I attended the City Arts & Lectures event at the Nourse theater on Hayes Street in San Francisco on June 28th. Arundhati Roy read from her new book “The Ministry of Utmost Happiness” (read my review here), and conversed with Alice Walker. Roy was, as expected, intelligent, articulate and poised. And as always, easy on the eyes. She was dressed in a long black skirt with a matching long black top over a radiant white top. Her diamond nose stud flashed occasionally.
I finished reading Arundhati Roy's “The Ministry of Utmost Happiness” a few days ago, and found myself feeling oddly bereaved. Then, as one does when one is thrown off by life’s occasional googlies, I sought the company of an old friend: my Indian hardcover edition of “The God of Small Things.” (So much lovelier than the US edition.) But it was not on my bookshelves! Instead, I found a paperback, also an Indian edition, but not the one I had read… My beloved hardcover book