Father returning home by Dilip Chtire

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  1. 1. Father Returning Home Dilip Chitre
  2. 2. Video Impression https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3rzut2c 44M
  3. 3. Dilip Chitre (17 Sept 1938 10 Dec 2009) One of the foremost Indian writers and critics to emerge in post-Independence India. Wrote in Marathi & English Also a painter & filmmaker Born in Baroda Family moved to Mumbai in 1951 Published his first collection of poems in 1960
  4. 4. What is this poem about? Alienation of the elderly in a modern world Isolation of old age Estrangement from family Loneliness in modern cities Modernisation Loss of historical and cultural identity Setting: Mumbai, India
  5. 5. Father Returning Home My father travels on the late evening train Standing among silent commuters in the yellow light Suburbs slide past his unseeing eyes
  6. 6. His shirt and pants are soggy and his black raincoat Stained with mud and his bag stuffed with books Is falling apart. His eyes dimmed by age fade homeward through the humid monsoon night.
  7. 7. Now I can see him getting off the train Like a word dropped from a long sentence. He hurries across the length of the grey platform, Crosses the railway line, enters the lane, His chappals are sticky with mud, but he hurries onward.
  8. 8. Home again, I see him drinking weak tea, Eating a stale chapati, reading a book.
  9. 9. He goes into the toilet to contemplate Man's estrangement from a man-made world.
  10. 10. Coming out he trembles at the sink, The cold water running over his brown hands, A few droplets cling to the greying hairs on his wrists.
  11. 11. His sullen children have often refused to share Jokes and secrets with him. He will now go to sleep Listening to the static on the radio, dreaming
  12. 12. Of his ancestors and grandchildren, thinking Of nomads entering a subcontinent through a narrow pass.
  13. 13. Khyber Pass The Khyber Pass is the best natural land route to India through the Hindu Kush mountain range. It is one of the most famous mountain passes in the world, with a long and often violent history. It has been not only a major trade route for centuries, but also an entry point for conquering armies carrying on their invasions. A very interesting curiosity is that "Khyber" seems to be a Hebrew name: its meaning is related to the Hebrew root chet-bet-resh, the verb "to connect", "to couple", "to join", implying also partnership, junction, intimate union. Even though this term may not be Hebrew, no other possible etymology has yet been found. How did a Hebrew name be applied to such an important place in the gates of India?
  14. 14. The Aryans are a group of people who migrated to India through the Khyber pass around 1500 BC. There is a lot of debate about whether the Aryans actually did arrive in India. Dr. Dinesh Agrawal's paper Demise of the Aryan Invasion Theory states that the Aryans could not have been in India because they moved from East to West. He supports this by saying that this is how Europeans languages are so similar to the Sanskrit language. Agrawal also says that there is no mention of invasions in any Vedic writings. An article from thinkquest.org declares that the Aryans did influence India. They believe that horses, an animal not native to India, were brought with the Aryans. The Aryans also brought a set of deities with them. The gods that they brought weren't Indian so it can be reasoned that they were brought by a different group of people.
  15. 15. Your personal response to this poem?
  16. 16. Homework Annotation page & 1 essay question Choose 1 essay: To what extent does Dilip Chitre make you feel compassion for his father in his poem Father Returning Home? OR: Examine the ways in which Dilip Chitre creates a stark impression of the isolation of old age in this poem.