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Rohinton Mistrys new 469 page novel Family Matters deals with a plot concerning an extended family breaking down when the patriarch Nariman Vakeel a retired English professor breaks his ankle and requires home nursing care Mistrys first novel Such a Long Journey deals with the issues of family affairs like hopes for the future family feuds and generation gaps The protagonists Gustad Noble from Such a Long Journey and Nariman Vakeel from Family Matters suffer from strained family relationships like the betrayal of family members expectations they put on kindred members and how they ignore their family problems Gustad Nobles family problems are mostly focused on one of his sons Sohrab while Nariman Vakeel has conflicts with many of his family members especially his parents and his stepchildren Jal and Coomy The main characters Gustad Noble and Nariman Vakeel do feel the betrayal from certain family members mainly their children and in the case of Nariman his stepchildren Gustad Noble feels the most betrayed by his son who refuses to go to the Indian Institute of Technology It is seen that the betrayal he feels from his son Sohrab has rooted from his past experience with his friend Jimmy Bilimoria Friends Friends Dont talk to me of friends What happened to the great friend Jimmy Bilimoria Where is he now who used to come here all the time Who I treated like a brother Gone Disappeared Without saying a word to us Thats friendship Worthless and meaningless Such a Long Journey Mistry 66 Gustads also shows how he feels betrayed by his wife Dilnavaz To understand his feelings to his wife one has to look deep into Gustads conversations with his wife Through his conversations with his wife it can be seen how he felt ignored since he felt that the traditions of his past were considered inadequate An example of this is when when he brings a live chicken home
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