“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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The important thing to remember is that Boori Ma seems to have aspirations for a better life.

The residents accuse Boori Ma of informing the robbers in negligence for her job. Taken from her Interpreter of Maladies collection rezl 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. Notify me of new posts by email. In a bid to give the building a face lift they throw Boor ma out along with her boxes and baskets.

If you want to contact us regarding any particular content on the website, please use the contact page. This site uses cookies: Boori maa an increasingly frail year-old woman, is the durwan live-in doorkeeper to an apartment building of Calcutta.

No one of this particular flat building on much worth stealing. Yet symbolically Lahiri may be suggesting that Mr Chatterjee is blind to what is happening. Mr Dalal is a plumbing salesman who lives with his disgruntled wife in the building that Boori Ma works in. Though there was nothing to steal from the apartments, the residents were comforted by her presence.


Dalal stood on third floor. But his wife was in a fierce mood because she did not get what she wanted. Boori Ma is indirectly characterised to be a victim of the harsh and underprivileged means of life. Boori Ma talks again about her lost comforts — such comforts Mrs. You might also like More from author. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Then there was a quarrelling between them but in the morning walk men him to install the basin.

Unfortunately Boori Ma pays a high price for treating herself when robbers rob her savings and her skeleton keys.

After getting a job as a durwan, the author made it seem that life would gradually improve for Boori Ma despite her hardships. Though it is difficult to know whether Boori Ma is telling the truth as her stories about her past change so often.

None believed her and accused her to endanger the security of the building. Dalal was a resident of the flat building. Chatterjee believes she simply mourns her family and wraps herself in illusion. If anything Boori Ma has been incorrectly judged by those in the building.

A Real Durwan by Jhumpa Lahiri

Each resident of the building had a different interpretation of her tales. Dalal assures Boori Ma that she has not forgotten her promise of renewed bedding. While the Dalals are away, the other wives plan renovations and the stairs become choked by workmen.

The second floor vido Mrs Misra was the only one with a telephone. Dalal is not pleased. It is story that appeals to the pathetic in us. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. 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.


Boori Ma as she is walking up the stairs appears to be struggling. The fact that Boori Ma talks about how her life used to be might also be important as Lahiri may be highlighting the fact that Boori Ma aspires for a return of the comforts that she once had. Z she returns to the building, she finds the basin has been torn out of the wall.

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He could not manage all these as he worked in selling toilet parts of a wholesale distributor. They have no sympathy for her. She may not have any practical use for them but nonetheless they remind Boori Ma of a time when her life was better. It might also be worth noting that Mr Dalal also promises to buy Boori Ma a new blanket.

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Her struggles in life will continue even though she is an innocent woman and has not done anything wrong. Dalal offers to buy the woman new bedding.

Which may leave some critics to suggest that Mr Dalal is a good natured and kind individual.

The theme of conflict is self-evident in the story. Boori Ma is introduced as a refugee victim of the Partition, the event that led to the creation of Pakistan from India.