Last night I cracked and googled the metaphors, symbolism and motifs of Midnight’s Children. It didn’t help much, only confirmed that I was right to think the silver spittoon, perforated sheet, dripping cucumber-shaped nose and head-crushing knees are significant.
I have yet to work out* the meaning of the horn-shaped protuberances in the main protag’s head, and why they match the forceps-shaped indentations of another baby born at the same time.
I have been cheating with the Mother Teresa book Jason recommended The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice by Christopher Hitchens. It’s a mere slip of a book at 105 pages, and fascinating reading.
Happily I’ve also received delivery of three new books for the Reading India shelf: Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Lowland and Interpreter of Maladies, and ahem, Salman’s The Moor’s Last Sigh (I figure we are on first-name terms, now that he is killing me with his words. Greater intimacy cannot be imagined.)
* find on internet