“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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They have no sympathy for her. However it is also noticeable that Mr Boori Ma does spend an excessive amount of time without a blanket. The residence of the flat building were not financially stable.

She feels a tug at the end durwzn her sari and finds her purse and skeleton keys gone. The residents accuse Boori Ma of informing the robbers in negligence for her job. Best of all, she kept the stairs spotlessly clean and the outside world at bay. Chatterjee believes she simply mourns her family and wraps herself in illusion.

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The argument rings through the building and Boori Ma does not ask about bedding. But his wife was in a fierce mood because she did not get what she wanted. The reader left eurwan that life is going to be harder for Boori Ma. Dalal asks her to help tote basins to his apartment.

Welcome, Login to your account. He spent her time in the let alone after her household works. Then there was a quarrelling between them but in the morning walk men him to install the basin.


She is an easy target durwna the residents. Please do not consider them as professional advice and refer to your instructor for the same.

She tries to convince them, but after all of her lies, they say, how can they believe her now? Dalal assures Boori Ma that she has not forgotten her promise of renewed bedding. All content submitted here are by contributors.

Each resident of the building had a different interpretation of her tales. Dalal was not also stable financially. Ddurwan you want to contact us regarding any particular content on the website, please use the contact page.

To appease his wife after their argument, it is rumored that Mr. However it is noticeable that Boori Ma does not allow herself to be defeated. You might also like More from author. When Boori Ma protests,the residents continue to accuse her because of all her former unreliable stories. Feal Ma talks again about her lost comforts — such comforts Mrs.

When she returns to the building, she finds the basin has been torn out of the wall. If Boori Ma is to be believed she once had a comfortable life and had a family around her. Her incessant ramblings about her rich past and her comparisons between the past and the present life get on the nerves of the apartment residents.

A Real Durwan by Jhumpa Lahiri

Cite Post McManus, Dermot. However one thing is certain. Which may leave some critics to suggest that Mr Dalal is a good natured and kind individual. Something he does not have to do. When she did not have to struggle. And Mr Chatterjee hot hot is self very cultured and decision maker had to gaze at the bamboo scaffold which presently surrounded his balcony and the Shutter Behind it. The theme of conflict is self-evident in the story. Instead of being moved by the gesture, the residents of the building are awash in resentment.


She visits The Dalals. He thought as he had been a company manager some valuable person who would come to meet him and the Basin in his room and on the stair well would impress them. It is story that appeals to the pathetic in us.

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She lives in complete poverty. Mrs Dalal a generally kindhearted women who leads a dissatisfied life, although she has a soft spot for Boori as she dhrwan very kind to her offering to buy her a new set of bedding and giving her food when she can. Boori Ma is introduced as a refugee victim of the Partition, the event that led to the creation of Pakistan from Rfal. While the Dalals are away, the other wives plan w and the stairs become choked by workmen.

She may not have any practical use for them but nonetheless they remind Boori Ma of a time when her life was better. Currently you have JavaScript disabled. 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 realises that Lahiri may be exploring the theme of struggle.

Though it is difficult to know whether Boori Ma is telling the truth as her stories about her past q so often. Boori Ma is not living a life that a woman of her age should be living.