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Few have caught the real sorrow and inexplicable strength of India the unaccountable crookedness and sweetness as well as Mistry Time A Fine Balance and Family Matters are two of the many novels written by Rohinton Mistry In both novels he captures the reality of life in India both negative and positive There are many parallels between these books including the setting the types of characters and the violent deaths that occur Rohinton Mistrys style of writing has many similarities in both of his novels A Fine Balance and Family Matters Growing up in Bombay India Mistry uses his knowledge of his home town as a common setting for both novels Both have many slums and residential areas called jhopadpattis These so-called houses have one big room with a communal water tap in the center of the street These houses are constructed out of scrap wood and sheet metal In order to go to the bathroom tenants must walk across the road and sit on a rail in front of a train track A Fine Balance which is set in the mid 1970s and Family Matters set in the mid 1990s share the same economic state In both decades the country is poor and puts pressure on its citizens to acquire money In Family Matters Yezad is forced to work overtime and weekends just to pay for his childrens education The cost of school books and uniforms alone put financial strain on his family In A Fine Balance Dina can not pay for her own flat she is forced to have a paying guest and hire two tailors to work for her Even the children feel pressure to help earn money even though it may not always be the moral way Omprakash is forced to work at the age of 15 and is denied an education because there is no time for school When one of the children of a poor family hears his
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