Aravind Adiga Quotes

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.

Change Quotes, Great Quotes, Important Quotes, Time Quotes, Injustice Quotes, Writers Quotes

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.

Writers Quotes

I want to read Keats and Wordsworth, Hemingway, George Orwell.

Worth Quotes

 

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

Mathematics Quotes, Science Quotes

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.

Life Quotes, Respect Quotes, Mind Quotes

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.

Rich Quotes, Work Quotes, Problems Quotes

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.'

God Quotes, American Quotes, Great Quotes, Pride Quotes, Nature Quotes

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.

Effectiveness Quotes, Power Quotes

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.

Money Quotes

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.

Worry Quotes, Men Quotes

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.

Life Quotes

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

Language Quotes

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.

Grandparents Quotes, Language Quotes

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.

Work Quotes, Community Quotes

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.

Great Quotes

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

Great Quotes