Saturday, February 5, 2011

LiteRateUre - Fantastic things I've read

This is my last semester at college, and in one of the literature classes I sneaked into my biology-packed schedule, we started reading The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy. I might be exaggerating but this is one of the best books I have ever read. It talks about the lives of two fraternal twins Ethsa (boy) and Rahel (girl) who grow up way too fast in a society where the caste-system is still going strong amidst the Marxist revolution (Inquilab Zindabad!). Here are some quotes:


"It is curious how sometimes the memory of death lives on for so much longer than the memory of the life that it purloined. Over the years, as the memory of Sophie Mol ... slowly faded, the Loss of Sophie Mol grew robust and alive. It was always there. Like a fruit in season. Every season. As permanent as a government job."


"Ammu said that human beings were creatures of habit, and it was amazing the kind of things one could get used to."


"With the certitude of a true believer, Vellya Paapen had assured the twins that there was no such thing in the world as a black cat. He said that there were only black cat shaped holes in the universe."


"And when we look in through the windows, all we see are shadows. And when we try and listen, all we hear is a whispering. And we cannot understand the whispering, because our minds have been invaded by a war. A war that we have both won and lost. The very worst sort of war. A war that captures dreams and re-dreams them. A war that has made us adore our conquerors and despise ourselves." 


Excellent book. I also read this poem which I absolutely have to share:


Stationery - Agha Shahib Ali (Inidian Poet)


The moon did not become the sun.
It just fell on the desert
in great sheets, reams
of silver handmade by you.
The night is your cottage industry now,
the day is your brisk emporium.
The world is full of paper.

Write to me.



~ Have a great day ladies and gentlemen :)


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