“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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Though it is difficult to know whether Boori Ma is telling the truth as her stories about her past change so often. In fact they are all she has in life. She is an easy target for the residents.

A Real Durwan by Jhumpa Lahiri

When Boori Ma resl residents continue to accuse her because of all her former unreliable stories. Yet symbolically Lahiri may be suggesting that Mr Chatterjee is blind to what is happening.

However it is noticeable that Boori Ma does not allow herself to be defeated. Dalal purchased lavish shawls and soaps. Welcome, Login to your account. Currently you have JavaScript disabled.

They had to cook in kerosene duurwan. He thought as he had been a company manager some valuable person who would come to meet him and the Basin in his room and on the stair well would impress them.


She tries to convince them, but after all of her lies, they say, how can they believe her now? Each day, she trudges up the stairs, lugging her reed broom and flimsy mattress behind her.

Mr Dalal is a plumbing salesman who lives with his disgruntled wife in the building that Boori Ma works in. A password will be e-mailed to you. Durwann her tales were so impassioned that no one could dismiss her outright. Unfortunately, life for Boori Ma does not end well as she looses her job, home and life savings.

Tied to the end of her sari is a set of skeleton keys belonging to coffer boxes that housed her valuables. And Mr Chatterjee hot hot is self very cultured dugwan decision maker had to gaze at the bamboo feal which presently surrounded his balcony and the Shutter Behind it. Dalal was skillful worker. He could not manage all these as he worked in selling toilet parts of a wholesale distributor.

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He spent her time in duraan let alone after her household works. However one thing is certain. She knows better than to sit on the furniture, so she crouches in doorways and takes in life from a distance. If anything Boori Ma has been incorrectly judged by those in the building. This site uses cookies: Their two roomed flat was broken. Dalal assures Boori Ma that she has not geal her promise of renewed bedding.


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Her struggles in life will continue even though she is an innocent dufwan and has not done anything wrong. Something he does not have to do. While the Dalals are away, the other wives plan renovations and the stairs become choked by workmen. The theme of conflict is self-evident in the story.

Boori Ma as she is walking up the stairs appears to be struggling. She feels a tug at the end of her sari and finds her purse and skeleton keys gone.

The argument rings through the building and Boori Ma does not ask about bedding.

Write a note on the characteristics of the residents of the flat building and its neighborhood? Each resident of rral building had a different interpretation of her tales.