A Novel November: The literary mash-up you’ll love

Maris Kriezman is the founder of the awesome blog Slaughterhouse 90210. Combining quotes from famous literary works with television shows, her blog is right at the crossroads of literature and pop-culture. Inspired by Kriezman, Desi Writers’ Lounge blogger Zuhair Merchant matched famous movies and television shows with quotes from the works of our favorite South Asian writers. Enjoy!

 

1. Bollywood actor Hrithik Roshan and Hollywood actor Bradley Cooper

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“All right, don’t scoff, mock or disbelieve: we live in mortal fear of not-quite-twins.”

 Salt and Saffron, Kamila Shamsie

 

2. Raj Koothrappali from American TV Show The Big Bang Theory

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“If he touched her, he couldn’t talk to her, if he loved her he couldn’t leave, if he spoke he couldn’t listen, if he fought he couldn’t win.”

The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy

 

3. American TV Show Breaking Bad

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“Many skills, as every successful entrepreneur knows, cannot be taught in school. They require doing. Sometimes a life of doing. And where money-making is concerned, nothing compresses the time frame needed to leap from my-shit-just-sits-there-until-it-rains poverty to which-of-my-toilets-shall-I-use affluence like an apprenticeship with someone who already has the angles all figured out.”

How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia, Mohsin Hamid

 

4. American TV Show Grey’s Anatomy

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“Now she has lived long enough to know that cutting up women is a sport older than cricket but just as popular and equally full of obscure rituals and intricate rules that everyone seems to know except her.”

Our Lady of Alice Bhatti, Mohammed Hanif

 

5. Bollywood movie Lootera

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“Ask him why there are hypocrites in the world.’
‘Because it is hard to bear the happiness of others.’
‘When are we happy?’
‘When we desire nothing and realize that possession is only momentary, and so are forever playing.’
‘What is regret?’
‘To realize that one has spent one’s life worrying about the future.’
‘What is sorrow?’
‘To long for the past.’
‘What is the highest pleasure?’
‘To hear a good story.”

Red Earth and Pouring Rain, Vikram Chandra

 

Zuhair tweets @BipolarBhaijaan

One thought on “A Novel November: The literary mash-up you’ll love

  1. Pop culture and literature coming together – what a dream! This is awesome – and can I just say that Zuhair Merchant has the BEST twitter handle? :D

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