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In A Wifes Story written by Bharati Mukherjee the narrator is an Indian woman named Panna who has left India to get a Ph D in special education in Manhattan The story illustrates the relationship between Panna and her match-made husband who has come to visit her in Manhattan Panna is drifting away from her husband because of the cultural changes she is going through She has changed and he has not thus the gap between them widens My own marriage is not through match-making and yet it has come to an end due to all kinds of differences that cannot be reconciled As husband and wife Panna does understand him to a certain extent Just by listening to his voice over the phone she can already figure out how he looks while he is telling her about the bombing at his workplace She says I know how my husbands eyes look this minute how the eye rim sag and the yellow corneas shine and bulge with pain 470 She also knows that he will be fine Tomorrow hell come out of it Soon hell be eating again Hell sleep like a baby 470 This is a kind of ability and understanding you develop with your spouse after living together for some time I am able to know the mood of my spouse just by talking to him on the phone I can easily predict his response and reaction too For example there are a few lecturers in our college that he hates because they serve as the panels for his final design thesis which he fails Even after many years he would be so annoyed and I know the exact bad words he would swear if someone mentions their names in front of him Panna also knows that her husband likes her to dress up in traditional Indian costume so she deliberately changes out of her cotton pants and shirts and puts on a
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