Posted on December 6, by lawton7 In Darkness and Postcards: It can evoke the feeling of fear.
We enter the inner world of her fictitious characters through her powerful imagery and metaphors. The themes range from identity crises in the post-Partition era, communication gaps, immigrant experience and differences in relationships.
The interlinked stories are evocative of the dispersion of Indians. This difficulty is reflective of hostile relationships, failing marriages and emotional turmoil. It is a void that leads to unalterable complications between spouses. Since the death of her son, she has been getting distant from Shukumar and hardly speaks to him.
The death of the son becomes a consequence for a communication barrier in marriage. Silence becomes a destructive element as they both become strangers and avoid each other at all costs although they reside under the same roof.
It is only the power outage that enables them to reveal their unspoken secrets. Ultimately, in the end, the baby leads to dissolution of their relationship. Kapasi, a tour guide and interpreter of symptoms who barely speaks to his wife and drinks his tea in silence during the night.
Formerly, he was fluent in many languages and wanted to be an interpreter for diplomats. Das are also going through a loveless marriage. Their marriage is rampant with hostility and indifference.
Kapasi are yearning for communication.
Kapasi for his address to send the family pictures, he starts fantasizing about the possibility for communication and friendship with her which would reveal sorrowful secrets concerning marital problems. They both are very lonely and unhappy and Mr. Kapasi contemplates over the fact that sharing problems is feasible.
When the story comes to a close, everything in Mr. The story focuses on the emotional tragedy of Mrs. Sen who is depressed, nostalgic and refuses to assimilate in a new country.
No exchanges take place between Mr. She is unable to express her turmoil and her husband seems unable to comprehend what she is really going through. Moreover, following the accident, Mr. Das is sleeping, even though Eliot hears her weeping.
When the story comes to a fold, Eliot informs his mother that he fine, although he is clearly in distress. Even Eliot is unable to convey his sources of anguish to his mother. Das always views Indian life through a guide book and lens of his camera that he always carries around.
The camera is symbolic of limited perception. To him, like other Westerners, poverty and underdevelopment in India is exotic. He looks at it from a Western perspective. As a tourist, he romanticizes his surroundings.
He lives in his own world and perceives his environment the way he likes to. He also takes a picture of Bobby when he is surrounded by the dangerous monkeys.
This is indicative of his self-centrism, selfishness and insensitivity. He fails to connect emotionally with India, the home of his parents, owing to his exotic and warped view of Indian life.
He dismisses the dilemma of Indian life and his marriage. The snapshots of his family are mere fabrications of a harmonious and happy family life. He refuses to acknowledge the complexities of life.
There are other characters besides Mr. Das who do not see the complete picture. Her window is faulty and does not roll down, which thwarts her from seeing the world outside the taxi. Kapasi looks at her through the rearview mirror. He, therefore, cannot get a complete picture of her.
He does not suspect that Bobby is the offspring of a man other than Mr.Mar 13, · The bitterness of both Shoba and Shukumar is quiet obvious from the beginning of the story. Their failure to discuss their pain seems to lead them down a path of depression and non caring. The darkness that seemed to help them confront their darkest secrets, though temporary, became a bridge that allowed them to cross over into the feelings.
In “A Temporary Matter,” we see the final days of Shoba and Shukumar’s marriage, which has been disintegrat- ing since Shoba gave birth to their stillborn child.
A Temporary Matter. A married couple, Shukumar and Shoba, live as strangers in their house until an electrical outage brings them together when all of sudden "they [are] able to talk to each other again" in the four nights of darkness.
Dec 06, · In “A Temporary Matter,” Shoba and Shukumar act upon lightness and darkness with reversed roles. It is not the darkness that brings about negativity; it is the light.
In literary since, the darkness being written in allows for the joining of the privacy of two individuals. Abstract: ³A Temporary Matter by Jhumpa Lahiri, a famous American contemporary writer of Bengali descent, is a touching drama of a young couple, who gradually, almost imperceptible, grow apart after the death of their first born child.
In A Temporary Matter, the breakdown of Shukumar and Shoba’s relationship is based purely on their discretion to communicate with one other. After the stillbirth of the baby, both Shukumar and Shoba begin to adopt changes in their habits.