Inheritance Of Loss Analysis

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The Inheritance of Loss” by Kiran Desai is one of the Booker prize winning novels which implicitly reveals the male chauvinism and subsequent abuse of women in a patriarchal society. The novel deals with domestic violence through the character of Jemubhai Patel, a judge and his exertion of ill-treatment on his wife, Nimi. Domestic violence refers to violence against women generally found in matrimonial homes. Domestic violence is recognized as the significant barrier in the path of women empowerment and also appropriates the women’s rights. India has specifically legislated Domestic Violence Act in 2005 to reduce the violence against women. The law came into force on the 26thOctober, 2006 and it was during this time the novel published reflecting…show more content…
She takes care of family, manages house cores, supports financially to her husband, produces and nurtures the progeny. In spite of multiple tasks performed by her still she is rarely been given equal status as her nemesis has. They face discrimination, exploitation and violence irrespective of any place causing emotional and psychological distress to them. Despite possessing numerous qualities, she has to undergo physical extortion and emotional harassment as in case of Nimi who mutely suffers blows from Jemubhai. In fact Jemubhai didn’t have much interest in her as per the cook “He didn’t like her at all. She went mad… they said she was a very mad lady” (TIL p.88) He didn’t want to think of her even he ignored Sai's inquiry about her grandmother. When Jemubhai returned from England, he warmly welcomed with heap of garlands, Nimi was standing in a corner, and she came towards him with garland. Both of them didn’t look at each other. The crowd interpreted this as shyness, may be after five years he had forgotten he had a wife. But Nimi do have sharp memories and remembers their bicycle ride and her levitating heart. She rummaged in the toilet case the things Jemubhai has brought from Cambridge and found some cosmetic items and powder puff in a powder container. She picked up the judge’s powder puff stuffed it inside as a childish thieving. When he checked his belongings that he brought with him, he found powder puff…show more content…
He provided her with a companion for her to spend time. He hated her looks because she didn’t look like typical English woman. “Nimi did not accompany her husband on tour, unlike the other wives, who went along on horseback or elephantback or camelback or in palkis… Nimi was left to sit alone in Bonda… she had spent nineteen years within the confines of her father’s compound and she was still unable to contemplate the idea of walking through the gate… She was uncared for, her freedom useless, her husband disregarded his duty.” (TIL p.171) She just has to enjoy the view around within the residence and is left without any joy which normally a woman needs to have in her life. Her life is restricted into four walls, “She climbed up the stairs to the flat roof in the slow civility of summer disks, and watched the Jamuna flowing… Cows were on their way; bells were ringing in the temple; she could see birds testing… she could see the ruins of hunting lodge…” (TIL p.172) This confinement made her desolated. Her life is ruined. “She had fallen out of her life altogether.” (TIL p.172) Even the servants were treated her badly as if she is not human. “Weeks went by and she spoke to nobody, the servants thumped their leftovers on the table for her to eat, stole the supplies without fear, allowed the house to grow filthy without guilt until the day before Jemubhai’s arrival when suddenly it was brought to luster again.” (TIL
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