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kiran desai Quotes

I'm always in the kitchen, cooking and experimenting - I love it. And every now and then I think, 'I should write a cookbook' or, 'I should write for food magazines.' And then I get drawn back to writing fiction again.
tags: food writing write fiction
— Kiran Desai
If you write a lovely story about India, you're criticized for selling an exotic version of India. And if you write critically about India, you're seen as portraying it in a negative light - it also seems to be a popular way to present India, sort of mangoes and beggars.
tags: present india stories write
— Kiran Desai
In India, if you are from the elite, dogs are extremely important. The breed of the dog indicates your wealth, that you are westernized. The cook, another human being, is on a much lower level than your dog. You see this all the time.
tags: time human dog india wealth
— 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.
tags: men civilization war path
— Kiran Desai
Why couldn't she be part of that family? rent a room in someone else's life.
— Kiran Desai
I feel as comfortable anywhere as I feel uncomfortable anywhere.
— Kiran Desai
I love Truman Capote, Tennessee Williams, Flannery O'Connor. I read a lot of American writers.
tags: read american
— Kiran Desai
Saeed quickly found employment at a Banana Republic, where he would sell to urban sophisticates the black turtleneck of the season, in a shop whose name was synonymous with colonial exploitation and the rapacious ruin of the third world.
tags: world urban sell black
— Kiran Desai
She'd have to propel herself into the future by whatever means possible or she'd be trapped forever in a place whose times had already passed.
tags: time future forever
— Kiran Desai
We think of immigration as a Western issue but, of course, it isn't.
— Kiran Desai
When you write on your own, you can write the extremes. No one else is watching and you can really go as far as you need to.
tags: write extreme
— Kiran Desai
The Indian diaspora is a wonderful place to write from, and I am lucky to be part of it.
tags: write
— Kiran Desai
When he died, I went about like a ragged crow telling strangers, "My father died, my father died." My indiscretion embarrassed me, but I could not help it. Without my father on his Delhi rooftop, why was I here? Without him there, why should I go back? Without that ache between us, what was I made of?
tags: help father
— Kiran Desai
No fruit dies so vile and offensive a death as the banana...
tags: death die
— Kiran Desai
Sadness was so claustrophobic.
tags: sadness
— Kiran Desai
A journey once begun, has no end
tags: journey
— Kiran Desai
I do think that the modern India does belong to writers who are living in India.
tags: living india
— Kiran Desai
This way of leaving your family for work had condemned them over several generations to have their hearts always in other places, their minds thinking about people elsewhere; they could never be in a single existence at one time. How wonderful it was going to be to have things otherwise.
tags: time people work heart existence thinking mind
— Kiran Desai
I don't think you can write according to a set of rules and laws; every writer is so different.
tags: rules write
— Kiran Desai
Could fulfillment ever be felt as deeply as loss? Romantically she decided that 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.
tags: desires emotion contentment
— Kiran Desai
The present changes the past. Looking back you do not find what you left behind.
tags: past present
— Kiran Desai
Writing, for me, means humility. It's a process that involves fear and doubt, especially if you're writing honestly.
tags: fear humility doubt process writing
— Kiran Desai
The publishing world is very timid. Readers are much braver.
tags: world
— Kiran Desai
When I was growing up the publishing world seemed so far away. When my mother wrote a book, she would look up the address of publishers on the backs of the books she owned and send off her manuscript.
tags: world book mother
— Kiran Desai
New York is a lovely city. It is an easy city to go back to and an easy city to leave. Every time I go there I immediately make travel plans.
tags: time travel
— Kiran Desai
But then, how could you have any self-respect knowing that you didn't believe in anything exactly? How did you embrace what was yours if you didn't leave something for it? How did you create a life of meaning and pride?
tags: meaning believe knowing
— Kiran Desai
A man wasn't equal to an animal, not one particle of him. Human life was stinking corrupt, and meanwhile there were beautiful creatures who lived with delicacy on the earth without doing anyone harm. "We should be dying." the judge almost wept.
tags: animals men beautiful human earth corrupt
— Kiran Desai
All day, the colors had been those of dusk, mist moving like a water creature across the great flanks of mountains possessed of ocean shadows and depths.
tags: ocean water
— Kiran Desai
kiran desai
Birth    : September 3, 1971
Occupation  : Author