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 it’s 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.”
from ‘The End of Imagination’
Arundhati Roy came to the attention of the world in 1997 with her novel, Booker Prize winning ‘The God of Small Things’. Since then she has abandoned fiction, instead writing passionate and inspiring essays. She is a political activist, and unrepentant truth teller in her native India.