A Suitable Boy - Part 15 Summary & Analysis

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Part 15 Summary

Mrs. Rupa learns in a letter that Meenakshi had miscarried and Kakoli has become engaged to the German boy, Hans. To compound her concerns, Amit has become openly fond of Lata. Typically, Mrs. Rupa wishes to be at the center of action, nosing around for all the gossip. She is, however, confined to Brahmpur in order to keep watch over Lata who is acting in the play with the unsuitable Kabir. At the performance, Mrs. Rupa is aghast at some of the language, though Dr. Kishen Chand gets quite caught up in the drama. By the end of the play, Mrs. Rupa has forgotten all her previous objections and rushes back stage to congratulate Lata. She attempts to prevent Lata from attending the cast party when she realizes that Kabir will also be there. Firoz plans to go to Saeeda Bai's for the "soz" or musical lament for Islamic martyrs for the express purpose of seeing Tasneem. Even in the Hindu culture, there is conflict when the untouchable class is excluded from religious participation. Maan is taking over Mahesh Kapoor's political campaigning.

Firoz is greeted at Saeeda Bai's by her servant Bibbo when he arrives for the soz. There are men of various Muslim sects, and a few pious women, among the attendees. The lament is very emotional and people get caught up in the feelings evoked by the soz. Saeeda Bai takes a rest from singing and her eyes rest briefly on Firoz and Tasneem, who she sends out of the room on the pretext of tending to the parakeet. At the same time the Muslims are observing religious ceremony, the Hindus are doing the same in pageantry and festivities. Disaster looms as the Muslim procession and the Hindu parade are headed in directions that will cause them to meet. Neither side is willing to change their route. Panic ensues and Maan and Firoz get caught in the middle of the melee. They attempt to locate Bhaskar who is playing a monkey in the Hindu festival. Maan guides Firoz to safety in the Hindu section where they find themselves. He takes Firoz to his home where he is allowed to clean the blood and dress in clean clothes. A curfew causes Firoz to be confined in Maan's Hindu household. Veena calls Firoz's home to let them know he is unharmed. Bhaskar wants to know why there was so much blood on Firoz when he arrived.

Mahesh Kapoor is in a quandary about his political future. The Prime Minister, Liaquat Ali Khan, is assassinated at a public meeting and the crowd kills the murderer. The Nawab Sahib calls Mahesh for a meeting at his house to discuss politics. Life begins to settle back into regularity for a while. Pran gets caught up in an intrigue involving the expulsion from the university of the son of the Rajah of Marh. Mahesh returns to politics as representative of Salimpur-cum-Baitar.

Part 15 Analysis

Some of the idioms used by Seth such as "had wishes been horses," seem trite to a native speaker of English. A key point of religious conflict is pointed out in the words of Firoz and Maan as they discuss the probability of riots in India: "Shias with Shias, Shias with Sunnis, Hindus with Muslims...and Hindus with Hindus." In fifty years those conflicts have not been resolved. The question of caste arises in the thoughts of Jagat Ram who cannot accept the idea that one should continue in low occupations (cleaning toilets or standing in the tanning vats) simply because that is what one's parents had done. The irrationality of religious fanaticism is illustrated in the melee that occurs after the two parades meet up. The innocence of children is portrayed in Bhaskar who simply does not understand the violence between the opposing groups. Mahesh Kapoor's return to politics represents the idealism of affecting change legislatively. Pran's part in the expulsion of the Rajah's son from the university represents the weakening of traditional power in the new India.

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