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Do you think Rakesh would have remained on good terms with his father if he had never left India?

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I think that one of the elements that Desai brings out in the relationship between parents and children is that if children's voices are not authentically validated through parents, it becomes difficult to construct a valid and sustainable relationship.  The relationship between parent and child is shown to be a challenging element in the short story.  It is not as simple as one would consider it to be.  Individuals have to engage in reflection, discourse, and oftentimes, uncover some unsettling truths in order to experience a relationship that is...

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