The Immigrant Perspective in Rohinton Mistryâ€™s Swimming Lesson
The story of Kersi, the protagonist of Swimming Lesson by Rohinton Mistry is a story of an immigrant struggling to fit in a foreign habitat and later this immigrantâ€™s point of view becomes a source of his success and fame as a story writer. Swimiming Lessons is mostly narrated from the authorâ€™s viewpoint and there are italicized portions that voice the responses of Kersiâ€™s parents to the mail sent by him from Toronto. Swimming lessons finds its setting either in Toronto or in Bombay at his parentâ€™s home where they are found reading Kersiâ€™s communications and the stories he tells them and later they discuss their sons life and his work or it is the don mills suburb of Toronto with its elevator lobby where the story is set. He constantly strives to integrate with the Canadian culture and out of the numerous steps he take, swimming lesson is the first one. Swimming lesson, thus offers a peep into the local high school pool where Kersi walks into to take his swimming lessons. The swimming lessons that Kersi undertakes, as reflected in the very title of the story provide the most significant revelation of the writerâ€™s sinking into old memories as he encounters the new world. The conversations that are put forward in the story through the communication between the parents and the son mark a shift from Canada to India and from India to abroad from where the narrative is discoursed offering an immigrant perspective to the story.