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The story revolves
around the lives of brother Subash Mitra and Udayan Mitra, their choices and
their fate. Born just a little more than a year apart, they were often mistaken
for each other. But they are opposites, with gravely different futures ahead.
Udayan went to study physics and he became friends with some members of the
Marxist students. Soon Udayan in attraction to the movement started cutting classes,
visiting slums and even went organizing a strike in his college. Udayan falls
in love with a young girl Gauri and marries her without the consent of his

On the other hand
Subhash was very cautious from his childhood. He was very close and loved his
parents and often spent most of his time with them. Subhash always accompanied
his mother while she cooked or embroidered saris and blouse pieces also helped
his father plant the dahlias that he grew in pots in the courtyard. Subhash was
sent to study Chemical Engineering to Jadavpur. Subhash leaves home to pursue
his scientific research in America.

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When Subhash migrated
to the U.S, he encountered many new things which influenced his lifestyle. The
over – populous India was clearly contrasted with that of sparsely populated
India. It was in the Rhode Island Subhash met Holly, the pretty American women
who was older than him. Subash was surprised to see Holly living separately
from her husband for many years. Holly was ten years older than Subhash and she
had a son named Joshua. Subhash and Holly started meeting regularly and one day
she invited him home. Subhash is only aware of the joint family system in
India, and is shocked when he comes to know that, there is no one to help
Holly, apart from the babysitter who looked after her son Joshua while she
worked. Though her parents were alive, though they live nearby in another part
of Rhode Island, they had not come to take care of her. He knew how his brother
Udayan and his wife Gauri lived along with his parents in India.

His shock was further
extended when he visited Holly on a Friday, where Joshua was not there and he
will join on every Friday with his father. After knowing this he was terrified.
Subhash was a little bit hesitant to share bed with Holly, she did not care for
any scruples in sexual matters. Subhah had a thought to marry her but gave up
the idea because of her age, her child and Holly being the wife of another

When Subhash heard the
news of his brother Udayan’s sad demise in a police encounter, he went to India
to take part in the final rites of his brother. Subhash thought seriously about
re – setting of Udayan’s wife Gauri. Much against the wishes of his parents, he
married Gauri and took her to the US to usher her into a new life. In India it
is not acceptable to marry a widow, In American scenario it is acceptable. Only
in India people use to poke their nose in others affairs, But in America the
concept of privacy is a sacrosanct. No one questioned that Gauri was his wife,
or that he was soon to be the father of her child. Gauri after going to America
transforms herself to an American. She presents herself as the best example of
acculturation of an immigrant.

Gauri totally forgets
her ethnic identity and tries to immense herself into the American culture. She
starts admiring the American way of dressing and develops a vigorous
fascination for it. She in fact starts hating sari, her traditional dress. The yard
of silk sari is indeed difficult to hold as she is in her advanced stage of
pregnancy. She liked the way American girls dressing. She felt uncomfortable
with Indian dresses. Finally she expurgated her saris, petticoats, blouses and
switches to American attire. She is not even bothered about her perturbed
hairstyle. She typically changed into an American and she did not disclose
everything to Subhash as normally an Indian wife will do. Gauri is ably
adjusting and adapting to the new circumstances and becomes acculturated. To
bring out the best example of acculturation in Gauri is when she gives birth to
Bela (Udayan’s child), she demanded a baby – sitter for Bela like the
Americans. On the other hand Subhash is experiencing a sort of culture shock
and struggles to cope with the new environment. Subhash was against her wish
and didn’t approve Gauri’s baby – sitter idea as he wanted to bring up the
child in the Indian way – under the care of the parents. Gauri was not
compromised because she imbibed herself into American craze for individuality
whereas Subhash wanted to follow his culture and tradition.

Gauri wants to lead a
luxury life with all comforts. She is fully Americanized and she didn’t want to
manage or carry her role as an ideal mother with responsibilities like
daughter, husband and household works. She begins to think that her life will
be more thrilling and enjoyable without her daughter Bela and husband Subhash.
Gauri fells that her sexual life with Subhash is unsatisfied and Subhash too
feels the same. She is also frustrated to see Subhash as an outstanding father
to Bela which causes her discomfort as she knows that, he is not her biological
father. Subhash is ready to lead a happy life with Gauri and he insists her to
have another child for Bela’s sake, but Gauri disapproves it. When Bela is
five, Gauri starts attending her graduate school, leaving all the
responsibility of taking care of Bela. It was Subhash who comes to the rescue
of Bela and manages his time to watch Bela. Gauri never had a feel of
commitment towards her family and begins to pursue a doctorate. In addition to
this she thinks Bela as a burden and always exempts her responsibility several
times in taking care of Bela. Gauri also keeps on nagging Subhash to reveal
Bela about Udayan and he agrees to tell her one day.