Assistant Professor, Department of English
A.I.J.H.M. College, Rohtak
The present paper is an attempt to find out the confrontation between modernity and tradition Nirad C. Chaudhary in his novel reveals the greatest short-coming in our modern society. He warns us against cynicism in old age, where he says to be cynical in age is living death. But then without self-contradictions of this sort there is no Chaudhuri, for Chaudhuri is an Indian who is an anti-Indian, an Anglicized Hindu who is critical of other Anglicized Hindus, and Indian writer in English who sees no virtues in Indian novels in English, a historian who believes in objectivity but leans heavily on subjective dogmas, a radical non-conformist who supports the caste system and cow worship; a cynical individualist who cares very much for social relations and human happiness. So Chaudhuri’s criticism of life and social traditions is constructive the based on concept of happiness and change, which is positive and healthy and shows a concern for his fellowmen.
Key words: Modernity, tradition, society.