Search
×

Sign up

Use your Facebook account for quick registration

OR

Create a Shvoong account from scratch

Already a Member? Sign In!
×

Sign In

Sign in using your Facebook account

OR

Not a Member? Sign up!
×

Sign up

Use your Facebook account for quick registration

OR

Sign In

Sign in using your Facebook account

Shvoong Home>Books>Novels & Novellas>Thematic Analysis of Short Stories of Khuswant Singh Review

Thematic Analysis of Short Stories of Khuswant Singh

Book Review   by:srk     Original Author: Khushwant Singh
ª
 
Thematic Analysis of Short Stories of Khushwant Singh. In the story Karma i.e. fate the discomfiture (defeat) of the Anglicised Sir Mohan Lal is skillfully brought out .He is culturally enslaved by the British way of life; travels in first class; looks forward to converse with the English in the Oxford accent. Whereas his uneducated wife Lakshmi, who lives world apart , travels by interclass. Sir Mohan Lal occupies his first class reserve berth but too uncivilized British soldiers call him ‘nigger’ and throw him out of the compartment .The irony of the situation is skillfully presented and also the uncivilized way in which the British treated the Indians in pre-independent India. The title Karma is symbolical. It means you will get the fruits of yours deeds. The author ridicules the slavish imitation of English manners, which has led to snobbery in a class of people in our country. Kusum is a typical short story of Khushwant Singh. Kusum is a young, good-natured girl of eighteen who suffers from inferiority complex .The theme of love and sex also colours the story. The story revolves round the character of Kusum. She feels herself unattractive. She is not fashionable and does not apply any make-up. She is secluded from others. She has no friends. She is not interested in boys. One day, she is returning from final year degree exams, a hawker makes some indecent gestures towards her. Kusum gets the feeling of love. She starts looking at mirror and applies make-up. The change in the character of Kusum is interesting. The at that time uses foul language to the hawker but later her heart theme of love used in the story has an impact on the character of Kusum .The ending of story is effective. The Potrait of a Lady is a fine short story which portrays the picture of a lady who is none another than the author’s grandmother. He remembers his grandmother and narrates his memories. This story shows author’s art of characterization which is every excellent. The author describes the grandmother as a beautiful woman in youth. She was loving and caring. She had great love for animals and birds. She is religious and pious. The author has spent his childhood with her and hence, she has taught him a lot many things. She is a strong woman who does not weep when her grandson goes abroad for studies. She is bold enough to accept her death happily. Thus, in this story Singh shows his gentle manner which is free from usual themes like comedy, satire, irony and se Mark of Vishnu is one of the important stories of Khushwant Singh .The protagonist Gangaram is very religious Hindu Brahmin. He is a servant. He is illiterate. He paints a mark ‘V’ on his forehead as he worships Vishnu. Gangaram worships and gives milk to Kalanag i.e. cobra everyday. He has an irrational fear about Kalanag. He wants to protect his master’s family from the cobra. Hence, he goes on worshiping him. His master’s children go to school and they know the dangers of keeping a cobra in their house. So, they catch it and take it to the school. Later, the Kalanag bites Gangaram on his forehead and he dies. The story has theme of superstition. It is both comic as well as serious. Manasi Kathe
Soft Skills Trainer
INC-Nashik
Published: January 12, 2008   
Please Rate this Review : 1 2 3 4 5
  1. Answer   Question  :    what is the significance of the ending ? View All
  1. Answer   Question  :    Write a short note on sir mohan lal with special reference to (a) his dress (b) his manner of speech (c) his attitude towards indian culture. View All
  1. Answer   Question  :    what is the critical analysis of karma View All
  1. Answer   Question  :    how does the tittle "Karma" suits the theme? ( 1 Answer ) View All
  1. Answer  :    He is not a good person, he is a bad husband and thinks the British are better than the Indians, and there for he experience bad things. If you are bad you destiny will be bad . Wednesday, April 25, 2012
  1. Answer   Question  :    karma kushvant sing View All
  1. Answer   Question  :    how far the karma relevant to the situation ( 1 Answer ) View All
  1. Answer  :    This is the universally acknowledged truth that every action has its own and opposite reaction.So Mohanlal has got what he deserved.It is a sin to suffer from any kind of complex.His thinking about himself that he was superior than the other natives because he knew english and the culture better than the others.So he must has to suffer and he had suffered. So ultimately this is not only the win of moral lessons but also Newton's third law. Tuesday, September 04, 2012
  1. Answer   Question  :    why did mirror smile back at sir mohan lal ? as it is written in first or second parragraph of story ( 1 Answer ) View All
  1. Answer  :    Because he is dignified and handsome. Wednesday, November 23, 2011
  1. Answer   Question  :    analysis of "bottom pincher" ( 1 Answer ) View All
  1. Answer  :    is "bottom pincher" a humour Wednesday, October 27, 2010
  1. Answer   Question  :    a conversation about language between mohanlal and lachmi View All
  1. Answer   Question  :    theme and analysis ( 1 Answer ) View All
  1. Answer  :    style of his stories Wednesday, October 06, 2010
Translate Send Link Print
  1. 1. mavil badajos

    2 comment

    u must signify or you must hav plot summary of any stories,that characters are shown and themes,setting,author, and any2x or in a away that we can understand how it flows,and home reading report

    0 Rating Tuesday, March 18, 2008
X

.