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Between Rationality and Superstition: Rohintan Mistry’s Such a Long Journey

Dr. Dhiraj Kaleshwrsingh Chouhan,

Head, Dept. of English,

Shankar Narayan College of Arts and Commerce,

Bhayander (E), Thane, M.S.

E-mail: dheerajkchouhan@gmail.com

 

 

Abstract

Rohinton Mistry’s Such a Long Journey deals with the socio- political turmoil of 1971, India-Pakistan War of 1971 and simultaneously is a fenestra to the life of a Parsi family living in the then Bombay with its aspirations, frustrations, superstitions and lugubrious sense of being minority with the scale of social, political and linguistic marginalisation. The book with its intricate but balanced plot resonates many threads: the 1971 war situation and quasi-betrayal of the protagonist, a Parsi middle class bank clerk dragged into the RAW mess with the hefty amount to be disposed of; the father’s aspiration towards his kids for a better future in the backdrop and nostalgia of affluent and luxuriously dignified life that he had had as grandson and son of a Noble family; and Sohrab’s defiant attitude towards not joining Indian Institute of Technology and consequent shattering of a middle-class, hard working father’s dreams; and Roshan’s illness, her incessant diarrhoea and the struggle of father, Gustad Noble and mother, Dilnavaz Noble towards the cure of the same with the sizable amount of rationality and irrationality in the form of Medicine and black magic respectively. The article peeps into the last two threads where Sohrab leaves father’s house adamantly refuting to join IIT and Roshan, a nine year old girl shown mostly sick with lose motions almost through the plot; and her parents efforts to find remedies with rationality, as Gustad Noble relentlessly follows scientific-rational approach of Medicine and Dilnaz plunges herself into surrepetiously towards black magic and a sort of witch craft assorted with lemons, chillies, nails, spider eggs to the burning of the lizard. Roshan is restored and Sohrab comes backs to the family at the end, however a question persists and unanswered. What helped the restoration of health and rekindling with family? This ‘what’ is the length and breadth of the present article.

Key Expressions: Rationality, Superstition, Black Magicjournal of english journal of english

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