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: 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 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…

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,…

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

Oleander Girl by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

To begin with, I’d like thank Hitesh, one of my book-crazy pals, for introducing me to yet another awesome writer. It has been on my to-do list for this year to read a lot of Indian literature and explore more of Indian writers. Chitra Banerjee is one of those few writers who has a most…

First Sentence of a Book…

“The first sentence of a book is a handshake, perhaps an embrace. Style and personality are irrelevant. They can be formal or casual. They can be tall or short or fat or thin. They can obey the rules or break them. But they need to contain a charge. A live current, which shocks and illuminates.”…

When you sell a man a Book…

Lord! When you sell a man a book you don’t sell just twelve ounces of paper and ink and glue – you sell him a whole new life. Love and friendship and humor and ships at sea by night – there’s all heaven and earth in a book, a real book. – Christopher Morley

Where I get paid for reading books…

“This is the most important thing about me–I’m a card-carrying reader. All I really want to do is sit and read or lie down and read or eat and read or shit and read. I’m a trained reader. I want a job where I get paid for reading books. And I don’t have to make…