Analysing “Real Time”

For the virtual activity of the week, you’ve got to finish reading the short story by Chauduri. As you read, identify Western and Indian elements in the text and draw a chart with them.

Also, keep on constructing the setting and the characters and identifying figures of speech/literary devices. As you read think of the “forbidden pleasure” that the tuberoses foreshadow and think of why the short story is given its title.

Best,

Cecilia

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26 Responses to Analysing “Real Time”

  1. Juan Ignacio Lopez Vargas says:

    Western elements:
    -the fantic music listened
    -coke
    -watchman
    -shoes
    -petrol pump

    Indian elements:
    -sandals
    -tuberoses
    -shraddh ceremony
    -ruppies
    -sari (clothes)

    Characters:
    -Mr. Mitra
    -Mrs. Mitra
    -Anjali
    -Abdul
    -Shanti Nivas
    -Mr. Talukdar

  2. Ignacio rela says:

    Western elements: civil engineer, petrol pump, shoes, mickey mouse, coca cola
    Indian elements: bazaar, shari, babu, shraadh ceremony, rupees.
    Characters: mr/s mirta, abdul, shanti nievas, anjali, gautam, mr talukdar.
    I think this story is called real time because it is what it is: real time. Globalization has influenced this and is the responsible of not following the aicent roots but following their own routes

  3. Emi Molmenti says:

    Western elements: Petrol pump, the civil engineer, and Mickey Mouse pencil box

    Indian elements: Bazaar, shraddh ceremony, sari, rupees, sandals, Lakshmi and Saraswati

    Characters: Mr.and Mrs. Mirta, Anjali, Mr Amiya Sarbadhikari, Gautam Poddar, Nilma and Abdul.

    Literally devices: Tuberoses is a forshadow and symbol of forbidden pleasures. It forshadows the fact that Anjali felt pleasure by commiting suicidade which was consider a sin in their religion. Only God could take their lifes however she commited it. Also, the fact that people went to the her ceremony when religion condemn it. Although it was forbidden by religion, the ceremony was made and people decided to participate on it. Another symbol is hunger which symbolizes never being satisfied which was why Anji commited suicide.

    The title could be because in real time people dont follow their roots, they make their own routes. This can be represented in the fact that there are more indian elements than western due to the fact that the protagonist, has the root clear, full of description but his way is being contructed at that time so he was to figure it out, he has only a part resolved. Also, the title could be associated to the fact that he felt that he didnt belong there, in that ceremony, with that people, so going to it was a waste of real time.

  4. Francisca Müller says:

    Western elements:
    -The civil engineer
    – A Petrol pump

    -Watchman

    -Fantic music
    – Shoes
    -Mickey Mouse
    -Coca Cola

    Indian elements
    -a white cotton shirt
    -sandals
    -tuberoses
    -ruppes
    -calcuta univercity
    -Sari shop
    -shraddh ceremony
    -kneaded aata
    -platter of sandesh
    -dhuit

    Characters:
    -Mr Mitra
    -Mrs. Mitra
    -Mr Talukdar
    -Mr Amiya Sarbadhikari
    -Abdul
    -Shanti Nivas
    -Anjali
    -Gautam Poddar

    Symbol: The Tuberouses that were a type of flower that shown the forbbiden pleasure

  5. Nicolás Araya says:

    Indian elements:
    – Bazaar: Where you can buy different products (market)
    – Sari: Clothing for women
    – Shraddh ceremony: Ritual from the Hindu religion
    – Cotton (Abdul’s shirt and trousers)
    – Tuberoses
    – Rupees (Currency)
    – Lakshmi ad Saraswati (Gods)
    Western elements:
    – Abdul’s shoes: he didn’t like them
    – Four-storeyed mansion
    – Petrol pump
    – Music
    – Civil engineering and companies talk
    – Coke and fanta.
    Characters:
    – Mr Mitra: Ambassador
    – Abdul: Driver
    – His wife
    – Amiya Sarbadhikari
    – Shanti Nivas
    – Anjali
    – Gutam Poddar

  6. francisco okecki says:

    Indian elements:
    Mr Mitra, Mrs. Mitra, Abdul, and the name of all the characters.
    Bazaar
    Shari
    Babu
    Shraddh ceremony

    Western elements:
    The civil engineer
    A Petrol pump

    Mickey Mouse

    The most important literary device used in this short story is symbolism, for example the tuberose which really means “forbidden pleasure”. Forbidden pleasure is something you really want but you should not, even though you can get it. In common literature is a reference for love or sex in past times were it was bad seen.
    The story is called real time because of the time they spend in the ceremony which is a metaphor of all the indian culture and ceremonies which, in the writer opinion is a waste of time. In other words when you spend real time you are really wasting it.

