What is the main theme of the novel Family MattersĀ  by Rohinton Mistry?

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The novel deals with the different attitudes that the members of a family show towards the aging patriarch, Nariman Vakeel, a kind, retired English professor. He lives with his stepchildren, Coomy and Jal, who despise him and use his declining health to carry out their revenge against him as they feel he is responsible for their mother's tragic death. On the contrary, Nariman's daughter Roxana loves her father. However, when Coomy and Jal leave him at Roxana's cramped flat, her own family is seriously put to the test. Family Matters thus focuses on the theme of how different people react to illness and declining health. It shows how caring for the aged can bring out unexpected and dark personality traits.