Monday, October 05, 2009

Memorable Quotes from "Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard " by Kiran Desai - 1

well you know, liberation, as I comprehend it, comes from freeing yourself from the tawdry grasp of superstition. This is not simple matter, you understand, for it is embroiled in historical issues, in issues of poverty and illiteracy.

She was producing meals so intricate, they were cooked sometimes with a hundred ingredients, balanced precariously within a complicated and delicate mesh of spices - marvelous triumphs of the complex and delicate seasonings.

Isn't he the same person,' said Mr.Chawla,'who set baits filled with sleeping pills to contain the problem at Ranchi? They did not catch even a single monkey. These animals are very street-smart.They have learned all sort of tricks in the bazaar.'

The monkeys had not eaten a bite of the sleeping-pill-laden food; hungry street urchins had gobbled it down instead, and then promptly fallen into a deep sleep that lasted, in one case, up to 48 hours.

Turning sour, his stomach revolted and fired up in a terrible indigestion as if it contained a rolling mass of serpents, venomous and hissing in volcanic heat.

The cook is left over from the Raj, sir, and wanted to make you cutlets with caramel custard. I said:"Nothing doing.What did we get rid of British for? To continue eating cutlets and custard?"

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