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International Journal of Research in English

Vol. 5, Issue 2, Part B (2023)

Cultural resilience and assimilation: exploring family dynamics among Parsis immigrants in Mumbai in Rohinton Mistry’s 'Family Matters'


Dr. M Nivedita


This study article examines the complexities of family dynamics inside a Parsi immigrant family residing in Mumbai, India. The present study examines the intricate cultural legacy portrayed in the characters of Rohinton Mistry's novel, Family Matters, and the inherent conflicts that arise within this context. This study aims to investigate the cultural heritage of the Parsis, examining its competence and resilience in flourishing within the context of Indian society alongside other major civilizations. The novel explores the multi-generational trajectory of Nariman Vakeel's family and its changing dynamics within the context of altering beliefs and societal norms in contemporary India. This study delves deeper into the process of assimilation and the convergence of lifestyles among Parsis, with a focus on the distinct patterns observed across different age cohorts to which the characters are assigned. Moreover, the present study endeavours to gain an understanding of the amalgamated existence of the Parsi family in question and their respective identities, particularly in the context of their immigration to Mumbai. The ability of the community to assimilate or adapt, overcome adversities, and demonstrate resilience through their customary behaviours, conventions, worship, and traditions enables them to effectively accept their new place of residence. The Parsis demonstrate a constant effort to establish a distinct identity throughout all domains of human existence, despite their relatively small population size. The primary objective of this study is to gain insight into the challenges and successes experienced by Parsi communities within the context of a modernized Indian culture, as well as their ability to maintain a sense of belonging and home in a foreign environment.

Pages: 74-78  |  161 Views  37 Downloads

How to cite this article:
Dr. M Nivedita. Cultural resilience and assimilation: exploring family dynamics among Parsis immigrants in Mumbai in Rohinton Mistry’s 'Family Matters'. Int. J. Res. Engl. 2023;5(2):74-78. DOI: 10.33545/26648717.2023.v5.i2b.127
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