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Kiran Desai

  • Slowly, painstakingly, like ants, men would make their paths and civilization and their wars once again, only to have it wash away again.

  • He tried to keep on the right side of power, tried to be loyal to so many things that he himself couldn't tell which one of his selves was the authentic, if any.

  • Love must surely reside in the gap between desire and fulfillment, in the lack, not the contentment. Love was the ache, the anticipation, the retreat, everything around it but the emotion itself.

Kiran Desai, Indian writer

(1971)