Maps For Lost Lovers Analysis

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In Maps for Lost Lovers (2004) and Season of the Rainbirds (1993), Aslam unveils worst aspects of Pakistani communities like honor killing, gender inequalities and religious obscurantism. The main plot of the story explores the two missing lovers, Shamas younger brother Jugnu and Chanda (p. 38). There are rumors that they are killed by Chanda’s brothers (Maps P. 198-199) because they were not married and thus “living in sin” (Maps p.20). Consequently, the truth is revealed at the end of the novel when Chandas’s brothers are convicted of the crime and confess that they have committed a so called honor killing (p. 58). Despite the fact, they do not accept court’s verdict because to them there is no offence to kill someone in the name of honor. The title of the novel Maps for Lost Lovers can be interpreted in various ways. The lovers can be referred to the various couples, primarily Jugnu and Chanda who become the victim of honor killing. The word ‘lost’ can be referred to someone missing or dead, such as Chanda and Jugnu. It can be understood with reference to some characters that have lost their way, a similar feeling shared by the immigrants. Then Kiran and Kaukab’s brother, the two lovers are not allowed to marry themselves due to ethno-religious difference. Kaukab’s brother is a Muslim whereas Kiran is a Sikh (Maps: P. 9). Thus this racial difference becomes problematic for the migrants living in multicultural society. The failure of truly multicultural society is

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