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Analysis Of The Buddha Of Suburbia

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The Buddha of Suburbia was given an award of the Whitbread Prize for First Noel (1990. Set in the South London suburbs, Karim Amir is an Indian youngster growing up in the 1970s, learning to handle with teenage years and all its trappings. This forthright and creative work discloses his personal disturbance, loves, desires and wishes at the same time as he observes those around him with the same regard that a psychologist has for his patients. The father who makes over from civil Servant to 'Buddha of Suburbia', the teenaged rock star, Charlie Hero, who operates as a young Marxist and brings in Karim to sex, drugs and the real life behind a drab and grey London, each character possesses a vitality and color that contrasts luminously with their repressed and traditional surroundings. (The Buddha Of Suburbia, Hanif Kureishi, Faber and Faber Ltd., 1990) Although this book is a lot of amusing to read, what actually takes it to the next level is Karim's steady, troubling sense of separation and doubt about the future. Karim observes the people around him as examples of what he could develop into, and he senses who is pure and who isn't, and more than anything he wants to remain interesting and impressionable and inspired; he's frightened of the tediousness and unhappiness associated with growing up in suburbia. This is the sort of novel which pleads to all age ranges, identifying with teenage anguish and bewilderment, exploring the power of the mid-life crisis and challenging the specter of old age, something Kureishi expels with flair. East is east: In early '70s London, Mr. Khan and his English born wife Ella have a house full. The couple has four sons and a daughter and almost all of the kids have a personality problem, they're English, not 'Pakis' a condition that begins to enrage their father who wants to have all of them, particularly his sons, to be conventional to his sense of tradition and motherland. This disagreement between father and sons soon begins to drive a lodge between Mr. Khan and all of his family counting his much stressed wife Ella. East Is East is a rollicking comedy of cultural identity and family. Om Puri gives an extremely fine performance as a man who tries to hold on to some part of himself out of arrogance. Linda Bassett is solid as a rock and very strong as Ella, a wife who loves her husband and their children in equal portions. The children played by Jordan Routledge as Sajid, Archie Panjabi as Meenah, Emil Marwa as Maneer, Chris Bisson as Saleem, Jimi Mistry as Tariq, Raji James as Abdul, and Ian Aspinall as Nazir are a magnificently attractive, talented group of young actors. They all form an excellent ensemble as a family, funny, charming, and crazy. East Is East is a magnificently shrewd, knowing, and extremely entertaining cultural comedy. Comparison of Buddha of Suburbia and the “East is east” by taking “tradition” as an aspect: The children of the first immigrants have come to find themselves living in a...

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