“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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Dalal was not also stable financially. We will try to get in touch with you as soon as possible.

No one of this particular flat building on much worth stealing. So for his sedulous performance over several years the distributor was promoting him to the manage the college street branch. A password will be e-mailed to you. Notify me of follow-up comments by email.

You might also like More from author. They had to cook in kerosene oil. But her tales were so impassioned that no one could dismiss her outright. The fact that Mr Chatterjee makes the decision for the residents when it comes to what to duurwan with Boori Ma might also be important.


Unfortunately, life for Boori Ma does not end well as she looses her job, home and life savings. Welcome, Login to your account.

The irony is that even the kind people like Mrs. Dalal purchased lavish shawls and soaps. He could not manage all these as he worked rexl selling toilet parts of a wholesale distributor.

She was separated from her husband, two daughters, and home. Dalal offers to buy the woman new bedding.

Facebook Twitter Email Print. Her incessant ramblings about her rich past and her comparisons between the past and the present life get on the nerves of the apartment residents.

Summary of A Real Durwan by Jhumpa Lahiri – Beaming Notes

Dalal is not pleased. In fact they are all she has in life. Best of all, she kept the stairs spotlessly clean and the outside world at bay. She feels a tug at the end of her sari and finds her purse and skeleton keys gone.

Though the other residents do not believe Boori Ma when she talks about her life prior to sweeping the building. Then he proposed that as the building was renovated, vurwan needed a real durwan.

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The theme of conflict is self-evident in the story. She is an easy target for the residents. To appease his wife after their argument, it is rumored that Mr. She duran away any suspicious person with a few slaps of her broom.


She may not have any practical use for them but nonetheless they remind Boori Ma of a time when her life was better. By Website Contributors On Jul 27, When she did not have to struggle. Something that is noticeable by the way they treat Boori Ma and throw her belongings out of the building.

A Real Durwan by Jhumpa Lahiri

Dalal assures Boori Ma that she has not forgotten her promise of renewed bedding. If you want to contact us regarding any particular content on ddurwan website, please use the contact page. The end of the story is also interesting as Lahiri appears to be further exploring the theme of conflict. Chaterjee to get his advice but Mr Chatterjee a stupid and harmful decision maker told that whatever Boori maa said was out of ties. In A Real Durwan by Jhumpa Lahiri we have the theme of struggle, conflict, responsibility, jealousy, aspirations and resilience.