  7. Joaquin Olaizola says:

    Western elements:
    # shoes
    #petrol pump
    # coke
    #watchman
    # the fantic music
    #Micky Mouse

    Indian elements:
    #Sari
    # the white cotton shirt
    #sandals
    #rupees
    #bazaar
    #calcuta univercity
    #Sari shop
    #shraddh ceremony

    Characters that apear:
    #Mr Mitra
    #Mrs. Mitra
    #Abdul
    #Shanti Nivas
    #Anjali
    #Gautam Poddar
    #Mr Talukdar
    #Mr Amiya Sarbadhikari

    Ending with the post, the short story is full of symbols:

    Firstly, hunger can be connected to insatisfaction, which led Anjali to commit suicide.
    Real time, the name of the short story, symbolizes the time that the Mitras spent in the Shraddh ceremony, as wasted time.
    Then the tuberoses, which are flowers that symbolize the dangerous and forbidden pleasures, which connect to the suicide of Anjali, as it is an illegitimate act.

    Joaco.

  8. mili alezzandrini says:

    Literery Devices:
    -tuberoses (symbol) tipe of flower
    -hunger
    -real time

    Indian Elements:
    -Bazaar(Indian market)
    -Sari (Indian clothes)
    -Shraddh ceremony
    -Ruppes

    Western elements:
    -The fantic music
    -The shoes
    -the civil engineer
    -petrol pump
    -watchman

    Characters:
    -Mr Mitra
    -Mrs. Mitra
    -Abdul
    -Shanti Nivas
    -Anjali
    -Gautam Poddar
    -Mr Talukdar
    -Mr Amiya Sarbadhikari

  9. mili alezzandrini says:

    Literery Devices:
    -tuberoses (symbol)
    -hunger
    -real time

    Indian Elements:
    -Bazaar(Indian market)
    -Sari (Indian clothes)
    -Shraddh ceremony
    -Ruppes

    Western elements:
    -The fantic music
    -The shoes
    -the civil engineer
    -petrol pump
    -watchman

  10. Federico Tear and Joaquin Diaz Walker says:

    Characters:
    -Mr Mitra
    -Mrs. Mitra
    -Mr Talukdar
    -Mr Amiya Sarbadhikari
    -Abdul
    -Shanti Nivas
    -Anjali
    -Gautam Poddar

    Indian elements:
    -White cotton shirt
    -Sandals
    -Tuberoses
    -Ruppes
    -Kneaded aata
    -A Platter of sandesh
    -Dhuit
    -Calcuta university
    -Sari shop
    -Shraddha ceremony

    Western elements:
    -The civil engineer
    – A Petrol pump

    -Watchman

    -Fantic music
    – Shoes

    Symbolism is the literary device most used throught the short story. The story is called Real Time, because to live in the real time, you must follow what you believe is real. And to be in that ceremony was pointless because they were celebrating the suicide of a person. This does not follow the Indian principles.

  11. Sebastian Borda says:

    Western Elements
    – Fantic Music
    – Petrol pump devise
    – Shoes
    – Mickey Mouse
    Indian Elements
    -Clothing such as cotton shirts and sandals.
    -Rupees
    -Shraddh ceremony
    -Bazaar
    Characters
    -Mr. Mitra
    -Anjali
    -Mrs. Mitra
    -Mr Amiya Sarbadhikari
    -Nivas
    Literary devices
    -Tuberoses
    -“Real Time”
    -Hunger

  12. Milagros Brascó says:

    Real Time has a lot of symbolism:
    Firstly the tuberoses, which are flowers that symbolize the dangerous and forbidden pleasures, which connect to the suicide of Anjali, as it is an illegitimate act.
    Then, hunger can be connected to insatisfaction, which led Anjali to commit suicide.
    Real time, the name of the short story, symbolizes the time that the Mitras spent in the Shraddh ceremony, as wasted time.

