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a different verdict

“Their opinion differed so rarely that if Mama refused to let Aruna wear a pearl necklace to the matinée at the Regal cinema or Papa decided Uma could not take music lessons after school, there was no point in appealing to the other parent for a different verdict: none was expected, or given.”

— Anita Desai, Fasting, Feasting


‘Cry, the Peacock’ by Anita Desai

It is a story of a young girl named Maya who was surrounded by childhood prophecy of disaster. Maya is an extremely sensitive married girl. Her husband’s name is Gautama. 678 more words

Book Reviews (FaB 2)

two creative spirits

“Picking up my pen, I would remind myself that the best translations are the most inspired, when the translator becomes fully a co-author of the work so that it is a coming together of two creative spirits in a single venture. 20 more words


recover the art of flying

“She suffered from a sense that she was struggling, like a drowning fly, to raise herself up from the dull, turgid prose before her and somehow recover the art of flying.” 6 more words


Book Review: Fasting, Feasting

Fasting, Feasting by Anita Desai, Houghton Mifflin Company, 1999, 228 pp.

The title drew me in. (Also, I’ll admit, the Booker Prize Finalist sticker on the cover.) The title made me think this book would have some rich theological insight hidden inside, even if it never mentioned God. 316 more words

Book Review

an incident best forgotten

“His jokes were always directed against others, and they were quite ferocious under cover of the geniality that seemed proper to the ambience of a dinner party or a reception at the club. 56 more words