Fasting, Feasting


Anita Desai

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Dr. Dutt Character Analysis

Dr. Dutt is the confident, smart village doctor. An unmarried, independent woman, she is the daughter of an important politician. Dr. Dutt saves Uma when she has a seizure at Aruna's wedding, and later comes to MamaPapa's house to offer Uma a job at the nursing school she is supervising. Dr. Dutt, like Mira-Masi, represents female independence—only, Dr. Dutt represents the modern female, who is establishing herself within the male-dominated professional world.
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Dr. Dutt Character Timeline in Fasting, Feasting

The timeline below shows where the character Dr. Dutt appears in Fasting, Feasting. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 9
Gender and Social Roles Theme Icon
Plenty/"Feasting" vs. Want/"Fasting" Theme Icon
Tradition/India vs. Modernity/West Theme Icon ignored, and the only person who remembers to ask how she is doing is Dr. Dutt , the charismatic female doctor who helped her when she had her seizure the night... (full context)
Chapter 12
Gender and Social Roles Theme Icon
Family Life and Individual Freedom Theme Icon
Tradition/India vs. Modernity/West Theme Icon
Dr. Dutt comes to visit Uma’s house. Papa disapproves of Dr. Dutt as an unmarried woman with... (full context)