Treatment of Sexual Relationship in Indian Society: A Critical Analysis of Raj Kamal Jha’s The Blue Bedspread

Shah Al Mamun Sarkar[1]

Vol. 1, No. 2, 2016 I Full Text PDF

[Received on January 11, 2016, published on 27 July, 2016]


Raj Kamal Jha is an upcoming 21st Century novelist who is presently working as the Editor of The Indian Express. Besides his journalistic writings, Jha wrote novels like The Blue Bedspread (1999), You Are Afraid of Heights (2003), Fireproof (2006) and many short stories. His fiction mainly revolves round issues of the contemporary Indian society. As a journalist he has exposure to issues like domestic violence, urban-rural divide, urban decay, casteism, family relationships, mass violence and communal tension. In his novel  Blue Bedspread, shifting to and fro in time, an unnamed middle-aged man in Calcutta (now Kolkata) narrates a series of stories to his one day old niece who came into the world “unseen and unheard”. These stories largely focus on his sister and himself, and his mother whom he hardly recalls and his abusive father. Jha, presents a variety of sexual relationships throughout the novel with different characters and interprets the individual psychology and social reception to these relationships. The present article aims at analyzing and interpreting the text to provide the writer’s vision of the society at personal, familial, social levels and project his views regarding the sexual relationships in the context of the ultra-modern Indian metropolis like Calcutta.

Keywords: Raj Kamal Jha, The Blue Bedspread, sexual relationships, family

[1] Mr. Shah Al Mamun Sarkar is a Research Scholar at the Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad, India. Email: