123rd page

Here we go again! Tagged by Amrit Bhaiyya.
The rules: Pick up the nearest book. Go to page 123. Find the fifth sentence. Post the next three sentences. Tag five people, and acknowledge the person who tagged you.
"The head of the family was called Mehboub. He was a wiry, muscular little man in his thirties with a lively,determined expression beneath his shaggy eyebrows and a forehead half-concealed by a thick shock of curly hair. His wife, Selima, wore a little inlaid stone in her nostril."
Guess! Guess!

I tag Neethu, Abhishek, Kaushik, Akila, Shady.


  1. ha alredy done this one hlf way thru..bt none hd tagged me tho...
    btw u shud hav mentioned the books name too...

  2. Thank me. :D
    That's what the "Guess! Guess!" was for.

  3. Sounds to me like one of those Basheer's short stories... is it?

  4. Heh. Nope. Good guess though.. You've read 'em? I wonder if the English version does any justice to the original work.

    This is the book.

  5. ha! so i see.. will look into it today! :)

  6. @Kaushik
    ..and welcome back.

  7. can you not use the more conventional ways of irritating someone?
    remind me when I'm back, coz i'm in a cyber cafe and the nearest book has to be downstairs, and fortunately or otherwise, however you may want to think of it, I'm not going for it.
    my guess: "Short stories I wrote when I was completely out of my mind" (unpublished) by Leela Aarthy

  8. @Leela
    I saw this book in my brother's collection. Is it good?

  9. @Abhishek
    Exactly according to plan. :P
    Good one. But it's not half as ready as your tragedy series, "I forgot how to retort."
    Yeah, it's good but becomes slisha ordinary halfway.

  10. City of Joy by Dominique Lapierre...
    Not even close to difficult..
    and nice choice :)

  11. @Srivats
    Absolutely brilliant! Just when I was thinking it might have been a bit difficult to guess from the quoted lines.