Ammu's Famous Quotes & Sayings

22 Ammu's Famous Sayings, Quotes and Quotation.

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Ammu said that human beings were creatures of habit, and it was amazing the kind of things one could get used to.Arundhati Roy Ammu's Sayings By Arundhati Roy: Ammu said that human beings were creatures of habit, and it was amazing the kind
Suddenly Ammu hoped that it had been him that Rahel saw him in the march. She hoped it had been him that raised his flag and knotted arm in anger. She hoped that under his careful cloak of cheerfulness he housed a living breathing anger against the smug, ordered world that she raged against.Arundhati Roy Ammu's Sayings By Arundhati Roy: Suddenly Ammu hoped that it had been him that Rahel saw him in the march.
Chacko had been a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford and was permitted excesses and eccentricities nobody else was. He claimed to be writing a Family Biography that the Family would have to pay him not to publish. Ammu said that there was only one person in the family who was a fit candidate for biographical blackmail and that was Chacko himself.Arundhati Roy Ammu's Sayings By Arundhati Roy: Chacko had been a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford and was permitted excesses and eccentricities nobody
Their lives have a size and a shape now. Estha has his and Rahel hers.
Edges, Borders, Boundaries, Brinks and Limits have appeared like a team of trolls on their separate horizons. Short creatures with long shadows, patrolling the Blurry End. Gentle half-moons have gathered under their eyes and they are as old as Ammu was when she died. Thirty-one.
Not old.
Not young.
But a viable die-able age.
Arundhati Roy Ammu's Sayings By Arundhati Roy: Their lives have a size and a shape now. Estha has his and Rahel hers.Edges,
The boat that Ammu would use to cross the river. To love by night the man her children loved by day.Arundhati Roy Ammu's Sayings By Arundhati Roy: The boat that Ammu would use to cross the river. To love by night the
As she grew older, Ammu learned to live with this cold, calculating cruelty. She developed a lofty sense of injustice and the mulish, reckless streak that develops in Someone Small who has been bullied all their lives by Someone Big. She did exactly nothing to avoid quarrels and confrontations. In fact, it could be argued that she sought them out, perhaps even enjoyed them.Arundhati Roy Ammu's Sayings By Arundhati Roy: As she grew older, Ammu learned to live with this cold, calculating cruelty. She developed
At Pappachi's funeral, Mammachi cried and her contact lenses slid around in her eyes. Ammu told the twins that Mammachi was crying more because she was used to him than because she loved him. She was used to having him slouching around the pickle factory, and was used to being beaten from time to time. Ammu said that human beings were creatures of habit, and it was amazing the kinds of things they could get used to. You only had to look around you, Ammu said, to see that beatings with brass vases were the least of them.Arundhati Roy Ammu's Sayings By Arundhati Roy: At Pappachi's funeral, Mammachi cried and her contact lenses slid around in her eyes. Ammu
Ammu's tears made everything that had so far seemed unreal, real.Arundhati Roy Ammu's Sayings By Arundhati Roy: Ammu's tears made everything that had so far seemed unreal, real.
If you are happy in a dream, Ammu, does that count? Estha asked. "Does what count?" "The happiness does it count?". She knew exactly what he meant, her son with his spoiled puff. Because the truth is, that only what counts, counts ... "If you eat fish in a dream, does it count?" Does it mean you've eaten fish?Arundhati Roy Ammu's Sayings By Arundhati Roy: If you are happy in a dream, Ammu, does that count? Estha asked. "Does what
What was it that gave Ammu this Unsafe Edge? This air of unpredictability? It was what she had battling inside her. An unmixable mix. The infinite tenderness of motherhood and the reckless rage of a suicide bomber.Arundhati Roy Ammu's Sayings By Arundhati Roy: What was it that gave Ammu this Unsafe Edge? This air of unpredictability? It was
Ammu watched over them fiercely. Her watchfulness stretched her, made her taut and tense. She was quick to reprimand her children, but even quicker to take offense on their behalf.Arundhati Roy Ammu's Sayings By Arundhati Roy: Ammu watched over them fiercely. Her watchfulness stretched her, made her taut and tense. She
Ammu quickly learned to recognize and despise the ugly face of sympathy. They ... gloated. She fought off the urge to slap them.Arundhati Roy Ammu's Sayings By Arundhati Roy: Ammu quickly learned to recognize and despise the ugly face of sympathy. They ... gloated.
The steel door of the incinerator went up and the muted hum of the eternal fire became a red roaring. The heat lunged out at them like a famished beast. Then Rahel's Ammu was fed to it. Her hair, her skin, her smile. Her voice. They way she used Kipling to love her children before putting them to bed: We be of one blood, though and I. Her goodnight kiss. The way she held their faces steady with one hand (squashed-cheeked, fish-mouthed) while she parted and combed their hair with the other. The way she held knickers out for Rahel to climb into. Left leg, right leg. All this was fed to the beast, and it was satisfied.
