Abstract. Billy Biswas, the protagonist of Arun Joshi’s second novel, The Strange Case of Billy Biswas faces the problem of the barren, modern. literary milieu of the period to which Joshi belongs. Arun Joshi’s The Strange Case of Billy Biswas shows the process of alienation and rehabilitation via a 3- tier. The Strange Case of Billy Biswas (), which is chronologically the second novel of Arun Joshi (), shows his study of three different levels of life in .

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Romi performs the task of an involved friend and detached narrator. But she breaks her promise and informs Meena and her family about the whereabouts of Billy. This book makes off think about what life is for different people in different circumstances and we cannot judge people on the basis of our way of thinking.

He traces out that the Delhian society embraces the modern values while the primitive world focuses on the traditional values. She is strage right woman to satisfy his soul.

The rebels, the dreamers and the visionaries who are the main motive force of history are 24 Vol. Arun Joshi deserves much more readership.

Atlantic Publishers and Distributors. Dhunia, his best friend, and other primitives consider the Black Rock as their Master and when he calls, man has to answer his call. Being the Collector of the district, Billg goes to several places to provide possible assistance to the draught-suffered villagers.

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This synthetic approach of the novelist towards joshhi paradigm of values reveals his deep observation of different levels of life and his pang bulged out due to the deterioration of traditional values due to materialistic and indifferent life. The shallowness of middle class society is not for him a point of rhetoric, intended to show off his own enlightened superiority, but a theme to be explored with actual concern. This exploitation of his real inner being makes him estranged and alienated; and never feels at home in the bourgeois society for he knows stfange innermost voice bily go unheeded.

It has a good insight into the passionate human mind. The story is engaging and well written, with typical Indianisms and a few literal translations from Hindi to English that are delightful.

Prakash Book Depot, Submission Deadline Since we follow Continuous Publication Model, there is no deadline of submission. For the sake of his longing for Return to Nature he forsakes even his life.

The Strange Case of Billy Biswas

The portrayal of the fact that the society suppresses such people is also an important part of the theme. Findings from survey as critical report may be submitted words. Return to Book Page. Western Conceptions of the Orient.

The Strange Case of Billy Biswas by Arun Joshi

That is why they come to life. His family lived in the holy city of Varanasi, which influenced his philosophical cravings. He incidentally meets Billy, who is wearing an old loincloth.

It would be apt to quote Hari Mohan Prasad. Like Lispector, Nabarun Bhattacharya, G. Hardcoverpages. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Come to our primitive world that will sooner or later overcome the works of man. Arun Joshi is one kind of a person who understa This book describes the inner meaning of biswax. A Psychograph of an Alienated Hero. Certain excerpts from the letters are worth citing.


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About the article Corresponding author: He appears in the competitive examination of the Indian Civil Service and is selected as an I. You don’t see the country fit to live in perman It’s fascinating, and yet a tad shameful, that almost everyone who’s read this book had never heard of it until someone happened to tell them about it.

Volume 65 Issue 4 Decpp. Nevertheless, it is worth considering, that even as we celebrate writers from the world over, we may have forgotten the best of our own. Arun Joshi has beautifully conveyed the message of the power of one’s passion. The Strange Case of Billy Biswas is likely to sound strange only to such pedestrians as are terribly scared of making choices. It is the story of the son of a Supreme Court judge, educated in New York, who leaves his comfortable Delhi life, his marriage and his friends, to become a tribal healer in the Maikala Hills of Chhattisgarh.

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