"This was the trouble with families. Like invidious doctors, they knew just where it hurt."
"Ammu said that human beings were creatures of habit, and it was amazing the kind of things they could get used too."
"The slow ceiling fan sliced the thick, frightened air into an unending spiral that spun slowly to the floor like the peeled skin of an endless potato."
"a platoon of ants carried a dead cockroach sedately through the door, demonstrating what should be done with corpses."
"Centuries telescoped into one evanescent moment. History was wrong-footed caught off guard."
"Thats what careless words do. They make people love you a little less."