Kamala Markandaya

Nectar in a Sieve

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and so his gentle spirit withdrew and the light went out in his eyes.
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Some are blue and wrap me gently in their glow; or green and soothing like oxen eyes in the night; but there are others, yellow and red, that sear me with their intensity.
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THE memories of that night are hard and bright within me like a diamond
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but we have nearly enough now, I thought, coming through the gloom
Olivia Whitehousehas quoted4 months ago
but we have nearly enough now, I thought, coming through the gloom
Olivia Whitehousehas quoted4 months ago
Hammer on stone. Stone on stone. Clink-clank-drip
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The clink of stones came to us sodden with the rain, indistinct, unmistakable
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r. The air, as always at the beginning of the monsoon, lay like a blanket upon the earth, damp and suffocating, but when it blew the wind came through the rain wet and chill.
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The hawker took the money from me and made off quickly -- no doubt fearing that I would come to my senses
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There is a limit to the achievements of human courage.
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Sometimes one loses, sometimes one gains," a man said philosophically. "It evens itself out."
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Movement everywhere: a myriad arms, rising and falling, hands flailing, backs bending and straightening in a relentless rhythm.
Olivia Whitehousehas quoted4 months ago
a clink-clank of stone on stone with intermittent dull explosions.
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All kinds work in the quarry, men, women and children. I w
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Only money can make the rope stretch, only money.
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Where can he go? Wide, wide world, but as narrow as the coins in your
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"Better to starve where we were bred than live here,"
Olivia Whitehousehas quoted4 months ago
and green fields and the ripe rustling paddy, not, curiously, as they were, but as we had first known them . . . fresh, open and unspoilt, with their delicate scents and sounds untainted, with the skies clear above them and the birds finding sanctuary amid the grasses. And at the same time, keeping pace with these longings, our distaste for the city grew and grew and became a sweeping, pervading hatred.
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were forged against a background of brown earth
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the lame with their crutches knocked away from them so that they fell and were unable to rise; the feeble separated from their supporters so that their numbers were halved. Many a time my husband stood aside unable to face the fray: if I had not reproached him his distaste of the whole procedure would have led him to starvation. As it was, more often than not one meal sufficed for two.
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