To be loved.
To never forget your own insignificance.
To never get used to the unspeakable violence
and the vulgar disparity of life around you.
To seek joy in the saddest places.
To pursue beauty to its lair.
To never simplify what is complicated,
or complicate what is simple.
To respect strength, never power.
Above all, to watch.
To try and understand.
To never look away.
And never, never, to forget.
- Arundhati Roy.
God of Small Things - Study Guide to Arundhati Roy's best seller by Paul Brians. The novel was published 1996, quickly became a best-seller, and won the prestigious Booker Prize in October, 1997.