    The indian elements I had spotted on the story are:
    – Bazaar: a market consisting of shops and stalls in the street
    – Bargaing: negotiate a price of something, typically made in indian bazaars
    – Rupees: indian $
    – Bhai: expression used to adress man. Literally means brother
    – Indian names of streets: Ashustosh Mukherjee, Lansdowne, Rai Bahadur Mullik
    – Indian names of buildings: Nishant Apartments
    – Sandals and slippers (typical shoes used since India usually has hot weather)
    – Indian Godesses: Sarasvati (of wisdom) and Lakshimi (of wealth)
    – Delhi: known as the National Capital Territory of India is a metropolitan region in India
    – Chowkidar: guard
    – Shraddh ceremony: Hindu funeral ceremony that is similar to a wake ceremony.
    – Brahmo: societal component of Brahmoism, a monotheistic reformist and renaissance movement of Hindu religion.
    – Harmonium: type of reed organ that generates sound with foot-pumped bellows
    – Indian food: daal, tea, aata, sandesh (cheese dessert)

    Western elements:
    – Mickey Mouse pencil box
    – Coca-Cola
    – Fanta
    – Old British Industrial Company

    Characters:
    – Mr and Mrs Mitra
    – Abdul (car driver)
    – Anjali Poddar (woman who committed suicide)
    – Gautam Poddar (Anjali’s ex husband)
    – Nilma (Anjali’s mother)
    – Mr Amiya Sarbadhikari

  13. Milagros Zubizarreta says:

    The Indian elements I found in the short story were:

    -Indian clothing (Sari, sandals, a white cotton shirt)
    
-Indian currency (Rupees)
    -Indian locations (Bazaar, Calcuta univercity)
    -Indian funeral ceremony
(Shraddh ceremony)


    -Indian names(Abdul)
    The Western elements found in the short story were:
    -The mentioning of civil engineer
    
-Petrol pump

    -Watchman

    -Fantic music

    The Characters mentioned were:
    -Mr. Mitra
    -Mrs. Mitra
    -Anjali
    – Nivas
    -Mr Amiya Sarbadhikari
    -Gautam Poddar
    The literary device we can see repeatedly in this novel is symbolism. The title is a symbol. “Real time” refers to the time spent in the funeral (Shraddh ceremony). Refering to the time they spent there was waste since they thought they didn’t belong there and they were not making the most of their real time.

  14. Belen Gay says:

    Literery Devices:
    -tuberoses
    -hunger
    -real time
    Indian Elements:
    -Bazaar(Indian market)
    -Sari (Indian clothes)
    -Shraddh ceremony
    -Ruppes
    Western elements:
    -The fantic music
    -The shoes
    -the civil engineer

  15. Agustin Campion says:

    indian elements.
    -sari
    -Shraddh ceremony
    -bazaar
    -calcuta university
    – sandals

    western elements.
    -coke
    -shoes
    -the fantic music

    characters.
    -mr. mitra
    -mrs. mitra
    -anjali

    literery devices.
    -tuberoses
    -hunger
    -real time

  16. AGUS BULJEVICH says:

    indian elements:
    -Sari
    -a white cotton shirt
    -sandals
    (this last three are clothes that are used in India)
    -rupees (the basic monetary unit of India)
    -Bazaar
    -calcuta univercity
    -Sari shop
    -shraddh ceremony
    (this last Four are places and celebrations in India)

    Western elements:
    – They talk several times about the civil engineer

    Characters:
    -Mr and Mrs. Mitra
    -Anjali
    – Nivas
    -Mr Amiya Sarbadhikari
    -Gautam Poddar

    the short story is called “real time” becuase that was exactly what the main characters were not living. They didn’t want to be at the funeral, they does not belomg there. the characters had forgotten their traditions and origins.

  17. AGUS BULJEVICH says:

    indian elements:
    -Sari
    -a white cotton shirt
    -sandals
    (this last three are clothes that are used in India)
    -rupees (the basic monetary unit of India)
    -Bazaar
    -calcuta univercity
    -Sari shop
    -shraddh ceremony
    (this last Four are places and celebrations in India)

    Western elements:
    – They talk several times about the civil engineer

    Characters:
    -Mr and Mrs. Mitra (main characters)
    -Anjali
    – Nivas
    -Mr Amiya Sarbadhikari
    -Gautam Poddar

    the short story is called “real time” becuase that was exactly what the main characters were not living. They didn’t want to be at the funeral, they does not belomg there. the characters had forgotten their traditions and origins.

