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Abstract. Billy Biswas, the protagonist of Arun Joshi’s second novel, The Strange Case of Billy Biswas faces the problem of the barren, modern. literary milieu of the period to which Joshi belongs. Arun Joshi’s The Strange Case of Billy Biswas shows the process of alienation and rehabilitation via a 3- tier. The Strange Case of Billy Biswas (), which is chronologically the second novel of Arun Joshi (), shows his study of three different levels of life in .

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Then why is Arun Joshi so little known? Despite the year it was published in and the occasional temporal references, the book can pass off as contemporary.

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Billy returns to India and experiences only a change of scene and, Eliot-like finds the society in Delhi as spiritually dead and emotionally empty as materialistic America. There are others who cannot do it. It is the story of the son of a Supreme Court judge, educated in New York, who leaves his comfortable Delhi life, his marriage and his friends, to become a tribal healer in the Maikala Hills of Chhattisgarh.

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Since he is a priest, he also has some spiritual powers. A respectful treatment arunn one another is important to us. He had won the Sahitya Akademi award in My first fiction book in years! The anecdotal nature provided sufficient unreliability to the narrative to make things more interesting.

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Like Lispector, Nabarun Bhattacharya, G. He has picturesquely described the impact of the strong passion on human mind through the example of Billy. Atlantic Publishers and Distributors. He was fully into anthropology and got carried away. Dec 03, Prabhat rated it really liked it. Arun Joshi is one kind of a person boswas understa This book describes the inner meaning of life. This is where I belong. The novel is quite intriguing, the language and the story itself is spun beautifully and touches upon ojshi like religion, the concept of normalcy, love, fate, and more.

Prices are subject to change without notice. Little did i know that it would transform me. Artistically, they were dry as dust. This book describes the inner meaning of life. But we know a general truth, which I suggest applies squarely to Arun Joshi: To escape this disaster Billy decides to flee from the phony society.

Romi, the narrator and one of the handful of Billy’s closest friends, tell us about the strange case of Billy Biswas. During these visits Romi also notices traditional values of Indian woman in this part of India.

Billy’s character deserves a place equal to Zorba in the land of literature.

Strange it may seem for one to abnegate the luxuries of modern life, and lead a tribal life, but that’s what billy biswas’ story is all about. At the end of the year the issues will be printed as a Volume.

Intellectually, they could no better than mechanically mouth ideas that the West abandoned a generation ago Synopsis The narrator meets a person called Billy and becomes friends with him instantly. User Account Log in Register Help.


Billy renounces a life of hypocrisy and deceit to take a life of noble savageness. Glimpses of Indo-English Fiction. In this novel, the Delhian society harbors modern values, while the primitive world focuses on traditional values of an age-old society. The depth of philosophical pursuit of the narrator is amazing.

Therefore, I was quite compassionate towards the character, Billywho held a strong determination to go against the crowd, the conventional life, because he knew his inner being, his soul will not be satisfied unless he followed his heart.

This and the women waiting ioshi you in the little hut at the bottom of a hill.

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The strange case of Billy Biswas by Arun Joshi. It is either hurting others or hurting themselves and being miserable all through their lives. Refresh and try again.

Now he is happy in spite of meager resources, as he has no high ambition. Aug 24, Santhosh Kamath rated it really liked it.

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Want to Read saving…. But I have a lot to say about it. A good and a quick read, with the message – “The most futile cry of man is his wish to be understood”.