By Aravind Adiga
Welcome to Kittur, India. Of its 193,432 citizens, in simple terms 89 claim themselves to be with no faith or caste. And if the characters in Between the Assassinations are any indication, Kittur is a rare crossroads among the brightest minds and the poorest morals, the up-and-coming and the downtrodden, and the poets and the prophets of an India that smooth literature has hardly ever addressed.
A sequence of sketches that jointly shape a stunning, fabulous, and courageous mosaic of Indian existence because it is lived in a spot known as Kittur, Between the Assassinations, with the entire humor, sympathy, and unflinching candor of The White Tiger, enlarges our knowing of the area we are living in this day.
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He walked into the pantry, took out the bottle. He poured into three glasses with the Air India maharaja logo. He opened the fridge. He dropped two ice cubes into each glass, and added a thin stream of ice water from a bottle. He spat in two of the glasses, and arranged them farthest away on the tray. The thought fell into his mind like a meteor from a purer heaven. No. Slowly it spread itself across his mind. No, he could not give this whiskey to these men. It might be counterfeit stuff, sold in cartons bought under false premises, but it was still a thousand times too pure to be touched by their lips.
He felt he had no option but to go in. He realized now that the morning’s events had all been, somehow, a trap: to bring him to this place, to make him do what he had avoided doing since reopening his factory. The women were sitting on the floor of the dimly lit room, pale fluorescent lights flickering overhead, each at a workstation indicated by a numeral in red letters painted on the wall. They held the white shirts close to their eyes and stitched gold thread into them; they stopped when he came in.
The official from the state Electricity Board, sitting at Abbasi’s table, grinned. He was a fat, dark man in a blue safari suit, a steel ballpoint pen in his jacket pocket. Abbasi carefully placed the tray on the table in front of the gentleman. “Please,” Abbasi said, with redundant hospitality; the official had taken the glass closer to him, and was sipping and licking his lips. He finished the whiskey in slow gulps, and put the glass down. ” Abbasi smiled ironically. The official placed his hands on his tummy.
Between the Assassinations by Aravind Adiga