A Devoted Son Questions and Answers
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Rakesh's father's opinion of him changes over time. What do you think are the reasons for this? Do you think he is justified to criticize his son? Why or why not?

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Initially, Varma is very proud of his son Rakesh. Rakesh is a very hard-working, intelligent young man who finished first in the country's examinations and has since gone on to carve out a successful medical career in the United States.

But when Rakesh returns home to India, cracks in the father-son relationship begin to emerge. The main bone of contention seems to be that Rakesh has stopped behaving toward his father like a devoted son and started...

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