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ptayenjam  Good books & tea. I stalk puppies professionally. Some days, I write fervently. This life is not enough to read all the books I want.

I can hardly contain my EXCITEMENT!
Does anybody recognise this book?
The Bloody Chamber and other stories by Angela Carter is a retelling of fairy tales with the most unconventional twist, from familiar tales and legend - Red Riding Hood, Blue beard, Puss in Boots, Beauty and the Beast - our heroine no longer waits for the hero to save her, she saves herself. 🐳🐳🐳
Angela effectively draws out the theme of feminism by contrasting traditional elements ofΒ Gothic fiction – which usually depicts female characters as weak and helpless – with strong female protagonists. She is no damsel-in-distress, she is not weak and helpless, she is a bad ass woman who can take care of herself, thank you very much!🐳🐳🐳
Also, I don't need for you to hold doors for me just because I am a woman. Do it in spite of my gender. Hold the door for everybody, be nice. Not because I am a female and that I need to be constantly saved.πŸ˜‘
#feminism #feministfiction #fairytalesretelling #booksagram #femalewriters

I have finally found my Patronus, 'Bloodhound'πŸ•.
This wasn't much of a surprise, always knew that it would be a dog.❀
Also, did I tell you that I am a Ravenclaw? ☺
#patronus #ravenclaw #potterhead #hogwarts #bloodhound

Stacking up my tower of 'read only female writers month'. I have finished a couple of them and I am currently reading three books at a time. I think this might continue well into July as well. I am someone who is constantly planning what to read, what books to take when I step out of the house. I have to have a book in my hand or in my bag wherever I go. I can be inclined toΒ bribery only with good books. I am not lying when I say my functionality corresponds to a book in my periphery. πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™
It's an observation I made, here in Manipur we don't read much literature as compared to other places. The lack of bookstores carrying good literatures validate the reading habits of our state. The numerous bookstores that have spawned near Pologround cater to mostly academic and competitive examinations oriented books; with Sucheta bookstore making an exception, leaving a little niche for literature as well. It's also a stark reminder of our education system which sadly is defunct with overemphasis on marks and percentage. For most part, novels are a big waste of time in this part of the world.🐊🐊🐊
'Books and Coffee' is a place generally recommended for book lovers in Imphal, but it is hardly a good excuse for a book lounge either, with books stacked haphazardly and most books out of stock, it was a nightmare for me to salvage a copy of Amitav Ghosh's 'River of Smoke' from the clearly ignored dusty pile of books. I have gone there thrice and been disappointed thrice. It's probably good for everything else but books.🐳🐳🐳
Also, what are you doing if you aren't reading in the bathroom?
#booklover #booksgram #fiction #nonfiction #bookgasm

My most recent purchases. ❀
This will be my two- three months worth of read. I have already started on a couple of them. I need to cool down on reading multiple books at at time. Are you a multiple reader?
#fictionreads #nonfictionreads #bookslover #bookstagram #goodreads #bookshelf #bookgeek #bibliophile

I just finished reading Kaveri Nambisan's 'A Town Like Ours'. It's simple enough that you can sail through it in two-three sittings. Her terse style of writing dappled with sometimes almost poetic-prose is one that I do not come across in what are usually deemed as great literary reads; most of them are heavily flooded with big words that need constant reference of a dictionary that they sometimes overwhelm me. I feel that she is not as widely read as she deserves to be.🐳🐳🐳
This book is written in the form of narratives by a retired whore and long time resident of an imagined town, Pingakshipura. I will not divulge what the book is about, but I will say this much- it will keep you captivating till the end.πŸ›πŸ›πŸ›
Our narrator, Rajkumari mentions a cow few pages into the book and that one paragraph got me hooked, I knew it instantly that this book will not be the last of Kavery's books I will be reading. Rajkumari describes the cow as a tender white calf that grew up into a disappointingly gaunt, dirty-grey heifer whose hide over the years began to darken with unremarkably curved horns. The cow evidently, in her assumption, a product of a fleeting love affair between the cow's mother and a buffalo. ☺☺☺
This book is a part of my read only female writers month and I give credit for having found her work solely to Amazon. Thank God for Amazon recommendations!πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™
Kavery Nambisan is the author of six novels and her 'The Story That Must Not Be Told' was shortlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize and the DSC Prize. She is a writer and a surgeon working in rural India. I don't think you will need more reasons to admire her because I definitely don't.❀❀❀
#indianfiction #kaverynambisan #atownlikeours #bookslover #goodreads

Perks of having a father whose friends are writers. You get their signed copies for free.❀
#nagawriters #northeastwritersindia #northeastwriters #easterinekire

