For whom does Rakesh get tea every morning in "A Devoted Son"?

In "A Devoted Son," Rakesh brings his old father tea every morning. The story makes it clear that throughout his life, Rakesh honors and respects his father. However, when his father is old, Rakesh's perception of his duty as a doctor and doting son causes him to disregard the old man's wishes.

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The short story "A Devoted Son" by Anita Desai is about a relationship between a son and his father that begins in mutual respect but deteriorates as the father grows older. Rakesh is a brilliant student who wins a scholarship to medical school. He becomes an acclaimed doctor...

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The short story "A Devoted Son" by Anita Desai is about a relationship between a son and his father that begins in mutual respect but deteriorates as the father grows older. Rakesh is a brilliant student who wins a scholarship to medical school. He becomes an acclaimed doctor in the United States but does not settle there. Instead, he returns to his hometown, sets up a practice, and allows his mother to select a local girl as his bride.

Through all of this, as Rakesh becomes rich and respected, he continues to honor his father. Tragedy strikes his father's life, though. After he retires from work, his wife dies. He begins to be sickly. The one who continues to lavish attention upon him is his son Rakesh, who brings him his tea every morning, "not in one of the china cups from which the rest of the family drank, but in the old man's favorite brass tumbler." Rakesh then sits with his father and reads the paper to him.

The dutiful attention that Rakesh gives his father, however, turns out not to be what the old man desires. His father wants to chew betel, spit the red juice, and eat sweets, while Rakesh wants to restrict his diet and feed him medicines and tonics. Rakesh feels that it is his duty to keep his father alive, even if he has to deprive him of the things he loves, while his father wants only to enjoy his last days and then die in peace.

We see, then, that Rakesh brings his father tea every morning as part of the sincere respect and love he feels for him.

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