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V. S. NAIPAUL’S A HOUSE FOR MR BISWAS: A SATIRE ON HINDUISM

Bijender Singh

Research Scholar

Dravidian University, Kuppam

Andhra Pradesh, India

 

Abstract

Present paper is an attempt to explore how V.S. Naipaul’s novel A House for Mr Biswas is a satire on Hindu customs, traditions, rituals and rites. Naipaul’s novels are about his peregrination of orthodoxies prevalent in Hinduism. Through the paper the researcher tries to highlight that some Hindu Brahmins of high society claim themselves of supreme caste but their actions are inferior even to those people who are considered from the lowest stratum of society. They claim with proud to be Brahmins and follow the Hindu rituals blindly but they have no any quest for religion, salvation, sacrifice or goodness. They follow the Hindu rituals impassively because their ancestors did so. But they defy and infringe all rules and customs of the Hindu religion whenever the rituals come on their way. Hindus are famous for vegetarianism and their love for Hindu religious books. But in this novel they discard all rules to grind their own axes and follow the western culture blindly. These Hindus don’t refrain even from eating meat whereas even the egg is not touched in Hindu families. Such kind of themes have been projected and studied extensively in this paper.

Key-Words: Hinduism, Traditions, Rituals, Post-Colony, Satire, Humanity. journal of english

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