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Volume 2 Issue 1

June 2015

Re-situating Irony in Vijay Tendulkar’s Kamala
Mr. Pintu Karak, 
Erstwhile Student, 
Department of English, 
The University of Burdwan, 
Burdwan, West Bengal, India
Tendulkar’s play Kamala is steeped in ironies– verbal, situational and structural. In the play Jaisingh is a busy journalist intent on describing blood-thirsty events. But it is ironical that what he gets for describing these events is threat for murder over the phone. It is far more ironical that most of the threatening calls come from the police. His frantic search for sensational news would create such uproar as to compel the editor to hand him the dismissal letter. It is indeed ironical that, though Jaisingh is a warrior against exploitation, he is exploiting his own wife. Tendulkar mocks at the modern concept of journalism which stresses the sensational. Ironically, Jaisingh does not practice what he teaches. The irony becomes much more poignant when Kamala learns that even after buying Sarita for seven hundred rupees she has failed to make her master happy by giving birth to children. Kamala’s dream of forming a happy family fails as she is taken to the Destitute Women’s Home. Jaisingh’s wife Sarita also realises his true self. He in the name of eradicating tyranny, himself tyrannizes his own wife. The greatest irony lies in Jaisingh’s misconception and improper handling of things. The entire play is thus an irony of fate for however intelligent a man may think he is just a puny plaything in front of circumstances.
Irony; Verbal; Situational; Structural; Dramatic; Cosmic.
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