An Indian housewife comes to New York to attend help in arrangement for a niece’s wedding.
She starts attending English lessons. There she meets a French man, who admires her and admits it.
Through his love-appreciation she rediscovers her submerged identity and self esteem
SETTING- 21ST Century New York – an Indian family comes to help and attend a wedding.
Shashi (the Middle aged mother of two-who starts learning English)- She initially is taken aback by the open admission of attraction by the French co-student. Then she starts to appreciate his attention, as it brings back her self-esteem.
Shashi’s lover-The Frenchman- shows her aspects of life, identity, through his affection. He takes her to the terrace of the building and shows her the New York Skyline
Shashi’s husband- treats her almost like a Live-in Maid
PIVOTAL RELATION WHICH MOVES THE PLOT FORWARD
Shashi’s niece, who is born-brought up in New York is sympathetic towards her. She overhears the conversations of the French man, when he speaks of his admiration –the speaker phone is on and he does not know. Shashi is embarrassed .
Her niece tells her- He really loves you. Do you also love him?
Shashi rebukes her reminding her that she is mother of two children, a married Hindu Indian.
Shashi’s niece tells her- It can happen.
Shashi – I do not require love, I require respect.
RESOLUTION- In this story, Shashi returns back to her life, family in India.However, the relation with English lessons, the lively class of grown ups trying to survive in New York, the French man who admires her openly all make her re-examine her situations, re-gain her self esteem
A wonderful speech by Sri Devi which describes her sufferings with her dominant husband who thinks that she deserves to live for making her ladoos and nothing else..,and from her daughter who criticizes her mother for not knowing to speak English…
Both play with her weaknesses and in the end they realize everything.