I'm taking Asian Studies right now and we recently studied Jainism. I was reading an article that was talking about their belief that there are time cycles. At the end of each time cycle, religion is reborn; "All things people want will be given by wish-granting trees,and people will be born in sets of twins with one boy and one girl who stay together all their lives. This can be seen as a symbol of an integrated human with male and female characteristics balanced." I just thought that was so interesting because it helps to show a religious reference in GOST. Not many people are familiar with this religion in our class I'm guessing, so many wouldn't have picked up it. The two twins in the book can symbolize this balance and sort of the start of a new chapter in life in India. For example, Ammu and Velutha, as well as many others, are challenging society's rules. It might also have to do with the almost 'reunion' of the twins at the end of the book, showing this balance of male and female characteristics integrated together as one. Sorry this is so much later! Any thoughts?