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…

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…

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…