Exploring Otherness in Sidhwa's "The Trouble Easers": An Examination from an Orientalist Lens

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Rimsha Qamar
Sahil Anwar
Yasir Ahmad


 This study investigates and analyses the story of Bapsi Sidhwa, the Trouble Easer. The story focuses on the suffering of poor Muslim woodcutters and the effects of Zoroastrian angles in the short story Bapsi Sidhwa, The Trouble Easers. This study review investigates the prime work of Sidhwa, explicitly zeroing in on her conspicuous short story. This analysis shows how Muslims are otherized by Persians due to the war of the 7th century. This research used an analytical and descriptive inquiry approach, with the events and activities in the short narrative being analysed to finish the research. This study scrutinizes the otherness theory by Edward Said and Beverly Tatum. The discord between two religions worthy of attention highlights Sidhwa's marvelous artistry for Persians. The purpose of this comprehension analysis is to highlight the otherness of this very unique work. This study investigates the distinct religions, i.e., Pir Khurkain (a Muslim poor woodcutter), Mushkil e Asaan, and Behram Yazad (a Zoroastrian angel). The character of a Muslim was shown as poor but becoming rich and king by the grace of Zoroastrian angels. It is understood by studying the text that the writer highlights the relationship of Muslims towards Persians, but in trouble, even Persian angels helped the Muslims.

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Rimsha Qamar, Sahil Anwar, & Yasir Ahmad. (2024). Exploring Otherness in Sidhwa’s "The Trouble Easers": An Examination from an Orientalist Lens. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HUMAN AND SOCIETY, 4(1), 280-286. Retrieved from https://ijhs.com.pk/index.php/IJHS/article/view/385