Aravind Adiga quotes

  • It's amazing. The moment you show cash, everyone knows your language.
    -- Aravind Adiga

    #Money #Cash #Language

  • The moment you recognize what is beautiful in this world, you stop being a slave
    -- Aravind Adiga

    #Beautiful #World #Moments

  • A man's past keeps growing, even when his future has come to a full stop.
    -- Aravind Adiga

    #Past #Men #Growing

  • I was looking for the key for years But the door was always open
    -- Aravind Adiga

    #Life #Keys #Doors

  • You ask 'Are you a man or a demon?' Neither, I say. I have woken up, and the rest of you are sleeping, and that is the only difference between us.
    -- Aravind Adiga

    #Sleep #Men #Differences

  • Go to Old Delhi,and look at the way they keep chickens there in the market. Hundred of pale hens and brightly colored roosters, stuffed tightly into wire-mesh cages. They see the organs of their brothers lying around them.They know they are next, yet they cannot rebel. They do not try to get out of the coop. The very same thing is done with humans in this country.
    -- Aravind Adiga

    #Country #Brother #Lying

  • But isn't it likely that everyone in this world...has killed someone or other on their way to the top?...All I wanted was a chance to be a man--and for that, one murder is enough.
    -- Aravind Adiga

    #Men #World #Way

  • Any good society survives on a circulation of favours.
    -- Aravind Adiga

    #Favour #Circulation

  • Let animals live like animals; let humans live like humans. That's my whole philosophy in a sentence.
    -- Aravind Adiga

    #Philosophy #Animal #Sentences

  • ...the future of the world lies with the yellow man and the brown man now that our erstwhile master, the white-skinned man, has wasted himself through buggery, cell phone usage, and drug abuse
    -- Aravind Adiga

    #Lying #Men #Yellow

  • Do we loathe our masters behind a facade of love - or do we love them behind a facade of loathing?
    -- Aravind Adiga

    #Loathing #Masters #Facade

  • If only a man could spit his past out so easily.
    -- Aravind Adiga

    #Past #Men #Spit

  • See, the poor dream all their lives of getting enough to eat and looking like the rich. And what do the rich dream of?? Losing weight and looking like the poor.
    -- Aravind Adiga

    #Dream #Weight #Losing

  • Apparently, sir you Chinese are far ahead of us in every respect, except that you don’t have entrepreneurs. And our nation, though it has no drinking water, electricity, sewage system, public transportation, sense of hygiene, discipline, courtesy, or punctuality, ‘’does’’ have entrepreneurs. Thousands and thousands of them. Especially in the field of technology. And these entrepreneurs—"we" entrepreneurs—have set up all these outsourcing companies that virtually run America now.
    -- Aravind Adiga

    #Running #Business #Drinking

  • Like most of my friends in school, I was a member of multiple circulating libraries; and all of us, to begin with, borrowed and read the same things.
    -- Aravind Adiga

    #School #Library #Members

  • I want to read Keats and Wordsworth, Hemingway, George Orwell.
    -- Aravind Adiga

    #Want #Wordsworth

  • I am coming back to New York after five years, and it seems that psychics are taking over the city.
    -- Aravind Adiga

    #New York #Years #Psychics

  • I am not an original thinker-but I am an original listener.)
    -- Aravind Adiga

    #Thinker

  • I grew up, as many Indians do, in an archipelago of tongues. My maternal grandfather, who was a surgeon in the city of Madras, was fluent in at least four languages and used each of them daily.
    -- Aravind Adiga

    #Cities #Grandfather #Four

  • Mangalore, the coastal Indian town where I lived until I was almost 16, is now a booming city of malls and call-centres. But, in the 1980s, it was a provincial town in a socialist country.
    -- Aravind Adiga

    #Country #Cities #Towns

  • Too much of Indian writing in English, it seemed to me, consisted of middle-class people writing about other middle-class people - and a small slice of life being passed off as an authentic portrait of the country.
    -- Aravind Adiga

    #Country #Writing #Class

  • At a time when India is going through great changes and, with China, is likely to inherit the world from the West, it is important that writers like me try to highlight the brutal injustices of society.
    -- Aravind Adiga

    #Important #Trying #India

  • In India, it's the rich who have problems with obesity. And the poor are darker-skinned because they work outside and often work without their tops on so you can see their ribs.
    -- Aravind Adiga

    #Work Out #India #Ribs

  • The book of your revolution sits in the pit of your belly, young Indian. Crap it out, and read. Instead of which, they're all sitting in front of color TVs and watching cricket and shampoo advertisements.
    -- Aravind Adiga

