Rohinton Mistry's 'Family Matters': A Postcolonial humanist text

Batra, Jagdish (2021) Rohinton Mistry's 'Family Matters': A Postcolonial humanist text. Saudi Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, 6 (5). pp. 138-144. ISSN 24156248

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Rohinton Mistry is widely acknowledged for his postcolonial approach to the marginalized. In his novels, he has not only highlighted the marginal position of the poor and the destitute in the Parsi community but also in the wider Indian society. In Family Matters, we find he locates the marginalized within the family set up also. The aged people are objects of neglect, more so in poor families where financing the upkeep of old people seems burdensome. As is his wont, Mistry shows the impact of dirty politics on ordinary, politically unattached lives. Politics is also responsible for the fall of the city of Bombay from a cosmopolitan to a ghettoized one. As an intellectual, Mistry cannot escape casting a glance at the declining numbers of the Parsi community and comes up with his views on the issue ty and how the community can forge links with other communities. For his focus on the Parsi identity, political suppression, and the weak and the destitute in society, Mistry comes out as a great postcolonial humanist.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Indian English fiction | Postcolonial fiction | New humanism | Indian Parsis | Ageism | Public-private interface
Subjects: Social Sciences and humanities > Arts and Humanities > Literature and Literary Theory
JGU School/Centre: Office of English & Foreign Languages
Depositing User: Mr. Syed Anas
Date Deposited: 07 Feb 2022 07:23
Last Modified: 07 Feb 2022 07:23
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