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In the literary works Fire on the Mountain by Anita Desai and The Cripple and His Talismans by Anosh Irani the main characters have chosen to isolate themselves from the world mentally physically and socially Nanda Kaul the main character in Anita Desais Fire on the Mountain lives alone and feels it is the only way she can live But when her great-grand daughter comes to visit Nanda has a strange reaction towards the childs lack of interest and communication with her The unnamed narrator and main character in The Cripple and His Talismans was once a rich playboy who loses his arm and chooses to live as a poor-person and thus is able to solve the mystery behind his lost arm Both characters use different methods of hiding certain truths from themselves but eventually develop by seeing what they have worked so hard to bury Nanda Kaul lives at Carignano a house atop a hill in Kausali India She describes her setting as bare and stark suggesting that there is nobody else nearby All she describes is the solitude of the plains and rolling hills By doing so the author is able to inspire feelings of isolation in the reader It is only when she receives word through a letter that her great granddaughter Raka is coming to visit when Nanda notices the school not to far from the hill This suggests that Nanda maybe hiding something from herself or may be choosing not to acknowledge the truth Only the idea of the presence of an outsider makes her realize that there is other life in the world This becomes even more apparent when the setting is viewed through Rakas eyes there are whole villages and factories below Nanda resents Rakas being at Carignano and disrupting the peace she has earned through years and years of answering to others But when she is confronted by Rakas secretive personality and lack of interest in her
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