Aravind Adiga

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Aravind Adiga

Aravind Adiga

Indians mock their corrupt politicians relentlessly, but they regard their honest politicians with silent suspicion. The first thing they do when they hear of a supposedly 'clean' politician is to grin. It is a cliche that honest politicians in India tend to have dishonest sons, who collect money from people seeking an audience with Dad.More Aravind Adiga [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
In my family, as in most middle-class Indian families I knew when I was growing up, science and mathematics were held in awe.More Aravind Adiga [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
A rich man's body is like a premium cotton pillow, white and soft and blank. ''Ours'' is different. My father's spine was a knotted rope, the kind that women use in villages to pull water from wells; the clavicle curved around his neck in high relief, like a dog's collar; cuts and nicks and scars, like little whip marks in his flesh, ran down his chest and waist, reaching down below his hip bones into his buttocks. The story of a poor man's life is written on his body, in a sharp pen.More Aravind Adiga [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Here's a strange fact: murder a man, and you feel responsible for his life ''possessive'', even. You know more about him than his father and mother; they knew his fetus, but you know his corpse. Only you can complete the story of his life, only you know why his body has to be pushed into the fire before its time, and why his toes curl up and fight for another hour on earth.More Aravind Adiga [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
With their tinted windows up, the cars of the rich go like dark eggs down the roads of Delhi. Every now and then an egg will crack open a woman's hand, dazzling with gold bangles, stretches out an open window, flings an empty mineral water bottle onto the road and then the window goes up, and the egg is resealed.More Aravind Adiga [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The book of your revolution sits in the pit of your belly, young Indian. Crap it out, and read. Instead of which, they're all sitting in front of color TVs and watching cricket and shampoo advertisements.More Aravind Adiga [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Any good society survives on a circulation of favours.More Aravind Adiga [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
But isn't it likely that everyone in this world...has killed someone or other on their way to the top?...All I wanted was a chance to be a man--and for that, one murder is enough.More Aravind Adiga [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The story of a poor man's life is written on his body, in a sharp pen.More Aravind Adiga [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
These are the three main diseases of this country, sir: typhoid, cholera, and election fever. This last one is the worst; it makes people talk and talk about things that they have no say in ... Would they do it this time? Would they beat the Great Socialist and win the elections? Had they raised enough money of their own, and bribed enough policemen, and bought enough fingerprints of their own, to win? Like eunuchs discussing the Kama Sutra, the voters discuss the elections in Laxmangarh.More Aravind Adiga [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I put my hand out and wiped the vomit from his lips, and cooed soothing words to him. It squeezed my heart to see him suffer like this - but where my genuine concern for him ended and where my self-interest began, I could not tell: no servant can ever tell what the motives of his heart are. "Do we loathe our masters behind a facade of love - or do we love them behind a facade of loathing? "We are made mysteries to ourselves by the Rooster Coop we are locked in.More Aravind Adiga [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The trustworthiness of servants is the basis of the entire Indian economy.More Aravind Adiga [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Because in this world, there is a line: on one side are the men who cannot get things done, and on the other side are the men who can. And not one in a hundred will cross that line. Will you?More Aravind Adiga [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I gather you yellow-skinned men, despite your triumphs in sewage, drinking water, and Olympic gold medals, still don't have democracy. Some politician on the radio was saying that that's why we Indian are going to beat you: we may not have sewage, drinking water, and Olympic gold medals, but we do have democracy. If I were making a country, I'd get the sewage pipes first, then the democracy, then I'd go about giving pamphlets and statues of Gandhi to other people, but what do I know? I am just a murderer!More Aravind Adiga [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Neither you nor I speak English, but there are some things that can be said only in English.More Aravind Adiga [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Apparently, sir you Chinese are far ahead of us in every respect, except that you don’t have entrepreneurs. And our nation, though it has no drinking water, electricity, sewage system, public transportation, sense of hygiene, discipline, courtesy, or punctuality, �’does’’ have entrepreneurs. Thousands and thousands of them. Especially in the field of technology. And these entrepreneurs—"we" entrepreneurs—have set up all these outsourcing companies that virtually run America now.More Aravind Adiga [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
See, the poor dream all their lives of getting enough to eat and looking like the rich. And what do the rich dream of?? Losing weight and looking like the poor.More Aravind Adiga [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Go to Old Delhi,and look at the way they keep chickens there in the market. Hundred of pale hens and brightly colored roosters, stuffed tightly into wire-mesh cages. They see the organs of their brothers lying around them.They know they are next, yet they cannot rebel. They do not try to get out of the coop. The very same thing is done with humans in this country.More Aravind Adiga [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
If only a man could spit his past out so easily.More Aravind Adiga [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Do we loathe our masters behind a facade of love - or do we love them behind a facade of loathing?More Aravind Adiga [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
It's amazing. The moment you show cash, everyone knows your language.More Aravind Adiga [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
You ask 'Are you a man or a demon?' Neither, I say. I have woken up, and the rest of you are sleeping, and that is the only difference between us.More Aravind Adiga [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
...the future of the world lies with the yellow man and the brown man now that our erstwhile master, the white-skinned man, has wasted himself through buggery, cell phone usage, and drug abuseMore Aravind Adiga [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Let animals live like animals; let humans live like humans. That's my whole philosophy in a sentence.More Aravind Adiga [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Iqbal, that great poet, was so right. The moment you recognize what is beautiful in this world, you stop being a slave. To hell with the Naxals and their guns shipped from China. If you taught every poor boy how to paint, that would be the end of the rich in India.More Aravind Adiga [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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