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In the Shadow of the Banyan: A Novel Quotes

Vaddey Ratner
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Life is like that...Everything is connected, and sometimes, we, like little fishes, are swept up in these big and powerful currents.
-- Ayuravann (chapter 5 paragraph 6)

Importance: Papa and Raami are discussing the Mekong River, which reverses its course each year. The family recently has been relocated to their weekend home in Mango Corner, and Raami is confused. This quote illuminates Ayuravann's interest and belief in the cycles of nature. He is placing himself and his daughter as the "little fishes" who are being "swept up" in the currents of the Revolution. While they are now far from home, he explains, natural forces, like the river, will ensure they will return home again.

Do you know why I named you Vattaraami?…Because you are my temple and my garden, my sacred ground, and in you I see all of my dreams.
-- Ayuravann (chapter 7 paragraph 5)

Importance: Ayuravann explains to Raami that she is his hope for the future. While this...

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