I got all my sisters with me……


This is a bit of delayed post for March reading plans, but I really wanted to figure out what the Classic Club Spin#12 would bring, before I chart my course! To begin with, I am really proud of myself as to how well I have adhered to the reading plans of January and February and got some additional reading done as well. I may twist my arm, patting myself on the back, but I cannot help but grin! (Grin!Grin!)

However, wise people say that it is important to look ahead instead of gloating over successes of the past, so I reluctantly but rationally share the plan for March. Now we all know this is the month of International Women’s Day, which is in fact today – 8th March. Coming from a country that was as liberal and egalitarian as it gets on women issues until about 7oo years ago, when we lost all sense of proportion, and become a very conservative and masochist nation, I feel especially strongly about today. Its like having a great thing and then losing it! You never miss what you did not have, but when you have it and then lose, it seems kind of end of the world, not to mention stupid! Anyway, while we have recovered significantly in the last 100 years, I still have sisters in various corners of the country who are deprived of education, financial independence and the simple choice of living life on her own terms! Therefore call me a feminist, but I am all Go Woman!

I therefore have decided that besides the Women’s Classical Literature Reading Event which is a great monthly event, I will spend the month of March only reading Women authors, with the exception of the Readalongs which kind spread over from previous months! This is my kind of celebration of Womanhood! Therefore, to kick start, as part of Women’s Classical Literature Reading Event as well as 12 Month Classic Challenge (March theme – A classic you’ve been recommended), I am reading Christina Rossetti’s The Goblin Market and other poems. In Reading England, I select a crime fiction, because you cannot constantly read heavy literature and I wanted a good romping read towards the latter half of the month when I go on vacation to the Himalaya, and therefore it is Busman’s Honeymoon: Lord Peter Wimsey Mystery by Dorothy Sayers, focusing on Hertfordshire. I also revisit Dorothy Sayer’s in another avatar of a playwrite as I read her The Man Born to be King. I know this more of Christmas play and this is the wrong time of the year, but hey, it is Lent and Easter will be around soon! I think Christ believed that we should keep God in our hearts and remember him always and not during a particular month, so I venture forth on this drama as my Drama read of the month. You know you are lucky when your Spin Read is also a woman author – I will be reading Death Comes to the Archbishop by Willa Cather. Also because I know vacation is cometh and I will be undisturbed in the glorious pastures of Himalayas for a week, I added some more books to my reading kitty –Up the Country: Letters to her sister from the Northern Provinces of India by Miss Emily Eden. Her brother was one of worst Viceroy’s of British India, but I have heard great things about Ms. Eden’s writing so I want to really read this, especially when sitting in a British built hill station, watering place kind of thing! In some additional fun reads, I have got Ms. Buncle’s Book by DE Stevenson, something recommended highly by  a grand aunt and Best of Everything by Rona Jaffe. Finally if I do find time, I will also have The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M Auel, though I strongly doubt I will reach that far!

Now for the exceptions – I continue and hopefully will finish The Metamorphoses by Ovid, that I started in January with Cleo and O. I also have The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien Readalong with Cleo, which forms a part of my Lecito List Reading. Finally O is hosting a brilliant and innovative ReadAlong for the The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens, that kicks starts this month!

That’s the reading plan for this month! Simple, would you not agree?

Before I bid adieu for this post, though, I came across these lines in Rossetti’s Goblin Market, which seemed so very appropriate for the sisterhood we all belong to and therefore I leave you with it –

For there is no friend like a sister

In calm or stormy weather;

To cheer one on the tedious way,

To fetch one if one goes astray,

To lift one if one totters down,

To strengthen whilst one stands.

Cheers to Us!


4 thoughts on “I got all my sisters with me……

  1. Happy International Women’s Day! It appears you have lots of really good reading ahead of you! Enjoy! I look forward to hearing your thoughts on all of it.

  2. Hey, sista! 😉 You have quite a few books planned. I’m so envious! You’re reading Sayers! I want to read through all her Peter Wimsey mysteries, but again, I need the time to do it. I’d also like to read through all the Brother Cadfael mysteries by Ellis Peters. But back to Sayers, actually you are reading The Man Born to be King in the exact right season. I, too, thought I should be reading it at Christmas (and did), but it actually puts more emphasis on the events leading up to Jesus’ death and resurrection. C.S. Lewis used to read it every year in preparation for Lent, so you’re in good company! I can’t wait to hear what you think about it. I was impressed that she really researched that time and there were quite a few historical notes that were fascinating.

    Women had rights in India until 700 years ago? Really?!! India sounds like it has a fascinating history. I’m behind on The Lord of the Rings, and was going to go catch up, but perhaps now I’ll pull out The Jewel in the Crown. So much to learn and so little time!! 🙂

    1. I completely agree, so much to learn, such little time! I am glad I got the timing correct for Sayers….I am loving the play, one of the best I have ever read! And C.S. Lewis had similar idea, so who am I to complain?;) Hinduism, especially Vedic Hinduism was a very egalitarian religion. Women inherited properties and ruled kingdoms. There were certain rituals which could not be completed without the presence of woman. Then began the masculinization of the religion, especially as India began to be raided by Arabic forces from the West. Good time, the men decided to show women how weak they are and shunt them off all their rights! So we became a caste oriented, masochist society. Nothing like it was originally meant to be!

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