Nayomi Munaweera Famous Quotes & Sayings

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22 Nayomi Munaweera Famous Sayings, Quotes and Quotation.

Nayomi Munaweera Sayings: Three years after my birth, my mother swells again. When Lanka is born and brought Three years after my birth, my mother swells again. When Lanka is born and brought home, Shiva and I gaze over the edge of the bassinet at this strange, alien creature and claim her as our own. We are a threesome from then on. Joined at the hip. A pyramid. A triangle.
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Nayomi Munaweera Sayings: I lie there in the magic grove, being hummed at by trees with ancient memories, I lie there in the magic grove, being hummed at by trees with ancient memories, lulled by their stately breath, held in the embrace of their roots.
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Nayomi Munaweera Sayings: She's Tamil. That's enough. They take our land, our jobs. If we let them they She's Tamil. That's enough. They take our land, our jobs. If we let them they will take the whole country.
Nayomi Munaweera Sayings: We play hide-and-seek, wade into her ponds to fill jam jars with writhing tadpoles, and We play hide-and-seek, wade into her ponds to fill jam jars with writhing tadpoles, and cavort with her pack of dogs, named Brandy, Whiskey, Lager, so that just calling the pack makes one feel light-headed and drunk.
Nayomi Munaweera Sayings: There is silence and then the familiar smack of Beatrice Muriel's palm against her forehead. There is silence and then the familiar smack of Beatrice Muriel's palm against her forehead. "A love marriage," she says. In her opinion, love marriages border on the indecent. They signify a breakdown of propriety, a giving in to the base instincts exhibited by the lower castes and foreigners.
Nayomi Munaweera Sayings: When a bone breaks, it heals stronger in the cracks. I realize this is what When a bone breaks, it heals stronger in the cracks. I realize this is what is happening to her heart.
Nayomi Munaweera Sayings: They hate me because I am the worst thing possible. I am the bad mother.But They hate me because I am the worst thing possible. I am the bad mother.

But here's a secret: in America there are no good mothers. They simply don't exist. Always, there are a thousand ways to fail at this singularly important job. There are failures of the body and failures of the heart. The woman who is unable to breastfeed is a failure. The woman who screams for the epidural is a failure. The woman who picks up her child late knows from the teacher's cutting glance that she is a failure. The woman who shares her bed with her baby has failed. The woman who steels herself and puts on noise-canceling earphones to erase the screaming of her child the next room has failed just as spectacularly. They must all hang their heads in guilt and shame because they haven't done it perfectly, and motherhood is, if anything, the assumption of perfection.
Nayomi Munaweera Sayings: Whole generations of students were blown off their life courses, rendered jobless, unmoored by direction Whole generations of students were blown off their life courses, rendered jobless, unmoored by direction or occupation. My father raged about the incessant closing of the university.
Nayomi Munaweera Sayings: The campus spreads around him like the verdant pleasure garden of an ancient king. He The campus spreads around him like the verdant pleasure garden of an ancient king. He is enraptured by the enormous trees that lift branches like cathedral roofs overhead, shoot roots like polished ballroom floors underfoot. In the hot afternoons he leaves the crowded rooms to study under the protection of these spreading giants.
Nayomi Munaweera Sayings: but I love the long columns of numbers, the need to proceed logically and patiently but I love the long columns of numbers, the need to proceed logically and patiently as the numbers lead you to the final and inevitable answer. It reminds me of dancing. The way my shoulders, the tilt of my arms, and angle of my knees must stay within precise formations, yet also lead where I take them. A sort of freedom that can be attained only within strict rules.
Nayomi Munaweera Sayings: Leaving is an act that cannot be undone. Leaving is an act that cannot be undone.
Nayomi Munaweera Sayings: Then too, motherhood is broken because in this place, to be a good mother is Then too, motherhood is broken because in this place, to be a good mother is to give yourself completely. It is to erase yourself. This is what I refused to do.
Nayomi Munaweera Sayings: The sway in Mala's waist, the curve of her hip beneath the folds of her The sway in Mala's waist, the curve of her hip beneath the folds of her sari, have caught the eye of many young men, each of whom is secretly willing to denounce the colonial prejudice of skin color by falling in love with her.
Nayomi Munaweera Sayings: Yet there are moments when I feel a continent apart, when their belonging seems easy Yet there are moments when I feel a continent apart, when their belonging seems easy and unforced and my own is only pantomime.
Nayomi Munaweera Sayings: In Sri Lanka, when two strangers meet, they ask a series of questions that reveal In Sri Lanka, when two strangers meet, they ask a series of questions that reveal family, ancestral village, and blood ties until they arrive at a common friend or relative. Then they say, "Those are our people, so you are our people." It's a small place. Everyone knows everyone.

"But in America, there are no such namings; it is possible to slip and slide here. It is possible to get lost in the nameless multitudes. There are no ropes binding one, holding one to the earth. Unbound by place or name, one is aware that it is possible to drift out into the atmosphere and beyond that, into the solitary darkness where there is no oxygen.
Nayomi Munaweera Sayings: They say that family is the place of safety. But sometimes this is the greatest They say that family is the place of safety. But sometimes this is the greatest lie; family is not sanctuary, it is not safety and succour. For some of us, it is the secret wound. Sooner or later we pay for the woundings of our ancestors.
Nayomi Munaweera Sayings: It was something I learned then. That you could take the crumpled remains of something It was something I learned then. That you could take the crumpled remains of something destroyed and smooth them into newness. You could pretend certain things weren't happening even if you had seen or felt them. Everything done can be denied.
Nayomi Munaweera Sayings: Farther out beyond the reef, where the coral gives way to the true deep, at Farther out beyond the reef, where the coral gives way to the true deep, at a certain time of day a tribe of flat silver fish gather in their thousands. To be there is to be surrounded by living shards of light. At a secret signal, all is chaos, a thousand mirrors shattering about him. Then the school speeds to sea and the boy is left in sedate water, a tug and pull of the body as comfortable as sitting in his father's outspread sarong being sung to sleep.
Nayomi Munaweera Sayings: We have learned not to care about the state of that other place even as We have learned not to care about the state of that other place even as it burns or drowns.
Nayomi Munaweera Sayings: This is the beginning of what we will come to call the Upstairs-Downstairs, Linga-Singha wars. This is the beginning of what we will come to call the Upstairs-Downstairs, Linga-Singha wars.
Nayomi Munaweera Sayings: Those less fortunate eat dried fish while the truly destitute fight with the spiny shells Those less fortunate eat dried fish while the truly destitute fight with the spiny shells of crabs or lobsters. Decades later, my father will find it incomprehensible that Americans crave what in his childhood was considered repugnant fare.
Nayomi Munaweera Sayings: On a fulcrum in my chest, grief and relief are balanced in equal measure. On a fulcrum in my chest, grief and relief are balanced in equal measure.