The God of Small Things

by Gyanvitaranam

  The God of Small things, a Booker prize winning novel of Arundhati Roy, depicts the lives of two Dizygotic (DZ) or fraternal twins Estha, the boy and Rahel, the girl, their divorced mother Ammu and her secretive love with Velutha, the carpenter and a member of the untouchable Paravan clan.

  The story is set in the Indian village of Ayemenem in the Kottayam district of Kerala state. The main part of the plot takes place in 1969 at a time of changes in ideology and influence.

  India is a very complex society with various cultural and religious habits and beliefs. Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs, Christians, and Muslims share the same space but with extremely different ideologies.

  When many languages are spoken here, the higher classes make it a point to speak in English only. They send their sons to study in England and adopt English habits which is depicted through the portrayal of Chacko’s foreign education while Ammu is kept....

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