Altruism in Jhumpa Lahiri’s “The Real Durwan”

  • U Annalakshmi Assistant Professor, Department of English, Panimalar Engineering College, Chennai Campus, Tamil Nadu, India
  • K Nagamani Assistant Professor, Department of English & Foreign Languages, Srmist, Ramapuram Campus, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Keywords: Altruism, Empathy, Helping Behaviour, Benevolence


Altruism is an important aspect in Positive psychology, defined as helping others and showing concern for the well- being of others without expecting any reward, the person extend help voluntarily, slowly becoming his/ her habit. Person with altruism feels empathetic at others, spend time with them, listen to them and try to be emotionally connected with them. Jhumpa Lahiri’s Interpreter of Maladies is her first book, it interprets the problems faced by the experience of diasporans such as displacement, rootlessness, disintegration, discrimination, marginalization and crisis in identity. A Real Durwan is the story about Boori Ma, a sweeper migrated to India from Pakistan because of political reasons.

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Annalakshmi, U., & Nagamani, K. (2022). Altruism in Jhumpa Lahiri’s “The Real Durwan”. Shanlax International Journal of English, 11(1), 47-49.