Identify essential themes in Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard.

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Two themes that play out in Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard are traditional culture versus modern culture and imagination versus reality.

Traditional versus modern culture

India provides the perfect backdrop for the theme of sticking with traditional culture and customs versus entering the modern world. Ammaji is a traditional Indian woman who uses traditional remedies and astrology and folklore to solve problems. She has firm roots in this and wants the same for her family. In contrast, Sampath's father is a very proud bank employee. He wants to follow more modern Western culture and looks down upon his mother for her traditional values. In some ways, he is caught between the two worlds: at home he does yoga, but at work, he has Western manners. He wants to be a Western banker, but he wants his daughter to be an ideal Indian woman, instead of being like the movie stars she wishes to emulate. The town itself represents the contrast between traditional and modern ways of life. On the one...

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