Rohinton Mistry's a Fine Balance: an Analysis

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All great fiction transform our understanding of life, our perception of the universe, of the incomprehensible patterns that our lives makes and those that we regard as meaningless. As Wendy Wasserstein puts it, “The trick. . .is to find the balance between the bright colors of humor and the serious issues of identity, self-loathing, and the possibility for intimacy and love when it seems no longer possible or, sadder yet, no longer necessary.” In A Fine Balance, Rohinton Mistry attempts to portray life that slips off between the cup and lip, leaving vague patterns behind, very often bringing down every attempt at maintaining that balance in life where the worthy struggles and wages a worm’s battle with the merciless bird of fate for…show more content…
Mistry’s lower caste characters are not those who had lost the power to reason complain and step out of the system unlike in many of the works portraying the misery of the times they fight against it and dares to step out of it. Dukhi even attempts the sanskritisation of his sons by changing their second names into Darji from Mochi. The words that the low caste men use to refer to the Thakurs and other upper caste people show their anger, contempt and opposition to the system-bastard hypocrite, Mr. High caste shit, shit eaters etc. Dukhi split away from the traditional way of life his caste had imposed on him by working as a laborer in town. This split up becomes complete as he sends his sons to learn a trade that is not their traditional work-tailoring. [We see that the lower caste Hindus got a great deal of compassion from the Muslim community while the Hindu upper caste men were intent on making their lives more miserable. Ashraf, the Muslim tailor who stitched the clothes for these lower caste Hindus is the one who offers Dukhi a helping hand.] The main news that Dukhi got when he returned from the town was same as those he used to hear as a child from his father, ‘only the names were different’ (108). Sita was
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