Indian Nationalism Concealed As Yearning Reminiscence: Rohinton Mistry’s Narrative

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In “Journey to Dharmsala,” Rohinton Mistry offers a memoir narrative of his trip to the mountainous city of Dharmsala which emerges as an attractive, ocular and fictional delineation of a tour to a Tibetan people’s town in India that ease the speaker come full circle: His childhood imaginations which he pictured by seeing the photographs of his uncles family in reality were quite different in adulthood: “How far was it- that Dharmsala of my imagination and of my uncle’s youth-how far from what I had seen?”(51). However his childhood and adulthood coincide in peaceful moment that manifest Mistry’s glorification of his birth place India. Therefore, Mistry offers narrative structure that leads ...view middle of the document...

In the narration of this interchange reader gets an initial perspective of the pride that he feels about his native land. ”Within seconds of setting off, I was ruing my pride.”(42) His perturbation at having taken the cycle rickshaw instead of auto rickshaws and that also in the bad weather is patent in his word: “His calf muscles contracted and rippled, knotting with the strain, and a mixture of pity and anger confused me. I wish the ride would end quickly” (42). And yet, how this marked the poverty in India, where it clashed between the upper class (auto rickshaws) and lower class (cycle rickshaw) of the society. But, finally ride on rickshaw ends in a profitable way: “In Pathankot, he convinced me a taxi was better than bus in this weather. Afterwards, I was glad I took his advice…” (42). However at this stage all the anxiety and anger of the author might have gone because all the buses had pulled over because of the pipe breaking avalanches. So, the advice by that poor person turned into the richest one which gave a new blaze to the above situation.
Mistry further manipulates the reader’s emotions by mentioning about his uncle’s hospitality which had a huge effect against the “people” who did not belong to his native land: “During our walk I gathered he loved the Tibetan people, and had done much to aid them.”(45) Mistry’s uncle also helped the Dalai Lama back in 1959 to acquire suitable houses and properties as inference is simple: for all nation friendly people this is India, whereas some people from other countries take the advantage of living there as granted. If this concession of bitterness on authority of his uncle had followed with truthful judgement of anxiety and that such an incursion genuinely causes, the narrative sound of the essay would not have jagged to Indian nationalism.
Further in the essay, Mistry narrates about his visit to the new residence of the Dalai Lama, where there was Buddha’s solid gold head, and hence the locked glass. He discovered that things had changed in the city: “I thought of those photographs from my childhood. Their memory suddenly seemed more precious...

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