Myself in India, by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala Essay

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Ruth Prawer Jhabvala was born in Germany but she moved to England at the age of 12. She then moved to India in the fifties, where she married and settle for the better part of her life. The essay is “Myself in India” is based on her experiences there. Jhabvala refers to India as an animal four times in the essay. We first come across it when she is describing India “...but there is no point in making a catalogue of the horrors with which one lives, on which one lives, as on the back of an animal “. She uses it as a metaphor. When we think of animals we often have this image of wild and dangerous creatures and as we know in the animal world only the strong survive. This is something that she references to trough tout the essay when …show more content…
Another one could be just to accept things the way they are. This is according to Jhabvala the Indians' preference because in their believe in reincarnation “If things are not to your liking in this life, there is always the chance that in your next life everything will be different. It appears to be a consoling thought for both rich and poor”. Jhabvala herself uses isolation in order to cope with this. She basically shouts out the outside world and remains unaffected by the influences which exits out there. But She has come to the realization that this is not working due to the fact that this leaves her feeling lonely and shout off. There are two types of Indians according to Jhabvala. The first one is what she calls a westernized Indian. She uses a westernized Indian woman to define what she means by it. “She has been to Oxford or Cambridge or some smart American college. She speaks flawless, easy, colloquial English with a charming lilt of an accent. She has a degree in economics or political science or English literature. She comes from a good family”. But she doesn’t like to socialize with these westernized Indians because she feels that even though they know a lot about modern Indians they are somehow out of touch with their position in this modern India, because they see themselves from an objective instead of a subjective angle. The second type and the most common of Indians. They have no real

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