Save this story for later. The New Yorker, March 28, P. Parvez would look for clues. Ali was getting tidier, throwing away everything including his old toys, computer disks, videotapes, new books, and clothes. Without explanation Ali broke up with his English girlfriend and stopped ringing his old friends. He was slightly afraid of his son, who was developing a sharp tongue.
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Save this story for later. The New Yorker, March 28, P. Parvez would look for clues. Ali was getting tidier, throwing away everything including his old toys, computer disks, videotapes, new books, and clothes. Without explanation Ali broke up with his English girlfriend and stopped ringing his old friends.
He was slightly afraid of his son, who was developing a sharp tongue. Ali was studying to be an accountant. Parvez had been a taxi-driver in England for more than twenty years. Like him, most of the drivers were Punjabis.
All his dreams in England would come true if Ali would behave. He finally talked about Ali to two other cabbies, who convinced him Ali was a drug-addicted killer, selling his belongings to buy drugs.
Parvez discussed this with Bettina, a prostitute who Parvez had befriended and known for three years. Bettina told Parvez warning signs to look for. Ali was not a drug addict. Parvez came home late one night, and heard Ali getting up and praying. Without fail, Ali would pray five times a day.
Parvez had grown up in Lahore where all the boys were taught the Koran. Parvez took a night off to go out with Ali. He wanted to tell him stories about his family in Pakistan. At dinner, Ali criticized his father for drinking alcohol and eating pork. Ali said Parvez was too implicated in Western civilization, and that the Western materialists hated them. Ali said he was willing to die for the cause. Parvez tried to talk to Ali about "his" life philosophy, but later got angry with Ali and beat him.
My Son The Fanatic
This article reads like a term paper and may require cleanup. The short story was also adapted into a film of the same title. Plot summary[ edit ] The narrative deals with the problems of Parvez, who has migrated to England with his son Ali. Early in the story, Parvez is afraid of discussing his worries with his friends because his son has always been a kind of showpiece son. Eventually, Parvez breaks his silence and tells them how his son has changed, hoping to receive some advice. After having a short conversation, they come to the conclusion that his son might be addicted to drugs and that he sells his things to earn money to buy drugs. After this meeting, Parvez goes to his taxi to drive home.
My Son the Fanatic
The short story is told in a third person perspective and has two main characters, Parvez, the father and Ali, the son. Parvez is an immigrant who has lived in England for at least 20 years, given that this is the period of time he has worked as a taxi-driver there. It is also suggested that the neighbourhood where the main characters live, is home to a lot of immigrants, seeing that the father mainly works with people from his own country and where the people have to work hard to achieve what they wish for. Parvez, for example, working for long hours and spending a lot of money paying for the education of his son.