#quotations ” “My infant finds…

#quotations ” “My infant finds favour in the austere eyes ,” muttered his Grace. “Infant, I am trying to prevail upon Mr. Marling to honour my poor house with his presence. Pray add your entreaties to mine.” ” Georgette Heyer, p216, These Old Shades.

A very quickly sourced by absolute chance quote from a page from one of my mum’s books (I only have a small few of her books as they were shared among family and others were donated. I had to grab her Georgette Heyer novels as I read those in my childhood while too young to really understand them, but could mechanically read them at about six years old. I don’t think I read all of them because of the antiquated adult world portrayed in the stories.) I’m hoping to read them enough to find the one i did read from start to end, but haven’t had the free time to relax with them yet. Not really the kind of genre I go for in a book these days. My poor mum struggled to keep me in reading material but I had books like Enid Blyton and comics every week where i learnt about things like majorettes in Judy and Bunty, Debbie etc. I had an advantage over my brother in getting to read his Eagle and Roy of the Rovers comics (much more interesting than girls comics!) and he always complained it wasn’t fair and did share but I’d have to pay back a favour of some sort like take on one of his chores, otherwise he got nothing for my reading his when of course he refused to read a girl’s comic. The library was too far to walk but don’t think they had anything I wanted to borrow but my mum did make us to join. I used to go in to the library very occasionally to use the reference section. I couldn’t understand while so young why you couldn’t borrow the only books I wanted to read. We had a lot of worldly books in our classroom at school though and I was a voracious reader as a child. Not been much of a reader as an adult. Heard on local radio yesterday that statistically only 11% of people read fiction and most reading is other types, ie. for information, so I don’t feel as bad about not reading enough fiction now. Not sure if that’s a UK statistic, regionally or nationally, or if it’s a global market result. i might look for more info on it sometime. I nearly panicked for a quick authorstory post but spotted the postwindow’s autotag just as I was leaving and thought I’d add a quick quote then. That’s what it turned out and i didn’t want to select a replacement. Should be elsewhere, gotta go 🙂 bye for now, best wishes all 🙂

PS – i felt it was a good quote to suggest, if you are reading or have a book to hand for a chance find, you might like to add a quote post or in comments.
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#quotations “The brown sky hid…

#quotations “The brown sky hid a few stars in her shawl at dawn.” Parijat

I guess it was reading this line a week or so ago that influenced my haiku post today (new blog space for minimal form posts). It’s a beautiful opening to chapter 12 of the novel ‘Under the Sleepless Mountain’ as translated by Nara Pallav. I expect it does lose some of its’ qualities by limitations of equivalence. Unavoidable. I’m very pleased I waited for a copy as it wasn’t immediately available at the time) and it’s interesting summer reading. Very glad it’s not at all a slushy romance(!) i’d still like to hear it in the original language and I’m going to look out for an audiobook to buy eventually. i don’t mind not understanding.

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Friday Feature: 3 Quotes with Author Bio

I have always been an admirer of this great man whose words are ever so encouraging and make me wonder about his wisdom, knowledge and perspective of life!

SWAMI VIVEKANANDA. The name itself instills peace and divinity in mind.


Swami Vivekananda’s inspiring personality was well known both in India and in America during the last decade of the nineteenth century and the first decade of the twentieth.

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The Short Biography of a Boring Author

(AKA Three Quotes for Friday)

For today’s quotes I decided to take an author that you all consider ever so boring. By the time you finish reading this, however, you’ll realise he’s an author worth reading.

(At least that’s the theory.)

Author’s Picture

To begin with, let’s have the author’s picture:


With a beard like that he’s obviously boring!

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Friday Feature: Quotes by Jhumpa Lahiri

Friday Feature: Quotes and Bio of Jhumpa Lahiri


Nilanjana Sudeshna “Jhumpa” Lahiri was born in London, the daughter of Indian emigrants from the state of West Bengal. She is an Indian American author. She grew up in Kingston, Rhode Island, where her father Amar Lahiri works as a librarian at the University of Rhode Island he is the basis for the protagonist in “The Third and Final Continent,” .

Lahiri’s debut short story collection Interpreter of Maladies (1999) won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and her first novel, The Namesake (2003), was adapted into the popular film of the same name. She was born Nilanjana Sudeshna but goes by her nickname (or in Bengali, her “Daak naam”) Jhumpa. Lahiri is a member of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, appointed by U.S. President Barack Obama.Her book The Lowland, published in 2013, was a nominee for the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Award for Fiction. Continue reading

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Three Quotes Friday

Is there anyone in the blogging world who doesn’t like to read? The chances are probably very slim, even for technical and political writers. And books can be a wonderful source of quotes, even in fiction. Unfortunately, when I run across something profound while reading I rarely stop to write it down and I just can’t bring myself to mark in a book, even one I own. So I hunted down some quotes from books I’ve read. I’ll be better prepared next time.



stand up - albus dumbledore



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Friday Feature: Quotes and biography of an author

Mark Twain

Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was born on November 30, 1835. He was one of the most famous American author and humorist of all times. Lauded as “The greatest American humorist of his age”, William Faulkner called Twain “The Father of American Literature”. Continue reading

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