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The Village by the Sea (A Puffin Book)

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Family is a powerful theme with different permutations and meanings in the text. Firstly, family is extremely important for providing comfort, succor, and support. Hari and Lila work together to take care of their parents and their siblings, and Hari's being away from them all for so long wears on him heavily. However, family can also be tough if certain members aren't doing their part. Father becomes a burden and a disgrace to the family because of his bad choices, and Mother, while completely innocent of wrongdoing or blame, is still a burden in the sense that she cannot do anything that a parent should do. Finally, Desai suggests that family does not simply have to be the people who share your DNA; rather, Mr. Panwallah (and Jagu to a lesser extent) functions as a family member to Hari and gives the boy what he needs to survive and thrive. Kindness of Strangers

In the morning when Lila tried to wake her mother, she didn’t respond and was burning with fever. Lila sends Bela and Kamal to their neighbors, the Khanekars, to ask for Hira-bai to come. Kamal wonders if the neighbors will be drunk like her father, but the two girls go off. They see a discarded snake skin on their way, which momentarily scares them.Winner of the 1982 Guardian Award for children's fiction, The Village by the Sea is a survival story by the novelist Anita Desai. Birds are used frequently in the text to symbolize the freedom that is coveted by characters who feel as if they are tied to something they'd rather not be. Freedom means something both similar and different to the main characters of Hari and Lila. Both wish to be free of their constrained circumstances, of being forced to be adults rather than children, of their father's debt, of anxiety and sadness and confusion. However, Hari wishes to be free to make his own life choices, though it is a scary prospect; Lila wishes to be free to dream and find meaning in her life. Freedom is not easily attained or retained, but Desai ends the novel on an optimistic note with both children seeing an easing of the restraints that once bound them so tightly. Family I would have loved if the characters wer During the monsoon season, things are tough in Thul as well. Try as they might, the girls cannot keep water out of the hut. Fires are smoky and the huts are damp. There is no fish for the village. Trying to survive in this fast pace world is difficult. However, it’s stories like this which give us hope and make us better human beings.

Mount Wise is steeped in history having previously been the original 19th-century home of the Plymouth Garrison. Admiralty House even boasted Winston Churchill as a guest during the Second World War. The Village By the Sea study guide contains a biography of Anita Desai, literature essays, a complete e-text, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a full summary and analysis. Thul is by no means a paradise, but Desai does contrast it with Bombay and Thul comes out looking better than the city. The sea is seen as vivifying, beautiful, and sustaining. Yes, it can be harsh, but living within the natural environment is often better for the soul than living in the city of Bombay with its crowds, its whirling pace, its squalor, its pollution, its anonymity, and its indifference. Furthermore, Desai paints the encroachment of the factory and its concomitant markers of modernity and industry—housing, roads, bridges, pollution, more factories—as a negative force that will be difficult for people to embrace. There is no way these changes can be all bad, of course, and Hari's understanding that change and growth are necessary is wise and useful. Change and Adaptation Guardian children's fiction prize relaunched: Entry details and list of past winners". The Guardian 12 March 2001. Retrieved 5 August 2012. As adults, we have become quite sceptical even when there are situations we can easily extend help.At first, Hari is suspicious of his offer but then analyzes his situation and reaches the conclusion that Lila will never be able to find a good husband without money and that it is now his responsibility to provide for his family. The story was good. On the outer layer, there doesn't really appear to be much happening but when you get to the core you realise just how much is happening and changing in Thul (and other places). Again, I felt quite distanced from the story because of the writing but I did enjoy it. The book is about the challenges a family and the people of their village face as a result of development seeping in, although desirable it is irreversible. What stands out in Anita Desai’s writing is the ethereal picture she creates with her descriptions. The children are the real heroes in this story. I loved the confidence in her characters, their fighting spirit and eagerness to explore and adapt to new situations or surroundings. Some parts of the plot did not really seem important to the storyline, nevertheless it clearly depicted rural India. Their situation changes a bit when the de Silva family comes into the village. They are a rich family who vacation at their seaside home several times a year, and they always employ the children. Lila and Hari start helping them and become their servants. After finding out about their situation, Mr. de Silva offers Hari a job in Bombay as a car washer. Biju asks why they have chosen this land instead of a less fertile area, and the man shrugs and cites its easily accessible location, close to Bombay and near the seaport of Rewas so that the factory goods can be easily transported. There will be whole new colonies built for the new workers, new cities with infrastructure and public transit. Biju angrily asks what will happen to them and the Bombay man says that their village will cease to exist. The man laughs coldly, and says that the boys had better get jobs fifty miles out to sea on Biju’s boat because they won’t be hired at the factory—only engineers and mechanics from “elsewhere” will be offered jobs.

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