Representing Conjugal Relationship in Ruth Prawer Jhabvala’s The Householder
Keywords:Grihasthashrami in Sanskrit, Indian tradition, Family responsibility, Hindu view of life.
The Householder is one of the most seminal works written by R.P Jhabvala. In her novels, she examines the social milieu of middle-class Indians who have profited from Indian’s increasing urbanization and European expatriates who have married into Indian Families. The paper aims to scrutinize man –women relationship in the Householder. The issue is well presented through Prem, a young recently married man and Indu, an exotic and sybaritic wife. The book makes us aware of the daily routine life of the couple in a very realistic manner. The book also unfolds how trivial matters and misunderstanding create great problems in relationships. Jhabvala seems to be a great observe of man woman psyche which she has portrayed through the characters of Prem and Indu.
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