Recounting how women in different countries she visited had found a connection with her novel, she observed: “Literature must vault over cultural barriers and join people.” She took a view of the writer as someone engagé: the important thing is not winning prizes, but “to connect to the worldly order, to write about it, to change the structures of power, to shake up things that are bad, to love the things that are good. These are the important things in being a writer.”
She reminded the audience: “It is easy to forget The God Of Small Things is a political novel. It is about caste, about violence, about contemporary things … The most ugly thing about our country, and our culture, is caste. It is there in the book. And please don't forget that.” Here is the book:
titled Kunju kaaryangalude odaya thampuran
It was published by by DC Books on Feb 3, 2011
And here is the publisher himself, Ravi DeeCee, having a copy signed by her:
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Another person from the audience criticised her for introducing unnecessary sex into the novel. That, she found a bit rich, coming from a Kerala man. Kerala, she said, is the hotbed of blue films in India, a veritable hell of pornography, and even the normal movies not only have an overdose of sex but depict women in oppressive conditions. Raising her voice, she exclaimed: “It is not the Sex in the novel they find objectionable but the Politics of the Sex, the fact that a low caste Dalit makes love with a person of high status.”
For an article covering this event in The Hindu, please see: