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"Farewell to an Indian I hardly Knew"
Transcript of "Farewell to an Indian I hardly Knew"
The author of the “Farewell to an India I Hardly Knew” (2009), , is
Unlike Americans, he found that Indians did not have the opportunity to educate themselves.
His first impression of India was that strict traditional values resolute people’s lives and that there was little possibility for personal development.
These experiences taught him that there was a big between the country he grew up in and the poor country where his family members lived.
During his childhood and teenage years, his image of was formed by what his parents told to him and their trips to the East.
His parents left Mumbai before he was born and he grew up in having only limited connection to his Indian relatives.
a second generation immigrant to the U.S.
In his report "Farewell to an Indian I hardly knew" Giriharada reflects upon his
changing view of India
This process can be divided into
three different phases
, which are refected in the structure of the text, the content and the language used.
At the beginning of the text Giriharada points out that the first thing he ever learned about India was that his parents had chosen to leave it. (II.1-2)
Phase 1 (ll.4-21)
You can see that in line three where he says: "The country was
lost to us
In the first phase the author presents us his
his negatively choice of words to describe the country.
his opinion by using
anaphora and parallelism
, for example in lines 8-10: "India was...it was...it was...".
An other thing he let us know is the
social structure of India
("chauvinism of uncles", l.10; "ignored my sister´s", l.10).
Phase 2 (24-42)
Superlatives and expressive
words are use
to show his exaltation
about greatness of the changes he saw.
The second phase is about his
experiences while living in India
for six years.
At the beginning of this phase he tells us that there is an
establishment of industry
going on in India and that
companies buying out rivals abroad
women become breadwinner
and rise up to a higher social status because of microcredit´s and decentralized production. (ll.30-31)
Giriharada points out the
changing in the mind
of the Indian´s by using
He want to indicate the
multitude of new impressions
like "rush of hope"(l.35) or "ocean of change" (l.42) show that he is deeply moved as he witnesses the current developments.
"has changed dramatically, viscerally" (l.24)
Phase 3 (ll.1-4, 22-23, 41-42)
changed his view
of India by seeing how
and Indian life looks like.
You can see that in line 1-4 and 22-23.
the author summarize the article by giving a