Class Integrity?

“He shivered as he turned on his side. But he didn’t mind the cold very much, suffering it willingly because he could sacrifice a good many comforts for the sake of what he called ‘fashion’, by which he understood the art of wearing trousers, breeches, coat, puttee, boots, etc., as worn by the British and Indian soldiers in India.” (10)

 

Class is not a simple concept here. For Bakha, he is interested in the appearance of upper-class costume. While his personal living conditions are uncomfortable, he finds solace in the embracing of clothing and the acquisition of things that reflect not only a Western sensibility, but a lavish Indian lifestyle. The quote also shows the two, British fashion and the fashion of the Indian soldiers, are very similar but not identical.