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'The goddess of small things'

Surfers slam this writer for her biased defence of Arundhati Roy. Read on...

india Updated: Dec 29, 2006 13:02 IST

An article on Arundhati Roy has generated quite a response from surfers. Most wrote to say why they disagreed with both the writer and Arundhati Roy's ways.

Here's how it went.

Mathew from Kuwait felt, "Ms Roy is free to express her opinions be it national or anti-national. That's what democracy is all about. However she should investigate thoroughly before expressing an opinion."

Sidharth from Sydney, Australia said, "Ms Roy with her forced involvements in all things under the jurisdiction and preview of Supreme Court is certainly destined to remain as one-book wonder. She has made her money from the Booker prize from the West but with her actions now she is ensuring that millions of Indians go to bed with no food or shelter. Words without actions will remind people of her, only as the goddess of small things."

Anshuman Kumar from Mumbai, India said, "The editorial is personal and biased. The author does not have any counter arguments to refute except the accusations and maligning others. Such articles should not be published as it demeans the quality of reading the publication."

Hari from Yucaipa, USA said, "What I do not like about Ms Roy is her hypocrisy. She is selective and not consistent. If she were consistent she would spew venom on MMA in Pakistan as well."

Nikhil Puri from Chicago, USA said, "Words can work magic and that the author has woven is a case here. People are not chauvinistic, as the author seems to suggest. In fact, she is missing out on the real issue of development. I'll try to explain in simple terms."

"Nothing is as permanent as change. With change there is always some price. So is true of economic development. If this author's heroine considers development as retrograde then she must provide or rather propose something that amounts to 'real development' according to her."

However, Donald Veach from Cambridge, MA, USA was all praise for her and added, "Arundhati Roy may well be the greatest writer and speaker of our age. She is simply magnificent."

All views and opinions presented in this article are solely those of the surfers and do not necessarily represent those of

First Published: Dec 29, 2006 12:55 IST