Friday, August 29, 2008

We or Us

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[Excerpts from The God of Small Things; picture by Mayank Austen Soofi]

In those early amorphous years when memory had only just begun, when life was full of Beginnings and no Ends, and Everything was For Ever, Esthappen and Rahel thought of themselves together as Me, and separately, individually, as We or Us.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

It was Velutha

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[Excerpts from The God of Small Things; picture by Mayank Austen Soofi]

That much Rahel was sure of. She'd seen him. He'd seen her. She'd have known him anywhere, any time. And if he hadn't been wearing a shirt, she would have recognized him from behind.

Sitting Down

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[Excerpts from The God of Small Things; picture by Mayank Austen Soofi]

Rahel drifted into marriage like a passenger drifts towards an unoccupied chair in an airport lounge. With a Sitting Down sense.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

My Wife, Margaret

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[Excerpts from The God of Small Things; picture by Mayank Austen Soofi]

Anybody could see that Chacko was a proud and happy man to have had a wife like Margaret. White. In a flowered, printed frock with legs underneath. And brown back-freckles on her back. And arm-freckles on her arms.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

It was Velutha

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[Excerpts from The God of Small Things; picture by Mayank Austen Soofi]

Vellya Paapen feared for his younger son. He couldn't say what it was that frightened him. It was nothing that he had said. Or done. It was not what he said, but the way he said it. Not what he did, but the way he did it.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Lucky Rich Boy

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[Excerpts from The God of Small Things; picture by Mayank Austen Soofi]

Finish the drink.
Watch the picture.
Think of all the poor people.
Lucky rich boy with porketmunny. No worries.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Release of the Spirit

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[Excerpts from The God of Small Things; picture by Mayank Austen Soofi]

Rahel grew up without a brief. Without anybody to arrange a marriage for her. Without anybody who would pay her a dowry and therefore without an obligatory husband looming on her horizon.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Bands of Love

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[Excerpts from The God of Small Things; picture by Mayank Austen Soofi]

His thoughts returned to Margaret Kochamma and Sophie Mol. Fierce bands of love tightened around his chest until he could barely breathe.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Jazz Tune

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[Excerpts from The God of Small Things; picture by Mayank Austen Soofi]

He first noticed Rahel in the School library and then again, a few days later, in Khan Market. She was in jeans and a white T-shirt.