It is occasionally funny, occasionally offensive, and always naive and immature. Within this mode, one issue dominates. The author has an incredibly low view of White women that permeates the narrative of the story. Sadly, it is both a product of and reemphasizes the view that most Indian men have of foreign women. None of them even have the decency of getting a real name.
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Plot[ edit ] Gopal Kumar, the son of a hair oil tycoon in Madhya Pradesh, arrives in America to study chemical engineering in a university in Eversville. As he reaches New York, he is received by Sunil and Sushant and his comic discovery of America starts. He stays with them for one night and takes a flight to Eversville, the next day. During his journey to the airport he discovers a part of New York from where his bewilderment starts right from the American girls, new gadgets, the naked billboards, vegetarian cats and continues with telephone and multi channeled color TV.
He meets Randy, who welcomes him at the airport and tries to introduce him to the American society and culture. In all the letters to his brother he complains about the language and his inability to understand it, which results in embarrassing situations. He gets absorbed in American way of life as he even asks for cigarette to impress the lady at bar.
He even comes across his internal conflict of whether to continue his study after the incident that takes place outside the bar. He begins to learn the joy of analysis and finds that American students are unable to utilize the opportunities provided by their institutions at higher level.
One day, while returning from library he meets Sue and gets touched by the emotions shown by Sue towards him. But, his heart breaks when he finds another man with Sue and spends the next few hours drinking and vomiting. One day while coming out of library he meets Tom head waiter and gets to know about his poverty but he is exposed to the actual reality of America when he goes with Peacock to the junkyard and the ghost town.
He is shaken on seeing the poverty in the richest of all lands and on the notion that white Americans separate black ones from them and do not care of them. This way for the first time he comes across the ugly side of America. His worst part of loneliness comes when Christmas vacation descends upon the campus like a mist of silence. He feels lonely and depressed and starts missing his parents and friends in India and also Randy.
He tries to overcome this by spending time in malls where he comes across a leaflet of a massage center. He goes to the center in order to fulfill his fantasy but returns unsuccessfully. Finally his one year comes to an end and he departs from his campus taking with him memories of his experiences in America. Climax comes when Gopal meets a woman in the plane. He begins discussing with her, his adventures with women in America, his fears of boring future in India and an unknown wife.
He feels absorbed by her and they start kissing while talking. Finally his fantasy is fulfilled when 30, feet above the ocean, Gopal feels he has truly become a man. This way the novel ends without any resolution.
Movie[ edit ] Tri-Color Communications adapted the book into a film in It was directed by Chandra Siddhartha.
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Barely ever having had any contact with girls, much less been intimate with one, he nevertheless anticipates that Penthouse Letters will prove "the finest possible guide to surviving in America". Gopal complains in a letter to his brother about the local language: "it is not English, it is American. I am facing so many embarrassings on this reason", and he certainly does, in taking everything -- beginning with the name of the student who picks him from the airport and becomes his best friend, Randy -- entirely too literally. Nevertheless, Mathur who spent some years as a student in Eversville-like Tulsa, Oklahoma does a reasonably good job of presenting how Gopal sees and navigates this strange, foreign world, from the first time he sees snow to his shyness going to a party. Everywhere Americans, Americans, big and white, it is little frightening. Nevertheless, his horizons are expanded somewhat in this area. Though hardly old -- first published in -- aspects of The Inscrutable Americans are already quite dated: in comparing American TV offerings with Indian ones Gopal has to admit that in India there is only one channel to watch -- but the Americanized Indian in Eversville can only boast: "I can catch 36 channels on this"
The Inscrutable Americans