The Conflict between Tradition and Modernity in Rama Mehta’s Inside the Haveli

MONIKA DHILLON

Abstract


In her novel Inside the Haveli, Rama Mehta acknowledges modern thoughts valuing traditional roots. It not only displays the helplessness of the protagonist but also expresses the injection of modernization in the haveli, making the advanced thoughts more durable to the traditional foundation and peace. The novel depicts how Geeta, a city bread girl of Bombay, well to do and educated has to marry a young man of Udaipur and live in a tradition bound haveli. She has to struggle much to carve out her own identity in the male dominated world. The elimination of Geeta’s victimhood at the end makes her more adoptable to the design of the haveli as her efforts were showing colors of a new beginning which she has. Thus, the victory and fulfillment of Geeta too lies in the fact, that she liberates herself from the strangulating traditions, and she embarks triumphantly on her flight towards emancipation in spite of being caged in the Haveli. As an amalgamation of tradition and modernity, Geeta is definitely a role model for thousands of women who are caught in the complexity of dilemma of traditions and modernity even today.


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Tradition; Modernity; Emancipation; Male Domination; Rama Mehta; Inside the Haveli

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