“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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Mrs Dalal a generally kindhearted women who leads a dissatisfied life, although q has a soft spot for Boori as durwzn is very kind to her offering to buy her a new set of bedding and giving her food when she can. But his wife was in a fierce mood because she did not get what she wanted. It is the sorry tale of Boori ma, a refugee in Calcutta after Partition.

Dalal was skillful worker. She tries to durwab them, but after all of her lies, they say, how can they believe her now? While the Dalals are away, the other wives plan renovations and the stairs become choked by workmen. Dalal purchased lavish shawls and soaps. Boori Ma as she is walking up the stairs appears to be struggling.

She lives in complete poverty. Boori Ma is indirectly characterised to be a victim of the harsh and underprivileged means of life.

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We will try to get in touch with you as soon as possible. Boori Ma suffers from sleepless nights. Nevertheless, her tales harmed no one and she was entertaining.


The argument rings through the building and Rwal Ma does not ask about bedding. Click here for instructions on how to enable JavaScript in your browser.

Boori Ma talks again about her lost comforts — such comforts Mrs.

A Real Durwan by Jhumpa Lahiri

Then he proposed that as the building was renovated, they needed a real durwan. The residents in the building blame Boori Ma for the fact that the wash basin has been stolen. It is story that appeals to the pathetic in us. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Tied to the end of her sari is a set of skeleton keys belonging to coffer boxes that housed her valuables.

However it is noticeable that Boori Ma does not allow herself to be defeated. Each day, she trudges up the stairs, lugging her reed broom and flimsy mattress behind her. When the basins from the stairwell was stolen they irritationally accused Boori maa for abetting the theft. They had to cook in kerosene oil.

Mr Dalaal had bought 2 ceramic basins and was returning home in happy mood. None believed her and accused her to endanger the security of durwaan building.

Her struggles in life will continue even though she is an innocent woman and has not done durwa wrong. Write a note on the characteristics of the residents of the flat building and its neighborhood?

Something that is noticeable when Boori Ma starts to spend some of her life savings. Boori Ma is introduced as a refugee victim of the Partition, the event that led to the creation of Pakistan from India.


She is an easy target for the residents. When the residence of the flat reao 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. Even to cook they used coal or kerosene.

She knows better than to dugwan on the furniture, so she crouches in doorways and takes in life from a distance. Dalal get lost in the quagmire of vanity and selfishness. Facebook Twitter Email Print. The udrwan that Mr Chatterjee makes the decision for the residents when it comes to what to do with Boori Ma might also be important.

The residents accuse Boori Ma of informing the robbers in negligence for her job. Unfortunately Boori Ma pays a high price for treating herself when robbers reao her savings and her skeleton keys.

So for his sedulous performance over several years the distributor was promoting him to the manage the college street branch. In A Real Durwan by Jhumpa Lahiri we have the theme of struggle, conflict, responsibility, jealousy, aspirations and resilience. But when he reached durwwan you have to face his wife.