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Reflections of loss and grief

Pinky is a recluse who rarely leaves the suburbs. When her husband, Pasha, goes missing and everyone assumes the worst, she sets off to find him. In her search, she encounters a dream-like landscape: the ancient interior of the city she was born in, the bright farms and fields of Pasha’s childhood and the dark wilderness of the mountains, where she must finally confront her fears.

Here we highlight 7 quotes from the book where she experiences emotions such as loss and grief.


‘I told him you had disappeared soon after he last saw you. He said, ‘I’m sorry for you,’ and looked sadder still. I said I was searching for you because everyone else except your mother thought you were dead.’

‘Alone again in the car I saw a vision of you with the blood pouring out, black as oil, I could see the stars in it. Your body sinking into the blacksand but for a finger or knee or shoulder. The blood was then blue then purple then red as the sun went up.’

‘When I opened my eyes the stars were gone.

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Still Life || Anoushka Khan

We were no longer ghosts under an ancient sky but humans with a beginning and an end, clothed in our machine-spun fabrics and so pale in the white light from the city below.’

‘There is dignity in death’, my father said. ‘Even decay is beautiful.’

‘You weren’t sitting there smiling and smoking. There was no one inside.’

‘I stopped in the middle of the bridge and looked carefully at the sharp rocks far down, hoping not to see you but wanting not to miss you.’

‘Then I sucked my breath in and ran screaming into the shadowy thing and it exploded around us. Inside it were pieces of light and dark that flew out, so many of them that they were all I could see.’


Still Life is an experiment with visual storytelling, using pictures and words to create a world that is both unsettling and extraordinary.

Quotes to Celebrate Roald Dahl Day

Roald Dahl is one of the most beloved authors of our time and has encouraged children world over to read. Known to use fun, self-created words, he has created a magical world for children to grow up in, inspired from his own life as well as his imagination. With plenty of laughter and lots of lessons to be learnt, his books are the perfect companion for children (and adults too!).
On occasion of his birthday, we got together quotes from fifteen of his books to remind us why we love him so. Take a look!

“A life is made up of a great number of small incidents and small number of great ones.” – Going Solo
“It is almost worth going away because it’s so lovely coming back.” – Boy
“Well, maybe it started that way. As a dream, but doesn’t everything? Those buildings. These lights. This whole city. Somebody had to dream about it first.” – James and the Giant Peach
“No book ever ends, when it’s full of your friends…” – The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me
“It doesn’t matter who you are or what you look like, as long as somebody loves you.” – The Witches
“You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts it will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.” -The Twits
“The magic finger is something I have been able to do all my life. I can’t tell you just how I do it, because I don’t even know myself.” – The Magic Finger
“What I have been trying so hard to tell you all along is simply that my father, without the slightest doubt, was the most marvelous and exciting father a boy ever had.” – Danny The Champion of the World
“A little nonsense, now and then, is relished by the wisest men.” – Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator

“So please, oh PLEASE, we beg, we pray,

Go throw your TV set away,
And in its place you can install,
A lovely bookshelf on the wall.” – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
“I understand what you’re saying, and your comments are valuable, but I’m gonna ignore your advice.” Fantastic Mr Fox
“For a few brief moments he had touched with the very tips of his fingers the edge of a magical world.” – George’s Marvellous Medicine
“Tortoise, Tortoise get bigger, bigger. Come on Tortoise grow up, puff up, shoot up! Spring up, Blow up swell up! Gorge! Guzzle! Stuff! Gulp! Put on fat, Tortoise, Put on fat! get on, Get on! Gobble food!!” – Esio Trot
“If you are good, life is good.” – Matilda
“’Meaning is not important, said the BFG. ‘I cannot be right all the time. Quite often I is left instead of right.’” – The BFG

John Green Quotes We Can't Seem to Get Enough Of

John Green is the award-winning, #1 bestselling author of Looking for AlaskaAn Abundance of KatherinesPaper TownsWill Grayson, Will Grayson (with David Levithan), Turtles All the Way Down and The Fault in Our Stars.
From these wonderful books have come some wonderful and ever-so-relevant quotes that we can’t seem to get enough of. Let’s take a look at some of them!


