He says i took my degree in hindi sir and now i am

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lecturer. He says “I took my degree in Hindi, sir and now I am temporary lecturer…it is my living sir. You see I am a married man, a family man. But I still remember my lessons in Urdu… If it were not for the need to earn a living, I would- I would” (43). Desai revealed that the strong aspiration of Deven is to save endangering language in any form. The poet does his routine work with hearing Deven and shouting his assistant and nobody cares Deven,
“he felt reluctant to leave without seeing Nur once again and making one more sincere and positive effort to arrange the interview” (50). Deven finds Nur’s merciless wives and their behavior towards the poet. Nur’s wife says to Deven “Aren’t you willing to do that for your- your hero? All of you come to see him and lead him on with your hero-worship, do you care for him or food and drink” (59). Deven says “we come to pay our respect….a great man, a poet (59). Nur’s wife drastically pointed out the bad condition of poet and said “Do you like that a poet, or even a man?” (59). Novelist symbolically conveys how Urdu language and its poet are in unrecoverable stage. Struggles of Deven Deven continuously made effort to meet and record the verses of the great poet Nur in order to save diminishing Urdu language. He ignored his wife, son Manu, profession and almost all other activities for helping Nur and his language. His inner thought suffers a lot and he gets more negative comments from various people. Trivedi, head of the department of Hindi is not ready to allow a week leave for Deven to conduct an interview with Nur and he said: “I did not need to see your stupid mug again. I’ll have you demoted… don’t get your conformation. I’ll get you transferred to your beloved Urdu department. I won’t have Muslim toadies in my department, you will ruin my boys with your Muslim ideas, Urdu language” (145). Anita Desai understandably expressed the attitude of the head of the Hindi department who hated Urdu language and he humiliated Deven for not sanctioning leave. Siddiqui, the head of the Urdu department somehow offers a tape recorder with the helper, Chiku but he fails to record and shows his disinterest towards Nur and Devn. Chiku says “I have no time for all this poetry –shoetry. You can get some technician to finish the job”(160). Desai symbolically draws the character of Chiku to show the helplessness of revoking Urdu in the post colonial period. Nur seems to be a great desperate man in many occasions. He is always afraid of his wives and his financial difficulties. He accepts his weakness and says “ I always make a fool of myself- an old man, my day is over-and people laugh, or feel bored, they want someone new, and young”(116). Anita draws attention through poet’s utterances that how people

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