MARRIAGE UNARRANGED by Ritu Bhathal : A Review

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Blogging friend Ritu Bhathal, whom I had read previously as a poet (Poetic Ritual) and appreciated and enjoyed, has written a novel. Its characters are lovely Indian-British young people.  Aashi, the bride-to-be and her family: brothers Sunny and Bali, the perfect mom and pop, best friend Kiran are awaiting the nuptials of Aashi and Ravi, her fiancee.

As the story opens, Aashi arrives unexpectedly at Ravi’s apartment, catching him and his “other girlfriend” in the act. Devastated, Aashi refuses to give up her dream trip to India to prepare for the wedding, and instead embarks with both brothers and Kiran rather than waste the tickets. Their itinerary has just changed–not to plan a wedding but to cancel plans already made. The friends meet handsome Arjun on a train, and drag him along on the errands adding much hilarity and communications blunders.

The book is filled with travel, glamor, fashion…

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FIRST LINE FRIDAYS

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The idea is to copy the first line of a book to see if it grabs another reader. This meme is hosted by Hoarding Books and Wandering Words. Place YOUR first line along with the title and author of the book it comes from and play along.

Here is the first line of Anna Quindlen’s Alternate Side:

” ‘Just look at that,” Charlie Nolan said, his arm extended like that of a maitre d‘ indicating a particularly good table.”

Whatever it is, it pleases Charlie and also his wife Nora. It is something they have wanted since moving in to the dead-end block, their “tranquil village amid the urban craziness,” as described by the book’s cover. This was a book set in New York that I had intended to read after seeing for myself what New Yorkers were like during my girlfriends’ weekend in The Big Apple this…

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WWW WEDNESDAY

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img_1384-0 WHAT books have you just finished? WHAT are you reading currently? WHAT will you read next?, and I will add, WHAT have you watched? These are the questions Miz B at Daily Rhythms initiated and Sam at Taking on a World of Words now asks as she hosts this fun meme.

It has been so long since I’ve played this “game” but here are my answers for Wednesday, May 27th, 2020.

shopping9781773212579518hlxqF+ML._SY346_shopping-1978052565333251xiwfeZsnL._SL300_ It was a good week to read, and I finished all these: three novels, a memoir, a collection of short story/fantasy urban legends, and two non-fiction books. One, Funny, You Don’t Look Autistic, I started from scratch; the others I had already begun. Kristin Higgins was a new author to me.

9780451489395 WHAT are you continuing to read? Two novels, 51cJvgfnQ6L._SY346_ WSleepless_(novel) WHAT I will read next is the book for “M” of my 2020 Alphabet Soup Challenge, then I’ll continue…

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TUESDAY TEASER

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Tuesday Teaser, hosted by The Purple Booker invites readers to post a few random lines from your current read in hopes of “teasing” others to add it to their TBR list.

My Tuesday Teaser for Tuesday, May 19th is from Susan Vreeland’s Lisette’s List:

“One morning Pascal thudded down his coffee bowl and pushed himself upright. ‘I’m going to the ochre quarries. The colors glow at this hour’

‘No Papa. The cliffs are too dangerous.’

‘Don’t tell me what to do. And don’t follow me.’

I burst out crying.”

This novel is one of seven novels Susan Vreeland wrote in her lifetime, each focused around some aspect of art. I plan to read aloe them.  This is the fourth I’ve read.

If you would like to leave a “tease” for this blog’s readers, please enter it in the Reply section. Be sure to mention title of book and author. No…

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Smorgasbord Laughter Lines Extra – Some more seclusion Humour from the senior team

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My sister Diana in Portsmouth who is in lock down now except for trips to the grocery store, shared some humor sent by one of her friends.. proving that even those in their 70s (sorry 40s) still have a sense of humour…

And to make sure that you get some exercise today here is a video to get your on your feet… an appropriate for all of us waiting to get back in touch with our family and friends.  Thanks toABBA

If you would like all of ABBA’s hits to buy then here is there 2 CD collection: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK

Thanks for dropping in today.. have a good weekend.. Sally.

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