S: Small Great Things (2022 A-Z)
Small Great Things
“I gave explicit orders that she cannot touch my baby,” he roars.
“Bharadwaj Ji, your baby was cyanotic, he could have died,” I reason. Next to me, Dr. Ajola is silent.
“A better fate than being saved by a Dalit,” he scoffs. I watch the veins on his neck bulge, rage evident on his face. A second later, he clutches his heart as he falls. Dr. Ajola rushes to his aid. I don’t.
“I need help, or he will die,” she says.
“A better fate than being saved by a Dalit,” I shrug. She took the Hippocratic Oath. I didn’t.
It is no secret that race has always been a topic of debate, moral dilemma, and a powerful political tool of control. It spares no country. In Small Great Things, Jodi Picoult, one of my favourite authors, brings to the forefront the stark racism rampant in the country. While the discrimination is at times in-your-face obvious, at times it is also stunning in its subtlety. This thought-provoking book leaves you with a lot to discuss and ruminate over. Racism in any form is that white elephant in the room which needs to be addressed, however there are no easy solutions.
6 thoughts on “S: Small Great Things (2022 A-Z)”
Hard hitting! Good one!!
Flash fiction about fiction! What a brilliant idea! I hope your A-to-Z is going well.
Hi Deepa, I myself wrote a couple of posts on racism. Yet to publish. Sounds like a very impactful book. Didn’t jodi picoult write My sisters keeper or was it someone else?i think she is amazing!
The conversation you wrote is so powerful. I had to Google to know what hyppocratic oath means!!
Dropping by from a to z “The Pensive”
Serves him right… excellent Deepa!
Wow. Very thoughtful
Served Bhardwaj right for his senseless hatred