Indian Nationalism Concealed as Yearning Reminiscence: Rohinton Mistry's Narrative

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In “Journey to Dharmsala,” Rohinton Mistry offers a memoir narrative of his trip to the mountainous city of Dharmsala which emerges as an attractive, ocular and fictional delineation of a tour to a Tibetan people’s town in India that ease the speaker come full circle: His childhood imaginations which he pictured by seeing the photographs of his uncles family in reality were quite different in adulthood: “How far was it- that Dharmsala of my imagination and of my uncle’s youth-how far from what I had seen?”(51). However his childhood and adulthood coincide in peaceful moment that manifest Mistry’s glorification of his birth place India. Therefore, Mistry offers narrative structure that leads the reader to an agenda regarding Indian Nationalism. This is not to indicate that the speaker has some malevolent agenda to force Indian nationalism upon the reader. Rather, he shares experiences of his journey to divulge the subdued whisper of the essay in a manner that even he is not fully aware of. He produces regular imagery such that reader can visualise all the events and get attracted towards the speaker. Hence, the power of rhetorical analysis lies in the text is shown as an evidence of an analytical assert and tried to aim throughout this analysis. Mistry opens his essay with a description of the spiritual leader Dalai Lama and how he found political refuge in India and the attacks as well as torture by Chinese soldiers. Then there are few paragraphs about Mistry’s

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