A Psychedelic Sagaciousness into Victor’s Life: Khushwant Singh’s Burial at Sea


Khushwant Singh, one of India’s most read and well-known writers in Contemporary Indian Literature, has written about the societal, political and individual’s faults and lacunae, which create interest into significant appraisal of his novel Burial at Sea with the intention of ascertaining individual’s survival as well as the struggle for independence and the after effects of India’s independence. In this paper we turn towards the Indian history where Victor Jai Bhagwan is depicted as a different kind of freedom fighter who did not fight physically but economically. This paper analyzes his life course from his birth in slave India, education in England, disagreement with Gandhiji’s vision for the future India but respect for him, establishment of the mills to bring the benefits of modern industry, recognition as famous business tycoon of India, revitalization of his sexual instinct and love for a tantric woman, and finally murder by some people which is adroitly portrayed by Khushwant Singh. In this paper an attempt has been made for a psychedelic insight into the life of a striving figure and a brilliant young man who was fiercely committed to his country.

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Shalini Yadav, Aljouf University, Saudi Arabia

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Conference: LibrAsia2015
Stream: Literature - Asian Literature

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