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Teaser Tuesday (2nd January 2018)

Happy New Year.

I hope yours got off to a good start. I feel like mine did, in no small part because I woke up writing this and something much darker, and incomplete.

And now I’m doing  Teaser Tuesday which I found due to Brainfluff.  It’s one of the memes I do to keep networked with the blogging community, and also because I love books and bookish activities.

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by The Purplebooker.com.
Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Here goes.

Current read Nectar in a Sieve 417IMwNNgEL__SX303_BO1,204,203,200_ by Kamala Markandaya.

“She is endowed with beauty,” Old Granny said. “It will make up for a small dowry – in this case.”


‘Its rich heavy folds make her look more slender than she was, made her look a child…I darkened her eyes with kohl and the years fell away more; she was so pitifully young I could hardly believe she was to be married today.’

A bit more – This book’s synopsis describes it as a novel “about a woman’s struggle to ind happiness in a changing India” and the story so far bears that out. “Married as a child bride to a tenant farmer she had never met, Rukmani works side by side in the field with her husband to wrest a living from a land ravaged by droughts, monsoons, and insects.” It is written by Kamala Markandaya, a pseudonym used by Kamala Purnaiya Taylor, an Indian novelist and journalist born in Bangalore, India in 1924. Nectar in a Sieve was published in 1954. My active reading pile is kind of scarily high right now but though it’s been slow at times, and the narrative voice really quiet, this one has held my interest. Interesting insights to a culture I don’t know a lot about. Where I am now Rukmani  is marrying off her very young daughter much as she was married off at a very young age – and I was particularly touched by the sections I pulled. I don’t know how this ends as I’m only up to chapter 6.

How about you, what are you reading?

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