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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Quotes from Preeti Shenoy’s 'The One You Cannot Have'



'The One You Cannot You Have' just reading the title puts you into a reflective mood. I really enjoyed reading the story and it's narrated beautifully.  And I found some good quotes too!


"It is funny what memories can do to you. How they can grip you by the throat, choke you, strangle you. And just when you thought you had it all sorted, too." ~~ Preeti Shenoy (Book: The One You Cannot Have)




"There are some things best left buried. Like past memories that creep upon you." ~~ Preeti Shenoy (Book: The One You Cannot Have)




"Preserving keepsakes and memories when the relationship is over is a bad idea." ~~ Preeti Shenoy (Book: The One You Cannot Have)




"The pain in seeing the physical evidence of something that no longer exists except in my memories is excruciating." ~~ Preeti Shenoy (Book: The One You Cannot Have)




"What you see on the surface isn't the whole picture. You only see the shine, the sheen, the gloss. Beneath it, there is masonry, peeling plaster, shaky foundation. It is all dressed up and you never notice it because of the veneer." ~~ Preeti Shenoy (Book: The One You Cannot Have)




"Mothers are so darn clever. They know exactly which buttons to push to get information out of you. Especially information that you don't want to share." ~~ Preeti Shenoy (Book: The One You Cannot Have)




"This is inevitable if you love in Indian and have been married for a year or more. Everybody makes it their business. The business of procreating and raising babies. It is as if a marriage is complete only if a child is produced." ~~ Preeti Shenoy (Book: The One You Cannot Have)




"A baby must happen because two people want the same thing. Not because one feels forced. Also, one must be selfless enough to put another human being first." ~~ Preeti Shenoy (Book: The One You Cannot Have)




"Soon my feet are buried in the wet mud and are not visible anymore. I cannot help thinking that a marriage is just like this. You get into it without planning too much. It grows and grows, ever so slowly and before you realize it you are deep into it, your identity submerged. You are now so- and so's spouse, There are compromises. You have to take joint decisions. Your decisions are not your alone, You have to be considerate towards what your spouse wants. What if you want something completely different from what your spouse does? No marriage considers that." ~~ Preeti Shenoy (Book: The One You Cannot Have)




"Three years and that is when the cracks appear in a marriage. You cement them, fix them seal the cracks and it lasts. Else they grow bigger over time and poof! One day, it falls apart sometimes couples deliberately choose to ignore the cracks. They hope they will go away on their own. But they never do." ~~ Preeti Shenoy (Book: The One You Cannot Have)




"Everybody says that things change after marriage. Everybody says that you forget the life you had before you got married. But they lie. How can you forget who you were? In many ways, still are. Marriage does not change your memories. Marriage does not change your past. At best, it paints a rosy picture of a 'new life'. But can a new life be built on the foundations of a past soaked in unforgettable memories?" ~~ Preeti Shenoy (Book: The One You Cannot Have)




"I'm starting a new chapter in my life, not knowing that at times, the unfinished ones come back and haunt you, dance on your head and suck every darn thing out of you, till you are reduced to a jumbled mess of nothingness." ~~ Preeti Shenoy (Book: The One You Cannot Have)




"In a marriage, trust is the biggest thing between partners. If the trust is gone, the relationship stands on fragile legs." ~~ Preeti Shenoy (Book: The One You Cannot Have)




"Jealousy is a strange monster. It gobbles up relationships without leaving a trace, only vileness so foul the stench permeates forever, staining the very soul." ~~ Preeti Shenoy (Book: The One You Cannot Have)




"Marriages are strange things. They are all shiny and glossy when they start out, but become jaded with time." ~~ Preeti Shenoy (Book: The One You Cannot Have)




"Love can also hurt and wound. It can make you ache. It can make you long for a person long after they are gone. It can leave you with a feeling so incomplete that you wonder if you will ever be whole again, it can shatter you, break you and make you a different person from what you were."  ~~ Preeti Shenoy (Book: The One You Cannot Have)




"If you are deliriously happy when you think about someone and a smile creeps up on you, even when you are in the worst of moods, if even a mere thought of that person has a power to send a jolt of energy through your weary body, then it is nothing but love." ~~ Preeti Shenoy (Book: The One You Cannot Have)



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Hope you enjoyed reading this collection of quotes.