Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Jazz Tune

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

There goes a jazz tune, Larry McCaslin thought to himself, and followed her into a bookshop where neither of them looked at books.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Stubborn Single-mindedness

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

Displaying a stubborn single-mindedness (which in a young girl in those days was considered as bad as a physical deformity - a harelip perhaps, or a club foot), Baby Kochamma defied her father's wishes...

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Unbearably Precious

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

He held her as though she was a gift. Given to him in love. Something still and small.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Capable of Anything

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

She didn't even trust the twins. She deemed them Capable of Anything. Anything at all.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

How Precious a Feeling

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Shhh, I'm Reading

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

Rahel giggled. Ammu giggled. Baby Kochamma giggled.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Banana Jam

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

Crush ripe banana. Add water to cover and cook on a very hot fire till fruit is soft.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

One Thing at a Time

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[Excerpts from The God of Small Things; picture by Raluca]

If he held her, he couldn't kiss her. If he kissed her, he couldn't see her. If he saw her, he couldn't feel her.

Friday, September 5, 2008

May in Ayemenem

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[Excerpts from The God of Small Things; picture by Nishat Fatima]

The days are long and humid. The river shrinks and black crows gorge on bright mangoes in still, dustgreen trees. Red bananas ripen. Jackfruits burst. Dissolute bluebottles hum vacuously in the fruity air. Then they stun themselves against clear windowpanes and die, flatly baffled in the sun.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Vernacular Architecture

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

It was while she was at the School of Architecture that she met Larry McCaslin who was in Delhi collecting material for his doctoral thesis on Energy Efficiency in Vernacular Architecture.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Around Her

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

But, around her, the air was sad, somehow. And behind the smile in her eyes, the Grief was a fresh, shining blue.