The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

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Why does Ammu recognize Velutha as "the God of Small Things"?

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Arundhati Roy's 1996 novel The God of Small Things is an acclaimed critical work. The story, which is not told chronologically, revolves around fraternal twins Rahel and Estha and their mother (Ammu). One of the very important characters in the novel is Velutha, a lower-caste Untouchable whom the children quickly befriend.

Velutha is a Paravan, an "Untouchable" in the Hindu caste system, which leaves him at the bottom of the social ladder. He is skilled and works as a carpenter for the Ipe family. He is also intimately connected with the idea of the "God of Small Things."

In chapter 11 (titled "The God of Small Things"), Ammu dreams of a one-armed man who holds her close.

He could only do one thing at a time. If he held her, he couldn't kiss her. If he kissed her, he couldn't see her. If he saw her, he couldn't feel her.

When she is awoken by her children, their appearance and the shaved wood in Rahel's hair makes her realize that they have been visiting Velutha, and she immediately realizes...

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