Use of One Act Plays for Developing Soft Skills

Hari Narayanan MA

M.Phil Scholar, Research Department of English

The American College, Madurai


This paper is an attempt to show how One Act Plays can be used for developing Soft Skills.  Soft skills are important for those who aspire to become part of business world.  In Indian Universities, certain undergraduate courses like, BBA, etc., are the most sought often courses of study.  There is a dire need to develop and cone the conversational and soft of the students who chose management courses aspiring to become successful entrepreneurs.  This paper seeks to present how one act plays can be used to hone/shape the soft skills of the students.  One act plays are more appealing to the contemporary youths than full length plays for convenience’s sake.  One act plays present life like situations through the conversation of the character involved.  By imbibing characters reaction in the Plays students unconsciously develop soft skills to become successful entrepreneurs in business world.  By teaching soft skills through one act plays the students can better their interpersonal relationship in business too.


            Soft skills are life skills. Soft skills are important for those who aspire to become part of the business world.  In Indian Universities and colleges, certain Undergraduate courses like, BBA, etc., are the most sought often courses of study.  There is a dire need to develop and hone the conversational and soft skills of the students who choose management courses aspiring to become to become successful entrepreneurs.  Soft skills include communication skills, courtesy, flexibility, positive attitude, interpersonal skills, etc.,  Of these said skills, developing interpersonal skills that include other professionalism, team work, work ethic, time management skills, coping with pressure, self confidence, critical thinking and problem solving is of foremost importance for aspiring entrepreneurs.  This paper seeks to present how one act plays can be used as a strategy to teach soft skills, especially for developing their interpersonal skills needed for future entrepreneurs.

Objective of the Study

            The aim of the study is to use staging of the play as a pedagogic technique to teach students to develop their interpersonal skills for successful entrepreneurship.


  1. Stage of play involves multi-tasking that requires interpersonal relationship and cooperation.
  2. Play will develop the participants’ soft skills in an implicit and interesting manner.

Research Questions

  1. Can interpersonal skills be developed in a controlled environment like classroom?
  2. If, yes whether pedagogic skills are available to teach them?
  3. How will staging of play be useful as a pedagogic technique to teach soft skills?


            Soft skills are needed to interact with the external world of conglomerate customer for a successful businessman.  One has to interact and communicate in order to gain acceptance in the modern world of intensive competition.  Soft skills help to build social relationships.  These skills, mainly the interpersonal skills form the core of anyone involved in management and business.  They develop positive self esteem which helps in defining a businessman’s role in the society.  If an individual involved in management cannot communicate or work as a team, then he/she will feel alienated and withdrawn.  Interpersonal skills form an indispensable part of the life of an entrepreneur.

            Customary classrooms do not provide ample scope or space for the students.  In a teacher-centred classroom, the students become passive listeners.  Passivity blunts the students’ ability to develop the necessary interactive soft skills, i.e., interpersonal skills need for learner-centred activities become essential to develop the much needed skills.  Teacher-centred classroom make the students conscious of their shortcoming and does not provide the atmosphere for mastering the interpersonal skills naturally.

            One act plays can be used effectively to enable the students since enacting the plays can develop their communicative skills unconsciously.  A trained memory is the great asset a student can develop to be successful in life.  When the students are involved not only in parroting the conversations in the plays but also in stage managements, their socially acceptable traits like self awareness, self-regulation, empathy and self-motivation develop unconsciously.

            A successful entrepreneurs needs to be good at planning, organizing, staffing, heading, controlling and motivating the co-workers or his team mates.  Rehearsing and staging one-act plays provides the right opportunity and platform to develop these opportunity and platform to develop these skills since these skills involve all the skills that come under soft skills or interpersonal skills.

            There are many problems faced by working personnel like lack of communicative ability, failure to communicate ideas while involving in team work and management, organizing, leading and other management skills.  Training the students in managing and staging one act plays offers enough scope for the students even within the classrooms to acquire these managerial skills effectively.

            Staging a one-act play involves the back stage or preparatory activities like selection of the play, casting and rehearsal.  The production of the play involves stage management, costume selection; make up, lights arrangement, promotion, seating of audience, and above all stage performance.  All these activities can be turned into a learner-centered activity once the students are divided into groups to take care of each activity.  Then the groups’ responsibility and roles can be reshuffled to provide enough scope for all the students to learn all the skills.

            Learning the language skills through literature is the main purpose of using one-act plays as a pedagogic tool.  Students can memorize the conversations in the play and play their roles.  This will enhance their communication skills.  Hearing other characters’ conversations will develop their listening and cooperative skills.  The students learn the need to empathize with the other characters and learn the importance of listening which is an essential component of interactive skills.  Rehearsing the play enables the students to become fluent and spontaneous in conversation, and this will boost their morale, confidence and positive attitude.  These are the basic skills needed for aspiring entrepreneurs, while playing different roles, some characters are vigorous speakers, some active listeners and some flexible passive participants relying on their body language to express their emotions.

            To stretch the experience of the learners a little further, it is not a mere assumption that acquiring language skills (communicative skills) are no small task. Wordplay precedes character.  One can win or lose a situation by the proper use or misuse of words.  Words can be ironic, deceptive, artful, innovative, ambiguous, equivocal, suggestive, crafty or plain (straightforward).  Words are used for thought transference.  The learners by playing out situations as presented in the one-act plays can learn the nuances of vocabulary.  This will further boost their confidence when they meet people in real-life situations.  Learning the proper usage of words will enhance their wit, intelligence, inventiveness and understanding since words can ne figurative, funny, literal, gainful or painful.

            Thus teaching soft skills or interpersonal skills by involving the students in one-act plays makes learning a learner-centered one.  Further entrepreneurs acquire the work ethic, team work and management skills by allowing them to choose the roles according to their ability.  Enacting one-act plays keeps the students engaged and active.  The teacher can help in choosing the right one-act plays for the future entrepreneurs.  Involving the students in one-act plays also provides maximum speaking practice while enacting real life contexts.


            Staging of plays involves interpersonal relationship irrespective of the roles the participants play.  The interesting nature of the activity increases the participatory involvements of the students by thus increasing learners’ interest by better results.

The out of the text learning experience give greater weight age to learning, which is students-centric, then teaching which is teacher centric.  One-act plays are more appealing to the modern youth since it is less time consuming.  By imbibing characters’ reaction in the plays, the students unconsciously develop soft skills to become successful entrepreneurs in the business world.  By learning soft skills through out one-act plays, the students can better their interpersonal relationship in business too.


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Life as suffering in Michael Haneke’s Amour and Syvia Plath’s Bell Jar

Chung Chin-Yi

National University of Singapore

‘Amour’ rationalizes mercy killing. The slow deterioration of Anne also prevents the audience from judging Georges for finally snapping and killing Anne before he commits suicide. There is a great feeling of relief for the two in this situation which prevents us from judgement. The amount of sacrifice Georges has made for Anne is immense and we do not judge him for killing her in her deteriorative state. George’s suffering reflects what life is all about: conflict, and since Anne can’t defend herself, she’s actually better dead.As with Amour,Plath’s suicide is almost a relief to the decline she has been suffering in gradually being enslaved to a man and entrapped with children. Many of us judge those who commit suicide as weak and unstable but given the amount of pain we are exposed to in Amour and Plath’s novel, suicide indeed seems a form of relief and escape. While not entirely rationalizing suicide or mercy killing, the gradual decline and excruciating pain that we witness in the characters make us sympathize with the decision to simply escape life through self harm.Yet we are made to see their hubris as they take fate into their own hands rather than let the divine determine it. We are left wondering if they escape in this life but will escape condemnation by the divine for self harm in the next.

Keywords: Suicide, Mercy killing, Life,Suffering,Pain

A story such as ‘Amour’, which involves the deterioration of a stroke victim and her husband’s brave efforts to care for her, become harsh when true-life events are reproduced realistically. Haneke does not entirely keep to grimness and then throws in a twist ending.The stroke victim is Anne, who lives with her husband, Georges, both retired music teachers. When Anne spaces out at the breakfast table one morning, Georges knows something is wrong but Anne doesn’t seem to have any memory of the incident. It turns out she has a blocked carotid artery but after undergoing surgery, Anne ends up paralyzed on one side.

The first half of ‘Amour’ involves Georges’ efforts to help Anne with her rehabilitation. He holds her up out of her wheelchair and she takes feeble steps, using her one good leg, and dragging the other. Eventually, Anne has another stroke, which reduces her to a child-like state; often, she talks in gibberish. Georges becomes more frustrated as there are moments when Anne refuses to swallow the soft food Georges is trying to spoon feed her.

Outside visitors occasionally intrude on Anne and Georges’ sad world. Early on, before the second stroke, one of Anne’s students, a well-known classical pianist pays a visit and asks Anne what happened to her. She doesn’t want to discuss her situation, merely stating that her condition is a result of ‘old age’. Later, Anne and Georges’ daughter, Eva, pays a visit, and argues with her father, recommending that she put Anne in a home. Georges’ reacts angrily and considers Eva’s suggestion heartless. It eventually comes out that the relationship between daughter and parents is not good, primarily due to her British-born husband, who apparently the parents did not care for too much.

After Georges decides to hire a second nurse, he discovers that this particular woman has been mistreating Anne. Georges fires the nurse but she indignantly claims that she’s never had a problem before with any of her employers and rudely curses the old man, before leaving.The visitors to the apartment, however, serve to break up the monotony of Anne’s deterioration, not only for Georges but for the audience as well. The film is almost unbearable as it documents the depressing decline of Anne and we find it almost impossible to watch on as she becomes a shadow of her former self.

‘Amour’ turns into a crime drama  when the caring Georges, suddenly decides he cannot take it anymore, and suffocates Anne with a pillow. He prepares the body so that when the police finally arrive, Anne appears in a dignified state. He also seals the door with masking tape, presumably to prevent the foul odor from permeating the apartment. Then Georges pens a final note and while it’s not entirely clear, it appears he commits suicide, to join his wife in death. Right before the note, Georges captures a pigeon that has flown into the apartment, but lets it go, perhaps symbolizing that he has freed Anne by effecting the mercy killing.

‘Amour’ rationalizes mercy killing. The slow deterioration of Anne also prevents the audience from judging Georges for finally snapping and killing Anne before he commits suicide. There is a great feeling of relief for the two in this situation which prevents us from judgement. The amount of sacrifice Georges has made for Anne is immense and we do not judge him for killing her in her deteriorative state. George’s suffering reflects what life is all about: conflict, and since Anne can’t defend herself, she’s actually better dead. In a very satisfying scene, Georges dismisses an incompetent nurse by telling her “I hope that you have the misfortune to be treated exactly the way that you treat your patients when you are helpless.” Helpless,is the state of Anne, and Georges is the only one to understand that she needs someone who treats her like an adult. One of the most devastating scenes occurs when Anne refuses to drink, George’s reaction is shocking but believable, he slaps and forces her to drink. Indeed, we’d never harm those who love, except if they try to harm themselves. The slap Georges gave is a sort of defense he applies in the name of Anne’s soul, because she can’t respond for herself. George suffers on behalf of Anne.

 Emmanuelle Riva and Jean-Louis Trintignant portray well the close loving bond of a very compatible couple and its disintegration as illness permanently changes the relationship. Over two hours one witnesses the affectionate camaraderie the couple shares degenerate into painful co-dependence. The wife, independent and intelligent, is reduced to a gibbering shadow of herself – treated with unwanted pity and undignity.Her husband, anxious that not only has he lost the woman who means most to him, cannot bear to see her suffer either. He is tormented by the enormous responsibilities he feels. When Anne’s health begins to deteriorate rapidly due to a series of strokes, Georges assumes the role of full-time caregiver. Like all of us facing this situation, Georges is confronted with the dilemma of keeping Anne at home where she can be cared for by the man who loves her, or of placing her in an unfamiliar nursing home where she could be looked after by professional caregivers who would, however, be strangers. Georges chooses the former, despite the tremendous physical and emotional burden it places on him. This is clearly a couple who takes their “for better or for worse…in sickness and in health…till death do us part” wedding vows to heart. We aren’t shown the kinds of trials Georges and Anne’s love has had to endure over the years for them to have arrived at this point. But something has held them together all this time, and we sense that their life experiences and their commitment to one another have prepared them for this final challenge. Anne’s illness becomes the test in which all lingering frictions will be burned away and out of which their love will emerge as solid and indestructible. For only in times of utmost suffering and pain can love be manifested in its truest and purest form. And this is the message of Georges and Anne’s story: true love is  being selfless, the act of giving.

            One might say the Bell Jar is about Plath’s regret that she is not a man with a phallus, because that condition might actually enable her to lead a life of authenticity and freedom. Being female comes with the expectations of eventually becoming a domestic keeper no matter what one has achieved prior to getting married, as Plath mentions when she says men like Buddy Willard intend to serenade her with high romance only to iron her out flat like a mat like Buddy Willard’s mother after marriage, reduced to a life of menial household chores and work that revolves entirely around the family while Buddy Willard lives a double life of male hypocrisy and is able by virtue of his status as a male to engage in casual sex with a waitress.

            Plath is also repulsed by the idea of sex, as she finds that it is an act of violence towards women and not in the least attractive as a prospect. Upon Buddy Willard exposing his male genitals to her, Plath confesses that all she can think about is turkey neck and gizzards, the male organ does not stimulate her sexually and when she first has a sexual encounter in order to get revenge on Buddy Willard for his casual attitude towards sex with an older professor she bleeds incessantly, demonstrating that the sexual act has more gratification for males than females and leads to more suffering on the part of females than males, essentially an act of violence towards females as Plath comes close to being raped by a woman-hater Marco in one section of the book.

            Plath is repulsed also by the need for women to be incessant child bearers and household keepers, as she is revulsed by the figure of Dodo Conway, who has a large family of six children and seems to be completely immune to the burden and entrapment that being a mother and household keeper brings, she seems completely to fit the mould of being a child-bearer and child-rearer complacently and it is such women that Plath or her alter-ego Esther resents completely because it seems to be an entrapment for women, while men can pursue affairs and careers and money and glamour women are reduced to being appendages to men in having to be enslaved to bringing up the children that they bear for them.

