Working on “Real Time”

To be answered in groups

1.     There are two settings in the short story: the outer space, which recovers Mr. Mitra’s journey, and the inner space, where the funeral takes place. What do characters do in each of them? How do they feel?

2.      How does Hinduism conceive of suicide? How does Christianity?

3.      “There was an uneasiness in their conversation, as if they were avoiding something: it was their being here they were avoiding. Of course, people never remembered the dead at shraddh ceremonies; they talked about other things; but that forgetfulness occurred effortlessly. In this case, the avoidance was strategic and self-conscious; the conversation tripped from subject to subject.” Explain the reasons for the atmosphere of uneasiness.

4.      Why does the narrator conclude: “He had a vaguely unsatisfying feeling, as if the last half hour had lacked definition”?

5.      Why is the short story called “Real Time”?

 To be answered individually (200-300 w)

7.      Imagine you are Anjali and that you are having a conversation with a friend about your situation. Write a dialogue in which you describe how you feel as regards the pressures that both Indian and Western Societies impose on you. Consider the following background information to organise your dialogue.

 “Naturally, they didn’t have the answer. They passed an apartment building they knew, Shanti Nivas, its windows open but dark and remote. Probably they’d been a little harsh with her, her parents Her marriage, sixteen years ago, had been seen to be appropriate. Usually, it’s said, Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, and Saraswati, of learning two sisters, don’t bless the same house; but certainly that wasn’t true of the Poddars, who had two bars-at-law in the generation preceding this one, and a social reformer in the  lineage, and also a white four-storeyed mansion on a property near Salt Lake where they used to have garden parties. Anjali had married Gautam Poddar very soon after taking her M.A. in history from Calcutta University.”

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8 Responses to Working on “Real Time”

  1. Federico Tear and Joaquin Diaz Walker says:

    1) In the inner aspect he felt confused, because he felt that the ceremony over a suicide was pointless. On the other hand, in the outer part he also felt confused because was not feeling what he was supposed to. He felt that he didn’t take part of this Indian ceremony, therefore making him feel he was not supposed to be there.

    2) Both religions, Catholicism and Hinduism, believe that suicide is wrong. God is the one that gives life and death. And that we should not interfere with that. God has the power to determine when we should die, so committing suicide is a big sin.

    3) The people in the ceremony avoided the fact that he committed suicide when talking. They preferred to talk about the good things that this man had done in life. But it is ironic how religion condemns suicide, and they still decided to perform a ceremony to commemorate him and celebrate his life.

    4) The narrator concludes that “He had a vaguely unsatisfying feeling, as if the last half hour had lacked definition” because he could not comprehend why people prepared a ceremony to celebrate the life of someone who committed suicide. The Indian culture and religion do not embrace this so the ceremony was completely out of place. Therefore he believed and felt that he was not part of the Indian culture.

    5) The story is called Real Time, because to live in the REAL time, you must follow what you believe is real. Following what your past ancestors believed is not real. It was real for them and not for you. You must believe on what you think it is real. This is what occurs to the main character throughout the story. He does not feel part of the Indian community.

  2. Sebas Borda and Fran Okecki says:

    1. In the inner aspect he felt confused and out of place because the ceremony had no meaning. And in the outer part he also felt confused because he didnt feel as if he was a part of some indian traditions.
    2: Both cultures are against suicide, the fact of taking your own life, of choosing when you should die, this is a desision God (catholic) and the indian God should determine, not the person who is taking his own life.
    3. They didnt want to remember how he died which was against their religon (suicide) so they talked about the good things he did in his life instead.
    4. He had this feeling because he thought he didnt belong there, he was out of place, because that funeral had no purpose, because they were celebrating a suicide which was agains the indian culture, he also felt he wasnt a part of the indian culture.
    5 :In real time people are forgeting their roots, were they come from, and we can see this with the main character as an example, he is from india, but he interacts with western objects nithat have nothing to do with his indian roots.

  3. Molmenti, Muller, Alezzandrini, Flores Piran and Rela says:

    1) The outside part has “lanes were confusing”. This is a symbol that represents the protagonist’s doubts. It is his feeling of uncertanty over his thoughts. The inner part he felt confused because he didn’t know why there was such a big ceremony for a person that had commited suicide. He felt he didn’t belong there.

    2) For both religion is wrong commiting suicide. They believe that God has to choose when to take their lives not us. Religion condended them

    3) There was a atmosphere of uneasiness because the people were talking, going from subject to subeject, to avoid the fact that the person they were conmemoring has committed suicide and that was wrong. Also, the contradiction because religion condems suicide however they were making a relion ceremony.

    4) He finishes in that way to reinforce the fact that he couldn’t understand what had happened in the funeral. The person had comitted suicidade and anyhow there was a big ceremony for him.

    5) Because nowadays people forgot their roots and they decided to follow their “routes”. In real time, people forget their traditions and origins, such as the main character in the story.

  4. belen Irazusta agustina buljevich agus campion majo tear jaoquin olaizoka says:

    4)he concludes the phargraph with this felling of no definition because he tries to understand, remember, to study what he sees to look for an explanation but he can not. He feels like lost. He cant remember the root taken Sarbadhikari, he also tries to study a box printed with flowers and he is alwaysin at atmosphere of no clear definition.
    5) the atmosphere was uneasiness becausr hr felt he did not belong there “the lanes where confusive” this quote express how the principal character does not feel comfortable and it shows that he was tired and very stress because he was arriving late to the funeral. Also it was uneasiness becuase suicide was consider as a forbideen pleasure.

  5. Agustin Campion, Joaquín Olaizola, Agustina buljevich, majo Tear, Belu irazusta . says:

    5- in hinduism suicide is unacceptable, if you commit suicide is taken as violating the code of amhisa and equally ti murder another people.
    In christianity, suicide is not accepted neither and is seen as a sin, although tour sorroundings are taken into account when you do this sin and also they said that if you suicide you are not diserved to have the eternal salvación of jesús christ.

  6. Majo Tear, Agus Campion, Agus Buljevich, Belu Irazusta, Joaco Olaizola says:

    1.There are two settings in the short story: the outer space, which recovers Mr. Mitra’s journey, and the inner space, where the funeral takes place. What do characters do in each of them? How do they feel?
    1. In the outter space the characters are in a setting of confusion and stress. they are very stressed and confused because they can´t find the appartment´s place and they are being late for the religious ritual, the funeral. what they are doing in the outer space is being on their way to the funerals, and on the way they buy the tuberoses, flowers for the family of the dead. In the inner space what the character does, mr. mitre is talk to another guy, he avoids the subject of the death of the guy at all costs because the guy that died comitted suicide, so it was not comfortable to talk about it. Mr mitre feels out of place in the inner space because it was all family members of his wife, and he had a distant relationship with his wife. he also felt confused and that he didnt belong because no one was grieving the dead person, they were all jus eating and enjoying the place instead of being sad.

  7. belen irazusta agus buljevich agus campion joaquin oliazola majo tear says:

    Question number 5 Belen Irazusta, Agustína buljevich, agustin Campion, majo tear y joaquin olaizola
    This short story is called like this because the time they spent in the funeral was not real, because the couple did not want yo be there so it was a lie and also pointless. Real time breaks with expectations.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Question number 5 Belen Irazusta, Agustína buljevich, agustin Campion, majo tear y joaquin olaizola
    This short story is called like this because the time they spent in the funeral was not real, because the couple did not want yo be there so it was a lie and also pointless. Real time breaks with expectations.

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