The Old Blood
Aadam Aziz falls while praying towards Mecca and injuries his nose. Three drops of blood, like rubies, fall onto his prayer mat. He rejects the Islamic faith. He rejects the Old Blood.
The Itching Blood
Aadam Aziz’s nose itches. H has sex with Naseem and three drops of her virginal blood falls onto the Perforated Sheet. He ignores the itch and creates the blood.
The National Blood
Aadam Aziz acts as a doctor for the injured Indian people. He tries to save as many lives as possible. He is covered in blood. Covered in the Blood of India.
Blood acts as a mechanism for change in Midnight’s Children. It turns Aadam from his religion and the Old, causing him to turn to the new and the west. It appears when his life connects with another’s, and signifies a conformation of union and a shift. Finally, it materializes to drench Aadam in a time of great strife and change, to cover him in all that is India.
The Blood, the type that flows through Aadam and Saleem, the progenitor and avatar of India, is incredibly unique. It dictates a shift westward and a denunciation of the old ways. It ushers in a different idea of life and how one should go through it in India. And it invites an intrusion of the west it shifted towards, which causes India to loose its Blood. The Blood is India’s blood. It marks historically significant times in India, times of change, of union, and of destruction.
Do not underestimate the powerful presence of The Blood.