    #Book #Color #Sitting

  • An honest politician has no goodies to toss around. This limits his effectiveness profoundly, because political power in India is dispersed throughout a multi-tiered federal structure; a local official who has not been paid off can sometimes stop a billion-dollar project.
    -- Aravind Adiga

    #Effectiveness #Political #India

  • When I was growing up in the south Indian city of Madras, there were only two political parties that mattered; one was run by a former matinee idol, and the other was run by his former screenwriter.
    -- Aravind Adiga

    #Running #Growing Up #Party

  • A rich man's body is like a premium cotton pillow, white and soft and blank. ''Ours'' is different. My father's spine was a knotted rope, the kind that women use in villages to pull water from wells; the clavicle curved around his neck in high relief, like a dog's collar; cuts and nicks and scars, like little whip marks in his flesh, ran down his chest and waist, reaching down below his hip bones into his buttocks. The story of a poor man's life is written on his body, in a sharp pen.
    -- Aravind Adiga

    #Dog #Father #Cutting

  • Nothing gives us greater pride than the importance of India's scientific and engineering colleges, or the army of Indian scientists at organizations such as Microsoft and NASA. Our temples are not the god-encrusted shrines of Varanasi, but Western scientific institutions like Caltech and MIT, and magazines like 'Nature' and 'Scientific American.
    -- Aravind Adiga

    #Pride #Army #College

  • Here's a strange fact: murder a man, and you feel responsible for his life ''possessive'', even. You know more about him than his father and mother; they knew his fetus, but you know his corpse. Only you can complete the story of his life, only you know why his body has to be pushed into the fire before its time, and why his toes curl up and fight for another hour on earth.
    -- Aravind Adiga

    #Mother #Father #Fighting

  • Like most people who live in India, I complain about corruption, but know that I can live with corrupt men. It is the honest ones I secretly worry about.
    -- Aravind Adiga

    #Men #People #Worry

  • It has always been very difficult for writers to survive commercially in India because the market was so small. But that's not true at all any more. It's one of the world's fastest growing and most vibrant markets for books, especially in English.
    -- Aravind Adiga

    #Book #India #World

  • Indians mock their corrupt politicians relentlessly, but they regard their honest politicians with silent suspicion. The first thing they do when they hear of a supposedly 'clean' politician is to grin. It is a cliche that honest politicians in India tend to have dishonest sons, who collect money from people seeking an audience with Dad.
    -- Aravind Adiga

    #Dad #Son #People

  • I had grown up in a privileged, upper-caste Hindu community; and because my father worked for a Catholic hospital, we lived in a prosperous Christian neighborhood.
    -- Aravind Adiga

    #Christian #Father #Community

  • With their tinted windows up, the cars of the rich go like dark eggs down the roads of Delhi. Every now and then an egg will crack open a woman's hand, dazzling with gold bangles, stretches out an open window, flings an empty mineral water bottle onto the road and then the window goes up, and the egg is resealed.
    -- Aravind Adiga

    #Dark #Hands #Eggs

  • In my family, as in most middle-class Indian families I knew when I was growing up, science and mathematics were held in awe.
    -- Aravind Adiga

    #Growing Up #Class #My Family

  • India's great economic boom, the arrival of the Internet and outsourcing, have broken the wall between provincial India and the world.
    -- Aravind Adiga

    #Wall #Broken #India

  • Inconvenience in progress, work is regretted.
    -- Aravind Adiga

    #Progress #Inconvenience

  • Strange thoughts brew in your heart when you spend too much time with old books
    -- Aravind Adiga

    #Book #Heart #Too Much

  • In terms of formal education, I may somewhat lacking. I never finished school. I am a self-taught entrepreneur, that's the best kind there is, trust me
    -- Aravind Adiga

    #School #Self #Entrepreneur

  • Never before in human history have so few owed so much to so many, Mr. Jiabao. A handful of men in this country have trained the remaining 99.9 percent—as strong, as talented, as inteligent in every way—to exist in perpetual servitude; a servitude so strong that you can put the key of his emancipation in a man's hands and he will throw it back at you with a curse.
    -- Aravind Adiga

    #Country #Strong #Men

  • The story of a poor man's life is written on his body, in a sharp pen.
    -- Aravind Adiga

    #Men #Body #Stories

  • Neither you nor I speak English, but there are some things that can be said only in English.
    -- Aravind Adiga

