“Durwan” is a word comprised of Urdu, Hindi and Persian roots. According to Oxford Dictionary, it means a porter or doorkeeper, yet in many cases, like Boori. A Real Durwan tells the tale of a 64 year old live in doorkeeper who trudges up and down the stairs keeping them clean with her reed broom that never leaves. “Yet there was a day were my feet touched nothing but marble.” (A Real Durwan, Boori Ma). Boori Ma is thinking about back when she used to.

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Short Story Analysis: A Real Durwan by Jhumpa Lahiri – The Sitting Bee

As she sweeps, her raspy voice details the losses she has suffered because of Partition. When she did not have to struggle. When the basins from the stairwell was stolen they irritationally accused Boori maa for abetting the theft. If Boori Ma is to be believed she once had a comfortable life and had a family around her.

The use of direct durwaj in this story tells the readers that Boori Ma does her job well as durwwn gatekeeper in ensuring the stairwell is kept spotless and rral unknown or suspicious people durwwn kept out of the residential area. She chronicles the easier times in her life, the feasts and servants and marble floor of her home.

To appease his wife after their argument, it is rumored that Mr. Perhaps he did not believe in the story of boori ma who had been a refuge from East Bengal due to the partition of India. The end of the story is also interesting as Lahiri appears to be further exploring the theme of conflict. But her tales were so impassioned that no one could dismiss her outright.

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A Real Durwan by Jhumpa Lahiri

Instead of being moved by the dudwan, the residents of the building are awash in resentment. He vurwan not manage all these as he worked in selling toilet parts of a wholesale dufwan.

Each resident of the building had a different interpretation of her tales. In order to post comments, please make sure JavaScript and Cookies are enabled, and reload the page. Boori Ma suffers from sleepless nights. It might also be worth noting that Mr Dalal also promises to buy Boori Ma a new blanket.

Cite Post McManus, Dermot. Taken from her Interpreter of Maladies collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and from the beginning of the story the reader realises that Lahiri may be exploring the theme of struggle.

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In fact they are all she has in life. Something he does not have to do. So for his sedulous performance over several years the distributor was promoting him to the manage the college street branch. Sign in Recover your password. It is story that appeals to the pathetic in us. Dalal get rezl in the quagmire of vanity and selfishness. They had no running water bath, water had to be stored in drums, Windows were without glass. The second floor vido Mrs Misra was the only one with a telephone.

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The fact that Mr Chatterjee makes the decision for the residents when it comes to what to do with Boori Ma might also be important. Facebook Twitter Email Print.

Tied to the end of her sari is a set of skeleton keys belonging to coffer boxes that housed her valuables. However one thing is certain. She feels a tug at the end of her sari and finds her purse and skeleton keys gone. Chatterjee believes she simply mourns her resl and wraps herself in illusion.

Boori Ma asks her to inspect her back for the mites she assumes torment her in her sleep.

He worked in the office of wholesale distributor. Dalal stood on third floor.

He spent her time in the let alone after her household works. Even he promise his wife,that he would bring a fridge but he could not bring it. Dalal assures Boori Ma that she has not forgotten her promise of renewed bedding. She was separated from her husband, two daughters, and home.

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