            Plath thus feels that being female is little more than being an appendage to men as they are allowed sexual liberties that are forbidden to women and allowed to pursue money glamour and fame all at the expense of their wives who have to make sacrifices and raise children for them.The idea of marriage appals Plath who finds it little more than an entrapment and imprisonment for someone as talented and full of promise independently as herself. Plath is also revulsed by the idea of females being completely passive, indebted and at the mercy of male desire as Doreen demonstrates at the presence of Lenny Sheppard, independently Doreen had been sharp-witted and satirical of people around her but around Lenny Sheppard Doreen transforms into a completely passive sex object for him, to be played around with at his will and mercy, the sight of them making out is so abhorrent to Esther or Plath that she has to leave the apartment altogether.

As a consequence of all the expectations of her as a female to throw away and abandon her life of high achievement and personal accolades when she becomes married and enslaved to a man like Buddy Willard who has no intuition or sense of decency towards women as he crudely and insensitively engages in casual sex with a waitress with no heed of Esther’s feelings as she is expected to remain pure and sexually untainted for him, Esther descends into a deep clinical depression that can be cured only by electroconvulsion, the ultimate violence towards her as she feels part of her is being executed like the Rosenbergs she mentions at the beginning of the novel, to be female it seems is a crime liable to being punished for one’s simple status as a women and the discomfort it causes in her when she does not complacently fit into the mould of Dodo Conway and Doreen who do not mind at all being completely at the mercy of men and indebted to them as well as being little more than domestic or sexual slaves to men as Dodo Conway ungrudgingly has one child after another and sees no need to distinguish herself with a career and as Doreen who had been so satirical and sharp is reduced to a completely compliant sexual object at the hands of Lenny Sheppard. Eventually, Esther makes a suicide attempt, albeit unsuccessful, as she feels she cannot escape the bell jar or suffocating imprisonment that the status of simply being female imposes upon her. This bell jar however was to descend on Plath eventually when as a mother of two married to an unfaithful Ted Hughes she eventually successfully takes her life by putting her head in a gas stove oven. At the heart of Plath’s grievance is the fact that women seem to be completely subordinated and at the mercy of male desire and the need for women to sacrifice their careers and reputation to simply become domestic keepers, it seems that all the academic accomplishment Plath has achieved will become utterly meaningless after she marries Buddy Willard because she will be flattened out like a rug under his feet like Buddy’s mother. Plath is also alienated from her mother, who fails to understand her completely and tries to make her feel guilt for her depression by repeatedly asking Plath how she had failed as a mother and what she had done wrong to cause her to go into depression when it is largely convention and society which has victimized Plath by confining her to the bell jar of marriage and motherhood in place of the alternative futures she had envisioned for herself with a successful career as a professor or editor. It is society’s rigid expectations of her path as a mother and wife that causes her to descend into depression.Plath also rejects the lesbian alternative, she rejects Joan’s advances and does not see Joan as an alternative to male subordination as she is repulsed by the idea of being lesbian for it seems unnatural and disgusting to her.

As with Amour,Plath’s suicide is almost a relief to the decline she has been suffering in gradually being enslaved to a man and entrapped with children. Many of us judge those who commit suicide as weak and unstable but given the amount of pain we are exposed to in Amour and Plath’s novel, suicide indeed seems a form of relief and escape. While not entirely rationalizing suicide or mercy killing, the gradual decline and excruciating pain that we witness in the characters make us sympathize with the decision to simply escape life through self harm.

Yet we are made to see their hubris as they take fate into their own hands rather than let the divine determine it.We are left wondering if they escape in this life but will escape condemnation      by the divine for self harm in the next.

Works Cited:

Hanake,Michael.  Amour. 2012. Film.

Plath, Sylvia. The Bell Jar. Faber and Faber, London, 1963.


Anthropological Elements in Zora Neale Hurston’s Novels

  1. B .Moses Chandrasekaran

Research Scholar

PG and Research Department of English

Sudharsan College of Arts and Science

Pudukkottai 622104


Dr. G. Sathurappasamy

Assistant Professor

PG and Research Department of English

  1. H. The Rajah’s College (Autonomous)

Pudukkottai 622001



Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960) is one of 20th-century America’s foremost fiction and folklore writers. Though she was criticized by some of her contemporaries, including Richard Wright and Ralph Ellison, her works are now frequently taught in literature courses and are widely admired for their style and substance. She deals extremely with anthropological elements and sentiments in her novels. This paper explores three of her novels in the perspective selected in the title.


This paper analyses such the anthropological elements as people culture, origin and society portrayed in the novels of Zora Neale Hurston. This paper explains the African-American people’s origin, culture and society. It also portrays the culture of the people and how the women were treated in their society. This paper addresses female issues in society such as the socialization of g`irls and women to define ‘self’ in the relation to the ‘others’. It will be primarily about modern women with particular dreams, delights, despairs and how these women relate to one another in the name of love.

The Major focus is on how women were treated both in black and white society. The struggles they undergone by physically, psychologically and how they finally fulfil their goal of identity. The emergence of female identity and creativity and barrier to their development and the challenges that these women face are also explored.

To explain these issues the primary sources chosen for this paper are “Their Eyes were Watching God, Seraph on the Sewanee” and Jonah’s Gourd Vine” by Zora Neale Hurston.

Zora Neale Hurston was one of the prominent figures in Harlem Renaissance. She was the only women writer in that period who had become famous as a black. She always focuses in the gender politics, secrets, language and identity. The tyrannical social model and family expectation, familial devotion, romantic love, economic, emotional insecurity, self-fulfilment and lack of recognition are the recurring themes in her works.

The most significant and prominent novel is Their Eyes were Watching God. This novel focuses on Janie the protagonist. It narrates about a journey in which the title character, Janie Crawford searches for independence, self-fulfilment and love. Janie’s quest for identity is challenged by the norms of her society, and she defies her grandmother, lovers, friends and community in order to escape the imprisonment of their self-degrading ideologies. This novel portrays the atmosphere of Eatonville and Florida. As a single woman when she returns to Eatonville after burying her third husband Tea Cake who made her to learn new thing and developed her knowledge which was restricted to women in their society. This novel tells about the struggles faced by Janie in her development of her psyche. This novel portrays the atmosphere of Eatonville and Florida.

Seraph on the Sewanee is another novel which also takes place around Florida. This is the only novel the protagonist is a white women. This novel takes place in Sawley town present on the river bank of Sewanee. This novel also tells about the development of the protagonist Arvay in her marriage life. Arvay was all of twenty-one, and according to local custom, should have been married at least five years ago. When the story begins, Arvay is upset with her sister because she takes the man that Arvay wants to marry. Because she feels that the life that she wanted to live is taken away from her, she tries to go into seclusion and ends up marrying a man that she persuaded to love. There are also scenes in the story when Arvay wanted to leave Jim but she couldn’t because Jim’s influence over her was so great. His force is similar to the force that black women had with whites and oftentimes their husbands.

Jonah’s Gourd Vine is the first novel of Zora Neale Hurston. It is her indirect product as anthropologist research work. This work also represents her life in Eatonville and her family life. Lucy Potts, the character modelled on Hurston’s real life mother Lucy, is presented as a tragic figure who stayed loyal to her husband through all of his adulterous affairs and abusive behaviour. In this novel Lucy has an even narrower life space in Alabama. She is locked into the cycle of reproduction that literally ties her to bed. Her physical enslavement as a breeder is also symbolically reified. She is always presented in bed in her marriage both in Alabama and in Eatonville, Florida, too, where she reaches a middle class status on the side of her husband. The metaphor of the bed marks disability and social marginalization that really becomes powerful in contrast with the promiscuous behaviour of John, who is seldom presented in the home, but whose figure is connected to superior physical power and agency.

On her death bed, Lucy says that she has been to sorrow’s kitchen and licked out all the pots. This novel also revolves around the Eatonville society and the culture of the black people. This book also focuses on women, violence, and testimony in the African American society. The author asserts the violently enforced confinement and powerlessness of African American women during 1880s in her novel “Jonah’s Gourd Vine.”

In these three novels, Zora Neale Hurston discusses the culture and society of the black and white people lives around Florida. She had travelled many places and done many research as an anthropologist. So as an anthropologist her writing also filled with the same things such as culture and society around the South Florida.

As a feminine writer all her writings were focused on the women life in their culture, society and around South Florida. How they were crushed in the name of culture and society and how they finally full fill their rights as a women. Most female character in her writing will try to attain self-fulfilment in their life. Being an anthropologist she combines the culture and society which restrict women development in the social status shown in her works. Hurston’s women are often positioned in the private–most prominently: kitchens, bedrooms, back porches, and back yards; and rarely in the public–where they are marginalized and alienated. These women are thus ascribed to inflexible places, where, under the male gaze, they become immobile. However, even if Hurston’s women appear in a seemingly free context–outside the home and masculine social space– and acquire a nomadic identity, their stance remains intelligible in the function of transparent space. Her works display a deep interest in the anthropology and feminism.

Thus Zora Neale Hurston novels reflect a strong anthropology and feminism and she examines the lives in and around South Florida. Her research is about their culture and structure of the society and how they see women and how they treat them. All her female character in her novels seeks for affection, love and self-fulfilment.

Thus this paper analysed Zora Neale Hurston’s novels from a cultural, society, feminist literary perspective, examining the women experience and perception of the world, female identity and social constraints on their development.

Works Cited

Woodson, Jacqueline. Show Way. New York: G.P. Putman’s Sons, 2005.

Housten, Julian. New Boy. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2005.

Giovanni, N. Rosa. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 2005.

Freedman, R. The Voice that Challenged a Nation: Marian Anderson and the Struggle for Equal Rights. New York: Clarion Books, 2004.

Draper, Sharon A. Copper Sun. New York: Atheneum, 2006.

Hemenway, Robert. Zora Neale Hurston: A Literary Biography.

Hurston, Zora Neale. Dust Tracks on a Road.

Walker, Alice (ed.). I Love Myself…

The Vindication of the just in the Winter’s Tale

Chung Chin-Yi

National University of Singapore

Abstract: Hermione represents a Christ figure who is crucified by the jealous, irrational and sinful man Leontes, to be resurrected 16 years later after Leontes repents of his jealousy, irrationality, selfishness and egocentrism. His sin was disbelieving the goodness and fidelity of Hermione, much like unbelievers crucified Christ and refused to believe he was their savior and Messiah. At her resurrection, Leontes comes to see how foolish he was all this while, much like the persecutors of Christ repent at his resurrection when they realize they had wrongly accused Christ and he is indeed the good and rightful Messiah of the world. The vindication of the innocent Hermione parallels the vindication of the innocent Christ who was wrongly accused and crucified for no crime of his own. The play thus testified to the vindication of the righteous over the course of time. Time will reveal the innocence of the wrongly accused, just as Hermione is vindicated at her resurrection Christ will reveal his true innocence and status as the true Messiah when he returns in final glory at the second coming.

Keywords: Winter’s tale, Shakespeare, justice, vindication, jealousy

“They would be content to die if there were no other excuse why they should desire to live.”
Act 1, Scene 1, Lines 44-46. Leontes is the king of Sicilia. Polixenes is the king of Bohemia. These two kings have been bosom friends since childhood. Archidamus, a Bohemian courtier, has just offered glowing recommendations for Mamillius, Leontes’ only son. Camillo, a courtier to the king of Sicilia, supports the comments made by Archidamus, saying “They that went on crutches before he was born desire yet their life to see him a man.” Camillo offers this quote. All seem to believe that Mamillius is a talented young man. Continuing to be full of praise for Leontes, Mamillius, and his fellow countrymen, Archidamus says “If the King had no son, they would desire to live on crutches till he had one.”

“We were two lads who thought there was no more in the future but such a day tomorrow as today, and to be boys eternal.”
Act 1, Scene 2, Lines 79-82. Hermione is Leontes’ wife, his queen. Complimenting her husband, as usual, Hermione has been trying to get Polixenes to stay in Sicilia a week more. Polixenes has been in Sicilia for some time, visiting his long-time friend Leontes. Hermione stirs up memories of the past, saying “tell me of my lord’s tricks and yours when you were boys.” Polixenes offers this quote. But in spite of her insistence, he is determined to quickly return to Bohemia. Polixenes has business to tend to in Bohemia.

“One good deed dying not spoken of kills a thousand accompanying it. Our praises are our wages.”
Act 1, Scene 2, Lines 118-120. Leontes praises his wife’s effort to encourage Polixenes to extend his stay in Sicilia. He says “once before you spoke to better purpose.” The two of them, happy as can be to have Polixenes there in Sicilia, banter with each other, Hermione responding to his comment, by saying “not twice; not more than twice?” She says “Cram us with praise, and make us as fat as tame things.” She then offers this quote. She asks “what was the first time I spoke to better purpose?” He says when “thou didst utter I am yours forever.There is no marital friction between them.

“I may be negligent, foolish and fearful. These are such infirmities that honesty is never free of.”
Act 1, Scene 2, Lines 310-325. Hermione has persuaded Polixenes to stay in Sicilia for another week. But Leontes has now become jealous pf Polixenes, believing that Hermione in her persuasive efforts has been seducing Polixenes. Now convinced that Hermione and Polixenes are more than just friends, believing she has had a “too close relationship” with Polixenes, Leontes throws a tantrum at his aide, Camillo, for not seeing what Leontes now believes is her adultery. Camillo doesn’t quite know how to react to Leontes, saying this to defend himself.

“Do not weep, good friends; there is no cause. When you shall know your mistress has deserved prison, then abound in tears as I come out.”
Act 2, Scene 1, Lines 141-146.  An enraged Leontes, believing Polixenes to be the cause of Hermione’s pregnancy,imprisons Herione. Hermione maintains composure, speaking only to her ladies, asking that they attend her in prison to help her during her late stage pregnancy.

