Sunday, December 28, 2008

Release of the Spirit

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

So long as she wasn't noisy about it, she remained free to make her own enquiries; into breasts and how much they hurt. Into false hair buns and how well they burned. Into life and how it ought to be lived.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Human Nature

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

Of the four things that were Possible in Human Nature, Rahel thought that Infinnate Joy sounded the saddest.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Pleasant-looking

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

He wore old-fashioned spectacles that made him look earnest and completely belied his easy-going charm and juvenile but totally disarming sense of humor.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

How Precious a Feeling

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

Rahel giggled. Ammu giggled. Baby Kochamma giggled.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Aching Desire

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

Velutha with his back against the mangosteen tree watched her walk away.
She had a dry rose in her hair.
She turned to say it once again: 'Naaley.'
Tomorrow.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

The Cost of Living

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

They all crossed into forbidden territory. They all tampered with the laws that lay down who should be loved, and how. And how much.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

My Sweetheart

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

Ammu held out the crisp matching knickers for her. Rahel, with her hands on Ammu's shoulders, climbed into her new knickers (left leg, right leg) and gave Ammu a kiss on each dimple (left cheek, right cheek).

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Young and Cheeky

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

When Ammu and her husband moved to Assam, Ammu, beautiful, young and cheeky, became the toast of the Planters' Club. She wore backless blouses with her saris and carried a silver lamé purse on a chain.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Genuine Bourgeoise

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

Ammu smiled and they shook hands, as though she really was being awarded a Certificate of Merit for being an honest-to-goodness Genuine Bourgeoise.

Tuesday, December 2, 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.