The book is about an electrician working in a large firm in Pakistan. It is an interesting story with touchy turn a rounds that raises questions as to whether the author and the character needed to kill. Nawabdin Electrician is a hard working man who thwarts a robbery attempt and watched coldly as his attacker died. The attacker pleads with Nawab to tell the pharmacist fix him or not let him die before he gets his forgiveness. The attacker dies at the hospital in the presence of Nawabdin electrician but he does nothing. He does not react even when the attackers pleads for his blessings. Poverty forces him to plunder since he has no choice. Poverty contradicts his life ethics. This is a wonderful little story about a triumph of life over death. It is also a triumph of the right way over the wrong way. The dying man was let to beg for all the good it would do him. The living was let to exult in life giving it a universal fable. The attacker was killed by the author in order for the reader to reflect on the conflict within humanity and think more about life.
Nawabdin loves his motorcycle so much because it increases his status and gives him weight. This was evident when people started asking for his opinion and often called him uncle. People asked his opinion on world affairs bur he absolutely knew nothing. His status made him do much wider business and he was now free to spend every night with his wife who together, they had given birth to 12 daughters and a son (Rushdie and Pitlor, 12). His wife initially wanted them to live with her family in Firoza near a girl's school. She never wanted the life they had at the Nawab quarters. Not only is Nawabdin an operator but he is also a skimmer who earns a little extra by helping people cheat the electricity company. We tend to sympathise with his life and thus feel that he needs to perform this extra action so as to meet his family's needs. Nawabdin has to meet the needs of his 12 daughters and one son but he sees that his life will change in future after their daughters get married.
The attacker was killed by the author in order for the reader to reflect on the conflict within humanity and think more about life. We are prepared to think about this by being introduced to many things that happen in the society. The book tells us further of many other things men do in the society. For example, an old man befriended Saleema but ultimately tossed her aside just like what many others have done. Saleema just like many women have fallen victims of fake love from men. They pretend to be kind enough to attract women's attention only to run away after getting what they wanted. Saleema in this case thought that she had found love in a fifty year old toothless male servant. The other instance that depicts male ruthlessness is that fact that the book captured Pakistani's fight over growing spoils at the industries. This mirrors the character's ruthlessness. Therefore killing the attacker only drives further, the author's intention of making the reader reflect on the conflict within humanity and think more about life.
Nawabdin's primary employment provided him with motorcycle and it happened that while he was riding, a poorer man attacks him and shoots him. He survives the attack because the gun shorts bring help and in the process, the attacker also gets shot. At the hospital, the attacker tells Nawabdin that poverty made him do this. He therefore begs for forgiveness from Nawabdin who would not budge (Rushdie and Pitlor, 67). This ultimately makes us conclude that not only is Nawabdin a poor man, but he is also a hypocrite who pretends to understand what poverty makes people do. He fails to see that another man also needed to survive the poverty by steeling just like he does when he tampers with electricity.
This is an interesting story with a bitter ending that contradicts whatever good that had been developed in the reader. Basing the idea on events unfolding in the book, a reader would have thought that the story was only about theft of electricity and when the daughters would be married off. This story includes the conflict between lower class and higher class Pakistani's. Through this portrayal, we can identify that the poor and the rich are involved in the conflict through their daily social revolutions, social hierarchy and fear of death. Nawabdin as a contented country man is used to reflect the life of a common man in the lower class. The motocycle as a sign of social level increased his status to a level where people started calling him uncle.
He is a father of 13 children who suffers from abject poverty. Despite being poor, they also have a desire to live and thus, Nawabdin reveals his desire to live through the incident of the attacker. In spite of is portrayed his hypocrisy, Nawabdin possesses a kind of heart that eagerly wanted to help his customers. Nawabdin character was conveyed by the author in a very weird way. He uses a good sense of comic details but does not rely on it much. He lived on his capability to cheat electric company through slowing down meter revolutions. He did his work so cunningly but to the satisfaction of customers who would spare him a hundred rupee note.
He is a smart handyman but sees that his motorcycle is somehow the most important thing than his life. This makes it hard for him to give it up but only over his dead body. We are able to see his efforts of retrieving his motor cycle, because when he is shot, he still makes an effort at trying to stand up to protect the motorcycle. His reasons for protecting his motorcycle are complicated since if by any chance it is stolen, he would not afford feeding his 13 children anymore. Another reason for his action was that he could not consider losing motorcycle which meant losing his social status.
He enjoyed the feeling of being called uncle because of its pride. In contrast to Nawabdin character, the attacker is pitiful even though he was rough with Nawabdin. Poverty therefore forces him to plunder since he has no choice. Poverty contradicts his life ethics. This story is about a triumph of life over death. It is also a triumph of the right way over the wrong way. The dying man was let to beg for all the good it would do him. The living was let to exult in life giving it a universal fable. The attacker was killed by the author in order for the reader to reflect on the conflict within humanity and think more about life.