Franz Kafka- For whom only weird was normal!

IDLE MUSER (aka Aditi)

I am a cage, in search of a bird.
– Franz Kafka

Of late, I read one of the most influential, talked about writers of twentieth century – Franz Kafka! Now, the most important (this importance is solely for my personal reasons) and interesting fact about Kafka that I became aware of the moment I started reading his introduction was his date of birth, which is same as mine; and well, I got too excited about it and told about it to my dad, who laughed at first, and added, ‘When you’ll read him, you will realize how fundamentally different you both are.’ And this was just another push to me to start reading Kafka.

Kafka is primarily known for his absurd, surreal, or what can be generalized as ‘weird’ stories with kooky characters and concepts. There’s a reason why Kafkaesqueterm was coined. While browsing and shuffling around…

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A woman behind the veil

IDLE MUSER (aka Aditi)


Mahira always used to wear a black, plain veil; even at her workplace. Nobody ever asked her to not to wear it.

She was from Kashmir and had recently shifted to Chennai for her work. But she didn’t shift alone; her husband- what he seemed to, at least, people around- did too. Nobody ever saw Mahira without Saif or Saif without Mahira. Both were the employees of the same company, both worked in the same department, both were seen holding hands while walking outside the company’s premises, both never ate without each other- what other reasons did anybody need to not to picture them as a couple. But yes, nobody knew for sure if they were a married couple.

Though, if the place from where Mahira hailed was considered, it wasn’t much of a modern society- sending a girl to the other part of the country alone would never have…

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On Inspirational Quotations: What’s It All About?

Head to Head, Heart to Heart

There are so many motivating, stimulating and okay, I’ll have to say it, inspirational quotes around today: on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest…and many other forms of social media, with attractive or fittingly apt images attached for visual force to boost the power of the written word. And of course we have them in diaries and in dictionary collections, on T-shirts and posters, on plaques for the home, as tattoos, on key rings, and there are even collections online gleaned from particular authors’ specific books, to add to those handed down as a form of history from poets, writers, sages and philosophers through the ages, as well as those handed down in families…we all know ones like these: I want, never gets;Be careful what you wish for, or you might be disappointed;To thine own self be true;Don’t make a mountain out of a molehill; Least said, soonest mended….in…

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Cover Love: part 33 – Lawn chairs


The covers of novels entice the reader to enter a different world. Covers are, after all, the way the publisher hooks the reader into choosing one book over countless others.

In keeping with a summer theme, in this, my thirty-third installment of ‘Cover Love‘, I’d like to show you books that feature lawn chairs on their covers. 

Some of the following books I’ve already read, some are on my ‘to read’ list,
and some I chose only for their covers.

Some, perhaps, will now be on your TBR!

Just click on the cover to read the book’s synopsis from  Goodreads.

You might just find your next favorite book!

Stay tuned for Cover Love Part 34:
“One eye… OPEN”

or… revisit any of the previous installments of

Cover Love – some of which I’ve updated recently

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