Rohinton Mistry: Family Matters

(2003 words)
  • Ira Raja

Nariman Vakeel, a seventy-nine-year-old Parsi patriarch and former professor of English, suffers from Parkinson's disease, which has severely curtailed his independence and mobility. He is cared for by his two middle-aged step-children, Coomy and her brother Jal, with whom he shares his spacious apartment in Chateau Felicity. Its cheery name notwithstanding, the place is in a state of decay and it is clear from the outset that the relationship between its three inhabitants is fraught with conflict. Things come to a head when Nariman, against Coomy's better judgement, insists on going for his customary evening walk, from which he returns with a fractured ankle that leaves him completely bedridden. Exhausted from her efforts to provide r…

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Raja, Ira. "Family Matters". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 23 March 2005
[, accessed 25 September 2016.]

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  1. Indian Prose Fiction in English
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