Thursday, January 22, 2009

Depravity

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

Rahel was first blacklisted in Nazareth Convent at the age of eleven, when she was caught outside her Housemistress's garden gate decorating a knob of fresh cowdung with small flowers. At Assembly the next morning she was made to look up depravity in the Oxford dictionary and read aloud its meaning.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Christmas Present

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

It was an old black and white picture. One that Chacko took with the Rolleiflex camera that Margaret Kochamma had brought him as a Christmas present.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

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. Unbearably precious.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

His Youngness

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

At the moment that she guided him into her, she caught a passing glimpse of his youth, his youngness, the wonder in his eyes at the secret he had unearthed and she smiled down at him as though he was her child.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Her Eyes

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

But when they made love he was offended by her eyes. They behaved as though they belonged to someone else. Someone watching.