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A Fine Balance

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Elizabeth Redlich

on 7 May 2013

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Presented by: Sabina, Lizzy, Liz and Demi A Fine Balance
by: Rohinton Mistry Dina - From well respected family
- Parents died young
- Raised by abusive brother
- Widow
- Had tailoring business Om and Ishvar - Uncle and Nephew
- Untouchables; cobblers
- Switch professions to tailoring
- Om is the only remaining member of his family
- Ishvar never married Maneck - Grew up in the Mountains
- His parents own a store
- Humble
- Only child
- Sent to boarding school Reproductive Rights Environmental and Cultural Change Social Hierarchy Om and Ishvar's unwavering belief in humanity despite hardships
shipped off to work camp
finding work

Dina's ability to constantly fight back
picks and chooses fights
when teen, verbally fought back
independence over living with her brother
moves back with her brother, but feeding Om and Ishvar
Maneck's angst about perceived unfairness A Fine Balance -Shiva--dichotomy gets flipped into a hierarchy
-gender roles (production vs. reproduction)
-government agencies
-cultures --Disregarding/overlooking indigenous or alternative ways of living/being
-Beggars vs. beautification -Rosie the Riveter--women working out of necessity and gaining independence
-Dina was able to refuse an arranged marriage because she was able to work (to her brother's dismay) -"The Handmaid's Tale"
- Government control over reproduction
- No reproductive freedom -The Matrix
- breeding people
- Indian government is only allowing the "right"people to reproduce
- Forced sterilization of poor people
- Low castes sometimes forced to kill their babies -Hartmann
- Forced sterilization of women with 2 or more children in Bangladesh - City beautification and urban development

- Maneck-- House chained to the mountain -Harding and the Shipman Murders--Om is reluctant to question his white doctor Avinash - Maneck's first friend
- Political Activist
In school on a scholarship
Eventually has to go into hiding and is killed for his beliefs
- Later his 3 sisters commit suicide to save their parents from the shame of not being able to provide dowries -- Bulldozing the slums
-- Removal of beggars from the streets
-- Dina's neighborhood redeveloped - When his father dies his ashes are scattered in the mountains
- Recognizes that among all chaos of humanity, the environment is what is constant The Beggarmaster - Considers himself a businessman
- Briefcase chained to his wrist
- Sketchbook of all the beggars he wants
- Strategically places and dresses them
- Looks out for his own
- Has a huge amount of social sway Nusswan - Dina's older brother
- Represents upper class
-Wants to arrange Dina's marriage
-Supports the Emergency - Maneck's family store is no longer able to sell homemade soda because of the cheaper commercial soda
- Om and Ishvar are forced to go to the big city when a ready-made clothing shop is opened Balance of Humanity and Government schemes "[Staying within your caste is] wise..for it is the path to happiness. Otherwise, there would be chaos in the universe. You understand there are four varnas in society: Brahmin, Kshatriya, Vaishya, and Shudra. Each of us belongs to one of these four varnas, and they cannot mix." pg. 112 "Instruments are clean enough. How long do you want to heat the water? Efficiency is a paramount at a Nussbandhi Mela, targets have to be achieved within the budget." pg. 523 "One way [to eliminate the poor] would be to feed them a free meal containing arsenic and cyanide, whichever is more cost-effective." pg. 366 “You see, we cannot draw lines and compartments and refuse to budge beyond them. Sometimes you have to use your failures as stepping-stones to success. You have to maintain a fine balance between hope and despair. Yes, in the end, it's all a question of balance.” pg, 228-29 Q uestions?
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