February 01, 2006

Books and such.

"Words are all I have to take your heart away..."

And how they take my heart away!

I have been reading a number of books by Indian authors, mostly relevant to Indians settled in America - The Mistress of Spices and The Unknown Errors of our Lives (Chitra Divakaruni), The Namesake and The Interpreter of Maladies (Jhumpa Lahiri) - I can relate to them in a way that I sometimes cannot relate to, in books from non-Indian authors...

Anyway, these lines from The Mistress of Spices stayed back with me (never seen the word "love" used in the plural form)...

Earlier novels that I enjoyed reading, also by Indian authors include The Mango Season by Amulya Maladi and Monsoon Diary - a memoir with recipes by Shobha Narayanan.

While on the subject of books, found this interesting link about the best first lines in novels!

And as k pointed out, rightly, they left out one of the best opening lines of all times:

"What can you say about a twenty-five year old girl who died? That she was beautiful and brilliant. That she loved Mozart and Bach. The Beatles. And me."

Will write something more substantial soon, when inspiration strikes me :)


RTD2 said...

Nice post. I was just quoting the opening lines from "Love story" 2 nights back to a friend :)I think I know every line in that book!
And the list made me feel good and bad..Bad because I had read so few of them, good because I know I'll never run out of good books to read!

Prabu Karthik said...

Love story is to book lovers like what Mouna Ragam is to tamil movie goers..

unforgettable, evergreen, whatever.

RS said...

rtd2 - thanks! :)

p~k - true true :)

BUS said...

my thoughts and such :)

agreed that novels which talk of desis in america we can relate to. But by reading too many similar ones I feel overdosed

mango season, monsoon diary i like
namesake not so bad
interpreter of maladies...hmm...
god of small things ...i hate.

guile said...

the namesake.. i just love that book by jhumpa lahiri :)..

willowtree said...

I love reading books by Indian Authors. Interpreter of Maladies is one of my favorites.

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