Vidya- Nandini Shanbhogue (Before the change (Freedom- Vidya made a big…
Vidya- Nandini Shanbhogue
Before the change
Vidya made a big connection with animals and humans o have freedom in life. “I heard Raja whine softly, still tied to a pillar on the back. He wasn’t happy. Even dogs prefer freedom. I thought.” Page 39
Vidya before was innocent and unware of certain situations and things. The line “Just out of curiosity, Am I a dog or a cat.” Page 79
Vidya was talkative to her best friend and always be happy with her. I didn't want to change the topic, but I couldn't help chatering about school and volleyball and my best friend, Rifka.
The Protest March
- Vidya was unaware about the situations between India and British and real-life situations that happen to people. The line "Victory to our nation." Page 48
Setting- Bombay India.
The line "I still remember the day we celebrated Krishna Jayanthi, the festival of Lord Krishna's birth at our home Bombay." Page 1
Women like Vidya are allowed to go to school and talk. The line "At school next day I couldn't wait to tell Rifka all about appa." Page 19
After the change
Women are expected to be married but Vidya does not want to be married. “I don’t want to get married, Kitta I want to finish school” Page 105. She is facing difficulty and has no choice.
Kitta wants to leave to help the Indians get independence. He is interested in war. "I need your blessing for what Im going to do next. Im going to join the indian troops." Page 177
Vidya has been acting quiet due to her father's brain injury in the protest march. “I didn’t want to see my friends, not even Rifka, my closest confidant. I did not want to tell them the truth. A martyr I could have explained to my friends; an idiot I could not.” Page 56 and for the protest march evidence the line "My father's brain has been crushed in a way no doctor can set this right.” Page 55.
No education for women-
Vidya's mom has no education to work for any job. The line "All her life she has been trained to be a housewife. She has no education. She wasn't qualified for any kind of job." Page 60.
Vidya has matured and understood now after fathers protest march and the traditional living here in Madras. “Idiot father, Idiot daughter Perriama said. I stood in the doorway of the kitchen. I didn’t care what they said any longer.” Page 215
- Vidya's extended family where she feels uncomfortable. The line “We’re leaving for Madras today.” Page 64 and “My dad was hurt, I told you that, didn’t I? He can’t work anymore. So we have to move to Madras to stay with my grandfather.” “You’re going to live in that extended family house forever? Yes, I said.” Page 65 shows the evidence.
Common Major Changes
Moving to Madras
- We’re leaving for Madras today.” Page 64 and “My dad was hurt, I told you that, didn’t I? He can’t work anymore. So we have to move to Madras to stay with my grandfather.” “You’re going to live in that extended family house forever? Yes, I said.” Page 65
Father Brain Crushed-
“My father's brain has been crushed in a way no doctor can set this right.” Page 55.
Kitta joined war and leaves forever
- “I must leave,” he said.” Page 179
Vidya climbed the stairs first time-
“Every time I climbed the stairs my heart lifted.” Page 98
Vidya meets Raman-
“I'm Raman,” he said. “Your father's sisters husbands brother.” Pg 115
Vidya taught Raman to change which also influenced her life-
“You taught me a lot. You made me see things about me I need to change.” Page 233.
Malati's Wedding made her change too and respect Vidya-
“I'm sorry I didn’t welcome you to this house. But I wish you well too.” Page 155