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stephanie0605 | Student | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 7, 2009 at 1:22 PM via web

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Please give a summary of the story 'By Any Other Name' by Santha Rama Rau.

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kimfuji | College Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted November 7, 2009 at 1:51 PM (Answer #1)

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Two Indian sisters start at an anglo-indian day school where the headmistress gives them anglo names,Pamela and Cynthia. The little girl doesn't mind because she is only five and completley disassociates between her real "Indian" self and the Cynthia, "anglo-named" self. The school mostly consists of anglo children. The anglo children want nothing to do with the Indian children. The few Indian children in their class sit in the back of the room and are quiet. When the sisters go home at the end of the day, they are happy because they feel free to be Indian. When the day of testing comes the older girl comes into the younger one's room and tells her to come they are going home. (The younger girl doesn't understand why they are leaving early that day.) When they arrive home early the older girl tells her mother that the school teachers say that the Indian children cheat that is why they sit in the back of the room with an empty desk between them. She refuses to go back to that school. Her mother agrees and let's the girls stay home.

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