Love, Hope and Utmost Happiness – Quotes from Arundhati Roy

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy is an incredible follow-up to her The God of Small Things. We meet a host of characters­—Anjum, who runs a guest house in an Old Delhi graveyard, Tilo, an architect, who, although she is loved by three men, lives in a ‘country of her own skin’. But when Tilo claims an abandoned baby as her own, her destiny and that of Anjum becomes entangled as a tale that sweeps across the years and a teeming continent takes flight. . .

Here are a few quotes about love, hope and happiness from the book:


7 Quotes from Still Me that will Make you Fall in Love All Over Again.

Jojo Moyes- the author of bestsellers- Me Before You and After You brings the third Lou Clark novel- Still Me. The third book sees Lou arrive in New York to start a new life. She is quickly hurled into the world of the super-rich Gopniks: Leonard and his second wife, Agnes. Before she knows what’s happening, Lou is mixing in New York high society, where she meets Joshua Ryan, a man who brings with him a whisper of her past.
Here are 7 quotes from the book, Still Me that will make you fall in love all over again.

5 Quotes Which Prove Why Bombay is called the Maximum City

Suketu Mehta is a New York based author and an associate professor of journalism at New York University. His book, Maximum City: Bombay Lost & Found, was a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize. In this landmark biography, Suketu Mehta gives us an insider’s view into one of the world’s most dynamic and exciting cities.
Here are 5 poignant quotes from this celebrated book.
The Doppelganger Effect

The City of Dreams

Living in the Bubble

The Forbidden Quarters

The City that Never Sleeps

The definitive portrait of Mumbai in the 21st century, this timeless classic is a must have on your reading list!

5 Reasons Why Margaret Atwood’s ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Resonates the Current Times

Margaret Atwood is one of the renowned names in the literary world. Some of her works include The Handmaid’s Tale (winner of both the Arthur C. Clarke Award for Science Fiction and the Governor-General’s Award, shortlisted for the Booker Prize and made in a major film) and The Robber Bride and Alias Grace.
Margaret Atwood wrote The Handmaid’s Tale while living in in West Berlin in 1984. The themes of the book reflected the sentiments associated with standing of the Berlin Wall. Although it has been more than three decades, the themes are still relevant.
Here are five quotes that depict how The Handmaid’s Tale is a powerful evocation of the present time:

Get your copy of Margaret Atwood’s poignant novel here.

7 Quotes by Famous Authors That Will Make You Reminisce Your Childhood

As life brings with it moments of laughter and hardships in equal measures, the memory of childhood slowly begins to fade away. Or does it? Well, some of our favourite writers and personalities from history would beg to differ.
This Children’s Day, get inspired to grow ‘down’, because where’s the novelty in growing up?

The golden days of childhood were glorious, weren’t they?

5 Dan Brown Book Quotes Which Will Compel You To Pick Up The Books Again

One of the most acknowledged authors of thriller fiction, Dan Brown wrote some of the best-selling novels of all time. Best known for the The Da Vinci Code, Angels and Demons, and Inferno, Dan Brown’s novels have been the subject of intellectual debate among readers and scholars.
His novel Origin is the new installment in Brown’s oeuvre.
Here are 5 quotes from his book.

Do you have a favourite?
Get your copy of Dan Brown’s latest book Origin here.

5 Quotes That Show PG Wodehouse Was The Master of Humour

Pelham Grenville Wodehouse is one of the best humorists known today to bibliophiles. He wrote more than ninety novels and some three hundred short stories over 73 years.
Along with his iconic characters Bertie Wooster and Jeeves, Wodehouse also created the world of Blandings Castle, home to Lord Emsworth and his cherished pig, the Empress of Blandings. His stories are never complete without the disreputable Ukridge; Psmith, the elegant socialist; the ever-so-slightly-unscrupulous Fifth Earl of Ickenham, better known as Uncle Fred; and those related by Mr Mulliner, the charming raconteur of The Angler’s Rest, and the Oldest Member at the Golf Club.
Here are 5 quotes by Wodehouse that make him a renowned humorists in the world of literature.

Did you just laugh your guts out? Tell us which quote did you find the funniest.
The classic pair returns! Jeeves and Wooster are all prepared to tickle your funny bone. Get your box sets here.

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