The Space Between US - Collin Cudd AAE 474 Despite the many...

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Collin Cudd AAE 474 Despite the many similarities in Bhima’s and Sera’s personalities, the manner in which they live their lives reflects the lack of equity in contemporary Mumbai society. I found the most striking resemblance between the two women to be their love of family. Bhima has struggled to make a decent life for her and her family. Since her husband lost his job she has been the sole provider for her family. The monetary burdens were slightly lifted when her husband and son left, extra emotional burdens of being a single mother and the loss of the family members weighed heavily upon her. She had to sacrifice greatly to support her daughter, and eventually her granddaughter, on a meager income. Although Sera had the fortune of money she sacrificed in a different way in order to raise her daughter. She was forced to deal with a life of both physical and emotional abuse, and struggled to protect her child from the horrors inflicted upon her from her late husband and mother-in-law. These two women share more than just love of family; they are strong-willed, independent women. Together they have experienced the loss of a husband and the loneliness of their children leaving. Through these similarities an awkward, yet intimate friendship blossoms. These women share so much it is hard to believe they wouldn’t be friends, but the circumstances of their births and the deep-rooted prejudices of Indian society hinder the growth of a deeper relationship. The largest difference between the two women is the families they were born into. Bhima was born to a poor family in a lower cast, while Sera was born a Parsi, a higher class cast known for being well educated and having money. The prejudices that Bhima endures are numerous, many come from Sera’s
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husband Feroz, and her son-in-law Viraf. But these prejudices are also seen in Sera. Even when the men of the house are gone, Sera does not permit Bhima to share a seat at her table or use the family utensils. Sera treats Bhima as a second class citizen, but as a friend at the same time. Sera’s duality is seen time and again throughout the book. She gives Bhima and Maya chocolates, but allows her Parsi friends and family to insult them,
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