The God of small things by Arundhati Roy
So you brought your copy of TGST with great enthusiasm and now its gathering dust under your bed? Its definitely not your usual pattern of reading but lets face it that a few pages into the book and you’re already dozing off? Why is that so? Is the novel depressing? Yes. Is it pretentious? Ji Bilkul.Does everybody perish in the end? Ye bhi koi puchney wali baat hai??So why exactly are we reading this again?Let’s explore!
“Today I was asked if I was Arundhati Roy’s mother.Never have I been more insulted in my life!!”
“Is it that bad Mother?To be my mother”
The most interesting bit about the book is the writer herself.A divorced architect in her thirties who has had an extremely strained relation with her mother.Roy mirrors Rahel in pretty much all aspects which leaves the reader wondering where the line between fiction blurs with reality.Set in God’s own country( Kerala) fraternal twins Rahel and Estha take you on a journey of overcoming grief and untangling their murky past.The story also dabbles with rise of communism and Naxalites.The writer concludes all this as a backlash to caste system.Its quite interesting as another Indian writer,Aatish Taseer wrote a whole article in the Guardian to prove that Roy is quite biased and hateful towards the common man.
This book is definitely not your usual novel that has a beginning,middle and end but sometimes it’s truly worthwhile to step out of your comfort zone.You definitely won’t like it but you won’t forget it either.