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thebooksatchel

Resh Susan Storyteller| 🇮🇳 Creator of #femmemarch Enquiries ✉️ - [email protected] On being featured by Instagram 👇 http://bit.ly/2yFPvJI
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The crunch of dried leaves beneath my feet and the greenest leafy roof above my head. unlike the usual orange and brown hues most seen in autumn pictures, here in kerala, we are painted in verdant skies and sprouting rains. so i marched down with a mirror to my backyard after breakfast to capture this. autumn and spring mirror one another here. welcome to my home.
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what is something unusual about your homeland?
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#godsowncountry #kerala #quietinthewild

comment 179 star 1,821 2 days ago

Who thought lunch (sambhar and long beans) would be a photo inspiration! did you know some varieties of jellyfish have a rewind button? typically all have a stationary polyp stage and a mobile medusa stage (what we see them in). certain kinds of jellyfish (turritopsis nutricula) have earned the nickname ‘the immortal jellyfish’ and can revert back to the polyp stage when under stress. that’s so cool! would you like to be a jellyfish and keep rewinding?
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#gatherandcurate #creativeflatlays #inspiredbynature

comment 106 star 959 4 days ago

Today i’ve ticked zero cups of coffee (cutting them down; one is due before bedtime though). on the good side of things, i’ve written about what it is like to be featured by instagram (link in bio). currently in a not-so-glamorous role; rolling chappatis for dinner and leaving flour prints on my phone screen (don’t try this at home please). also the new murakami ‘killing commendatore’ is here so all i want to do is retire to bed early and pick off where i’ve left.
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does anyone miss the old phones with keypad? nothing could ruin them, flour or fall.
#daysofsmallthings #theweekoninstagram #cozycorner

comment 97 star 886 1 weeks ago

~head in the clouds
i’ve spent a week with my head in the clouds, silly sheepish smiles and absent minded walks on an imaginary red carpet. in an bit of daze, you see, on what to do next. tomorrow i’d sketch some ideas for pictures and i will create them one by one. tonight, like every other night of the week, two cups of coffee and a cookie jar filled to the brim (with chips, not cookies) are going to be my best friends. you’ve got this, girl!
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what are your weekend plans? i am hoping to read ponti after thinking about new ideas.
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#myvisualrepresentation #headintheclouds #memyselfandportrait

comment 88 star 901 2 weeks ago

~frozen
ever get the feeling that the world is passing by and you are frozen in the moment wondering what to do next? happens to all of us. we’ll thaw and move soon enough.
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freeeze. what are you doing right now and where are you?
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currently reading : ghosting; eating wasps
currently watching : nothing, recommendations please
currently eating : kappa (tapioca) biryani for dinner

comment 106 star 987 2 weeks ago

I eat books and drink coffee and eat some more. that pretty much sums up everything about me; this is the most apt portrait of my life.
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contrary to the serene look on the bookish face, i have been grinning like a cheshire cat because of the instagram feature. (see my stories). it feels surreal that something i created has crossed 3.2 million views in less than a day. wow. and such an honour to be featured on instagram’s birthday. it is a dizzying experience. i am slowly getting through all of your wonderful dms. you spoil me really. thanks for being part of this journey. hello to my new friends. can’t wait to get to know you better. (i have so many things to say. i’ll compose a better worded caption the next time i promise because right now my brain is asjkdlkkksfsfaysteyeijslaktttuishpslspl).
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most important, did you have coffee today?
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#facelessselfportrait #simplebeautyseeker #daysofsmallthings

comment 148 star 1,668 3 weeks ago

Some evenings i drink tea and watch pineapple turtles swimming on the bed. what was the highlight of your day/yesterday?
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#everydaymadewell #theslowdowncollective #prettycreativestyle

comment 139 star 1,168 3 weeks ago

Do you see what i see? i was skimming through the camera roll and spotted the stony face. i hadn’t noticed it when i was taking the picture and now i feel like @made_by_helga .
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caption this. what is the stony face thinking?
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#sheisnotlost #nothingisordinary_ #selflovestills

comment 87 star 1,176 3 weeks ago

~toys and magic
{ad} you’ve heard me sing praises of the toymakers which was a favourite read last year. i have good news - the stunning paperback is out from @eburybooks now. the novel, set in london during world war1, is filled with magic and wonder and whimsy. it also addresses some dark themes. imagine - paper trees that sprout up, toy soldiers that fight, and patch work dogs that talk. that’s as magical as it gets. so yes, this novel is a perfect one to curl up with especially on a cold night. i highly recommend the read. a big cup of tea on the side is also recommended. (review on stories if you are more curious ).
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what were your favourite toys of childhood? mine were a doll, a flapping parrot that repeats what we say (it was magical. now i know it just recorded it) and a fishing game. .
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#thetoymakers #coverlove #penguinbooks

comment 148 star 1,378 4 weeks ago

~wobble, toddle
a choppy, jiggly, wobbly clip of reading on the move. do you read while traveling? i read in trains and planes but never in cars or buses. quite a restless reader too. i finished this whole book over the many subway rides through nyc last month, so yes! reading bits and pieces on commutes go a long way. -
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ps: before you ask, the book is swimming among stars by kanishk tharoor.
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#whpmotion #subwaynyc #lifeunfiltered #fortheloveofreading

comment 129 star 809 5 weeks ago

What is better than good books and more good books? i’ve been reading lesser but on the brighter side, my new reads have been fantabulous. here are some five star reads that i loved recently:
~normal people
~the poppy war
~the seven husbands of evelyn hugo
~latitudes of longing (current read; might be a 4 or 4.5 ⭐️)
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let’s trade favourites. did you have a five star experience recently? coffee? book? a place?
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#thingsthatmakemehappy #tbrcart #booksbooksbooks #booksofinstagram

comment 108 star 1,468 last month

~life in suitcases
nah, we aren’t on a travel round the world adventure (i wish) but regular adults trying to be clever and maybe making s****d decisions. i’ve been staying with some of my best friends and i can’t describe how amazing it is to chat up after so long. seriously! we had no idea there was so much to talk; be it over tea or half yawning through midnight. plus for the rest of the year there are weddings, functions, many work desks, all kinds of food and many journeys (christmas too, but is it too early to count that in?). life in suitcases should be fun.
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what are you looking forward to this month?
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ps: if you have my residential address in your books, please delete it. i won’t be having a permanent one till the end of the year. 😘
#myeverydaymagic #suitcasetravels #theeverygirl #capturinghappiness

comment 71 star 836 last month