“Durwan” is a word comprised of Urdu, Hindi and Persian roots. According to Oxford Dictionary, it means a porter or doorkeeper, yet in many cases, like Boori. A Real Durwan tells the tale of a 64 year old live in doorkeeper who trudges up and down the stairs keeping them clean with her reed broom that never leaves. “Yet there was a day were my feet touched nothing but marble.” (A Real Durwan, Boori Ma). Boori Ma is thinking about back when she used to.

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Boori Ma is not living a life that a woman of her age should be living. Dalal get lost in the quagmire of vanity and selfishness. We will try to get in touch with you as soon as possible.

A Real Durwan by Jhumpa Lahiri

Their two roomed flat was broken. Dalal was a resident of the flat building. Mrs Dalal a generally kindhearted women who leads a dissatisfied life, although she has a soft spot for Boori as she is very kind to her eurwan to buy her a new set of bedding and giving her food when she can. And Mr Chatterjee hot hot is self very cultured and decision maker had to gaze at the bamboo scaffold which presently surrounded his balcony and the Shutter Behind it.

Boori Ma asks her to inspect her back for the mites she assumes torment her in her sleep. Unfortunately, life for Boori Ma does not end well as she looses her job, home and life savings. Taken from her Interpreter of Maladies collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and from the beginning of the story the reader realises eurwan Lahiri may be exploring the theme of struggle.


So for his sedulous performance over several years the distributor was promoting him to the manage the college street branch.

Short Story Analysis: A Real Durwan by Jhumpa Lahiri – The Sitting Bee

Though there was nothing to steal from the apartments, the residents were comforted by her presence. Write a note on the characteristics of the residents of the flat building and its neighborhood? When she returns to the building, she finds the basin has been torn out of the wall. Unfortunately Boori Ma pays a high price for treating herself when robbers rob her savings and her skeleton keys.

Even to cook they used coal or kerosene. Dyrwan that is noticeable when Boori Ma aa to spend some of her life savings. Each resident of the building had a different interpretation of her tales. But her tales were so impassioned that no one could dismiss her outright.

Yet symbolically Lahiri may be suggesting that Mr Chatterjee is blind to what is happening. To appease his wife after their argument, it is rumored that Mr. Duwan assures Boori Ma that she has not forgotten her promise of renewed bedding.

Dalal is not pleased. If Boori Ma is to be believed she once had a comfortable life and had a family around her. They had no running water bath, water had dudwan be stored in drums, Windows were without glass.

Though it is difficult to know whether Boori Ma is telling the truth as her stories about her past change so often. She durwqn away any suspicious person with a few slaps of her broom.

She visits The Dalals. While the Dalals are away, the other wives plan renovations and the stairs become choked by workmen. He spent her time in the let alone after her household works.

The important thing to remember is that Boori Ma seems to duran aspirations for a better life. As she sweeps, her raspy voice details the losses she has suffered because of Partition.


The reader left aware that life is going to be harder for Boori Ma. After getting a job as a durwan, the author made it seem that life would gradually improve for Boori Ma despite her hardships.

Summary of A Real Durwan by Jhumpa Lahiri – Beaming Notes

Nevertheless, her tales harmed no one and she teal entertaining. Something that is noticeable by the way they treat Boori Ma and throw her belongings out of the building.

Then he proposed that as the building was renovated, they needed a real durwan. If you want to contact us regarding any particular content on the website, please use the contact page. In fact they are all she has in life. It is the sorry tale of Boori ma, a refugee in Calcutta after Partition.

When the residence of the flat building decided to renovate some had to Bater stack of a wedding bracelets, another had to pawn her sewing machine and to sell back a set of pudding bowls. Please do not consider them as professional advice and refer to your instructor for the same. Unable to sweep, Boori Ma keeps to her roof, keeping an eye on her dwindling set of newspapers and wondering when she had her last glass of tea.

The theme of conflict is self-evident in the story. They feel as though she has not acted as a real durwan and that she is responsible for the theft of the wash basin.

It is story eral appeals to the pathetic in us.