Caste and Racial Conflicts in David Davidar’s The House of Blue Mangoes



David Davidar aptly examines the sufferings of people who belong to downtrodden castes in India; he portrayed the realistic picture by taking some historical moorings in The House of Blue Mangoes.  No contemporary writer has examined these themes as Davidar did, he believes that the writers should deal with the themes regarding the internal problems of India rather than dealing with the continental and global issues. His novel located in fictitious places in South India. 

            In The House of Blue Mangoes, Davidar throws light on a gripping family saga in which he focuses on the caste conflicts in the Indian diaspora.  Caste had been a nerve centre, which was the cause for many fights. 

             David Davidar lavishly communicates a sense of place and skillfully explores the confluence of home, identity, and familial ties. Passionate affairs, caste wars, and household acrimony are inextricably linked to the Dorai family's home. No matter how far members of the clan may travel, they're always drawn back to their ancestral land.

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