed: Train to Pakistan by Khushwant Singh

When I was a kid, dad read to me stories. He created vivid pictures through his narration; difficult for one to forget. I yet remember the good stories albeit vaguely. But it’s the disturbing tales that I remember so vividly that I could narrate them in one breath. Train to Pakistan is such a story….

Unread Quote #1

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Reviewed: The Awakening by Kate Chopin

In its time, The Awakening received much social and religious criticism for its outrageous take on feminism. Critics condemned Chopin saying the novel was nothing but ‘an overworked field of sex fiction’. Resultantly, the book was out of print for decades. It was only in the 1960s that it was observed to be one of…

Reviewed: The Immortals of Meluha by Amish Tripathi

A friend who had read the book said to me that ‘The immortals of Meluha’ was based on Lord Shiva’s life. Being a devotee of the lord, I dropped everything to read it myself. It was in the very first chapter itself that I had realized that the book was not based on Lord Shiva but…

Reviewed: The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman

Many times, simple yet not-so-perfect situations take most of our time and energy in wanting to put things right. This exactly is the premise of Tom Rachman’s – The Imperfectionists. Set in Rome, Italy, The Imperfectionists is about the inter-connected lives of the staff of an English newspaper which is on the brink of a…

The Imperfectionists – Tom Rachman

She leaves the room without explanation and her heaving coughs are audible, muted by a closed door. She returns. “Look at me,” she says. “No children, never a husband. I reach this stage of my life, Mr. Gopal, with the most comical realization: that the only legacy is genetic material. I always disdained those who made…

Reviewed: The Passage by Justin Cronin

I’d read somewhere about how a writer wrote a book based on his 8-year old daughter’s request. A request that said the book must have – A girl who saves the world and vampires. The writer is Justin Cronin, The girl – Iris (his daughter), and The book – The Passage. The Passage is not…

The Passage – Justin Cronin

Amy was sitting on one of the chairs at the big oak table, with an untouched plate of cookies and a glass of milk before her. She’d taken off her backpack and was cradling it in her lap. Jeanette looked at her as long as she would let herself, and then she knelt and hugged…

I cannot remember a time…

“It had been startling and disappointing to me to find out that story books had been written by people, that books were not natural wonders, coming up of themselves like grass. Yet regardless of where they come from, I cannot remember a time when I was not in love with them — with the books…

Unread Quote: The Plague

“Week after week we were reduced to starting the same letter over again and copying out the same appeals, so that after a certain time words which had at first been torn bleeding from our hearts became void of sense. We copied them down mechanically, trying by means of these dead words to give some…

Craving

Long did she stare at the books Beyond shiny glasses Reluctant to enter those massive aisles Just not so capable of holding herself back From stealing a copy or two Wishing for the hundredth time That she had the money to buy a few The last time, she entered a shop She’d glanced around quickly Picked up…

Unread Quote: The Plague

“In fact, it comes to this: nobody is capable of really thinking about anyone, even in the worst calamity. For really to think about someone means thinking about that person every minute of the day, without letting one’s thoughts be diverted by anything- by meals, by a fly that settles on one’s cheek, by household…

Book are like lobster shells…

“Books… are like lobster shells, we surround ourselves with ’em, then we grow out of ’em and leave ’em behind, as evidence of our earlier stages of development.” ― Dorothy L. Sayers

Books are the carriers of civilization…

“Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill. Without books, the development of civilization would have been impossible. They are engines of change (as the poet said), windows on the world and lighthouses erected in the sea of time. They are companions,…

From that time on…

“From that time on, the world was hers for the reading. She would never be lonely again, never miss the lack of intimate friends. Books became her friends and there was one for every mood. There was poetry for quiet companionship. There was adventure when she tired of quiet hours. There would be love stories…

What an astonishing thing a book is…

“What an astonishing thing a book is. It’s a flat object made from a tree with flexible parts on which are imprinted lots of funny dark squiggles. But one glance at it and you’re inside the mind of another person, maybe somebody dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, an author is speaking clearly…

I believe in the magic of books…

“I believe in the magic of books. I believe that during certain periods in our lives we are drawn to particular books whether it’s strolling down the aisles of a bookshop with no idea whatsoever of what it is that we want to read and suddenly finding the most perfect, most wonderfully suitable book staring…

My reading list…

“My reading list grows exponentially. Every time I read a book, it’ll mention three other books I feel I have to read. It’s like a particularly relentless series of pop-up ads.” –  A. J. Jacobs

Reading six books at once…

“I am reading six books at once, the only way of reading; since, as you will agree, one book is only a single unaccompanied note, and to get the full sound, one needs ten others at the same time.” – Virginia Woolf

UnRead Quote: The Five People You Meet in Heaven

“Parents rarely let go of their children, so children let go of them. They move on. They move away. The moments that used to define them – a mother’s approval, a father’s nod – are covered by moments of their own accomplishments. It is not until much later, as the skin sags and the heart…

Books you left behind…

You get buried in the days that follow night after night. But you know what’s a lingering relief? You can always go back to the books you left behind on the table, on the shelves, on the back seat of your car, in the office drawer. It’s  a strike of happiness to know they never…

I miss books…

I don’t miss people, no. If anything, I miss books. People make me miss books. They make me realise how much more sense it makes to be around books and be so much happy. -Asha

She read books…

She read books. She devoured the words, the sentences, the author’s thoughts. But more than that, she left behind, hidden between the pages, a part of her, with a hope to meet her former self years later, when she will read those books, again. -Asha

UnRead Quote: Don Quixote

“It is one thing to write as poet and another to write as a historian: the poet can recount or sing about things not as they were, but as they should have been, and the historian must write about them not as they should have been, but as they were, without adding or subtracting anything…

And I am done…

The past few months, I was a lot into audiobooks. It’s amazing how easily you get addicted to something. Especially when it falls in your line of interest. Just plug the earphones and there you are listening to a voice doing the manual reading of the book for you while you engage yourself in several…

What refuge is there…

“What refuge is there for the victim who is oppressed with the feeling that there are a thousand new books he ought to read, while life is only long enough for him to attempt to read a hundred?”        – Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.