“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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Something he does not have to do. Dalal installs one basin — the first of the building — in his home and another in the foyer for durean of his neighbors to use.

Perhaps he did not believe in the story of boori ma who had been a refuge from East Bengal due to the partition of India.

When Boori Ma protests,the residents continue to accuse her because ral all her former unreliable stories. Boori Ma is introduced as a refugee victim of the Partition, the event that led to the creation of Pakistan from India. Yet symbolically Lahiri may be suggesting that Mr Chatterjee is blind to what is happening.

Tied to the end of her sari is a set of skeleton keys belonging to coffer boxes that housed her valuables. If you want to contact us regarding any particular content on the website, please use the contact page.

Taken from her Interpreter of Dugwan 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. She is an easy target for the residents. In fact they are all she has in life.


A Real Durwan by Jhumpa Lahiri

If Boori Ma is to be believed she once had a comfortable life and had a family around her. 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. He worked in the office of wholesale distributor. Each day, she trudges up the stairs, lugging her reed broom and flimsy mattress behind her.

The reader left aware that life is going to be harder for Boori Ma. They have no sympathy for her. It is possible that Lahiri is symbolically suggesting by way of the stairs that Boori Ma is and has incurred difficulties in her life.

It is story that appeals to the pathetic in us. The residence of the flat building were not durwaj stable. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Something that is noticeable by the way they treat Boori Ma and throw her belongings out of the building. Leave A Reply Cancel Reply. He could not manage all these as he worked in selling toilet parts of a wholesale distributor.

You might also like More from author. As she sweeps, her raspy voice details the losses she has suffered because of Partition.

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Boori Ma is not living a life rezl a woman of her age should be living. She routed away any suspicious person with a few slaps of her broom.


Boori maa an increasingly frail durwqn woman, is the durwan live-in doorkeeper to an apartment building of Calcutta. Unfortunately, life for Boori Ma does not end well as she looses her job, home and life savings. However it is noticeable that Boori Ma does not allow herself to be defeated. She visits The Dalals.

Dalal was a resident of the flat building. Though it is difficult to know whether Boori Ma is telling the truth as her stories about her past change so often. So for his sedulous performance over several years the distributor was promoting him to the manage the college street branch.

Short Story Analysis: A Real Durwan by Jhumpa Lahiri – The Sitting Bee

The argument rings through the building and Boori Ma does not ask about bedding. A basin does not make up for not having a phone or a fridge, or other amenities promised but not delivered. The residents in the building blame Boori Ma for the fact that the wash basin has been stolen.

When she returns to the building, she finds the basin has been torn out of the wall. She feels a tug at rewl end of her sari and finds her purse and skeleton keys gone. The Sitting Bee, 29 Apr. Mr Dalaal had bought 2 ceramic basins and was returning home in happy mood.