Type of Document Thesis Author Joseph, Anna URN etd-07072003-164028 Title A Vision of the Mahatma and Other Stories Degree Master of Arts Department English, Department of Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title Janet Burroway Committee Chair Hunt Hawkins Committee Member Wendy Bishop Committee Member Keywords
Date of Defense 2003-01-01 Availability restricted AbstractThis thesis is a collection of four stories. All the stories are set in India and have women
characters as the main protagonists. The stories are about ordinary lives that are neither particularly admirable nor particularly depraved, but all the characters live through and survive experiences that change and haunt them forever.
A Vision of the Mahatma is the story of a marriage between Roshini, a young woman, who does not have an inner vision about her place or purpose in this world, and John who claims to
have had a vision of Mahatma Gandhi which changes the focus of his life. John wants to give up job
and wife in the pursuit of a solution to India's problem of widespread poverty. Their moral power
struggle ends when John gently but stubbornly insists on setting up an ashram in rural India leaving Roshini to face a future that promises to be bleak. Five Hundred Acres of Rubber is the story of Asha, a woman, who finds her life in
rural India dreary and monotonous. She yearns for life in a city, is fascinated by America and believes that her salvation lies in an arranged marriage to someone/anyone with a job in USA. Asha’s family has its share of pain and cruelty, love and loneliness, security and insecurity, and it is against this backdrop that the process of arranging Asha’s marriage takes place. Nectar of Kochi is the story of a young girl who is growing up as an only child of devoted but rather insensitive parents in a Indian city. The conflict in this story moves and shifts from
one between the narrator and her father who is over-ambitious for her, to one between the narrator and her mother. The narrator observes her mother's adultery even while she, as an adolescent, is growing into sexual awareness.
In Nice Virgin Girl another young protagonist is terrified to discover herself pregnant.
The fifteen-year old Angelique is torn between several things – between wanting to keep her baby and the shame of revealing her pregnancy, between constantly squabbling parents, and between the
traditional Indian culture and the global culture that she accesses through Television. Angelique's mother forces an abortion on her, and Angelique is devastated when she learns that her boyfriend approves of the abortion. The story ends with her realizing that there are unforgivable things in the world just as there are irreversible actions -- like pregnancy and abortion.
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