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Volume 2 Issue 12

June 2015

Exploring the Dynamics of Family: A Study on Rupa Bajwa’s Tell Me a Story
Mr. Subhadip Konar, 
Junior Research Fellow, 
Department of English, 
Burdwan University, 
Burdwan, West Bengal, India

Mr. Debayan Banerjee, 
Department of English, 
Gourbanga University, 
Kamarpukur, West Bengal, India
The winner of the Sahitya Akademi Award (2006) for her debut novel, The Sari Shop, Rupa Bajwa is one of the new findings in the field of contemporary Indian-English novel. Terse expression, unique narrative pattern, honest portrayal of the events and the characters are the basic traits of her creative output. After her national and inter-national fame and recognition with The Sari Shop (2004), she took a ‘necessary’ break and in 2012 appears with a ravishing one in her bag. Tell Me a Story is not thoroughly a ‘story’ of the individual(s), nor does it is based on the fairy, metaphysical and camouflaged stories Rani loves to tell; it is, in fact, an astonishing account of the slice of daily life of the major Indian middle class family with the illusion they have, with the dream they cherish and run after, and sudden uncalculating devastation of expectation. The book tells the story of a lower middle class family from a small, buzzing town of Amritsar, living in a tiny ‘L’ pattern house. Bajwa within the frame of around 200 pages has successfully and sensibly constructed the characters and gives a pictorial depiction of that family. The present paper attempts to explore and expose the graphics of the inter-personal relationship by analyzing the major characters with a purpose to find out how far Bajwa can capture, feel and express their anguish, anxiety and frustration, honestly and faithfully.
Family; Indian Tradition; Globalization; Economy; Middle Class Society.
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