“Often, the silence of pure innocence persuades when speaking fails.”
Act 2, Scene 2, Lines 50-51.  Knowing the king is very upset with Hermione, imprisoning her, Paulina, one of the queen’s ladies-in-waiting, offers to tell Leontes of the birth of their daughter, hoping she can “prove honey-mouthed” and ease the friction between the two of them. Paulina says “We do not know how he may soften at the sight o’ th’ child.” Paulina offers this quote. Emilia is another lady-in-waiting. Paulina remains ignorant that Leontes believes Polixenes is the child’s father.

It is the heretic that makes the fire, not she who burns in ‘t.”
Act 2, Scene 3, Lines 148-149. . Paulina has just told the king at length how much the child looks like him, saying “the print be little, the whole matter and copy of the father.” She continues to describe how much  the two look similar. Leontes believes none of it. He says “I’ll have thee burnt.” She says “I care not” and says this.

  “Some powerful spirit instruct the hawks and ravens to be thy nurses.”   Act 2, Scene 3, Lines 227-228. Leontes has just commanded Antigonus, another of the king’s courtiers, to take the child to some remote desert out-back in Bohemia and to desert the baby there. Antigonus, having agreed to do anything to save the child from being burned, agrees to the command. He picks up the child and offers this prayer.

If powers divine behold our human actions, as they do, I doubt not then but innocence shall make false accusation blush and tyranny tremble at suffering endured with calmness.”
Act 3, Scene 2, Lines 29-33. The court’s indictment has read that she committed adultery with Polixenes and conspired with Camillo to take away the life of her husband, Leontes. Leontes has been unjustly cruel Hermione was calm as she listened to the accusations. The queen offers this speech soon after the judgement.

O thou tyrant, do not repent these things, for they are weightier than all thy woes can stir.”
: Act 3, Scene 2, Lines 228-230. Hermione dropped unconscious when the Court was told that Mamillius had died. She was carried out of the courtroom. Paulina followed her out. Leontes apologized to the court. Paulina re-enters and reveals truth to the court. She says “But the last woe, O lords, the Queen’s dead.” She then offers this quote to the court and to Leontes, going on to say to the king “A thousand supplicants for ten thousand years could not move the gods to look that way thou wert.”

“What’s gone and what’s past should be past grief.”
Act 3, Scene 2, Lines 246-247. Paulina has reported to Leontes and to the court that Hermione is dead. Paulina continues to chastise Leontes. A lord asks her to “Say no more.” She says “I do repent.” She says this to the court.

“I cannot forget how I destroyed the sweet’st companion that e’er man bred his hopes out of.”
Act 5, Scene 1, Lines 12-13. Perhaps twenty years have now passed since Leontes’ wife Hermione collapsed and he was told she had died. At that same time he had learned that their son Mamillius had also died. It was then that Leontes, furious, had demanded that their baby girl Perdita be taken to the Bohemian out-back and left there. He continues to suffer from remorse over his willful orders.

Dear queen, who ended when I but began, give me that hand of yours to kiss.”
Act 5, Scene3, Lines 53-54.Paulina has led the royal family into the gallery to view the statue of the queen, all standing in honor and wonder at the statue as Paulina draws back the curtain. Perdita kneels and then talks to the statue, offering this quote. Paulina calls Perdita back, saying “O patience! The color’s not dry

When she was young, you wooed her; now in age is she become the suitor?”  Act 5, Scene 3, Lines 134-135. Paulina to Leontes. Paulina has just asked Hermione, standing in the gallery as a statue, to descend. She does. For the moment, all are in shock and awe. Leontes then says “O, she’s warm! If this be magic, let it be art.”

“You gods, from your sacred vials pour your graces upon my daughter’s head.”
Act 5, Scene 3, Lines 153-155.  Having appeared to be a statue, Hermione now has descended from a platform and embraced her husband. Paulina introduces her to her daughter. As we now know, Hermione hadn’t seen her daughter since the day she was born, some sixteen to twenty years ago.

Hermione represents a Christ figure who is crucified by the jealous, irrational and sinful man Leontes, to be resurrected 16 years later after Leontes repents of his jealousy, irrationality, selfishness and egocentrism. His sin was disbelieving the goodness and fidelity of Hermione, much like unbelievers crucified Christ and refused to believe he was their savior and Messiah. At her resurrection, Leontes comes to see how foolish he was all this while, much like the persecutors of Christ repent at his resurrection when they realize they had wrongly accused Christ and he is indeed the good and rightful Messiah of the world. The vindication of the innocent Hermione parallels the vindication of the innocent Christ who was wrongly accused and crucified for no crime of his own. The play thus testified to the vindication of the righteous over the course of time. Time will reveal the innocence of the wrongly accused, just as Hermione is vindicated at her resurrection Christ will reveal his true innocence and status as the true Messiah when he returns in final glory at the second coming.

Works cited:

Shakespeare, William.    The Winter’s Tale.  Dover thrift editions. New York. 2000.


A Study on Effectiveness of Digital Marketing amongst Students of Jaipur City

Dr Jyotsana Khandelwal

Sr.Co-ordinator School of Business &Mgmt, Jaipur National University,Jaipur


Digital Marketing is the contemporary aspect of marketing .With the advent of technology, consumers has become more tech-savvy and smart phones made them easy access to internet. Now, any information is needed by the consumers, they look upon by clicking of the internet. Hence, marketers started using this platform to provide information about their products, services and ideas popularly known as Digital Marketing. The main objective of digital marketing is to attract customers and allowing them to understand the features of the brands through digital media.

This paper discusses various advertising tools available for digital marketing, and popularity effectiveness of digital marketing among students. The sample of 50 students randomly selected to analyze the reasons for growing popularity and effectiveness of digital marketing as compared to traditional tools of marketing.


Digital Marketing is the contemporary aspect of marketing .With the advent of technology, consumers has become more tech-savvy and smart phones made them easy access to internet. Now, any information is needed by the consumers, they look upon by clicking of the internet. Hence, marketers started using this platform to provide information about their products, services and ideas popularly known as Digital Marketing. Digital marketing, electronic marketing, e-marketing and Internet marketing are all related terms which, purely put, refer to “marketing online whether via websites, online ads, opt-in emails, interactive kiosks, interactive TV or mobiles” (Chaffey & Smith, 2008).

Digital Marketing implies a set of influential tools and methodologies used for promoting products and services through internet. It includes an extensive range of marketing tools than traditional business marketing due to the extra channels and marketing mechanisms available on the internet.

It uses internet to deliver promotional marketing messages to consumers. Kaplan and Haenlein (2010) define Digital Marketing as ―a group of Internet-based applications that build on the ideological and technological foundations of Web 2.0, which facilitates the creation and exchange of user-generated content. It consists of different Internet applications such as blogs, social networking sites, content communities, collaborative projects, virtual game worlds and social worlds.

 It includes email marketing, search engine marketing, social media marketing, many types of display advertising (including web banner advertising), and mobile advertising.

In India the internet has become powerful can be understand with the survey conducted –Internet users in India 2015 survey conducted by Internet and Mobile Association of India and MRB International.


Mohan Nair (2011) takes social media as a complex marriage of sociology and technology that cannot be underestimated in its impact to an organization marketing communication, choice as to when to engage, how to manage and measure, and whether to lead or to follow is complex but not an impossible task. These cannot be answered simply by one formula because the context and the market dynamics are strong variables in these decisions.

Foux (2006) suggests Social media is perceived by customers as a more trustworthy source of information regarding products and services than communication generated by organizations transmitted via the traditional elements of the promotion mix.

Russell S. Winer (2009) affirms that many companies today are using some or all of the new media to develop targeted campaigns that reach specific segments and engage their customers to a much greater extent than traditional media.

Jerry Ihejirika (2009) believes that Marketing on the internet have become the best and most widely accepted form of global communication. Internet marketing communication consists of the global sharing of ideas, concepts, and information about products and services.


  1. To understand the reasons for increasing popularity of digital marketing amongst students.
  2. To know the awareness about the various tools of digital marketing
  3. To analyze the effectiveness and problems of digital marketing vis-a-vis to traditional marketing tools.






Methodology: The present research work is of marketing investigation which is based on exploratory and descriptive research design.

 Sample Design

  1. Universe: As the focus of the study revolves around the students of the Jaipur City, so the Universe for the same would be students studying in the colleges (both government and private) and universities in the City of Jaipur.
  2. Sample Unit: The sample unit will be 4 colleges (both government and private) and universities. The selection of these colleges/Universities is based on a pilot survey which revealed that the colleges and Universities in the city would be appropriate for the study to be conducted.
  3. Sample Size: This research study will be based on the views of 50 students studying in the colleges (both government and private) and universities in the City of Jaipur.
  4. Sampling Type: The sample for the research would be collected through non-probabilistic sampling, precisely through convenient sampling method.

Data Collection: The data for the study would be collected from the following sources:

  1. Primary Source: As it is known that primary data is the first hand information that is collected in order to make the study complete. Thus, the primary data for this research study will be collected through a Structured Questionnaire to be filled by the college/university students and observation.
  2. Secondary Source: It will be collected through books, Journals and articles.

Analytical and Statistical Tools: The data so collected with the help of the questionnaire will be tested with the help of MS-Excel, Averages, pie charts and graphs. Selection of the type of tests will depend on the type of data that would be collected through the questionnaire.


Demographic Profile of the Sample:

Survey was conducted in the city of Jaipur. Sample of 50 respondents was selected for survey. The questionnaire included students as a classification of their demographic factors such as gender, age & education. During data collection phase, due care was taken in order to make sure that the given questionnaire is completely filled by the respondents.

The detailed respondent profile is as follows:

MALE 30 60%
FEMALE 20 40%
M-PHIL/ 5 10%
TOTAL 50 100%
18-20 35 70%
20-22 10 20%
22&ABOVE 5 10%
TOTAL 50 100%

Table 1- Demographic profile of the respondents

As seen in table no.1, Out of 50 respondents – 30 students are male, and 20 are females. The education profile is 35 are undergraduate, 10 are post graduate and 5 are Phil or PhD. The age of the sample is 35students in the age of 18 to 22, 10 students in the age of 20 to 22 and rest 5 in 22&above.

Statement 1 – Understand the reasons for increasing popularity of digital marketing amongst students


Multiple Source 40 80%
Single Source 10 20%
TOTAL 50 100%

Table 2- Seeking Information from various sources

As seen in table no.2, Out of 50 respondents-40 (80%) respondents seeks information from multiple sources before making a buying decision and rest 10 (20%) respondents rely on one source before making a buying decision


Traditional 15 30%
Digital 35 70%
TOTAL 50 100%

Table 3- Seeking Information from various sources

As seen in table no.3, Out of 50 respondents-15 (30%) respondents seeks information from traditional sources like newspaper, TV ,Pamphlets neighbors etc before making a buying decision and rest 35(70%) respondents rely on digital  source like online and mobile advertisement of information before making a buying decision.


Low 0 0%
Medium 5 10%
High 45 90%
TOTAL 50 100%

Table 4- Frequency of using internet

As seen in table no.4, Out of 50 respondents-the youngsters preferred to use internet on a medium (10%) to high frequency (90%) basis on internet and no students fall in category of low internet usage.

Conclusion – This shows that students of today generation prefer to use internet on high frequency and look for information on multiple sources that too through digital medium of information. Hence, it proves that the because of high access to internet amongst students, the concept of being digital and digital marketing is popular.

Statement 2-The awareness about the various tools of digital marketing


Tools Yes No Can’t Say Total
  Frequency % Frequency % Frequency %  
E-Mail Marketing 37 74 13 26 0 0 50
Social Media 45 90 3 6 2 4 50
Affiliate marketing 33 66 10 20 7 14 50
Search Engine Optimization 25 50 13 26 12 24 50
Display Ad 30 60 2 4 18 36 50
Pop-Up 37 74 3 6 10 20 50
Web Banner Advertising 20 40 5 10 25 50 50

Table 5- Awareness about the various tools of digital marketing

As seen in the table above, it was been asked from the students that whether or not they know about the various tools of digital marketing and it was discovered that maximum students know about social marketing followed by e-mail and pop up and so on.

Conclusion-It can be concluded that the students of the sample selected are well versed about the various tools of digital marketing


Statement 3 The effectiveness and problems of digital marketing vis-a-vis to traditional marketing tools

Factors Strongly Agree Agree Neutral Disagree Strongly Disagree Total
  Frequency % Frequency % Frequency % Frequency % Frequency %  
Easy 38 76 5 10 5 10 2 4 0 0 50
Time Saving 32 64 12 24 3 6 2 4 1 2 50
Low Cost 25 50 10 20 5 10 6 12 4 8 50
Interactive 15 30 5 10 10 20 15 30 5 10 50
Up gradation 10 20 13 26 12 24 10 20 5 10 50
Exclusive Content 5 10 10 20 10 20 15 30 10 20 50
Fun & Entt 2 4 11 22 12 24 10 20 15 30 50

Table 7- Reasons for effectiveness of various tools of digital marketing

As seen in the table above, it was been asked from the students that Reasons for effectiveness of various tools of digital marketing  and it was found that students considered  digital marketing is the easiest mode of gathering  information  followed by time saving and low cost and so on.

 Preference NUMBER OF RESPONDENTS Percentage
E-Mail Marketing 10 20%
Social Media 30 60%
Affiliate marketing 5 10%
Search Engine Optimization 1 2%
Display Ad 1 2%
Pop-Up 1 2%
Web Banner Advterising 2 4%
Total 50 100%

Table 8 –Preference of various tools of digital marketing

As seen in the table above, it was been asked from the students that preference  of various tools of digital marketing  and it was found that students considered  social media marketing is the most preferred form of digital marketing followed by e-mail marketing , affiliate marketing and so on.

Statement 4- Problems of various tools of digital marketing

Suspectible 18 36%
Fraud 20 40%
Interrupting 3 6%
Privacy issue 5 10%
Lack of demonstration 4 8%
Total 50 100%

   Table 9 –Problems of various tools of digital marketing

As seen in the table above, it was been asked from the students that problems of digital marketing  and it was found that students considered  fraud as one of the biggest problem followed by susceptible and so on.

