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  1. Lucifer better to reign in hell than to serve in heaven

    Lily is the 1st generation child in US as her parents moved from India after unfavourable conditions. The customs and traditions of both the countries are quite different. While Lily's parents are stick to their Indian Culture, Lily on the other hand is stuck between the Indian and the American CultRead more

    Lily is the 1st generation child in US as her parents moved from India after unfavourable conditions. The customs and traditions of both the countries are quite different. While Lily’s parents are stick to their Indian Culture, Lily on the other hand is stuck between the Indian and the American Culture and Beliefs.

    In the house, her father asks her to learn about the Indian Subcontinent while in the Schools her teachers ask her to learn about American History. Among this she is not been able to adopt anything.

    Mr Pirzada used to give her a candy whenever he would visit her. When Lily comes to know about the disappearance of Mr Pirzada’s family she starts putting a candy in her mouth while going to bed in the night and keeps it there till the morning.

    This is her understanding of prayer and believes that her prayers will be fulfilled and finally when she comes to know that Mr Pirzada’s family is safe, she gives up this practice.

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    Lucifer better to reign in hell than to serve in heaven

    In the short story When Mr. Pirzada Came to Dine by Jhumpa Lahiri, Mr. Pirzada used to keep two watches with him, one on his wrist and the other in his pocket. The watch which he kept in his pocket was without a band and plain silver in colour. While the watch on his hand displayed the time of USA,Read more

    In the short story When Mr. Pirzada Came to Dine by Jhumpa Lahiri, Mr. Pirzada used to keep two watches with him, one on his wrist and the other in his pocket. The watch which he kept in his pocket was without a band and plain silver in colour.

    While the watch on his hand displayed the time of USA, the other one was set to the local time in Dacca i.e. eleven hours ahead from that of USA. Lilia used to watch him.

    Lilia comes to know that he is not an Indian but Bangladeshi and his family is there. It was the time of war between Bangladesh (East Pakistan then) and West Pakistan (Pakistan now). Mr Pirzada used to watch TV every night at Lilia’s home to know what-about of his country.

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