Throwback to when my only problem was deciding what's for dinner (and right after, I guzzled down a bottle of coke and practically snorted in a lage pizza all by myself), now my problems have mutated, spawned and amplified that at times I do nothing but laugh at it. I seem to be adulting right. I can't fix everything, right?
Also, by throwback I meant only last year. I am growing up.
#retailtherapy #eatinglikeapig #sneakyselfieswhileyourfriendshops

It turns out third time's the charm. After having lost two copies of Roy's 'Listening to Grasshoppers' by sheer stupidity, I was adamant on literally having this copy taped across my back until I finish it. I finally finished reading it in the early hours of today morning.🐳
"At a time when opportunism is everything,  when hope seems lost, when everything boils down to a cynical business deal, we must find the courage to dream. To reclaim romance. The romance of believing in justice, in freedom, and in dignity. For everybody." 🐊
When she writes, she writes with anger, she writes with hope, she writes with love. Most importantly, she writes for those who are yet to be heard- the voiceless, the marginalised and the persecuted faces of humanity.🐫
Every page painfully resonates the years of indifference I have let seeped in me. Not doing anything amounts to perpetrating injustice. Not speaking out amounts to tolerating venality. Nobody is safe. Not you, not me. The flagrant violation of human dignity well disguised under the cloak of world's largest democracy driven by economic 'progress' that humbles the world over, yet stiffling the very life out of India; the kind of progress that fattens the pockets of few while millions of emaciated others shrivelled in the atrophied space fighting displacement, dispossession and violence of abject poverty. This is our country. This is our democracy. πŸ™
Change starts with 'I' and when all the 'I(s)' come together, the wheel will start rolling. And that wheel will be a wheel of true democracy, untethered with the bearings of neo fascism and pseudo democracy. Be vociferous, be vehement. Let's not wait for the malady to sprawl into our backyard for us to act, when we see it creeping across our neighbours' yard let's not turn a blind eye. πŸ›
I read her books for her. She is the only author for whom I read the books. In her case, I will read anything she scribbles. I really hope to meet her one day and until then I shall repeatedly watch every interview, every lecture, every talk and repeatedly read everything she writes.❀
#nonfiction #essays #listeningtograsshoppers #arundhatiroy

Lately, I have been into short stories. Ken Liu's 'Paper Menagerie and other stories' is one work that stood out from the rest. It is different. Very different. He invokes magic in everyday quotidian. He is no ordinary story teller. His simplistic writing laced with magic is altogether a unique entity to be reckoned with, a sui generis if you will. He entices you with the seemingly ordinary spectacle of life, as you knowingly get engulfed in the imagined abundance of make belief he lets you stew in, you only wish for all that magic to be real. It is no surprise that almost everyone who has read this raves about it. Paper Menagerie won the Hugo, Nebula and World Fantasy awards and is the only story to have won all three awards.
This is a little deviation from my read only female writers month. I am also currently reading 'Power' by Naomi Alderman, 'A Town Like Ours' by Kauvery Nambisan and Roy's 'Listening to Grasshoppers'. I was supposed to read only two books at a time. I can't help. Why am I like this?πŸ˜‘
Also, I am obsessed with vanilla caramel scented candles.❀
#fiction #thepapermenagerie #shortstories #goodreads

Me: You look Nibbles.😊
* Checks who Nibbles is. He is not so happy anymore.
FYI, Nibbles/Tuffy is a diaper wearing baby mouse from Tom and Jerry. Both of them have the same set of elephant ears in my opinion.

"Love is a temporary madness, it erupts like volcanoes and then subsides."
A stunning book. Considered the best work of Louis de Bernières, it is undoubtedly brilliant. Threaded with themes of love, loss, war and history, this book is an inventory of what good novels are made. It is set in the early days of the second world war, before Benito Mussolini invaded Greece. There is so much to tell with this book, my favourite part was that it even deals with themes of homosexuality, where several chapters in the book are narrated from the perspective of Carlo Guercio, a homosexual Italian man who joins the Italian army raised under Mussolini.
A perfect marriage of history, culture, politics and literature. It portrays an important piece, however small Cephalonia maybe in context of world geography, in the bigger puzzle of insurrection against Mussolini. It spews history with captivating sagacity we rarely find in scholastic history texts. It is a witty, charming, intelligent tale that possesses the reader to finish without stopping. I like the movie just as well but books over movies, always. Give this book a try. You will not regret it.☺
Also, this isn't a part of my read only female writers month, I read this book long ago.

"All over the world women are discovering they have the Power. With a flick of the fingers they can inflict terrible pain-even death. Suddenly, every man on the planet finds they've lost control. The day of the girls has arrived."
I am going to leave here with the blurb. This blurb is 'powerful' enough. It needs no explanation. My Margaret Atwood calls it, "Electrifying".
Also, @unicorn_susma drop whatever you are doing and read this.❀
#fanstasyfiction #feministfiction

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