Limitations of the study

The study is limited to Jaipur students only with limited colleges

Future scope of the study

The study could be extended; so as to cover all the states of India as the researcher believes that consumer buying behavior w.r.t online marketing may be at the variance in different states.


It can be concluded that the students of the sample selected found digital marketing as the effective mechanism of marketing due to various benefits provided by digital marketing, also youngster’s preferred marketing activity while being on social media through social marketing despite the problem of fraud and suspicion involved.


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Major Themes in Post-Apocalyptic British Fiction

Pooja Singal

Asst Prof of English

Rajiv Gandhi Govt College, Saha. (Ambala)


Major Themes in Post-Apocalyptic British Fiction
Major Themes in Post-Apocalyptic British Fiction

Post-Apocalyptic Science Fiction is a genre which involves global catastrophe risk. This kind of literature narrates an apocalyptic event typically being climactic which may be either natural such as runway climatic change or manmade such as nuclear warfare, or medical such as spread of virus or plague, or imaginative such as zombie apocalypse or alien invasion.  Environmental degradation is the deterioration of the environment through depletion of resources such as air, water and soil; the destruction of ecosystems; habitat destruction; the extinction of wildlife and pollution. Climate fiction, or climate change fiction, popularly abbreviated as cli-fi, modeled after sci-fi) is the literature that deals with global warming and climate extremities. Not necessarily speculative in nature, works of cli-fi may take place in our world in the near future.

Numerous societies, including the Babylonian and Judaic, had produced apocalyptic literature and mythology which dealt with the end of the world and of human society.  Some epics written around 2000 BC, tell about a myth where the angry gods send floods to punish humanity, but the intervention of the gods save them. In the Hindu Dharmasastra, the apocalyptic deluge plays a prominent part. According to the Matsya Purana, the Matsya avatar of Lord Vishnu, informed the King Manu of an all-destructive deluge which would be coming very soon. The King was advised to build a huge boat (ark) which housed his family, nine types of seeds, pairs of all animals and the Saptarishis to repopulate the Earth, after the deluge would end and the oceans and seas would recede. At the time of deluge, Vishnu appeared as a horned fish and Shesha appeared as a rope, with which Vaivasvata Manu fastened the boat to the horn of the fish. Variants of this story also appear in Buddhist and Jain scriptures. The scriptural story of Noah and his Ark describes the end of a corrupt civilization and its replacement with a remade world. Noah is assigned the task to build the Ark and save the life forms so as to reestablish a new post-flood world. Even in Quran, a similar story about the Genesis flood narrative is found, where the Islamic counterpart of Noah, Nuh builds the ark and rebuilds humanity.

Post-apocalyptic stories often take place in a non-technological future world, or a world where only scattered elements of society and technology remain. Other themes may be cybernetic revolt, divine judgment, ecological collapse, pandemic, resource depletion, supernatural phenomena, technological singularity, or some other general disaster. To study the themes of this genre, it is important to understand the  differences between these sub-genres. There are three main ‘bleak future’ narratives: dystopian, apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic. Dystopias are set in a fully functioning but malevolent society. Though the conditions are awful there are institutions such as medicine and finance that can be recognized. Apocalyptic stories are set during a major disaster such as an earthquake or alien invasion. The disaster is almost always averted in these films and society continues. Post-apocalyptic stories are set after an apocalyptic event. There is no structure and no society. Humanity has returned to a more primitive and brutal mode of existence. There are differences in the themes too. Apocalyptic literature is about humanity uniting to use our best resources and innovation to overcome an external threat as in Independence Day (1996) and Armageddon (1998). These books have very pro-technology themes, since that is often humanity’s best chance of survival.

In contrast, post-apocalyptic works are generally driven by anti-technology, anti-urban, and anti-modernity themes. The premise of these stories is that the modern world became so corrupted due to technological advancement and growing materialism that it destroyed itself. This leads to a second chance to build a pastoral utopia. Post-apocalyptic fiction takes the world back to a state of primitivism where life is arduous and strenuous without gadgets and machines. But the endings of these novels suggest the ideal scenario is to stay in one of the three main categories: a natural paradise, a pastoral farming community, and a small self sustaining town.

All three of these environments have several qualities in common: they are based on a rural way of life, they are small in area and limited in population numbers and most importantly, they are only sustainable if re-building is curtailed. This new way of life seems to be a perfect refuge from the threats and fears posed by both the post-apocalyptic wasteland and the failures on modern life. These utopias are quite short lived as they naturally grow and return to technology and cities which they initially rejected and held responsible for their destruction.

The Post Apocalyptic Literature came into being in 1947, with the publication of Joseph Ward Moore’s Greener Than You Think.  The novel is a bitter reflection of human civilization in a scathing manner often approaching absurdity. With his Swiftian sense of comedy, Moore blends gallows humour with fantasy and the absurd. The novel is a cynical satire on the intervention of man in nature. Mans hunger for excessively fast and unnatural growth of grass with magical growth formula and hence ending the world hunger. This formula sets in a chain reaction since some important point has been overlooked.  The grass starts erupting upwards at an excessive speed and incapacitates men who come to mow it. The unkillable grass renders even the military powerless.

The Ice People is a 1998 sci-fi novel by Maggie Gee, set in a future world dominated by a new ice age. Global warming is the initial context, where increases in temperature are then followed by the cyclic appearance of an ice age. The novel examines different elements of contemporary society: the fundamental roles and relationships of men and women, sexuality, politics and the issue of global warming.

Surviving Evacuation: Book one: London by Frank Tayell is a post apocalyptic novel about zombies: that is one of the major concerns in modern world. An outbreak has occurred in New York, of what no one’s entirely sure. There are zombies on the streets and the numbers of the living is diminishing day by day. The book is like a zombie outbreak story that’s been written in a very interesting and fresh style: the diary form. The story itself centers on Bill Wright, a Londoner who broke his leg on the day of the outbreak and is subsequently home-bound. As the man partially behind a childhood friend turned minor politician, Bill was instrumental in laying the foundations for the Evacuation – the mass movement of every British citizen living inland to the coastal regions. From there small agricultural enclaves would be built to make the British Isles self-sustaining before eventually beginning a push back inland to reclaim territory ceded to the undead. Yet the British public knows nothing of the push to reclaim land. Every night all the news channels keep stating is that there has been no outbreak of the virus in Britain or Ireland owing to the military shooting down every plane and the navy sinking every ship that dares to approach the islands.

This obviously isn’t true because Bill can see the undead outside his window. Not many at first, but the numbers ebb and flow as time passes. His friend had sent someone to rescue Bill from his house when he was unable to join the evacuation due to his leg, but with the escort lying dead in the road with a bite mark to his neck Bill makes another plan. Forced to leave the safety of his home he ventures out into the undead wasteland that once was England, where he will discover a horrific secret. The book follows Bill as he tries to make his way through London with a bad leg, very limited supplies and hordes of the zombies at every turn and, along the way, finding out why the evacuation plans and contingencies failed. Surviving Evacuation: London is told entirely from Bill’s perspective through entries in his diary. This is an effective means of conveying the story. The novel takes the reader through Bill’s day-to-day struggles for survival after the outbreak to a far more capable and competent man later.

Flood by Stephen Baxter, published in 2008, is set in England 2016, where the summers are becoming more and wet with each passing year. The sea levels are rising at a catastrophic speed because of the melting ice caps. When the world starts drowning, the race to safe places begins.  The novel portrays the current estimates of climate change-related sea level rise- the effects of which are catastrophic, In the opening chapter, four main characters (former USAF Captain Lily Brooke, British military officer Piers Michaelmas, English tourist Helen Gray, and NASA scientist Gary Boyle) are liberated by a private megacorporation called AxysCorp from a Christian extremist Catalonian terrorist bunker in Barcelona in 2016, after five years of captivity. AxysCorp was hoping to save a fifth prisoner, John Foreshaw, but he was executed minutes before the rescue. Nonetheless, the corporation continues to look after the four hostages and search for Helen’s daughter, Grace, who was conceived in captivity by the son of a Saudi royal and taken by his family. Helen befriends Foreign Office official Michael Thurley in the hopes of finding her daughter, and the four rescued hostages make a pact to keep in contact.

At this point, sea level changes have already submerged Tuvalu, a low lying South Pacific island, whose inhabitants have been evacuated to New Zealand. London and Sydney are prone to constant flooding. However, as a tidal surge hits London and Sydney, killing hundreds of thousands in both cities, scientists become aware that this cannot be explained solely by the consequences of climate change. American oceanographer Thandie Jones uncovers the truth – through deep sea diving missions to oceanic ridges and trenches reveal that the seabed has fragmented, and there is turbulence that can only be attributable to the infusion of vast subterranean reservoirs of hitherto hypothesised but undetected oceanic masses of water.

Over the next three decades, ocean waters rise exponentially and inundate the whole world, as the main characters struggle for survival in a vast and continuously altering environment. At this time, New York City is demolished by an Atlantic tidal wave -with hundreds of thousands killed in New York and the city leveled in the process-  and Washington, D.C. is evacuated. For the next twenty years, Denver, Colorado becomes the capital of the steadily diminishing United States, which fragments as individual states assert their own survival needs.

By 2020, much of the eastern coast of the United States is underwater, as well as Sacramento, California, on its western coast. Slowly, the United States is eroded away. By 2034, little of Western Europe, Russia, the Americas, Oceania, and Africa remain above the water. Ark Three sails the global ocean in search for trading and finding higher ground, despite running into skirmishes with pirates. Ark Three heads back out to sea but has nowhere to go, given that the floods are now lapping around the Rocky Mountains. By this time, over five billion people have perished from the floods. By 2048, the Andes, Rocky Mountains and elsewhere have been submerged. Tibet’s regime is no more, and Australia, North America, South America, Africa, and most of Asia except for the highest mountains in the Himalayas have been flooded. The novel ends in 2052, as a group of survivors watch the submergence of the peak of Mount Everest.  The post-deluge Earth is now at a new environmental equilibrium, with a vast global storm system that is reminiscent of those on Jupiter and Neptune. Civilization is virtually dead at the novel’s end. Survivors continue to exist only on the rafts and some decrepit surviving former navy vessels. The children of the rafts, raised on the water, start building their own aquatic culture. By the end of the novel, extinction seems certain for humanity on Earth.

    Alex Scarrow’s  Last Light, which depicts the crumbling of civilisation due to a worldwide and near-complete loss of access to oil, moves on in the sequel Afterlight. It’s a very different story to most of its kind and is entertaining as well as thought provoking. The book Afterlight opens 10 years after the collapse of civilization. Jennifer Sutherland and her children are living on a defunct oil rig off the Norfolk coast with about 450 other people. They are largely sustaining themselves with such activities as fishing and vegetable growing and have even managed to produce a little bit of chicken poo-powered electricity although they occasionally head back to shore to forage in the abandoned warehouses and shops for the things they can’t provide for themselves. Jenny Sutherland’s quiet leadership and her few but strict rules help the community rub along well together and make the best of their situation. Even so, most of them old enough to remember the times before the crash have a yearning for the things they miss – lights, music or other comforts they used to take for granted.

In London meanwhile one of the government’s designated emergency centers has also managed to remain functional. There are about 2000 people at the site which is still run by the man who was in charge at the collapse though he is now aided by a group of teenage boys-turned-soldiers who he essentially bribes with privileges like alcohol, computer games and girls to maintain his version of law and order. With a large stockpile of emergency rations this group has not felt the pressing necessity to become self-sustaining, although an attempt has been made.                Interestingly, the strongest characters of the book are women of various ages and backgrounds while most of the male characters in the book are weak and power mad, especially men under 40 are depicted as barely above wild animal on the evolutionary scale. The dependence of human race upon oil and technology has been taken up as the major theme in this novel.

Greybeard is a science fiction novel by British author Brian Aldiss, published in 1964. Set decades after the Earth’s population has been sterilised as a result of nuclear bomb tests conducted in Earth’s orbit, the book shows a world emptying of humans, with only an ageing, childless population left. The story is mainly told through the eyes of Algernon “Algy” Timberlane with a grey beard, (of the title) and his wife Martha. The novel ends at a hopeful note about one of the old women getting pregnant. This sounds like a miracle of God to save mankind from extinction. The novel stands on the theme of nuclear horrors which is one of the most pressing ideas in modern life.

H.G. Wells, in nineteenth century, wrote several novels that have a post-apocalyptic theme. The Time Machine (1895) has the unnamed protagonist traveling to the year 802,701 A.D. this is a post catastrophic world, where civilization has collapsed and humanity has split into two distinct species, the elfin Eloi and the brutal Morlocks. Later in the story, the time traveler moves forward to a dying Earth beneath a swollen, red sun. Similarly, The Machine Stops a science fiction short story by E. M. Forster is set in a post-apocalyptic world where humanity lives underground and relies on a giant machine to fulfill their needs, predicted new technologies such as instant messaging and the Internet. The story describes a world in which most of the human population has lost the ability to live on the surface of the Earth. Each individual now lives in isolation below ground in a standard ‘cell’, with all bodily and spiritual needs met by the omnipotent, global Machine. Travel is permitted but unpopular and rarely necessary. Communication is made via a kind of instant messaging or video conferencing machine with which people conduct their only activity: the sharing of ideas and what passes for knowledge.

Those who do not accept the deity of the Machine are viewed as ‘unmechanical’ and threatened with Homelessness. The Mending Apparatus—the system charged with repairing defects that appear in the Machine proper—has also failed by this time, but concerns about this are dismissed in the context of the supposed omnipotence of the Machine itself. At first, humans accept the deteriorations as the whim of the Machine, to which they are now wholly subservient, but the situation continues to deteriorate, as the knowledge of how to repair the Machine has been lost. Finally, the Machine apocalyptically collapses, bringing ‘civilization’ down with it. Before they perish, these people realize that Man and his connection to the natural world are what truly matter, and that it will fall to the surface-dwellers who still exist to rebuild the human race and to prevent the mistake of the Machine from being repeated.  

