Comment on the contrasting descriptions and opinions of Mr. and Mrs. Chawla on their son, Sampath. Explore tones, contrasts, changes brought out by diction, etc. (Approx. 600-800 words) Chapter three of Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard by Kiran Desai brings out interesting contrasting opinions of Mr and Mrs Chawla, on their son, Sampath. Firstly, Mr Chawla’s character is of a person who is extremely planned, organized and positive. “He hoped to inspire his family and seek out a day as full of promise and activity as his own would be”.
This suggests that he wishes to inspire his family and Sampath especially by setting himself as an example for them. As a result, Mr Chawla wants Sampath to be more like him; enthusiastic and prompt at his job. “Launching into one of the lectures he felt compelled to give Sampath every now and then… Put your best foot forward always… don’t complain. It is only a small thing”. This further supporting the reader’s idea that Mr Chawla feels that Sampath should not have “a lack of initiative” and should display a positive attitude at his workplace, just like Mr Chawla.
In addition to, the author has used compelled, making the reader feel that Mr Chawla believes that it’s his forceful duty to give Sampath a dose of reality; a necessity. Furthermore, it is highly evident that Mr Chawla is unpleased with Sampath’s not bothered attitude towards life and his progress at work. “Mr Chawla taking a notice at his son’s distressing lack of initiative… Where is your common sense these days? ” This further supports that Mr Chawla believes that Sampath is unresponsive towards life.
Moreover, when Mr Chawla asks Sampath about his work and Sampath mumbles “all right”, “the reply irritated Mr Chawla… You don’t sound very certain. If things were going all right, you wouldn’t be earning the same salary you were earning last year and the year before that, now would you? ’”. This showcases Mr Chawla’s reaction to Sampath’s casualness about his work, and irritates him because of the lack of improvement and seriousness. In addition to, it also high lights the taunting or bitter tone of Mr Chawla’s while asking “now would you? As a result the reader notices his snappy tone and concludes that he is not satisfied with Sampath’s excitement towards his work. Further on, Mr Chawla feels that since Sampath was a child, he had always been in going down in a spiral, and never had desired to become successful and work hard towards achieving something his father would have wanted to reach. “Progress! Ever since he was born, this boy has been progressing steadily in the wrong direction.
Instead of trying to work his way upwards, he started on a downward climb and now he is almost as close to the bottom as he could ever be”. This clearly supports the reader’s opinion of Mr Chawla on Sampath, as he feels that “Sampath is not taking any route” in fact and “has missed the route altogether”. Therefore, Mr Chawla considers that Sampath is off track in life, and is not focussed on to a goal from the very start, thus going depreciating instead of progressing.
On the other hand, Sampath’s mother Kulfi has a different perspective altogether on Sampath. Kulfi is a odd character and “it had been generally acknowledged that she was a little eccentric to say the least”. During Mr Chawla and Sampath’s conversation, “Kulfi though, was not interested”. However she was “thinking of the deep scented, deep hearted world of pepper-corn berries, of cinnamon bark, of the flower buds of cloves and cassia, and the saffron stigmas on the crocus” leading the reader to observe her as someone slightly strange.
Although the only thing she murmurs is “pheasants, peacocks, pomegranates, potatoes… poor Sampath”. This reveals her pity for Sampath and how she feels bad for him. In addition to it also signifies her vagueness of speaking and displays her preoccupied mind. Adding on, her mind is preoccupied by “her permanent obsession with food” which led her to “ignoring completely the hullabaloo created by her husband”. This indicates to the reader about her infinite desires of all sorts of food, which she waits to devour.
Moreover in the reader’s opinion she has a compassion for her son and somehow feels that she connects to him, emphasized with him. In a nutshell, the reader draws to a conclusion that Mr Chawla and Kulfi characters are completely different which lead to their differ in opinions on their son, Sampath. Through this chapter the reader comes across various reasons which justify the reader’s conclusion that Mr Chawla and Kulfi’s viewpoint on Sampath completely contrasts.