  18. Antonia flores piran says:

    Western elements of the story:
    1-The fantic music
    2-The shoes they wore
    -3-he civil engineer because it helps for the developing and provides money for the country.
    Indian elements:
    1-The bazaar
    2-The hindu cloth, Sari
    3-The sraddh ceremony, that is a type of funeral
    4-avoiding talking of a dead man
    Important symbol:
    The Tuberouses that were a type of flower that shown the forbbiden pleasure

  19. Sofi teran says:

    Indian elements
    -a white cotton shirt
    -sandals
    -tuberoses
    -ruppes
    -calcuta univercity
    -Sari shop
    -shraddh ceremony
    -kneaded aata
    -platter of sandesh
    -dhuit
    Western elements
    -shoes
    -petrol pump
    -watchman
    -fantic music
    Literary devices
    Symbolism, such as the tuberoses

    • cecilialasa says:

      Good job, SOfi! Today we’ll talk about the setting (which is missing) and the meaning of symbolism.

  20. Belen Irazusta says:

    Anjali is has a distant relationship with Mrs. Mitra and commites sucide by jumping of the third floor balcony. Before this, she left her husband several times, but the last time was really her last time.
    Mr. Mitra is impatient because he does not like to wait for anything. Also indecisive (he always doubt on what decision to take) and irritable. Finally, he gets bored easily and he is confused and upset all the time.
    Mrs.Mitra is all the time waiting and she is always saying her husband what to do. Moreover, she is very respectfull and correct. Finally, she is rational because she thinks a lot and because of this she is able to judge.
    The story has also a lot of symbols. For example, the tuberoses that mean dangerous and forbidden pleasures. Moreover, the child riding tricycle in circles that symbolizes the couple being lost, that also links back to how Anjali felt when she killed herself. What is more, the crow- Anaji´s soul coming back into her religion-could symbolize that when people commit suiceide that the Hindu religion does not believe that they go to heaven/hell. The “hunger” maybe means that you never finish on being satisfied in life until you die (completely happiness only is achieved in death). This could be the reason why Anaji´s commited suicide.
    The title “Real time” refers to the time spent in the Shraddh ceremony that was wasted and it didn’t actually matter, so spending “real time” was a waste of time.
    Indian elements:
    -bazaar
    -sari (a garment worn by Hindu women, a long cloth wrapped round the waist and passed over the shoulder .)
    -market
    – Shraddh ceremony
    -names used like Abdul
    -they avoid the topic of the dead person in the funeral
    Western elements:
    – In the funeral they talk about civil engineer that is important in developing countries

  21. Majo Tear says:

    Some western elements that this short story has are:
    *They talk about studying civil engineer would be very helpful and would bring you a lot of money in the developing countries, this is a western element because it shows how developped the western is that a civil engineer is seen as any other kind of job.
    And the other elements were the ones that we saw in class.
    Some indian elements are:
    *shraddh ceremony, very typical for a funeral ceremony done in India, religious rites performed by a brahmin
    * for mourning they dont use dark colors, they wear casual clothes, like Mr.mitre did.
    *the confusion of streets on the way to the apartments
    *the avoidance of talking from the dead of the person. Talking about everything else than that. Touching subjects like civil engineer career, for example.
    * a very clear element is the names the use that are very stereotypical indian, like the last names of people at the shraddh, the name of the streets, and the name of the similar type of a funeral for us, the shraddh.

    • cecilialasa says:

      Majo, you have very well spotted Indian and Western elements. Today, we will keep on working with the meaning of those elements, setting and symbolism.

  22. Virginia Loza says:

    Indian elements:
    -Amit Chaudhuri—— The author name
    -Bazaar—— Markets name in India
    -Sari —— Indian clothing
    -Babu —— An important man
    -Ashutosh Muherjee road—— This is an example of the nomes of the streets in India
    -Shraddh ceremony—— An indian celebration
    -Calcutta University—— A place near India

    Characters:
    -Mr Mitra
    -Mrs. Mitra
    -Abdul
    -Shanti Nivas
    -Anjali
    -Gautam Poddar
    -Mr Talukdar
    -Mr Amiya Sarbadhikari

    • cecilialasa says:

      Piky, you have spotted Indian elements and provided a brief explanation of them. Very good!
      Western elements are missing, though. Today we will work on both of them.

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