It will not be wrong to conclude that the Post Apocalyptic works of fiction not only reveal human perception of the past but also those of the future. The variety of themes in fact represents the variety of risks to human life in modern world. The past experience colour the vision and cast the shadows of the coming catastrophes on the present. Soon the horrendous web of technical and natural betrayals engulfs humanity leading to the end of the world.

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Why is it Important to Learn Storytelling in College?

Ms Aarti Jindal

M.A English Literature, SCD Government College for Boys, Ludhiana

B.A English Honours, Khalsa College for Women, Ludhiana

story telling


The present paper shows or represents what the students go through in their student or per se college life. Also to pass it by without any difficulties  and with a technique that makes you more open and comfortable with vast aspect of knowledge with other present students around you and helps you get in the good books of everyone.


Stoorytelling, Technique,  Understanding Cultures, Imagination.

1 Introduction

It is a vast land with various kind of people residing where some share the space and some just not the space rather all the aspects of their lives with open arms to all. This subject and the technique of storytelling enhances the person and boosts up the confidence for him or her to act comfortably and confidently in all the areas of their lives which they go through or comes in challenge with. This is vital for all the individuals to gain knowledge as well as take up their imagination level to a total different level.

“The best experience is listening or hearing

As long as it is the Storytelling”

Storytelling take you by the mind and soul the un-trodden paths which you sometimes hardly realise that even exists. It is a way to get in a comfortable zone amongst people around you to win their confidence and make them believe you in so many ways which makes the journey pleasant all over. Today’s atmosphere of college is like students entering the classrooms with their eyes set on their tech products so much so that do not even bother what comes in their way. College is a platform that is filled with not only high level of competitions but also provides with various aspects of opportunities as well. It is this place that makes you see the whole another world with all kinds of students at a different level with total unlike backgrounds carrying the legacy given to them. Storytelling then thus becomes one of the main criteria that help students envision various aspects that they have been veiled from. Storytelling is like an ice cream that refers to the technique of inculcating the story fictional or non fictional stating the fact that no matter of what the age is but story is always a cherry on the top.

Storytelling is one of the best genres of literature that not only gives birth to the imagination but also takes the mind of the teller and the listener up a notch. Stories can be jovial or nostalgic, personal or professional yet somehow always adds to one’s experience. It not only helps gain experience rather the knowledge and better understanding of one’s own and also other’s life, history and also the cultural values. Storytelling makes one student comfortable with the other and also helps the teachers create a peace while making the students study. When a story told in the most effective narrative way it adds a taste of yearning for more knowledge and to acquire it thoroughly. The then brains of a teacher and a student runs in same fashion which gives vivid imagery of what is to be expected and to receive. It helps to form a genial association between whether the two students or a teacher and a student which further makes an unconstrained path for all to walk on and understand each other well and profoundly.

Stories has this starting and ending process where it all depends on how the story is started or ended to keep rolling the interest of the other person and take it to its peak. Storytelling is important in all the aspects of our life not only in a class, or in the school or in fact in the college but also at our jobs and workplace so as to form a cordial relationship with others and make a trail for better understanding and for knowledge so as to make it the priority. Storytelling in the aspect of college is vital as it gives the way for making conversations or discussions more interesting and more acknowledgeable. It is preferably the technique to grab one’s attention and when once you have it you know you would do good in college which refers to not only amongst your friends but also with all the other students who encircles you and studies in the same space. This technique interests others by not just its contents but also by what it means and how does it or whether it does or not relate to them in one way or the other. It creates the sense of imagination in the minds of people that not only helps them expand their vision but also at times go beyond their knowledge of what they know and what else more to it there is. Stories not only hold your mind to its roots but also your hearts which peaks one’s interests. It in fact make others confide in you and then join you in your journey through their imagination and walk with you side by side enjoying every aspect, accepting every challenge and facing every adventure. Storytelling is like the roller coaster ride making the teller and the listener go through each and every part of it as long as they are involved and interested in it.

Storytelling is the oldest way though one the most effective way to interest people and take them into your confidence by making a good use of your imagination to make good friends and keeping the mind always on the go. While listening the listener inhales each and every word and keeps in mind and heart and once the thing which is heard better and with keen interest is hard to forget and the to rely on for the future reference. It is one of the most elated and efficient way to keep one’s interest and imagination on their toes that is always and ever ready to go. Lastly, once the art of storytelling is imbibed to one’s imagination it boosts up the confidence and for college perspective and gets more comfortable with other people for better vision of them and their cultural values and making them confide in you.


Thus storytelling is vital for all the aspects of one’s life so as to grow maturely, knowledgeably and also in imagination. Not only it boosts your speaking skills in public but also your confidence that make you comfortable amongst others. This whole essay gives the review of what helps or might help one when going into a new space especially in college or a place which is known for its genre of knowledge and succeeds in providing one with impactful source of storytelling.


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Analysis of Chaman Nahal’s Azadi ‘Freedom’ in the Light of the Freudian Theory of Nachträglichkeit ‘Deferred Action’

Amrik Singh

Assistant Professor

Lovely Professional University

Phagwara- 144411

Punjab (India)



The present paper explores some new covert factors of trauma which haven’t had been paid attention by Sigmund Freud and Josef Breuer during their psychoanalytical efforts to treat the patients of corporeal exploitation. Secondly, the paper corroborates that the augmented Freudian psychoanalytical theory of Nachträglichkeit can be applied to the texts that possess traumatic incidents so that some more unexplored reasons for trauma and its ramifications on victims can be surfaced. The paper will definitely help the psychologists and psychiatrists to treat the patients of hysteria and trauma more effectively. The results are achieved by implementing the ‘deferred action’ theory in Chaman Nahal’s novel Azadi ‘freedom’. The paper concludes some new factors of trauma such as stillbirths, witness of murders, loss of land, house, friends, and hometown etc. These factors of trauma create repercussions such as flashback to the past traumatic incidents, tearfulness, incommunicability, abhorrence, revenge, confusion, uncanniness, restlessness, trauma, and collective trauma etc.

Keywords: Nachträglichkeit; deferred action; trauma; factors; repercussions

  1. Introduction


The German word, Nachträglichkeit has been translated into different phrases such as “deferred effect” (Freud, 2010, p. 472), “deferred fashion” (Freud, 2010, p. 387), “après-coup, afterwardsness, retroactive temporality, belatedness, latency, and retrospective attribution” (Bistoen, Vanheule & Craps, 2014, p. 672) and “deferred action” (Freud, 2001, p. 356). To Sigmund Freud, Nachträglichkeit is a two way process; it leads from the happening of a traumatic incident towards the reaction of a casualty and vice versa (Caruth, 2014, p. 28). It’s “something much more connected with the whole of a life” (Caruth, 2014, p. 43) of the victim of trauma.

Freud further states if a traumatic memory isn’t expressed, it turns the victim into trauma through the mechanism of ‘deferred action’.  Freud writes, “We invariably find that a memory is repressed which has only become a trauma by deferred action” (Freud, 2001, p. 356). But it’s observed that Freud confines the relationship between a victimizer and a victim only to sexual abuse. Both Sigmund Freud and Josef Breuer conducted their clinical experiments to develop their psychoanalytical theories of hysteria and trauma through the treatment of the victims of corporal abuse. These psychoanalysts believe that a victim understands an original incident much better when he/she leaves the stage of infantile sexuality. Freud records, “During the interval between the experiences of those impressions and their reproduction (or rather, the reinforcement of the libidinal impulses which proceed from them), not only the somatic sexual apparatus but the psychical apparatus as well has undergone an important development […]” (Freud, 2010, p. 472).

The Freudian psychoanalytical experimentations primarily focus on the victims of sexual abuse. For instance, Freud treated Emma Eckstein who was a victim of sexual abuse and whose treatment is documented in Project for a Scientific Psychology (Freud, 2001, p. 353) and another identical patient Dora whose treatment records are available in in Freud’s essay On the History of the Psycho-Analytic Movement (Freud,  2010, p.  2880). His other similar treatments include the case of somatic exploitation of a young boy documented in The Interpretation of Dreams (Freud, 2010, p. 685), impact of sexual abuse of a mother on her child added in Psycho-Analytic Notes on an Autobiographical Account of a case of Paranoia (Freud, 2010, p. 2426), and the case study of a child who witnesses the “picture of copulation between his parents” (Freud, 2010, p. 3527) which is documented in From the History of an Infantile Neurosis etc.

The researcher agrees with the Freudian psychoanalytical discoveries that if the victims of sexual abuse repress their feelings, they definitely become victims of trauma by deferred action (Freud, 2001, p. 356). But the researcher proposes that if just the relationship between a victim and a victimizer is executed in the texts having traumatic incidents, a number of factors of trauma will be explored in addition to Freud’s factor (sexual exploitation) of trauma.

  1. Research Methodology

The covert factors and repercussions of trauma are discovered by implementing the Freudian Nachträglichkeit ‘deferred action’ theory in Chaman Nahal’s novel Azadi ‘freedom’. The novel Azadi is autobiographical in nature and it has several elements of Sigmund Freud’s theory of Nachträglichkeit ‘deferred action’ of trauma. It’s Nachträglichkeit that Chaman Nahal composes this novel in 1975 whereas he has had witnessed the harrowing incidents and suffered because of them in 1947. After the gap of twenty eight years, Nahal couldn’t disremember the holocaust and his personal loss caused by the frenzied mob and the exile. In the opening of the novel, Nahal quotes the poetic lines by Rabindranath Tagore stating as, “Where the mind is without fear and […] Where the world has not been broken up into fragments by narrow domestic wall […]” (Nahal, 1988, p. 9). The revivification of Tagore’s poetical lines, advocate Nahal’s haunting fear and traumatic experience inherited from the Partition and it still exists in his psyche. Nahal, at the time of writing the novel Azadi, was still under the impact of “fear” (Nahal, 1988, p. 351). After losing his sister, brother-in law, property, home, and homeland during the savagery, Nahal projects his grief through his protagonist Lala Kanshi Ram and expresses his angst as, “No, he wanted to live in no camp now, among strangers. He wanted a home […] and see his two children” (Nahal, 1988, p. 351). In the above poetical lines, where Nahal refers to the “broken” world and “domestic walls” (Nahal, 1988, p. 9), he directly points towards the startling Partition that has created barriers in the mindsets of the broken-hearted Hindus, Sikhs and Muslims against each other.  Like Lala Kanshi Ram, Nahal also “felt small and debased” (Nahal, 1988, p. 343) when he begged the Rehabilitation and Custodian officers just for a shelter to cover his head in Delhi but they rejected and abused him sternly.

  • Analysis of Chaman Nahal’s Azadi ‘Freedom’ in the Light of the Freudian Theory of

Nachträglichkeit ‘Deferred Action’

The element of Nachträglichkeit ‘deferred action’ is traced when the protagonist Lala Kanshi Ram refers to Germany’s attack at the Soviet Union. In fact, in the world history, there hasn’t been a war like the acrimonious war between Germany and the Soviet Union. From Kiev to Stalingrad, from Leningrad to the Crimea, the Soviet Union was badly devastated – causing the death of 25 million Soviet citizens in the years of 1941 and 1942. Being a hardened racist, even before his attack at the Soviet Union, Hitler had started to detest the natives of the Soviet Union. In his public rally at Nuremberg in 1937, Hitler referred them as, “uncivilized Jewish-Bolshevik international guild of criminals and called the Soviet Union the greatest danger for the culture and civilization of mankind […]” (Rees, 1999, p. 15). Along with Germany’s attack at Russia, the Lala also mentions its invasion at Japan and the butchery of millions of Japanese (Nahal, 1988, p. 16-17). Lala Kanshi Ram asks Prabha Rani saying, “Arun’s mother, you know what? Germany has turned round and attacked Roos. (Coming as it did from a mouth filled with milk, ‘Roos’ sounded far more impressive and terrible than Russia). They’ve dropped an atom bomb on Japan” (Nahal, 1988, p. 16).

In the evening of 3rd June 1947, Lala Kanshi Ram was actually talking to Prabha Rani about the turbulence during the Partition but he suddenly got connected to the Germany’s invasion at Russia and Japan about which he had read a lot in the newspapers and heard on Bibi Amar Vati’s transistor. Then, the Lala starts associating the destruction and holocaust in Russia and Japan with the ongoing chaos and bloodshed in the Punjab. It’s a “deferred action” of trauma that, after witnessing the present carnage, Kanshi Ram goes almost five years back and resuscitates the ethnic-cleansing caused by Germany in Russia and Japan in 1941 and 1942.

It’s impact of this incident that the eyes of Kanshi Ram become “tearful” (Nahal, 1988, p. 16). Secondly, he has to “stop in the middle of his exclamations” (Nahal, 1988, p. 16) which means the shock of violence hampers his communication as well. Moreover, his trauma becomes a collective trauma when Kanshi Ram frets about Gandhiji who was the foremost hero of the Indian freedom movements and who got intensely upset after hearkening the British Viceroy’s announcement of the Partition of the Subcontinent. Accordingly, Kanshi Ram adds, “Today, Gandhiji goes on a fast unto death. . . . Gandhiji might now die – he might pass away” (Nahal, 1988, p. 16)! Kanshi Ram’s memory not only resurrects the massacre of millions of Russians and Japanese, but also it gets connected to the epic battle of Kurukshetra between the Kauravas and the Pandavas.

The Freudian Nachträglichkeit ‘deferred action’ of trauma is again explored when Lala Kanshi Ram refers to the classic battle of Mahabharata.  On the one hand where the Lala connects the holocaust of the Partition with Germany’s aerial bombardment at Russia and Japan, on the other hand, he also associates the former with the carnage that took place during the battle between the Pandavas and the Kauravas in 3000 BC (Nahal, 1988, p. 17). Though at this stage, Kanshi Ram doesn’t lose any property, friends, relatives or family members, but he is the eyewitness of the savagery, lootings, killings and rapes committed in Sialkot and in the other parts of the Punjab. For instance, Nahal writes, “The first riot took place in Sialkot on the twenty-fourth June. Many cities of the Punjab had been aflame for months; there were large scale killings and lootings in Lahore, Gujrat, Gujranwala, Amritsar, Ambala, Jullundur, Rawalpindi, Multan, Ludhiana and Sargodha” (Nahal, 1988, p. 125). It’s discussed earlier that the proclamation of the independence is made on 3rd June 1947, so just after 21 days, the entire Punjab gets aflame. Lala Kanshi Ram, being the eyewitness of the haunting scenes, gets traumatized and associates the upsetting scenes with the vexed events of the Mahabharata. It is ‘deferred action’ of trauma that the Lala goes thousands of years memorably back when the kamikaze battle of Mahabharata occurred between the Kauravas and the Pandavas.

