Monday, March 24, 2014

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

I could not help but re-read the following lines on the journey of - 'A Thousand Splendid Suns".
  • One could not count the moons that shimmer on her roofs, Or the thousand splendid suns that hide behind her walls.
  • Learn this now and learn it well, my daughter: Like a compass needle that points north, a man's accusing finger always finds a woman. Always. You remember that, Mariam.
  • There is only one, only one skill a woman like you and me needs in life, and they don't teach it in school. Look at me... Only one skill, and it's this: tahamul. Endure.
  • She remembered Nana saying once that each snowflake was a sigh heaved by an aggrieved woman somewhere in the world. That all the sighs drifted up the sky, gathered into clouds, then broke into tiny pieces that fell silently on the people below.
  • As a reminder of how women like us suffer, she'd said. How quietly we endure all that falls upon us.
  • A man's heart is a wretched, wretched thing. It isn't like a mother's womb. It won't bleed. It won't stretch to make room for you.
  • Give sustenance, Allah.Give sustenance to me.
  • But remember my girl, what the koran says, 'Blessed is he in whose hand is the kingdom, and he who has power over all things, who created death and life that he may try you.
  • Marriage can wait, education cannot.
  • Because a society has no chance of success if its women are uneducated, Laila. No chance
  • Love can move people to act in unexpected ways and move them to overcome the most daunting obstacles with startling heroism.
  • And the past held only this wisdom: that love was a damaging mistake, and its accomplice, hope, a treacherous illusion.
  • But the game involves only male names. Because, if it's a girl, Laila has already named her
  • You can not stop you from being who you are.
  • People…shouldn't be allowed to have new children if they’d already given away all their love to their old ones. It wasn't fair.
  • Of all the hardships a person has to face, none was more punishing than the simple act of waiting.
  • That I only have eyes for you.
  • Tell your secret to the wind, but don’t blame it for telling the trees.
  • The Chinese say it’s better to be deprived of food for three days than tea for one.
  • One could not count the moons that shimmer on her roofs, or the thousand splendid suns that hide behind her walls
  • Mariam is in Laila's own heart, where she shines with the bursting radiance of a thousand suns, but the game involves only male names. Because, if it's a girl, Laila has already names her.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The Wedding by Nicholas Sparks- My Favourite lines

Below are few lines I loved from the book "The Wedding" by Nicholas Sparks

  • “What are we, after all, without our memories … without our dreams?”
  • “Everything a baby does strikes a parent as the most magical thing he/she has ever seen.” 
  • “Love I have realized is more than 3 words mumbled before bedtime. Love is sustained by action, a pattern of devotion in the things we do for each other every day.
  • “Gifts of the heart can't be claimed by anyone except the giver.” 
  • “Is it possible, I wonder, for a man to truly change? Or do character and habit form the immovable boundaries of our lives?” 
  • “How many people are ever given that chance? To have someone you fall in love with you ever over and over?”
  • "Marriage is about compromise; it's about doing something for the other person, even when you don't want to.”
  • “There is nothing quite peaceful as holding a sleeping child in the comfort of your arms and wondering how it’s possible to care so deeply.”

        Click the Link to read how I felt after reading "The wedding