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Review: Foreign

Foreign Foreign by Sonora Jha
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

The start was so good, a real page-turner in the beginning. But the story lost its charm in the mid. I felt the author tried to fit in quite a lot of drama, thereby, making the reader question the genuineness of the story of the protagonists. It didn’t quite seem plausible to me that anything and everything is happening to one family. And the ending also didn’t connect with me- it was as if the author wanted to somehow come to a conclusion, no matter how unreasonable it might come across. Even though the book touched upon a every important issue- the plight of the Indian farmers, yet it was a big disappointment.

However, there were some really nice quotes & shero-shayari in between. A couple of them I have penned down for you:

1. ‘Ghalib would say … her gaze upon me puts a glow on my face … and she assumes that this ailing man is well.’
(Unke dekhe se jo aa jati hai mung par raunak,
woh samajhte hain ki bimaar ka haal acha hai)

2. But she knows better than to fall into the trap of ‘belonging’. Just when you think you do, someone shows you that you don’t, or lets you go, or, worst of all, tells you you are free to leave. If rugs are so easy to pull from under your feet, it’s best not to stand on rugs at all.

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Book Review: The Art of Hearing Heartbeats


I was hooked right from the very first page of the book, like it was some kind of a spell. After such a long time, have I come across a book which soothes your mind and provides you solace, with its sweet love story written beautifully, almost magically by Jan-Philipp Sendker.

The Art of Hearing Heartbeats is a love story, but not a clichéd love story, I assure you! The author has weaved the story in such an exquisite manner that the reader cannot help but wonder about the intense connection between the two lovers, the passion that they have for each other, the unconditional love that is there in their hearts. This book surely is a 5-star and I would like to classify it as “un-put-downable”.

Below are some of my favourite quotes from the book:

  1. But a confession, a disclosure, is worthless when it comes at the wrong moment. If it’s too early, it overwhelms us. We are not ready for it and can’t yet appreciate it. If it’s too late, the opportunity is lost. The mistrust and the disappointment are already too great; the door is already closed. In either case, the very thing that ought to foster intimacy just creates distance.

  2. We wish to be loved as we ourselves would love. Any other way makes as uncomfortable. We respond with doubt and suspicion. We misinterpret the signs. We do not understand the language. We accuse. We assert that the other person does not love us. But perhaps he merely loves us in some idiosyncratic way that we fail to recognize.

  3. And so there must be in life something like a catastrophic turning point,when the world as we know cease to exist. A moment that transforms us into a different person from one heartbeat to the next. The moment when a lover confess that there’s someone else and that he’s leaving .or the day we bury a father or mother or best friend . Or the moment when the doctor informs us of a malignant brain tumor.

P.S. I am so glad I picked up this book at the Book Fair last month. Icing on the cake? Got it at a 60% discount. 😉

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Heya fellow bloggers and my readers!

I am currently reading ‘Man’s Search for Meaning’ and like million other readers in the world, I share the same view that this book grabs your attention from the very first page. And I even found that powerful quote (which is going to be my all-time favorite quote now) on the first page itself! I wonder what the rest of the pages have in store for me! 😀


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Collection Of My Favorite Quotes- Part 2

1. Life is what happens to you while you are busy making other plans.

– Allen Saunders

2. “So, whatever happened to you?’

‘Life. Life happened.”

-David Nicholls, One Day

3. Only the Dead stay seventeen forever.

-Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood

4. We are the choices we make.

-Patrick Ness, The Knife of Never Letting go

5. Life’s under no obligation to give us what we expect.

-Margaret Mitchell

6. “Dexter, I love you so much. So, so much, and I probably always will. I just don’t like you anymore. I am sorry.”

– David Nicholls, One Day

7. If you’re reading this…
Congratulations, you’re alive.
If that’s not something to smile about,
then I don’t know what is.”
– Chad Sugg, Monsters Under Your Head

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Collection of my favorite quotes- Part 1

1. “I could easily forgive his pride, if he had not mortified mine.”

– Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

2. “Someone who thinks death is the scariest thing doesn’t know a thing about life.”

– Sue Monk Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees

3. “Sometimes you make choices in life and sometimes choices make you.”

– Gayle Forman, If I stay

4. “It’s important in life to conclude things properly. Only then can you let go. Otherwise you’re left with words you should have said but never did, and your heart is heavy with remorse.”

– Yann Martel, Life of Pi

5. “Until you’ve lost your reputation, you never realize what a burden it was or what freedom really is.”

– Margaret Mitchell, Gone with the Wind

6. “The finest of pleasures are always the unexpected ones.”

– Erin Morgenstern, The Night Circus

7. “The opposite of love is not hate. Hate is just love gone bad. The actual opposite of love is apathy. When you don’t care a damn as to what happens to the other person.”

– Amish Tripathi, The Secret of the Nagas

8. “What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses his own soul?”

– Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

9. “I have good reason to be content, for thank God I can read and perhaps understand Shakespeare to his depths.”

– John Keats

10. “What more felicity can fall to creature, than to enjoy delight with liberty.”

– Spencer, Fate of the butterfly


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