It is very shameful that Yushishthira loses everything even his wife Draupadi to Duryodhan in the dice game. All sages and gurus remain silent when Duryodhan, Dushashana and Karna start disrobing Draupadi publicly. Then Lord Krishna saves Draupadi from dishonor after hearing her supplications. But there was heavy bloodshed when the Pandavas avenged against the Kauravas. The ongoing vicious violence is the signifier for Kanshi Ram because it connects him to the historical traumatic incident that took place several years ago. Lala Kanshi Ram refers to the historical epic battle questioning his wife as, “You remember the Mahabharata, don’t you? [ …] The fire darts they threw at each other, the Kauravas and the Pandavas? […] Well, it is like that, the atom bomb. You throw a dart or a bomb at your enemy, and that burns him up” (Nahal, 1988, p. 17)!

Another Nachträglichkeit ‘deferred action’ of trauma is explored when Lala Kanshi Ram witnesses the merciless and gratuitous shooting of Indian dogs by the British soldiers, but at that time he also resuscitates the Jallianwala Bagh massacre of 13th April 1919. Actually, the British soldiers kill some Indian dogs during their parades claiming that the dogs create mess and hindrance while the former organize the victory parade to celebrate the British triumph over the Germans in the 2nd World War. Another parade that comes to Kanshi Ram’s mind is concerned with the celebration of the enthronement of King Edward VIII (Nahal, 1988, p. 22). But, Lala Kanshi Ram states that there was no need to kill the dogs. He witnesses as, “It must be stressed that not once did any of these Indian dogs break the decorum of the parade. There is no record that any of them defiled the ground with its feces […] nor that any of them ever used a motionless soldier as a prop for lifting its leg and emptying its bladder” (Nahal, 1988, p. 28). After watching the lethal incident, Kanshi Ram’s memory takes him back to the massacre of the Jallianwala Bagh that took place at 05:30pm of 13th April 1919 – the time when approximately 1,000 defenseless Indians were killed and over 1,100 males, females and children were wounded at the command of the British Indian Brigadier-General Reginald Edward Harry Dyer. At that time, over 20,000 Indians were celebrating the Baisakhi fair at the Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar – the holiest city of the Sikhs. Though, Brigadier Dyer accepted that “it was quite possible that he had killed between four and five hundred” (Collet, 2007, p. 262) whereas the exact death toll was higher than 1,000 (Collet, 2007, p. 262). General Dyer was a ruthless opportunist who always looked for a large congregation of Indians to shoot them on the spot. His wife, Annie Dyer unfolded the bitter reality that General Dyer would have murdered lots of Indians, if he had found them earlier at such a platform as was the Jallianwala Bagh. Annie Dyer adds stating as, “How was he to fight the rebels, how was he to bring them to decisive action in the narrow streets and winding lanes of Amritsar? It was a problem […]. It placed them where he would have devised them to be – within reach of his sword” (Collet, 2007, p. 255). Thus, it’s observed that Lala Kanshi Ram witnesses the slaughter of the Indian dogs  in June 1947, but he gets connected to the extermination of the Jallianwala Bagh on 13th April 1919 that took place almost twenty eight years ago, and it happens only through the mechanism of Nachträglichkeit ‘deferred action’.

It’s the repercussion of the butchery of some Indian dogs that Lala Kanshi Ram starts again abusing the British officials. He calls this incident the “sacrilege committed by these filthy beasts of a filthy race” (Nahal, 1988, p. 28).  Secondly, Lala Kanshi Ram assimilates a revengeful attitude towards the British administrators and wishes that the latter must be retaliated for this vile crime as Shaheed Udham Singh Kamboj has avenged against their heinous crime contravened at the Jallianwala Bagh. Lala Kanshi Ram expresses his excruciating feelings as, “[…] the sergeants would have made men pay for that crime – as they did as recently as in 1919, when they shot hundreds of them out of hand with machine guns at the Jallianwala Bagh” (Nahal, 1988, p. 28). Thirdly, Lala Kanshi Ram also develops deep-rooted abhorrence for the penultimate British Viceroy in India – Lord Archibald Wavell (October 1943 – March 1947), who fail to manage India as a single platform for the Sikhs, Hindus and Muslims and paves the way for the Partition of the Punjab (Chawla, 2012, p. 7).

Again, it’s Nachträglichkeit ‘deferred action’ of trauma that Lala Kanshi Ram recalls the horrid days of 1943 of the British Raj in India under the leadership of a British Viceroy, Lord Wavell. The Lala adds, “If the British were going to lose India […] it was because of the tactical error they made in sending out an ugly Viceroy in the crucial days of their Raj” (Nahal, 1988, p. 30). Lala Kanshi Ram compares the administration of Lord Wavell with the leadership of the Punjab under Maharaja Ranjit Singh (1780-1839).  It’s Nachträglichkeit that Kanshi Ram revivifies the glorious, meticulous, candid, and open-hearted empire of Maharaja Ranjit Singh who established a great Sikh Empire in the Punjab which extended from Kashmir (in the North) to Sind (in the South) and from Sutlej (in the East) to Khaiber (in the North West). The Maharaja was an outstanding ruler of this mighty kingdom for forty years from 1799 to 1839 (Singh, 1996, p. 1). Lala Kanshi Ram expresses his regard for the Maharaja as, “It is true that Maharaja Ranjit Singh was one-eyed too, but then he had many virtues to make up for that. He tied such a beautiful turban and he supported a hawk so superbly on his hand as he rode” (Nahal, 1988, p. 31). But, Kanshi Ram condemns the British Raj led by Lord Wavell stating as, “[…] whereas Wavell blinked like an owl. Why of all the persons at their command, did the big sahibs have to send him? They had taken themselves very close to ruin in 1857 […]” (Nahal, 1988, p. 31). It’s another “deferred action” of trauma that the Lala compares the devastation that took place during the revolt of 1857 with the wretched administration by Lord Wavell.

The first insurgency was literally started, for the Enfield rifle was greased with lard and tallow in February, 1857. Later, it was confirmed that the British had manufactured the standard cartridges with pork fat (lard) which was assumed sacred by Muslims and cow fat (tallow) which made Hindus furious, for cows were sacrosanct to them. The sepoys (Indian soldiers) had to open the shells of these cartridges with their teeth before loading the Enfield rifles and it insulted the religious practices of Hindus and Muslims. Afterwards, the rebellion took the form of mutiny and the revolts started against the British administration, British taxation and land annexations by the East India Company in Saharanpur, Rurki and Muzaffar Nagar and Buland Shehr. Even the 3rd Light Cavalry based at Delhi attacked the British Army headquarters situated at Gurgaon (Nadiem, 2006, p. 45). Consequently, hundreds of the mutineers from the Bengal army that was comprised of 74 regiments of infantry and 10 regular regiments sacrificed their lives in order to get freedom from the gigantic clutches of the British (Mason, 1974, p. 241).

Likewise, Lala Kanshi Ram perceives that the efforts of Lord Wavell are also abortive as he fails to keep the geographic unity of India. For instance, the Shimla conference was organized in June 1945 to convince Muslims to give up their demand for an independent Muslim-majority state, but it turned to be an ineffective attempt as well. The penultimate British Viceroy even failed to withdraw the British authority from “the four Hindu-majority provinces of Bombay, Madras, Orissa and the Central Provinces […] before March 1948” (Chawla, 2013, p. 219). It’s ‘deferred action’ of Lala Kanshi Ram’s trauma that he associates the turbulent days of the Partition with a sheer botch of Lord Archibald Wavell (October 1943 – March 1947) and with those of the revolt of 1857. It’s Nachträglichkeit that Kanshi Ram’s memory takes him ninety years back when he wasn’t even born but he has just learnt about the mutiny through books, radios and people.

The traumatic incidents such the tempestuous days of the Partition, Kanshi Ram’s flashback to the chaotic administration under Lord Wavell and the revolt of 1857, make him too “timid” (Nahal, 1988, p. 32) to feel safe alone. Kanshi Ram’s wife, Prabha Rani expresses his wretched condition as, “And he seemed so scared. Nothing had happened in the house for several days to upset him; nor anything special in the store, either. What then” (Nahal, 1988, p. 32)?  But what impact him severely are the six deaths of infants in his house along with the incidents discussed so far.

It’s another Nachträglichkeit that Lala Kanshi Ram revivifies the appalling time of his life when his wife has had given birth to six infants but none survive (Nahal, 1988, p. 36). In one of the mornings of March 1947, Lala Kanshi Ram feels worried about the Lord Mountbatten’s announcement. Instantly, his mindset recalls the cramps and labour-pain of Prabha Rani when she has had given birth to Arun Kumar, their son. But straightway, Kanshi Ram resuscitates the six ceaseless deaths of his infants whom his wife and he couldn’t save. The revitalization of the stillbirths starts when the Lala just talks about the birth of Arun stating that Prabha Rani “might have shouted a lot when she gave birth to Arun, but that was not her fault, if the pain became too unbearable” (Nahal, 1988, p. 39). But this flashback gets connected to the traumatic time when the Lala and Prabha Rani have had lost their six infants in Sambrhial – the village where they used to live before they settled in Sialkot. Nahal depicts their grief as, “She gave birth to many, but none survived. Prabha Rani knew for certain it was because of the evil spells cast on her by the wives of Kanshi Ram’s brothers, who were ever busy mixing charms and going to fakirs […]” (Nahal, 1988, p. 35). This unpredictable loss of his six infants always haunts Lala Kanshi Ram and he never wants any kind of harm to his son Arun and daughter Madhu Bala.

It’s the impact of this incident that he always feels insecure, timid and anxious during the chaotic days of the looming Partition. That’s why, the Lala sighs soberly that “everything will be ruined if Pakistan is created” (Nahal, 1988, p. 39). The second repercussion of the incessant deaths of his six infants is that Lala Kanshi Ram utterly loses his “husbandly functions” (Nahal, 1988, p. 39). Though he is fifty and Prabha Rani is forty-eight (Nahal, 1988, p. 37) but after the birth of their son Arun, he always scares to have intercourse with her. He always thinks that he has already been given retribution from the gods in the form of the deaths of his infants because he has had mated Prabha Rani repeatedly. The Lala adds as, “When Arun was born, she had suffered badly. It was the seventh or eighth child […]. Lala Kanshi Ram knew it was a punishment from the gods – for continuing to mate […]” (Nahal, 1988, p. 36). The incessant deaths of his infants and the panic of the frenzied circumstances created by the Partition make him unreservedly confused, uncanny, restless, and “upset in the soul” (Nahal, 1988, p. 41). The Lala becomes so uncertain that he starts amalgamating his personal grief with the national problem of the Partition and he utters worriedly as, “What if the English agree to give Pakistan to Jinnah? […] And you know these English, they would rather divide than leave behind a united India” (Nahal, 1988, p. 39).

Apart from his personal anguish emerged out of the loss of his six infants (Nahal, 1988, p. 36), what really haunts the Lala are the imminent announcement of the Partition, too “much killing going on for the past many months” (Nahal, 1988, p. 41) and the unproductive meetings of the Cabinet Mission in Delhi in August 1947 – reflecting the inharmoniousness between Lord Mountbatten and the Indian political leaders such as Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Mohammad Ali Jinnah, and Baldev Singh (Nahal, 1988, p. 40-41). That’s what concerns Kanshi Ram the most and he always questions himself, “What accord had they reached on Pakistan, on the future of the Punjab and Bengal? […] If Pakistan is created, we’ll have to leave. That’s if the Muslims spare our lives” (Nahal, 1988, p. 41)! Lala Kanshi Ram actually knows that there will be a lot of carnage if two new nations come into existence. This looming holocaust due to the Partition haunts him repetitively because he has already had experienced the trauma because of the loss of his six infants, and he doesn’t want to lose anything now in the impending debacle. He never wants to lose his happy family – Prabha Rani, Arun Kumar and Madhu Bala. He feels satisfied with his land and house. And now, he doesn’t want to be pushed out of his “safe little nest, in the name of freedom” (Nahal, 1988, p. 41). But, Lala Kanshi Ram’s 2nd trauma starts when everything happens in contrast to his wishes and he has to lose his shop, land, homeland, house, daughter (Madhu Bala), son-in-law (Rajiv), and friends in the name of freedom. Actually, it was not only Lala Kanshi Ram, but also innumerable people were impacted by the holocaust of the Partition. Sahitya Akademi advocates the fate of a number of émigrés such as Kanshi Ram stating as, “Millions of human beings, whose lives were affected in one way or another, do find a place in Nahal’s novel” (Sahitya Akademi, 1978, p. 117). Lala Kanshi Ram is one of the representatives of the victims who faced traumatic incidents during the Partition.

