The Predicament of Indian Woman in Arun Joshi’s The Strange Case of Billy Biswas


  • Dr. A.K Chaturvedi Assistant Professor Department of English Govt College, Morar Gwalior


Biswas, Hamlet, Anthropology, predicament, tradition and materialism


Arun Joshi with five published novels to his credit occupies a significant place in the history of Indian English Literature. He rose to prominence as a novelist with the publication of his first novel ‘The Foreigner’ in 1968. In his novels he has artistically depicted the themes of rootlessness, social and racial tensions and prejudices, the conflict between tradition and materialism, faith and reason, search for one’s self and painful experience of exile and alienation. ‘The Strange Case of Billy Biswas’ presents the predicament of Meena Biswas as a by-product of her husband’s quest for self. Marital discord, husband’s disappearance and death, and last but not least the responsibility of looking after her aged father-in-law & male child make her life a tale of untold miseries and excruciating experiences. Being an Indian woman, she patiently and ungrudgingly bears her misfortunes with no deviation from the established standards of Indian society.


Joshi, Arun, The Strange Case of Billy Biswas, Delhi Hind Pocket Books, 1971, p. 32.

All textual references given parenthetically are from this work.

The Times of India, August 26, 2006, p.14.




How to Cite

Dr. A.K Chaturvedi, Dr. A.K Chaturvedi , translator. “The Predicament of Indian Woman in Arun Joshi’s The Strange Case of Billy Biswas”. Creative Saplings, vol. 1, no. 1, Aug. 2008, pp. 11-15,

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