Rahel's toy wristwatch had the time painted on it. Ten to two. One of her ambitions was to own a watch on which she could change the time whenever she wanted to (which according to her was what Time was meant for in the first place).Rahel is seven when she makes this observation. I like the idea of being able to set one's watch and thereby adjust the world. A nicely Nextian device. I mean really, what's the point of assigning names and numbers to every year, month, day, and hour if you can't pick and choose among them as you like?
from The God of Small Things, by Arundhati Roy