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How does Ruskin Bond make us feel sad for Mehmood in "The Kite Maker"?

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Ruskin Bond makes us feel sad for Mehmood by portraying him as an old, sick man who has few friends and is unable to see one of his sons due to the partition of India.

Mehmood is entering his twilight years, which naturally makes his life situation all the more...

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Ruskin Bond makes us feel sad for Mehmood by portraying him as an old, sick man who has few friends and is unable to see one of his sons due to the partition of India.

Mehmood is entering his twilight years, which naturally makes his life situation all the more poignant. We’re told that his days are “drawing to a close,” which would be bad enough in itself for a man who feels he still has quite a few kites left in him.

But it’s especially bad for someone like Mehmood, most of whose friends have passed away, and one of whose sons can’t come to see him as a result of the partition, which separated many people from their families.

If this weren't enough to make us feel sad, further heartbreak comes at the end of the story when Mehmood’s grandson can’t wake him up. Although it isn’t explicitly spelled out that Mehmood has passed away, it’s reasonable to assume that he has, adding further to the reader’s sadness concerning this poor old man.

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