17 Inspirational Quotes By Kiran Desai, The Writer Of Inheritance Of Loss, That Will Bring To Limelight The Story Which Often Remains Untold.
Upon receiving the news that her book has been nominated for the prestigious award, she rushed to the nearest Barnes and Nobel to pick up the books of the remaining finalists. But to her dismay none of the books were there, including hers. She arrived in London a few days prior to the award ceremony and finally got the chance to meet the fellow nominees.
When she was named the winner Kiran recalls, "I was very surprised. I was very surprised. I don't think you can ever expect to win.
"Was I last? Second last? It's so funny really, isn't it? Suddenly you are a horse, and friends are calling up saying, 'Eat your oats and apples and don't break your leg or a hoof!'"
Desai recounted another incident when she was asked if she would decline the award as it was commonwealth prize, as her book dealt with colonization. To this she answered, 'I'm not crazy!' It's also a hedge fund, so you have big-business qualms about that. There's all kinds of reasons to turn it down."
When questioned if she ever contemplated doing it, she answers, "Nooo! NO! Because you can drag that ethical dilemma into every single aspect of your life - and that is very much what my book is about. You are unable to make any kind of rule, really, without it being messy and mixed up with the rest of the world, and mixed up with sad and difficult things. Would I buy this sweater? Where is it made? It's by someone poor in China and someone horrible is making money out of it. Am I going to eat this bit of fruit picked by whom? It infects every single thing. But I stand by the book's ethical sense, and it's a book that certainly says the opposite of many things that flags stand for."
Here are a few inspirational quotes from the exceptionally talented writer herself.