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thebooksatchel

Resh Susan Storyteller| 🇮🇳 Creator of #femmemarch Enquiries ✉️ - [email protected] This Twitter thread about Normal People is the BOMB 👇 http://bit.ly/2DgrBri
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Can you spot me? there is something about libraries where so many are reading/studying/writing simultaneously. saw this picture of @nypl in my last year’s camera roll and i terribly miss the buzz of libraries. i love soaking in the ambience of silence, rustling pages and readers while i am a distracted people watcher (doing v little reading) at cafes. i really wish india had more public libraries that stack new fiction because we have a huge reading population. (indians, thoughts?) does your country have good libraries and do you use them?
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i’ve been disappointed by new movies that are way too hyped than they deserve. what’s keeping you happy on netflix and elsewhere? on the reading front, i am making my way through the @womensprize longlisted books, be on the lookout for stories (normal people (5⭐️) is such a favourite. i wrote about my husband reading it as his first book in three years. link in bio. some of you might remember i live tweeted that). i recently enjoyed small days and nights by tishani doshi (3.5⭐️) too. next on the agenda - good talk by mira jacob which is a graphic memoir. how amazing!
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#nypl #booksbooksbooks #girlswhoread

April 2019 comment 115 star 1,451

If you could look back ten years, what would you tell yourself?
what i’d say - don’t worry too much; learn to poach an egg - you seem to be a slow learner at that; you’ll be surprised how many books you’ll get to read in the future; also, as you age you are gonna burp and f**t a lot more✨⚡️

March 2019 comment 101 star 989

[ad] the holocaust happened nearly fifty years ago when humanity steeped to its lowest and the jews were discriminated because of their religion. yet, we remain the same monsters. the recent shooting at christchurch mosque is unpardonable. innocent people who went for prayers were killed; and nothing that we say online in solidarity comes close to the violence the victims and their loved ones experienced.
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today’s post features the choice from @eburybooks, about a survivor of the holocaust. the memoir was published when edith eger was 90 years old and tells how she survived the cruel years in auschwitz. she was dragged out of a pile of dead bodies, barely breathing, and made a life for herself while battling survivor’s guilt.
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i listened to edith’s ted talk (please do watch) where she talks about her mom being killed in the chambers upon orders by mengele (the angel of death) and she had to dance in front of her mother’s murderer one day as she was a trained ballet dancer! this woman built her life from ashes, and says what you keep ‘in your mind’ is very important, a lesson that her mom imparted to her before they were separated.
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some books about the monstrosity of mankind that have made me cry (literally) are the diary of anne frank, the book thief and the boy in striped pyjamas, all set around the holocaust. do recommend books that you think inspire us to be kinder and tolerant human beings.
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#booksworthreading #femmemarch #readwomen #editheger

March 2019 comment 105 star 1,376

This was my brilliant idea for #femmemarch but my stencil (which for some reason included lip liners and eye liners instead of regular paper) wouldn’t stay in place and the wind got the better of me. my girls are a bit wonky, their hands seem attached to their hips not shoulders, the dusting seems clumped and my phone is covered in flour. but if not march, then when do you celebrate the imperfections in the creative process! thank you barbara @herinternest who had a similar idea gone wrong (her picture was still gorgeous!) but posted anyway which made me think i should just post this and have fun. i have been away for too long and an idea that didn’t work well should not be a reason to pop in and say hi. hello, what are you up to?
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i’ve been reading bird summons by leila aboulela and waiting by nighat gandhi. i’ve been watching old romcoms. also, loving your entries for femmemarch. thank you!! much love.❤️
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#smallmomentsofcalm #girlpoweryouareenough #womensupportingwomen #beautyinimperfection

March 2019 comment 137 star 1,119

When life gives you broken cups, add some colour.
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my favourite prop and companion of many evenings met with an untimely demise. the accident seems to have happened because of a tipsy owing to high levels of caffeine. in these years, the cup lived a double life as a celebrity in instagram pictures and a homebody in a cramped apartment. it had a fulfilling life and was much loved. thank you for attending this tribute to the best of all cups 😢☕️ .
#whpcolorwheel

February 2019 comment 144 star 1,319

Read everywhere, on bed, at desk, in air.
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my favourites of the month are the winter of the witch by arden, born a crime by trevor noah and the heavens by sandra newman. also dates cake. yumm. your turn.

