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Anita Desai's in Custody: A Critical Appraisal Hardcover – September 1, 2011

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Neeru Tandon, M.A., L.L.B. (topper and gold medalist from Kanpur university), obtained her Ph.D. in Indian-English fiction. She is an editor, author, critic, feminist and a poet too. Her area of interest is contemporary fiction, mainly by Indian-English, Afro-American and Canadian women writers. She has been teaching English for the last 23 years. Presently, she is an Associate Professor at the Post-graduate Department of English, VSSD College, Kanpur. She has submitted her post-doctoral research work (D.Litt) in feminist fiction of India and America. Dr. Tandon has written many books which include Margaret Atwood: A Jewel in Canadian Writing; Feminism: A Paradigm Shift; Emily Dickinson: A Fresh Perspective; and Anita Desai and Her Fictional World. She has also written books on Tagores Muktadhara and Mulk Raj Anands Untouchable and has edited books such as Perspectives and Challenges in Indian-English Drama; and Feminine Psyche: A Post Modern Critique. A large number of scholarly papers written by her have been published in many books, national and international referred journals and e-journals. She is also a course coordinator at IGNOU (M.Phil Program on Gender Studies) and at CSJM University, Kanpur. She takes personality development and English speaking classes for professionals in various institutes. She is also Editor of Illuminati (an international journal), and Associate Editor of The Atlantic Critical Review, New Delhi.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Publishers & Distributors (P) Ltd (September 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8126914661
  • ISBN-13: 978-8126914661
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,558,373 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I recommend A Devoted Son written by Desai to any reader interested in learning about how cultural differences can impact a family structure. A Devoted Son starts all the way in India with a small family. A man who works in the fruit market and an uneducated woman, they had a son, Rakesh, with an unpromising future. Rakesh grew up to be an intelligent young man and came over seas to America to continue his higher education in medical school. Soon after he became top of his class and finished his educational journey. He went back to India to rejoin his humble family and modest past life style. He was welcomed home with open arms by his family and many. Rakesh soon became a humble doctor and a successful man with a family of his own. His mother became ill and later died. His father then became depressed and became ill soon after also. Rakesh felt it was his duty to help his father maintain his health and keep him alive. He supplied his father with an ample amount of medication. His father became frustrated and angry because Rakesh restricted him from things that made him happy in order to keep him healthy and alive. After a long process of fighting and suffering to keep his son happy he finally refused to accept his son’s medication and then soon died to rest in an eternal peace.
The biggest struggle throughout the story is the struggle of happiness. Rakesh didn’t understand that his father’s happiness is more important than being alive. The father didn’t understand that his son wanted to help him and only was trying to do what he thought was best for his father. Rakesh broke tradition and took over the head of the house and felt he had the power to do so because he was intelligent and educated and his father was no longer a strong man and a leader for his family.
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