Chronicles of the Raj: A Study of Literary Reaction to the by Shamsul Islam

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If you did not belong to the club, you were an outcast or a rebel. The membership was dependent entirely upon occupation, and discrimination over status was often preserved. The club at Chandrapore is a typical 'Anglo-Indian' club which is held up to ridicule by Forster. Here one sees the little tin gods of Chandra pore in their human frailty interested in shouting 'Koi-Hai' (which was the call for the servants to come and attend), drinking their chotapegs or burrapegs of Scotch, or indulging in small talk about shikar and scandal.

Who do you want instead of the English? ' jeers Fielding. Aziz E. M. Forster 41 shouts again, 'India shall be a nation! ' and dancing with rage he yells: Clear out you fellows, double quick, I say. We may hate one another, but we hate you most. If I don't make you go, Ahmed will, Karim will, if it's fifty five-hundred years we shall get rid of you, yes, we shall drive every blasted Englishman into the sea, and then . . you and I shall be friends. (PI, 3 17) However, in the atmosphere of love generated by ]anam Ashtami and the mystical presence of the spirit of Mrs Moore (who revisits them in the tangible shape of her son and daughter), the friendship of Aziz and Fielding is healed to a certain extent.

The membership was dependent entirely upon occupation, and discrimination over status was often preserved. The club at Chandrapore is a typical 'Anglo-Indian' club which is held up to ridicule by Forster. Here one sees the little tin gods of Chandra pore in their human frailty interested in shouting 'Koi-Hai' (which was the call for the servants to come and attend), drinking their chotapegs or burrapegs of Scotch, or indulging in small talk about shikar and scandal. In many ways the 'Anglo-Indian' world is monotonous- even its meals are that way: Julienne soup full of bullety bottled peas, pseudo-cottage bread, fish full of branching bones, pretending to be plaice, more bottled peas with the cutlets, trifle, sardines on toast: the menu of AngloIndia.

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