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Arundhati Roy

  • Purr gyssthar citeretfor 2 år siden
    The Great Stories are the ones you have heard and want to hear again. The ones you can enter anywhere and inhabit comfortably. They don’t deceive you with thrills and trick endings. They don’t surprise you with the unforeseen. They are as familiar as the house you live in. Or the smell of your lover’s skin. You know how they end, yet you listen as though you don’t. In the way that although you know that one day you will die, you live as though you won’t.
  • 302 Rizvi Khadijahar citeretfor 2 år siden
    It is curious how sometimes the memory of death lives on for so much longer than the memory of the life that it purloined
  • 302 Rizvi Khadijahar citeretfor 2 år siden
    Ammu loved her children (of course), but their wide-eyed vulnerability and their willingness to love people who didn’t really love them exasperated her and sometimes made her want to hurt them—just as an education, a protection.

    It was as though the window through which their father disappeared had been kept open for anyone to walk in and be welcomed
  • 302 Rizvi Khadijahar citeretfor 2 år siden
    While other children of their age learned other things, Estha and Rahel learned how history negotiates its terms and collects its dues from those who break its laws. They heard its sickening thud. They smelled its smell and never forgot it.

    History’s smell.

    Like old roses on a breeze.

    It would lurk forever in ordinary things. In coat hangers. Tomatoes. In the tar on roads. In certain colors. In the plates at a restaurant. In the absence of words. And the emptiness in eyes.

    They would grow up grappling with ways of living with what happened. They would try to tell themselves that in terms of geological time it was an insignificant event. Just a blink of the Earth Woman’s eye. That Worse Things had happened. That Worse Things kept happening. But they would find no comfort in the thought.
  • 302 Rizvi Khadijahar citeretfor 2 år siden
    Then, as they approached the outskirts of Cochin, the red and white arm of the railway level-crossing gate went down. Rahel knew that this had happened because she had been hoping that it wouldn’t.

    She hadn’t learned to control her Hopes yet. Estha said that was a Bad Sign
  • 302 Rizvi Khadijahar citeretfor 2 år siden
    Marxism was a simple substitute for Christianity. Replace God with Marx, Satan with the bourgeoisie, Heaven with a classless society, the Church with the Party, and the form and purpose of the journey remained similar. An obstacle race, with a prize at the end
  • 302 Rizvi Khadijahar citeretfor 2 år siden
    This was the trouble with families. Like invidious doctors, they knew just where it hurt.
  • Soliloquios Literarioshar citeretsidste år
    My crime, according to him, is that I have written about the struggle for freedom in Kashmir, questioned the execution of Mohammad Afzal Guru, walked with the Maoist guerrillas (“terrorists” in television-speak) in the forests of Bastar, connected their armed rebellion to my reservations about India’s chosen model of “development,” and—with a hissy, sneering pause—even questioned the country’s nuclear tests.
  • Soliloquios Literarioshar citeretsidste år
    in which I joked about how the choice between the Democrats and the Republicans—or their equivalents in India, the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)—was like having to choose between Tide and Ivory Snow, two brands of washing powder both actually owned by the same company. Given all that is going on, can I honestly continue to believe that?
  • Soliloquios Literarioshar citeretsidste år
    or making sure the levers of power and wealth remain in the hands of the tiny minority of dominant castes
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