The short story “Dhowli,” is a tragic tale about a woman who puts her trust and faith into a love that is forbidden, and how she is ultimately betrayed by that love. The story demonstrates how some of the choices that she made, and her own selfish pride led to the injustices she received.
Misrilal is a young Brahman who is captivated by a young Dusad widow. In the Indian culture, the Brahman
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woman. Dhowli had always believed that she would never become like these women. It was this pride, this belief that she was better than the other Dusad women, that ultimately led to her undoing. Perhaps if Dhowli had accepted her position in the caste she would not have ended up being less than what she already was.
Devi, Mahasweta. “Dhowli.” Other Voices, Other Vistas. Ed. Barbara H.
Solomon. New York: Penguin Group, 1992. 230-57.