Devi is an academic overachiever like every other South Asian in American TV soaps. As much as her teenage angst stems from sadness, it gets aggravated by the menace of straight girlhood — boys, boys, and boys.She doesn’t wait for them to notice her, instead, she asks her crush to “take her virginity”. After 4 long seasons Devi becomes sex-successful. At the end, she got the boy of her dreams and made it into her dream college. But mind you, Devi’s triumph hasn’t come easy, it was made sure she hit rock bottom every other episode.
Widowhood is central to the series, which focuses on the Vishwakumar family’s life after the shocking death of Mohan. Devi may be the show’s focus, but both Nalini and Nirmala are afforded stories that see them as more than widows. Nalini is able to re-enter the dating scene several times throughout the series, so she is not destined for a life of chastity and an all-white outfit. So much so that she even resonates with her family saying, “Andres doesn’t really care that I wear it (Thali) and honestly I’m just so used to it”.
Perhaps the most surprising development of the show’s final season is that this grace also extends to Devi’s grandmother Nirmala. Often a source of comic relief, Nirmala surprises the family early in season 4 by announcing she’s dating her white boyfriend Len. Even though she feels uneasy about dating again 20 years after her husband’s death. “Respectable widows aren’t supposed to move on,”Nirmala feels wracked with guilt. “My mother was a widow from age 22 to 104. That’s the way you’re supposed to do it.” Instead of passing judgment, “Wanting companionship is not shameful,” Kamala tells her. The final episode ends with a colorful Indian-Jewish wedding that prioritizes and celebrates Nirmala’s happiness instead of encouraging a self-restrained and chaste life.
Kamala is a significant character in the series . She is Devi’s intelligent and accomplished cousin. Balancing Tradition and Modernity Kamala navigates the tension between honoring her cultural heritage and embracing a more progressive mindset. She questions societal expectations placed on women, challenging the traditional notions of arranged marriages and finding her own voice and agency.Kamala’s character adds depth and complexity to the narrative. She represents the struggles and aspirations of many individuals who are torn between societal expectations and their own personal desires, ultimately inspiring viewers to question and redefine their own paths to fulfillment.