This is an interview with the author of our novel. He states that in Indian culture "honour" resides within the male and "shame" resides within the female. Throughout their lives, each are required to do things, or not to do things, that would either enhance or compromise these qualities. However, the only way to be sure that the female does not bring "shame" upon her family or husband is by allowing her to do basically nothing. She has to be repressed on a variety of different platforms, or else it is unavoidable to bring some form of shame upon her family. This was the case with our main character Sufiya. To the eyes of the Indian culture, she represents shame, she IS shame. But I see her as representing power. She essentially, doesn't let anybody get away with anything, and although the things she does may be unconscious, in the absolute being of her soul she is power. I believe that Rushdie represents her this way to show the connotation that developed out of the fact that she was born a girl when her parents so desperately wanted a boy. From her very birth in the eyes of the Indian culture, she was shameful. Through her maturity and her actions she brings the wrath upon her family and the society which she represents. Rushdie does an incredible job of portraying the Indian values and culture, while also bringing the character to the forefront so the audience can experience what it means to be "shame." He also speaks towards the end about "honour killings" in which a father or a husband would put to death the member of the family that had brought shame upon their good name. He states that these killings are still occurring, even within contemporary society.