The Different Values of Hindus and Americans Illustrated in This Blessed House

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“This Blessed House” is a story that focuses on two distinct characters that have a different perception about each other and their religious values. Sanjeev and Twinkle is a Hindu couple in an arranged marriage; these characters represent two different ways of looking at life and appreciating it. In focusing on the characterization of both characters Sanjeev and Twinkle the audience gets an understanding on the different values that Hindus and Americans share and also how religions can affect how people perceive things in life. Religious artifacts Twinkle is quite an interesting and open minded character indeed. Her real name is Tanima, but she soon corrects her husband “call me Twinkle” (Lahiri 151), when he introduces her to …show more content…

Sanjeev is a closed minded person and total opposite of Twinkle altogether. Sanjeev has a more serious attitude and is not open about most things especially the religious artifacts. “We should call the Realtor. Tell him there’s all this nonsense left behind” (Lahiri 138). He is also self conscious about what other people think about him “Twinkle I can’t have people I work with see this statue in my lawn” (Lahiri 147). Instead of opposites attracting in this situation, Sanjeev seems to be annoyed by the things that Twinkle does. For example “she sometimes spat a little when she spoke, or left her undergarments after removing them at night at the foot of their bed rather than depositing them in the laundry hamper” (Lahiri 142). It seems that Sanjeev becomes jealous of the way people are reacting to her and not him; she had everyone’s attention, “your wife’s wow” (Lahiri 153).
Sanjeev has never once been in love and while thinking about Twinkle “he did not know if he loved her” (Lahiri 147). His mother hints to him, “you need a wife to look after and love” (Lahiri 148); she was the total package, pretty, from a high caste system, and also about to get a masters degree, but the main ingredient, love, was missing. Sanjeev graduated from MIT and at 33 already has over a dozen people working for him, and is considered for the vice-president position. Sanjeev has a lot of things

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