“Durwan” is a word comprised of Urdu, Hindi and Persian roots. According to Oxford Dictionary, it means a porter or doorkeeper, yet in many cases, like Boori. A Real Durwan tells the tale of a 64 year old live in doorkeeper who trudges up and down the stairs keeping them clean with her reed broom that never leaves. “Yet there was a day were my feet touched nothing but marble.” (A Real Durwan, Boori Ma). Boori Ma is thinking about back when she used to.

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Unfortunately, life for Boori Ma does not end well as she looses her job, home and life savings. Facebook Twitter Email Print. Dalal was a resident druwan the flat building.

A Real Durwan by Jhumpa Lahiri

Something that is noticeable when Boori Ma starts to spend some of her life savings. Taken from her Interpreter of Maladies collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and from the beginning of the story the reader durwaj that Lahiri may be exploring the theme of struggle.

Dalal installs one basin — the first of the building — in his home and another in the foyer for all of his neighbors to use.

However it is noticeable that Boori Ma does not allow herself to be defeated. Dalal offers to buy the woman new bedding. Welcome, Login to your account. None believed her and accused her to endanger the security of the building.

The end of the story is also interesting as Lahiri appears to be further exploring the theme of conflict. They have no sympathy for her.


Summary of A Real Durwan by Jhumpa Lahiri – Beaming Notes

Even he promise his wife,that he would bring a fridge but he could not bring it. But after a long run his fortune smile on him when his distributors Profit had doubled and the distributor was going to open the second branch in Burdwan.

Dalal assures Boori Ma that she has not forgotten her promise of renewed bedding. Cite Post McManus, Dermot. It is the sorry tale of Boori ma, a refugee in Calcutta after Partition. He could not manage all these as he worked in selling toilet parts of a wholesale distributor. Then there was a quarrelling between them but in the morning walk men him to install the basin.

In fact they are all she has in life. It might also be worth noting that Mr Dalal also promises to buy Boori Ma a new blanket. Even to cook they used coal or kerosene. The use of direct characterisation in this story tells the readers that Boori Ma does her job well as a gatekeeper in ensuring the stairwell is kept spotless and that unknown or suspicious people are kept out of the residential area.

The important thing to remember is that Boori Ma seems to have aspirations for a better life. Something he does not have to do. The second floor vido Mrs Misra was the only one with a telephone. Leave A Reply Cancel Reply. You might also like More from author.

She is an easy target for the residents. The residents in the building blame Boori Ma for the fact that the wash basin has been stolen. Which may leave some critics to suggest that Mr Dalal is a good natured and kind individual.

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He takes her away for ten days and Mrs. She sleeps on newspaper that night. She lives in complete poverty. When the residence of the flat building decided to renovate some had to Bater stack of a wedding bracelets, another had to pawn her sewing machine and to sell back a set of pudding bowls.

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Boori Ma is not living a life that a woman of her age should be living. In her past an affluent woman has now fallen to misfortune and self appoints herself as the Durwan or the gatekeeper of an apartment surwan. It is possible that Lahiri is symbolically suggesting by way of the stairs that Boori Ma is and has incurred difficulties in her life.

But his wife was in a fierce mood because she did not get what she wanted. Unfortunately Boori Ma pays a high price for treating herself when robbers rob her savings and her skeleton keys. Boori Ma as she is walking up the stairs appears to be struggling. Boori Ma asks her to inspect her back for the mites she assumes torment her in her sleep.

However one thing is certain.

As she sweeps, her raspy voice details the losses she has suffered because of Partition.