Why should social workers get involved with environmental preservation and climate change?
DQ: How would you describe what social welfare system is to a friend who is not taking this course?
Miranda is a lady who seeks sexual pleasure to be relieved from boredom and loneliness. Miranda gets to know about her colleague, Laxmi’s cousin’s husband, cheating on his wife with a woman whom he met on his flight to London. The story presents two stories in her story “Sexy” and both are quite similar and linked with each other. In both cases, Indian males are involved and they don’t realise or even have the sense of guilt for their wives, the things are just opposite. Though, Dev’s wife is unaware of his relationship with Miranda., it would be a sin. Laxmi, living an American life, says that she would have killed him if she had been her cousin. But for her cousin, it is impossible. Ultimately it is Rohin, Laxmi’s cousin’s boy, who makes Miranda realise what she’s doing is futile and it is of no importance. The story is a result of boredom, psychological conflict felt by Miranda, who’s not an Indian, yet, feels isolated in her own land. The next story, “The Third and final continent,” supplements the thoughts of alienation through a person who’s adopted to three different cultures. The narrator’s mother was completely devastated by the death of her husband. Physically, she did not commit Sati, as an orthodox patriarchal/feudal ideology would have expected her, back in the nineteenth century when Mrs Croft was born but symbolically, she died with him. She had to be protected and cared for by her sons: she ‘refused to adjust to life without her husband; instead, she sank deeper into a world of darkness from which nothing could save her’ (Page 187, IoM). The death of his mother had brought relief to the narrator but he mourns. Mrs Croft also contrasts with that of the narrator’s wife, Mala, who, as a twenty-seven-year-old bride, missed her parents. When Mala arrives in America, Mrs Croft called her a perfect woman after seeing her in the Indian sari. This compliment from Mr Croft evokes sympathy and love in his mind for Mala, because until then, he had an aversion to the idea of an arranged marriage. Although he has adapted to the British way of life as a student, it is not a true cultural integration as ‘he lives in a house occupied entirely by penniless Bengali bachelors like him’ (Page 173, IoM). He attempts to keep his cultural identity intact by keeping the most trivial of Indian traditions alive, such as eating ‘egg curry’. Mala is completely dependent on her husband in an alienated social and cultural environment. However, the narrator was able to find time to accompany Mala and ‘together’ they ‘explored the city and met other Bengali’s discovered that a man named Bill sold fresh fish took pictures of her so that she could send them to her parents and discovered pleasure and solace in each other’s arms’ (Page>GET ANSWER