Roots and shadows

Harper Collins, 1973 - 184 pàgines

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Pàgina 80 - What makes the lamb love Mary so?" The eager children cry. "Oh, Mary loves the lamb, you know,
Pàgina 25 - Who are you to judge, Indu?' And Old Uncle's, 'What right did I have to judge him ?' I have, I think, realised that it is not in me, the material of which revolutionaries are made. I no longer have any desire to mould people, to change them, to reform society. There is only one thing I know I can do ... I can write. And I am writing now, the book that has been in me these past few years. Whether any publisher will accept it, whether it will win acclaim, appreciation, accolades ... I school myself...
Pàgina 167 - She won't listen. I can't do anything with her. Obstinate as donkeys, these women. You come home and teach her, Indu-akka. I know how clever you are. If anyone can teach her, you can.' . I, clever ? That was my first moment of humility. How was I to teach anyone ? I, who had so much to learn myself. Everything, in fact. As he left, he said, 'And come back home again. Soon.' Home ? Not any more. There had been a morbid fascination in childhood in saying the words . . . 'the last time'.
Pàgina 160 - ... that he had fallen asleep. When I opened the door, I saw him lying on the bed, absolutely still. I would have thought him asleep if I hadn't noticed the glint which told me his eyes were open. Wide open and staring at nothing. I came into the room and said softly, 'Old Uncle?' 'Indu — ' His voice was hoarse and when I went closer I saw that he had been weeping. His face had crumpled into a blotchy mass of wrinkles. 'Indu, come here.
Pàgina 4 - Woman's struggle, in the context of contemporary Indian society, to find and preserve her identity as wife, mother and, most important of all, as human being, is Shashi Deshpande's major concern as a creative writer and this appears in all her important stories
Pàgina 10 - A woman's life, they had told me contained no choices. And all my life, specially in this house I had seen the truth of this. The women had no choice but to submit, to accept. And I had often wondered... have they been born without wills, or have their wills atrophied through a lifetime of disuse?
Pàgina 168 - ... see if that home could stand the scorching touch of honesty. Nevertheless I knew I would not tell Jayant about Naren and me. For that was not important. That had nothing to do with the two of us and our life together. But there were other things I had to tell him. That I was resigning from my job. That I would at last do the kind of writing I had always dreamt of doing.
Pàgina 28 - Oh Akka, still intent on approving him, are you? Three years after our marriage? And what if you don't approve of him? Do I give him up?'. • Her eyes showed hurt. 'You think that what you do is no concern of ours, do you Indu? You think your life is none of my business? You haven't grown up, child.
Pàgina 84 - I'm sure she knew what she was letting me in for.' 'And what has she let you in for?' 'You know, Naren, I can almost understand Akka now. I mean, when they cringe and fawn and talk like they do, I feel I could rub their noses in the dust. And it's a wonderful feeling, holding all the answers in my hand. Will Mini get married? Will Sharad become a doctor? Will Sunil go into business? Will Vasant-kaka get his partnership? Will Sumant get his flat? Will Vinayak-kaka buy that house? Will Kaka have his...
Pàgina 158 - Sumitra-kaki's wail that woke me up. 'Can you imagine me eating all that?' 'Eat it up, Sumitra-kaki. Eat it up. And forget all your fears of growing fat. And even if you do get fat, I'll still love you. I swear it. Look!

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