slanting towards the future


India - Hindi
This is a quote from the novel Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie:

"'But how old are you really, Taiji?' (Doctor Aziz, adult, redbearded, slanting towards the future, remembers the day he asked the unaskable question.)"

What does the phrase 'slanting towards the future' mean? There is nothing before or after the quote that explains this.
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  • Trochfa

    Senior Member
    English - England
    Hello islandinthesun. Welcome to the forum!

    To me, it implies that Dr. Aziz is bent forward (slanting) with age (leaning towards the future, which will only make his stooping worse).
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