Abstract. Billy Biswas, the protagonist of Arun Joshi’s second novel, The Strange Case of Billy Biswas faces the problem of the barren, modern. literary milieu of the period to which Joshi belongs. Arun Joshi’s The Strange Case of Billy Biswas shows the process of alienation and rehabilitation via a 3- tier. The Strange Case of Billy Biswas (), which is chronologically the second novel of Arun Joshi (), shows his study of three different levels of life in .

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He improved relationships with Self, God, Cosmos, Nature and others. Click here to sign up. Findings from survey as critical report may be submitted words.

This leads to his total sense of alienation and isolation from his wife, family and his own self. In this state one can remain pure, sensitive and mystically linked with the Nature, its authentic humanity and instinctive spontaneity.

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Chances are that you will identify in bits and pieces with the main character Billy Biswas who is an explorer of the life as they say it bu Would have never come across this book had a well read bookseller not thrusted it upon me, assuring that – “In sahib ne s mien wo sab likh ke chod diya jo aap log abhi dhang se samajh bhi nahi paa rahe hain” – which roughly translates to “This guy could cqse down the very stuff so beautifully in s which you are grappling to even come to terms with”.

Billy uses his spiritual powers to cure Situ, the wife of Romi from her migraine. Sharma, Susheel Kumar To him, the people everywhere are the same- artistically dry and intellectually barren. Yet his themes are the most vitally contemporary of all our early English novelists, his characters vividly like casee — English-speaking, urban, wracked with confusion — and the quality of his art and thought are both first-rate and arguably far superior to say Biswsa to whom Indian English writing is said to owe a great debt.


This is a poetic tale of Billy, the man with strange obsessions and stranger ways of the world. A brief and useful analysis of the novel might enable students to go strwnge the novel. He has left his study of Engineering for Anthropology and ibswas already half-way through his doctoral project in that discipline.

To view it, click here. Therefore, I was quite compassionate towards the character, Billywho held a strong determination to go against the crowd, the conventional life, because he knew his inner being, his soul will not be satisfied unless he followed his heart. He lives a simple life, have calm desires and small wishes in the midst of Nature. There are lines like prophecy. Hardcoverpages.

It has a good insight into the passionate human mind. For Cawe the modern civilization is degenerate, shallow and self-centered:. The novel ov quite intriguing, the language and the story itself is spun beautifully and touches upon topics like religion, the concept of normalcy, love, fate, and more.

Come to our primitive world that will sooner or later overcome the works of man. At first, Romi tries to conceal the matter but at last he reveals the truth about Billy and his mystic treatment. Lists with This Book. Before dying, Billy labeled the civilized society with his bissas words: While he is in America, his father is a judge in the Supreme Court.


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Good philosophical ideas and debates. Here, the shift from one level of life to another made biwsas the protagonist is also the shift from one paradigm of value- system to another. Volume 59 Issue 4 Octpp.

He returns to India and joins Delhi University as Professor in anthropology. We sink and think we are swimming. A very interesting and really fascinating novel.

Actually, he is hallucinated by the vision with which the great explorers, the sages and the mystics pass during their turbulent days. Bilasia symbolizes the primitive force and ethos. Jun 16, Sachin rated it it was amazing.

Here, people are simple and satisfied. Being the Collector of the district, Romi goes to several places to provide possible assistance to the draught-suffered villagers. Nevertheless, it is worth considering, that even as we celebrate writers from the world over, we may have forgotten the best of our own.

In the Maikala Hills, he is fascinated by Bilasia and simple living of the primitives. Articles in EnglishVolume 1. So, it irked him and he could not rest. A very underappreciated author. Volume 56 Issue 4 Octpp.

Arun Joshi

I admired the vocabulary and sentence forms joshk author used in his narration. The novel is also a severe commentary on the meaningless existence, mental unrest, discontent, debauchery, lust, betrayal and cunnings in the modern civilization. Really moved by it a lot.

Bimal or Billy is a very complex personan intellectual who is deeply interested in Anthropology.