    #Speak #Said

  • I gather you yellow-skinned men, despite your triumphs in sewage, drinking water, and Olympic gold medals, still don't have democracy. Some politician on the radio was saying that that's why we Indian are going to beat you: we may not have sewage, drinking water, and Olympic gold medals, but we do have democracy. If I were making a country, I'd get the sewage pipes first, then the democracy, then I'd go about giving pamphlets and statues of Gandhi to other people, but what do I know? I am just a murderer!
    -- Aravind Adiga

    #Country #Drinking #Men

  • The trustworthiness of servants is the basis of the entire Indian economy.
    -- Aravind Adiga

    #Trustworthiness #Economy #Servant

  • I put my hand out and wiped the vomit from his lips, and cooed soothing words to him. It squeezed my heart to see him suffer like this - but where my genuine concern for him ended and where my self-interest began, I could not tell: no servant can ever tell what the motives of his heart are. "Do we loathe our masters behind a facade of love - or do we love them behind a facade of loathing? "We are made mysteries to ourselves by the Rooster Coop we are locked in.
    -- Aravind Adiga

    #Heart #Self #Hands

  • These are the three main diseases of this country, sir: typhoid, cholera, and election fever. This last one is the worst; it makes people talk and talk about things that they have no say in ... Would they do it this time? Would they beat the Great Socialist and win the elections? Had they raised enough money of their own, and bribed enough policemen, and bought enough fingerprints of their own, to win? Like eunuchs discussing the Kama Sutra, the voters discuss the elections in Laxmangarh.
    -- Aravind Adiga

    #Country #Winning #People

  • Go to the tea shop anywhere along the Ganga, sir, and look at the men working in that tea shop - men, I say, but better to call them human spiders that go crawling in between and under the tables with rags in their hands, crushed humans in crushed uniforms, sluggish, unshaven, in their thirties or forties or fifties but still "boys." But that is your fate if you do your job well - with honesty, dedication, and sincerity, the way Gandhi would have done it, no doubt.
    -- Aravind Adiga

    #Jobs #Honesty #Fate

  • Do you know about Hanuman, sir? He was the faithful servant of the god Rama, and we worship him in our temples because he is a shining example of how to serve your masters with absolute fidelity, love, and devotion. These are the kinds of gods they have foisted on us Mr. Jiabao. Understand, now, how hard it is for a man to win his freedom in India.
    -- Aravind Adiga

    #Winning #Men #Shining

  • Having plenty of living space has to be the greatest luxury in a city, and I guess in some sense Bombay is the antithesis of what living in Canada must be,
    -- Aravind Adiga

    #Cities #Luxury #Space

  • I’ve lived in several countries and been a disaster everywhere.
    -- Aravind Adiga

    #Country #Disaster

  • The coop is guarded from the inside.
    -- Aravind Adiga

    #Guarded

  • We are made mysteries to ourselves by the Rooster Coop we are locked in,
    -- Aravind Adiga

    #Roosters #Mystery #Made

  • Neither. I am just one who has woken up while the rest of you are still sleeping.
    -- Aravind Adiga

    #Sleep #Stills

  • Iqbal, that great poet, was so right. The moment you recognize what is beautiful in this world, you stop being a slave. To hell with the Naxals and their guns shipped from China. If you taught every poor boy how to paint, that would be the end of the rich in India.
    -- Aravind Adiga

    #Beautiful #Gun #Boys

  • A White Tiger keeps no friends. It's too dangerous.
    -- Aravind Adiga

    #White #No Friends #Dangerous

  • You can't expect a man in a dung heap to smell sweet.
    -- Aravind Adiga

    #Sweet #Men #Smell

  • Nothing can stop a living thing that wants to be free
    -- Aravind Adiga

    #Want

  • Columbia University, where I went to study in 1993, insisted its undergraduates learn a foreign language, so I discovered French.
    -- Aravind Adiga

    #Study #Language #Columbia

  • Because in this world, there is a line: on one side are the men who cannot get things done, and on the other side are the men who can. And not one in a hundred will cross that line. Will you?
    -- Aravind Adiga

    #Men #Sides #Done

  • When I was writing 'The White Tiger' I lived in a building pretty much exactly like the one I described in this novel, and the people in the book are the people I lived with back then. So I didn't have to do much research to find them.
    -- Aravind Adiga

    #Book #Writing #White

  • Greenwich Village always had its share of mind readers, but there are many more these days, and they seem to have moved closer to the mainstream of life in the city. What was crazy 10 years ago is now respectable, even among the best-educated New Yorkers.
    -- Aravind Adiga

    #Crazy #Years #Cities