Monocled Indian: Stereotyping British Raj as Vitalising a Divided, Misogynist and Jingoist India in 'The House of Blue Mangoes'
Dr. Vandita Gautam
The House of Blue Mangoes is a transsocial novel which straddles the realm of magic realism and the arabesque. Set in a fictious small town, Chevathar in Kerela, the novel takes us through three generations of Dorai family which drift apart but remain connected in memories. Its progenitors appear to be different facets of a person who finds it challenging to accept his contradictory impulses. We move across a trajectory where individuals, their surroundings and socio-political circumstances, all coalesce to underline a unitarian world where people across continents have similar aspirations, hopes and sorrow; what keeps them from accepting and assimilating with each other is distance and ignorance of the other. The backdrop of the novel is India’s pre-independence era. With humour and delightful candour, David Davidar shows us how myopia colours the European and the South Asian who do not realise that their bigotries impede progress and an egalitarian world. Defiance in the face of tradition and an obdurate unwillingness to accept the given creates a vicious cycle of vendetta and escapism that ameliorates only when people open their hearts, become less obdurate and go with the flow.
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Publication Volume & Issue: Volume 8, Issue 8

Page(s): 330 - 333
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