She was their Ammu and their Baba and she had loved them Double.
Arundhati Roy Ammu's Sayings By Arundhati Roy: The steel door of the incinerator went up and the muted hum of the eternal
When she looked at herself in her wedding photographs, Ammu felt the woman that looked back at her was someone else. A foolish jewelled bride. Her silk sunset-coloured sari shot with gold. Rings on every finger. White dots of sandalwood paste over her arched eye-brows. Looking at herself like this, Ammu's soft mouth would twist into a small, bitter smile at the memory - not of the wedding itself so much as the fact that she had permitted herself to be so painstakingly decorated before being led to the gallows. It seemed so absurd. So futile.
Like polishing firewood.
Arundhati Roy Ammu's Sayings By Arundhati Roy: When she looked at herself in her wedding photographs, Ammu felt the woman that looked
It wasn't what lay at the end of her road that frightened Ammu as much as the nature of the road itself. No milestones marked its progress. No trees grew along it. No dappled shadows shaded it. No mists rolled over it. No birds circled it. No twists, no turns or hairpin bends obscured even momentarily, her clear view of the end. This filled Ammu with an awful dread, because she was not the kind of woman who wanted her future told. She dreaded it too much. So if she were granted one small wish perhaps it would have been Not to Know, Not to know what each day hed in store for her. Not to know where she might be, next month, next year. Ten years on. Not to know which way her road might turn and what lay beyond the bend.Arundhati Roy Ammu's Sayings By Arundhati Roy: It wasn't what lay at the end of her road that frightened Ammu as much
When the twins asked what cuff-links were for - "To link cuffs together," Ammu told them - they were thrilled by this morsel of logic in what had so far seemed an illogical language. Cuff+link = cuff-link. This, to them, rivaled the precision of logic and mathematics. Cuff-links gave them an inordinate (if exaggerated) satisfaction, and a real affection for the English language.Arundhati Roy Ammu's Sayings By Arundhati Roy: When the twins asked what cuff-links were for - "To link cuffs together," Ammu told
In her growing years, Ammu had watched her father weave his hideous web. He was charming and urbane with visitors ... He donated money to orphanages and leprosy clinics. He worked hard on his public profile as a sophisticated, generous, moral man. But alone with his wife and children he turned into a monstrous, suspicious bully, with a steak of vicious cunning. They were beaten, humiliated, and then made to suffer the envy of friends and relations for having such a wonderful husband and father.Arundhati Roy Ammu's Sayings By Arundhati Roy: In her growing years, Ammu had watched her father weave his hideous web. He was
Ammu loved her children (of course), but their wide-eyed vulnerability and their willingness to love people who didn't really love them exasperated her and sometimes made her want to hurt them
just as an education, a precaution.
Arundhati Roy Ammu's Sayings By Arundhati Roy: Ammu loved her children (of course), but their wide-eyed vulnerability and their willingness to love
Outside, the Air was Alert and Bright and Hot ... She could see the pattern of the cross-stitch flowers from the blue cross-stitch counterpane on Ammu's cheek. She could hear the blue cross-stitch afternoon.
The slow ceiling fan.
The sun behind the curtains.
The yellow wasp wasping against the windowpane in a dangerous dzzzzzzzzzzzz.
A disbelieving lizard's blink.
High-stepping chickens in the yard.
The sound of the sun crinkling the washing.Crisping white bed-sheets. Stiffened starched saris. Off white and gold.
Red ants on yellow stones.
A hot cow feeling hot. Ahmoo in the distance.
Arundhati Roy Ammu's Sayings By Arundhati Roy: Outside, the Air was Alert and Bright and Hot ... She could see the pattern
They sensed somehow that she lived in the prenumbral shadows between two worlds, just beyond the grasp of their power. That a woman that they had already damned, now had little left to lose, and could therefore be dangerous. So on the days that the radio played Ammu's songs, people avoided her, making little loops around her, because everybody agreed that it was best to just Let Her Be.Arundhati Roy Ammu's Sayings By Arundhati Roy: They sensed somehow that she lived in the prenumbral shadows between two worlds, just beyond
And on Ammu's road (to Age and Death) a small, sunny meadow appeared. Copper grass spangled with blue butterflies. Beyond it, an abyss.Arundhati Roy Ammu's Sayings By Arundhati Roy: And on Ammu's road (to Age and Death) a small, sunny meadow appeared. Copper grass
Anyway, now she thinks of Estha and Rahel as Them, because, separately, the two of them are no longer what They were or ever thought They would be.
Ever.
Their lives have a size and a shape now. Estha has his and Rahel hers.
Edges, Borders, Boundaries, Brinks and Limits have appeared like a team of trolls on their separate horizons. Short creatures with long shadows, patrolling the Blurry End. Gentle half-moons have gathered under their eyes and they are as old as Ammu was when she died.
Arundhati Roy Ammu's Sayings By Arundhati Roy: Anyway, now she thinks of Estha and Rahel as Them, because, separately, the two of