Also while other novels tend to glorify spiritual characters this novel humanizes both Rumi and Shams.
One can argue that hybrid identities ultimately result from the failure of colonialism to "civilize" its others and to fix them into perpetual "otherness" (Loomba 145). The twins could have been similar to their uncle Chacko, an Oxford graduate, by continuously asserting their knowledge of English language and literature. However, neither twin celebrates entirely their English or Indian cultural influences. They simply read English literature to their elders when directed.