Another traumatic incident is witnessed by Lala Kanshi Ram when the Amritsar train fully loaded with the dead bodies of Muslims reaches Sialkot at six O’clock in one of the evenings of August 1947. Lala Kanshi Ram watches nine tongas in Trunk Bazaar of Sialkot. The surviving Muslim passengers in the tongas wail as, “Hai – they’ve killed us! Oh Allah, may your wrath fall on these Sikhs – they have ruined us […]” (Nahal, 1988, p. 127-28). The news spreads like wildfire in the entire Trunk Bazaar, Mahalla Dharowal, Mianapura and Kanak Mandi that the Muslims living in Amritsar “had been attacked and driven out of their homes by the Hindus and the Sikhs” (Nahal, 1988, p. 128).  The arrival of this Amritsar train in Sialkot makes the situation viciously rancorous and it initiates fires, lootings and killings of the Hindus and the Sikhs in Sialkot as well. Tai Yong Tan and Gyanesh Kudaisya also quote G.D. Khosla advocating that “madness swept over the entire land, in an ever-increasing crescendo, till reason and sanity left the minds of rational men and women, and sorrow, misery, hatred, and despair took possession of their souls” (Tan and Kudaisya, 2000, p. 7). For instance, the Muslims of Sialkot en masse, start stabbing the Hindus and the Sikh natives to death. But Kanshi Ram witnesses not only murders but the extreme brutality of the violence. Nahal advocates Kanshi Ram’s statement as:

“The killing was invariably done with a knife, and often the knife, the large blade driven clean through, was left in the body of the victim. Where the victim survived the first blow, he was repeatedly stabbed in the chest and the abdomen. Faces were disfigured […]. In each case, the intestines of the man would have spilled from the body and would be lying next to him in a pool of his blood” (Nahal, 1988, p. 126).

This type of bloodbath continues for several months and millions of victims lose their lives unnecessarily in the name of freedom. Urvashi Butalia also records in her book Other Side of Silence: Voices from the Partition of India that “estimates of the dead vary from 200,000 (the contemporary British figure) to two million (a later Indian estimate) but that somewhere around a million people died is now widely accepted” (Butalia, 1998, p. 6).

It’s the impact of the expropriations, stabbings and fires executed in Trunk Bazaar, Mahalla Dharowal, Mianapura, Kanak Mandi and in the neighboring towns of Sialkot that Lala Kanshi Ram feel “frightening and demoralizing” (Nahal, 1988, p. 126). It seems to him that “a red glow of death” (Nahal, 1988, p. 127) is waiting for him and his family. Lala Kanshi Ram becomes “numb with fear” (Nahal, 1988, p. 127) when he witnesses victims wailing in the crowd hysterically and uncontrollably (Nahal, 1988, p. 128). His heart fills with severe angst when he hearkens from the natives of Trunk Bazaar that they are heading towards the refugee camp established out of the town. Nahal adds that “these two words – ‘refugee camp’ – were to become a household name all over India in the next few months, but Lala Kanshi Ram was as yet not familiar with them” (Nahal, 1988, p. 129). After the arrival of the Amritsar train that brought the wounded and the dead Muslims in Sialkot and the subsequent violence emerged against the Hindus and the Sikhs of Sialkot, Kanshi Ram fails to “ sleep at all that night” (Nahal, 1988, p. 130). The situation becomes unmanageable and the police ask the Hindu and the Sikh inhabitants to evacuate Sialkot, but Lala Kanshi Ram never wants to become a refugee in his own hometown. The word ‘refugee’ haunts him recurrently when he copiously understands the real meaning of this word, and he starts shouting at the police saying, “I was born here, this is my home – how I can be a refugee in my own home” (Nahal, 1988, p. 130)?

Traumatic incidents gradually increase in Sialkot and they deteriorate the psychic condition of Lala Kanshi Ram.  Bistoen, Vanheule and Craps discover abruptly that “Delayed-onset PTSD may develop in some people due to a subsequent event which gives the original trauma a more threatening meaning” (Bistoen, Vanheule and Craps, 2014, p.  671). Lala Kanshi Ram has had lost his six infants, and he couldn’t forget that trauma. Now the fires, lootings, killings, and the news of evacuating Sialkot totally dishearten him, and he questions the competency of the authorities as, “Why can’t the government protect us? I’ve seen communal riots before in this country. How were the English able to put them down” (Nahal, 1988, p. 130)? Being a helpless émigré, Kanshi Ram cries and “his eyes filled with tears as he felt so unprotected and forlorn” (Nahal, 1988, p. 131). Lala Kanshi Ram feels psychosomatically and physically very tired when he thinks to leave his house and the shop. He defenselessly utters as, “What of the shop – the grain stored there? How would he dispose of it? Would anyone give him any price for it in such times? His tone was mournful […]” (Nahal, 1988, p. 132).

It’s Nachträglichkeit ‘deferred action’ of trauma that Lala Kanshi Ram runs his hands over the walls of his beloved house and instantly recalls his childhood days when he used to eat earth from the mud walls. He remembers how his mother used to beat him sternly. Lala Kanshi Ram revitalizes his infantile time when he is forced for exile as:

“How could he give this earth up? – and again he ran his hand over the wall. Some of his earliest memories, memories of his remote childhood, came back to him as he stood there. He remembered how as an urchin he was very fond of eating earth and how his mother used to beat him for that [ ..] he very much wanted to scrape a part of that earth and eat it again. We aren’t leaving yet, he said aloud […]” (Nahal, 1988, p. 132).

In the above incident, the walls and the clay that he used to eat, act as the signifiers and take him back to his impish childhood. Jacques Lacan also states that a signifier plays a vital role in the mechanism of Nachträglichkeit. To Lacan, signifier is a “Surprise, that by which the subject feels himself overcome, by which he finds both more and less than he expected […] it is always ready to steal away again, thus establishing the dimension of loss” (Lacan, 1998, p. 25).

It’s the repercussion of the loss of his land, house, friends, and hometown that Kanshi Ram gets ready to change even his Hindu religion so that he won’t leave for India. Lala Kanshi Ram acknowledges that “he would become a Muslim to stay here, if need be […]” (Nahal, 1988, p. 132). Secondly, the Lala starts using an abrasive language against the military, the police and even against his friends. For instance, when one of his old friends Abdul Ghani – a hookah manufacturer of Sialkot, laughs at the discomfort of Kanshi Ram since the Hindus and the Sikhs have been ordered to evacuate Sialkot, the latter shouts at the former uncontrollably and calls him an “idiot” (Nahal, 1988, p. 133). When Abdul Ghani addresses Kanshi Ram as a “kafir” (Nahal, 1988, p. 134) and adds that “I want you to leave because you’re a Hindu, and you don’t believe in Allah” (Nahal, 1988, p. 134), Kanshi Ram starts shouting aloud. Kanshi Ram retaliates that he too believes in God as much as Abdul Ghani does. But Kanshi Ram feels utterly distraught when he perceives that some of his Muslims friends such as Abdul Ghani turn hostile to him and want to take away his business (Nahal, 1988, p. 134).

Another traumatic incident happens in Lala Kanshi Ram’s life when his grain shop is looted by some Muslim lunatics of Mohalla Dharowal. After the incident, Kanshi Ram stands transfixed; his color turns ashen grey; he looks so crestfallen that he returns home surreptitiously like a ghost (Nahal, 1988, p. 136). Prabha Rani also witnesses that Kanshi Ram “now stood motionless, unable to decide what to do, as though he had come to the wrong house or he were not the same man” (Nahal, 1988, p. 137).  Afterwards, the Lala loses his faith in the military, the police and the local authorities as they fail to protect the émigrés and their property. Kanshi even curses the local Muslim leaders such as Professor Ghulam Hussain, Chaudhri Imam Baksh and Dr. Wazir Khan asserting that “I’m afraid there is no organized body of Muslims denouncing what is happening in the city” (Nahal, 1988, p. 140).

Kanshi Ram’s trauma becomes a collective trauma when he listens Chaudhri Barkat Ali advocating the wretched condition of émigrés as, “[…] everyday hundreds of refugees from India continue to arrive with tales of terror and disgust. Whatever is happening here in Sialkot, things very much like that are happening on the other side too – let’s make no mistake about it” (Nahal 1988: 140). As Ian Parker states in his book Lacanian Psychoanalysis: Revolutions in Subjectivity that trauma is the “breaches of the body and by implication also of the mind” (Parker, 2011, p. 29). Likewise, traumatic incidents such as the loss of his six infants in the past, the heist of his grain store and the witness of the Amritsar train fully loaded with the dead bodies of Muslims etc. increase in Kanshi Ram’s life day by day and they partition his body and mind. For instance, when his store is looted, Kanshi Ram becomes extremely numb; his arms and shoulders don’t seem to be the parts of his physique (Nahal, 1988, p. 132).  Then, his psyche also gets divided when he associates his own fear, safety and grief with the similar apprehension of other émigrés. Kanshi Ram asserts as, “Moving the populations would ruin both the countries. Yes, the leaders said, don’t move, stay where you are. But that was half-hearted, that was rather a lie, when they were doing nothing to protect the people […]” (Nahal, 1988, p. 131).

A further traumatic incident happens in Lala Kanshi Ram’s life when his daughter, Madhu Bala and son-in-law Rajiv are murdered in a train coming from Wazirabad to Sialkot to see him (Nahal, 1988, p. 168).  Lala Dina Nath who was in the same train and who had saved his life pretending that he is a Muslim, informs Kanshi Ram that the incident took place near Nizamabad – a village just the outside of Wazirabad. Not only were Madhu Bala and Rajiv exterminated, but also other “Hindus and Sikhs in the train were singled out and mercilessly slaughtered” (Nahal, 1988, p. 171).

It’s the ramification of the murder of Madhu Bala and Rajiv that Kanshi Ram body and psyche are “crushed” unreservedly (Nahal, 1988, p. 210). Nahal further states, “The death of Madhu was the last blow to his shattered psyche” (Nahal, 1988, p. 212). Now, he wishes to leave for India grudgingly as soon as possible. About his father, Arun also frets adding, “He was benumbed by the event” (Nahal, 1988, p. 210). The ceaseless traumatic incidents such as the loss of his house and land, the looting of his store and now, the death of his beloved daughter and son-in-law etc., narrow further his chances of living in his beloved hometown, Sialkot. Subsequently, Kanshi Ram abuses General Rees – the Commander-in-Chief of the Punjab Boundary Force, Nehru, Jinnah and Kripalani – the President of the Indian national congress and call them “the villains” (Nahal, 1988, p. 211). After Madhu’s death, Lala Kanshi Ram becomes speechless, and he hardly communicates even with Prabha Rani and Arun. Nahal advocates his psychosomatic condition as, “He was not an introvert. He liked meeting people and talking to them. But after Madhu’s death, he withdrew himself into a shell. Even to members of his own group, he spoke in monosyllables (Nahal, 1988, p. 212).  After the tragedy, Kanshi Ram emerges as a man “indifferent to the generosity” which he was known for (Nahal, 1988, p. 213). Madhu’s death shatters his mindset. Whenever Arun talks of Madhu, Kanshi Ram closes the subject because her separation haunts her severely and cyclically. Kanshi Ram tries to regain his consciousness but the spontaneous flow of traumatic incidents renders him unconscious again. In his concept of repetition, Jacques Lacan also states that the victim “loses itself as much as it finds itself again and in the sense that, in an interjection, in an imperative, in an invocation, even in a hesitation it is always the unconscious that presents you with its enigma” (Lacan, 1998, p. 26). Kanshi Ram fails to come out of the shock of his deceased daughter. Nahal also mentions Kanshi Ram’s psychic enigma as, “Arun saw him stop in the walk and turn his face furtively aside. Surreptitiously, furtively, like a thief, he lifted a corner of his shirt and wiped his eyes. Before Arun, he displayed nothing” (Nahal, 1988, p. 213). Moreover, the Lala looks “delirious”, “shrunken”, and “flaccid” (Nahal, 1988, p. 249). Nahal, next adds, “The good humour did not stay with him for many days; he was soon fussing and fuming as of old” (Nahal, 1988, p. 149).

Lala Kanshi Ram’s trauma becomes a repetitive trauma when he faces multiple harrowing incidents.  He had witnessed and experienced some of the incidents such as the loss of his house, store, land, friends, homeland, and the death of his beloved daughter and son-in-law but the “problems that loomed in the future were a thousandfold more complex and bewildering than what he had gone through” (Nahal, 1988, p. 274).  Kanshi Ram has just been busy piling up his haemorrhages for a couple of months. “Many parts of him had died” (Nahal, 1988, p. 274), writes Nahal, because of the innumerable and irretrievable losses. The Lala has “faltered and fumbled in his steps” (Nahal, 1988, p. 274) before he faces new looming calamity in his life.

Another phase of traumatic incidents starts in the life of Kanshi Ram when the foot convoy leaves Sialkot Cantonment and reaches Pasrur through the route of Gunna Kalan. The convoy moves farther side of Pasrur on 5th September 1947, and Kanshi Ram witnesses, “[…] the remains of parties that had been attacked and butchered. In many cases, the dismembered human limbs and skeletons were still lying there, and the stench was intolerable” (Nahal, 1988, p. 283). Such distressing scenes refresh Kanshi Ram’s traumatic wounds. The reminiscence of Madhu rigorously haunts him when the Muslim marauders attack at the 2nd unit of their convoy before it reaches the refugee camp at Qila Sobha Singh and carry away “a number of young refugee girls with them” (Nahal, 1988, p. 286). Being a civil leader of the 3rd unit, Lala Kanshi Ram feels utterly distressed when he further watches the holocaust of the 2nd unit of their convoy. Lala Kanshi Ram observes, “[…] a few women lay with their breasts exposed, with a dead child next to the breast. Most of the children lay with their faces downward. The men lay on their backs or on their sides, their mouths open. Some women lay doubled up like bundles […]” (Nahal, 1988, p. 287).  Kanshi Ram’s physique shudders when he scrutinizes the dilapidated body of Dr. Chander Bhan who has had brought the news of the murder of Madhu Bala and Rajiv.

Lala Kanshi Ram and the other émigrés have been attacked several times since they leave Sialkot. Their convoy just covers thirty-six miles from Sialkot but they lose over fifteen hundred of their colleagues during the various ambushes executed near the villages such as Gunna Kalan, Qila Sobha Singh and Manjoke. Several women are abducted and the number of the wounded rise to several hundred (Nahal, 1988, p. 288-89). It’s Nachträglichkeit that Kanshi Ram’s memory goes back to Madhu again when he learns that two of Dr. Chander Bhan’s “daughters, aged nineteen and seventeen, had been carried away by the mob” (Nahal, 1988, p. 288).

