Before reading the story, we search about the author and some of his genres. We had to search: Post-colonial Literature, The origin of Parsi and the concept Diaspora.
Rohinton Mistry, was born in 1952, India. He is an indian-born Canadian.
He is a novelist and his genre are Historical Fiction, Postcolonial Literature, Realism, Parsi Literature Minor Literature.
His books portray diverse facets of Indian socioeconomic life; as well as Parsi Zoroastrian life, customs, and religion. Many of his writings are markedly “Indo-nostalgic”.
He emigrated to Canada following with his wife to be Freny Elavia in 1975 and they married there shortly after his arrival. In 1975, settling in Toronto where he studied at the University of Toronto and received a BA in English and Philosophy. He worked in a bank for a while, before returning to studies, leading up to a degree in English and philosophy.
•Parsis follow the religion of Zoroaster, a prophet of the seventh century B . C .
•From the region between the Hindu Kush and Seistan.
•A small religious community
•Which exists mostly in Mumbai, is Zoroastrianism.
•The follower is called Parsi because the religion arrived in India from Persia.
•This religion was established by Zarathustra in 6th or 7th century BC.
•The followers of this religion exiled from Iran in the 7th century AD. because of religious persecutions by the Muslims. They arrived in Gujarat region of India.
Meaning of Diaspora: the dispersion or spread of any people from their original homeland.
Examples: Jews living outside Israel.
Post-colonial literature is the literature people started writing when:
- they were colonized
- after they freed themselfs of their colonizers
And most of them were from Europe. This kind of literature expressed the problems and consequences people had after not being colonized anymore This included:
- Many economic and social issues like poverty and lack of education
- The consequences and misfortunes of colonialism.
Colonialism left people thinking that:
- They were savages
- That they were less important than others
- That they didnt have much identity.
And what Authors wanted to do was bring their identity back and reconect the population with the land.
Freddy Mercury was a Parsi.
The Parsis are an immigrant community, possibly coming from Fars, Persia, and now located in Bombay, western India. They are distinguished by their adherence to the Zoroastrian faith.
Zoroastrianism, their religion, had been in existence in Persia for well over a thousand years, usually as a state cult. The Parsis traditionally worked as entrepreneurs (ranging from the ownership of liquor shops to steel mills), in trade (especially with China), in finance (as bankers), or in government service.
Kin Groups and Descent. Most people today prefer to live in nuclear families. There are no larger kin-based groups such as lineages or clans. Descent is patrilineal. (Kinship Terminology. Kin terms follow the pattern found among other Gujarati speakers in the region.)
Religious Beliefs. Parsis follow the religion of Zoroaster, a prophet of the seventh century b.c. from the region between the Hindu Kush and Seistan. Their belief system includes ideas about a creator god, good and evil forces, individual choice, Heaven and Hell, the Last Judgment, and eternal life.
Finally, while reading the story, we did a SlideShare