The action takes place at the British Consulate in India. The main themes of the story are postcolonialism, migration, gender, tradition, and power. Muhammad Ali — a crook who swindles vulnerable women applying for a visa. Summary Miss Rehana arrives at the British Consulate on a colourful bus. The driver bows theatrically as Miss Rehana gets off the bus.
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Save this story for later. The New Yorker, June 22, P. When the advice expert Muhammad Ali saw her beauty, he went over to offer her advice, for a small sum. She told him she was poor. He was smitten with her, and for the first time ever, offered free advice. She was going to the embassy to get a passport for Bradford, England, to join her fiance there.
He warned her how slight her chance of going was, and told of the embarrassingly intimate questions that she would be asked. He advised her that, for a fee, all the necessary papers could be delivered, with all the proper authentic seals. He even offered to get her the passport for free She was appalled at the idea that she commit a crime, and turned him down. Later, he saw her when she left the building, and she was calm. He thought she had pulled it off.
She then bought him a pakora, thanked him for his advice, and apologized for her rudeness. She had been turned down. She told him her story. Her engagement had been arranged when she was 9 years old; her parents knew they were dying and wanted her to be looked after; her fiance was then Today, she answered the questions all wrong.
Good Advice is Rarer Than Rubies
Plot Summary and Analysis: Good Advice Is Rarer Than Rubies by Salman Rushdie