January 2019 comment 160 star 1,975

~check mate.
a giant oreo chess board is way more fun than black and white squares. chess was my childhood staple after dinner. my uncle and i would be engrossed in the game between sips of black coffee; and usually towards the end, my sole king would be trotting on the squares until cornered and mercilessly defeated. you couldn’t simply eat through the board you know, you had to destroy kingdoms. #whpinspiredby -
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what are your favourite board games?

January 2019 comment 196 star 1,360

What a fitting ending to the trilogy! oh but first, hello everyone! happy new year. what are you most excited about in 2019?
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the winter of the witch was one of my most anticipated books of the year. it comes out in two days and i just want to say i am floored by how splendid it is. there is magic, lots of mythical beings, war and vasya is no regular heroine, i tell you. the book talks a lot about coexistence, something we really need to think about in today’s world. the best part is, some scenes are based on actual historical events. so @arden_katherine just stole my heart (ok it was stolen with the first book itself, but stolen again for dramatic reasons) and buried it deep in the winter of old russia.
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those who have been around for long enough know how much i adored bear and the nightingale. i’ve raved about it; very pleased that all the books were promising reads. thank you @eburybooks for this beauty, inside and out.
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what’s new with you?
ps: can we talk about how awesome (and creepy) you on netflix is? i am actively converting people into fans ever since i watched it.
#thewinterofthewitch

January 2019 comment 132 star 1,458

What are you reading this month?
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i am winding up my reading for the year, which is strange because usually i put my books aside in november itself. my last read, flames by robbie arnott, was fantabulous. i might re read the st. clare series by enid blyton for the pure joy of revisiting a childhood favourite without needing to review it. (isn’t that so refreshing?) and i am watching orange is the new black these days. i’d love something more cheery. maybe dumplin’ ? do add in your holiday recommended tv too. it is that time of the year!

December 2018 comment 140 star 2,465

Life doesn’t get better than some old school brick game, does it? #whpsquares -
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tetris was a favourite game for us 90s kids and creating this video as adults remains one of my most cherished afternoons. i remember laughing hysterically as he tried to get the sugar cubes to stick, saying aloud each step written on a piece of paper so that i don’t make a mistake while ‘playing’ and of course us nibbling on the props aka jam biscuits with ginger tea afterwards. in a way, instagram has become like an album for me. each post has a story but also a backstory that goes into the making.
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have you ever taken help from friend/family for a picture? tell us more; was it fun?

November 2018 comment 201 star 982

Dear 90’s kids,
you are gonna be okay.

much love, xoxo
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happy weekend my loves. what’s one piece of advice you would give your own generation? (we already have enough of advices for older and younger generations).
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mine would be that no one has really figured life out. you aren’t failing. you are just struggling because you are an adult but many times you don’t feel like one. we will seize the day but its okay if today is not the day you do it. don’t rush, don’t compare; just keep moving. you’ll be alright.
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ps: i am super curious about you if you are in the older/younger generations. 😘

November 2018 comment 177 star 1,520

When i was an instagram newbie, i felt lost. it was unfamiliar, filled with strangers and beautiful pictures. soon enough, silhouettes became names and then faces. accounts became real people, passionate, warm and above all, encouraging. all those questions - ‘is it s****d to post something that anyone can see? is it silly to comment on a photo you love?’ began to fade. this one’s for you my friend, new and old 🙂😍 .
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how about your first months on ig? share a story about the time when an online pal made you feel good.
#whpcommunity

November 2018 comment 161 star 1,035