It’s another Nachträglichkeit ‘deferred action’ of trauma that Kanshi Ram still recalls Sialkot though he reaches Amritsar. He knocks at the doors of his distant relatives in Amritsar but none of them welcome him and his survival family. He abominates the idea of his settlement in Jullundur, Ludhiana and Ambala. The Lala whines saying, “I don’t like the sound of them. There was only one worthwhile town for him in the Punjab – and that was Sialkot” (Nahal, 1988, p. 325). Further, Lala Kanshi Ram’s traumatic reminiscence of the murder of Madhu and Rajiv along with hundreds of Hindus and Sikhs who were also butchered mercilessly in a train near Nizamabad (Nahal, 1988, p. 168, 171), revitalizes when he witnesses the carnage of innumerous Muslim refugees at the Amritsar railway station (Nahal, 1988, p. 327). While sitting in the waiting room of the Amritsar station, the Lala listens the wailing of the Muslim survivors. But it’s Nachträglichkeit ‘deferred action’ of his trauma that Kanshi Ram recalls the wails, cries, sobs, and moans of the Hindu and Sikh survivors who lose their family members and whose women are abducted during the attacks at the foot convoy near Pasrur (Nahal, 1988, p. 283), Qila Sobha Singh (Nahal, 1988, p. 286-87) and Alipur Saiyidian (Nahal, 1988, p. 288). Kanshi Ram accepts that “the wailing had a familiar ring” (Nahal, 1988, p. 328). Lala Kanshi Ram also recalls the failure of the Pakistani troops when he witnesses the ineffectiveness of the Indian soldiers to protect the lives and property of the Muslim émigrés. He asserts, “Indian soldiers stood guard with machine guns, but they were only a façade – like their counterparts in Pakistan. They had failed to protect the Muslims” (Nahal, 1988, p. 328).

Lala Kanshi Ram gets fed up with the governments, armies, Rehabilitation and Custodian Officers of both sides. Whatever practical help is provided to the émigrés, it is from private and charitable trusts. Kanshi Ram adds, “The government itself was ill-prepared and ill-equipped to handle them. Nearly two months after independence, it still had not come to grips with the situation” (Nahal, 1988, p. 326). Like thousands of other refugees, the Lala gets distressed when the Indian police ask him injudicious questions such as what his purpose to come in India is (Nahal, 1988:, p. 328). Subsequently, the Indian towns, officials and circumstances look “disgusting” (Nahal, 1988, p. 336) to Kanshi Ram. Prabha Rani knows that her husband is primarily upset because of the irrevocable loss of his house, store, land, friends, and hometown Sialkot. But the demise of Madhu is fundamental amongst them. Madhu’s death impacts him physically and psychosomatically. Prabha Rani gives an account of Kanshi Ram as, “He looked so much thinner now, the face especially. She knew he had suffered for Madhu. He had said not word. But she knew how excruciating had been his pain. A slow, silent eroding pain that had torn him asunder” (Nahal, 1988, p. 336).

Lala Kanshi Ram’s psychic condition becomes very miserable when he begs the Rehabilitation and the Custodian Officers in Delhi to allot him any flat in the middle of November 1947. Chaman Nahal delineates his condition stating as, “Lala Kanshi Ram became pale by degrees and now it seemed there was no blood left in him. He positively did not want to go to another refugee camp. Four months of that had shrunk his heart. Never before in his life had he felt so exposed, so naked, so defenceless” (Nahal, 1988, p. 350). It’s again Nachträglichkeit that homeless Kanshi Ram revivifies his appealing home and the other homely comforts which were snatched from him in Sialkot in the name of freedom. Nahal adds what Kanshi Ram now wants is only “[…] walls around himself and doors and he wanted a bed to lie on and clean sheets and he wanted Prabha Rani to be alone with him” (Nahal, 1988, p. 350). But the tragedy is that he has lost even his identity in Delhi. He wants “a name for himself once again – not fame, just a name” (Nahal, 1988, p. 350).

Another Nachträglichkeit ‘deferred action’ of trauma is observed when Madhu’s absence haunts Lala Kanshi Ram cyclically and he tries to rebuild her from his memory. The other girls remind him of Madhu and he traces her amongst them. Nahal asserts, “He remembered, to be sure he remembered, but the images overlapped and then it was so difficult for him to give them life even if he did succeed in putting the features together” (Nahal, 1988, p. 350). The demise of Madhu pains him so tremendously that sometimes he feels that she comes back to see him in person. Kanshi Ram fails to express whether it is reality or imagination, magic or charisma.   At this peak of his angst, the Lala becomes a victim of schizophrenia – a serious mental illness in which someone cannot understand what is real and what is imaginary. Rachel Miller and Susan Elizabeth Mason also advocate the lethal nature of schizophrenia as, “All illnesses are hard to talk about, but schizophrenia seems even harder. For many people the term schizophrenia carries a stigma so strong that just thinking about it is frightening. It reminds them of the strange thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that resulted in their needing treatment. They remember their weird beliefs and hallucinations or their disorganized, isolated or moody ways” (Miller and Mason, 2002, p. 1).

On the one hand, the Lala is utterly distressed because of the loss of his house, store, daughter, son-in-law, friends, land, and hometown, but he also suffers due to his homelessness in Delhi on the other hand. One of the Custodian Officers scolds the shattered Kanshi Ram and asks Arun to take him away. Nahal adds the statement of the Custodian Officer as, “Take care of your father. He has been weeping. I’ve told you people. There is nothing that I can do! There simply aren’t any more houses” (Nahal, 1988, p. 353). Because of the complicated and shocking circumstances, Kanshi Ram loses his thirst, hunger and sleep. He wants to take a sip of tea but he can’t; he wants to eat a biscuit, but he is unable to eat it; he wants even to weep, but there is no water left in the ducts of his eyes (Nahal, 1988, p. 353).

At last, Lala Kanshi Ram is allotted a brick hut in Kingsway Camp on Alipur Road in Delhi where he sets-up a small shop, but homelessness, nostalgia and poverty deteriorate him extremely (Nahal, 1988, p. 354). In the Punjabi culture, the Lala had grown up in, turban has its own dignity for Sikhs, Hindus and Muslims. Lala Kanshi Ram always turbaned whether he was inside or outside his home, but now in Delhi, he couldn’t save even his milky turban. Nahal writes, “Turban was a sign of respect, of dignity. He had no dignity left […]. He sat bare-headed, advertising his humble position to the world” (Nahal, 1988, p. 366).

It’s another Nachträglichkeit ‘deferred action’ of trauma of Lala Kanshi Ram that, while assessing the loss of his personality, acceptance, identity and the other material losses, Kanshi Ram’s memory gets connected to his daughter’s loss. This is what he primarily couldn’t forget for the rest of his life. Chaman Nahal delineates his shattered psychic condition as, “Lying on his bed late in the night, he thought of it. What of the loss of personality he had suffered? What of the material losses? What of Madhu? That could never be made good, never atoned for. And he saw years of bleakness before him, years of desolation” (Nahal, 1988, p. 369).

It’s the repercussion of his “material losses” and the “physical losses” that he couldn’t see anything for the future but just bleakness, coldness, gloominess and despondency (Nahal, 1988, p. 369). He feels himself in such a tunnel that has no other end (Nahal, 1988, p. 369). He can just see the “rude faces of the men” (Nahal, 1988, p. 369) who decide his future. He wants to talk about his distressed psychic condition, but he loses his “ability to communicate with his family” (Nahal, 1988, p. 369). He cries inwardly as he fails to “establish his contact either with his wife or with his son” (Nahal, 1988, p. 369). Kanshi Ran fails to fathom his “restlessness” and “sadness” (Nahal, 1988, p. 370). He feels himself guilty for “the material losses” (Nahal, 1988, p. 369) and for the demise of his daughter and son-in-law, though he isn’t responsible for this series of calamities. Kanshi Ram’s trauma enhances day by day and it deteriorates his mindset further as he lacks friends in Delhi unlike Sialkot. Judith Lewis Herman also states that social-relations are constructive for the recovery of trauma. The psychiatrist states, “The core experiences of psychological trauma are disempowerment and disconnection from others […]. In its renewed connections with other people, the survivor re-creates the psychological faculties that were damaged or deformed by the traumatic experience” (Herman, 1997, p. 133).

  1. Results

The researcher has analyzed only one character (Lala Kanshi Ram) from the selected novel Azadi in the light of the augmented Freudian theory of Nachträglichkeit ‘deferred action’ of trauma. Kanshi Ram encounters some traumatic incidents such as the vicious shooting of Indian dogs by the British soldiers (Nahal, 1988, p. 28), stillbirths (Nahal 1988: 36), witness of holocaust of the Partition (Nahal, 1988, p. 125), witness of the Amritsar train fully loaded with the dead bodies of Muslims (Nahal, 1988, p. 127-28), loss of his land, house, friends, hometown and heist of his grain store in Sialkot (Nahal, 1988, p. 136), slaughter of his daughter (Madhu Bala) and son-in-law Rajiv (Nahal, 1988, p. 168), and witness of the carnage of innumerous Muslim refugees at the Amritsar railway station (Nahal, 1988, p. 327) in his life. These harrowing events are considered as the factors of trauma and they affect Kanshi Ram’s body and psyche with several impacts.

Through the psychoanalysis of Kanshi Ram it’s observed that the protagonist faces the repercussions such as a flashback to the devastation caused by Germany in Russia and Japan (Nahal, 1988, p. 16), tearfulness (Nahal, 1988, p. 16), incommunicability (Nahal, 1988, p. 16, p. 213, p. 369), collective trauma (Nahal, 1988, p. 16), association of the current savagery with the epic battle of Kurukshetra between the Kauravas and the Pandavas (Nahal,  1988, p. 17), flashback to the massacre of the Jallianwala Bagh that took place on 13th April 1919 (Nahal, 1988, p. 28), abusiveness against the military, police and his friends (Nahal, 1988, p. 28, p. 133, p. 211), revengeful attitude and deep-seated abhorrence for the penultimate British Viceroy in India – Lord Archibald Wavell (Nahal, 1988, p. 30), flashback to the revolt of 1857 (Nahal, 1988, p. 32), timidity (Nahal, 1988, p. 32), wretchedness, scared and upset (Nahal, 1988, p. 32), insecurity and anxiety (Nahal, 1988, p. 39), loss of his husbandly functions (Nahal, 1988, p. 39), confusion, uncanniness and restlessness (Nahal, 1988, p. 41), amalgamation of his personal grief with the national problem of the Partition (Nahal, 1988, p. 39), feeling of death (Nahal, 1988, p. 127), numbness (Nahal, 1988, p. 127, p. 210), angst and sleeplessness (Nahal, 1988, p. 130), fearfulness even to hear the word ‘refugee’(Nahal, 1988, p. 130), disheartenment,  psychosomatic tiredness and defenselessness (Nahal, 1988, p. 132, p. 350), readiness to convert Hinduism into Islam so that he can keep his home, store and homeland (Nahal, 1988, p.132), shouting and distress (Nahal, 1988, p. 134), transfixion, disappointment and paleness (Nahal, 1988, p. 136), motionlessness, indecisiveness (Nahal, 1988, p. 137), loss of trust in the military, the police and the local authorities (Nahal, 1988, p. 140, p. 326), curse (Nahal, 1988, p. 140), loss of good humour (Nahal, 1988, p. 149), paralysis of his body and psyche (Nahal, 1988, p. 210, p. 274), indifference to generosity (Nahal, 1988, p. 213), unconsciousness particularly because of the repetitious reminiscence of his deceased daughter (Nahal, 1988, p. 249, 288), delirium, unwillingness, flaccidity (Nahal, 1988, p. 249), unsteadiness (Nahal, 1988, p. 274), hatred of the new country (India), officials and its new cities such as in Jullundur Ludhiana, Ambala etc. (Nahal, 1988, p. 325, 336), flashback to the Amritsar train fully loaded with the dead bodies of Muslims (Nahal, 1988, p. 328), feeling of an excruciating pain (Nahal, 1988, p. 336), debasement (Nahal, 1988, p. 343), display of his nakedness before the Custodian and Rehabilitation officers (Nahal, 1988, p. 350, p. 353), nostalgia (Nahal, 1988, p. 350), schizophrenia (Nahal, 1988, p. 350), repetitive fear (Nahal, 1988, p. 351), deep rooted desire to return to his home and homeland (Nahal, 1988, p. 351), loss of thirst and hunger (Nahal, 1988, p. 353), mournfulness, rootlessness, homelessness, and destitution (Nahal, 1988, p. 354), loss of dignity, personality and identity (Nahal, 1988, p. 366), bleakness, desolation and suffocation (Nahal, 1988, p. 369), and unnecessary feeling of guilt (Nahal, 1988, p. 369).

Similarly, the trauma of other victims such as Prabha Rani, Arun Kumar, Sardar Niranjan Singh, Sergeant William Davidson, Isher Kaur, Inayat-Ullah Kahn, Madhu Bala, Sunanda Bala, and Mukanda’s mother can be explored in the light of the Freudian theory of ‘deferred action’ to detect some more concealed reasons and ramifications of trauma.

  1. Conclusion and Recommendation

In the modern world, millions of people are suffering from the psychosomatic disturbance created by a number of traumatizing factors which lead to trauma either immediately or through the mechanism of ‘deferred action’. The researcher has explored some of the factors and ramifications of trauma through the analysis of Chaman Nahal’s Azadi but lots of covert factors of trauma can be explored if the Freudian theory of Nachträglichkeit ‘deferred action’ is applied to the texts which contain traumatic experiences because a detailed exploration of the reasons for trauma and its repercussions on the lives of traumatized victims is required for the trauma treatment centres worldwide dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PSTD) to alleviate the travails of the victims of trauma. As each distressing factor is different, so are the traumatic experiences and the repercussions of trauma. There is no single protocol for grasping and treating the patients of trauma; therefore, the implementation of the Freudian theory of ‘deferred action’ in the suggested discourses is recommended to discover concealed factors of trauma so that the treatment of the patients of trauma could be made effectively productive.


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