Here’s an excellent way to show how ruthless a character is. These words are said by one of the craziest characters in the book known as Mad Dog. He is a drug dealer. And he is saying these to his best friend who he is “recruiting” into the “business”. The book is ‘On the Run’ by Izai Amorim.
“It’s not personal. I like you. But business is business. You should know two things. One, I won’t take a bullet for you. Two, I won’t let you fuck up my business.’
No one.. and I mean no one in my physical world is a reader. A reader, the one who has her nose buried in a book all the time instead of a smartphone, whose eyes are fixed on the pages instead of the TV. Are you one? Or do you know someone who fits this profile.
My family and friends find it weird that I read. A lot. They do not know why I am willing to not go for parties to stay awake and read at night. Here are the 10 most common queries, non-readers (please forgive them, for they know not what they are missing) ask me.
This one is my latest favourite romance. I read the book first and immediately watched the movie. I loved them both. Of course, the book was better. This is my favourite scene and it is just apt for this Valentine’s day.
In this story, the hero, Will Traynor is wheelchair bound. Lou Clarke is his “babysitter” as he calls her. She initiates and manipulates to take Will out to watch an opera. And this happens when they get back home and Lou is about to open the car door to take Will inside.
“Just hold on. Just for a minute. ..
I just…I don’t want to go in just yet. I just want to sit and not have to think about…I just…want to be a man who has been to a concert with a girl in a red dress. Just for a few minutes more…”
For us non-Americans, America means freedom. And for women, it is a rare freedom denied to them in their own homes. This week, I am posting lines from the book ‘Kalyana’ by Rajni Mala Khelawan, which captures this very well. But, it is a little more than two lines. This story of Indians settled in the remote Fiji Islands, tells the story of the women living there.
‘Look at the American women,’ my mother continued. ‘If they hadn’t caused a stir far away, none of us would have a chance. We would still be burning widows and killing brides at altars. And we would still be letting men decide on our future. We wouldn’t even be able to stand in line and vote, Kalyana.’
It just proves that any struggle, anywhere has a ripple effect and impacts.
Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by A House of Books and has pretty simple rules…If you want to know how Teaser Tuesday Works, here’s how:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two teaser sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!
• Share the title and author so other TT participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like your teasers!
I just finished reading this book of short stories titled ‘These Circuses that Sweep through our Landscape’. Tejaswini Apte-Rahm has put together 10 short stories full of excellent writing. The review will be up soon.
Here are my two teaser lines from one of the stories. It was a bit difficult to choose. But I choose this one for the vivid images and passion it creates in just a few words.
Mili was arriving in Bombay on the twenty-third of August….Even before my hand reached for the mouse, my mind was filled with luscious images of Mili, of days filled with conversations and hot chai, of moist nights and pulsing, never sated desire.