Analysis Of The Hero's Walk By Anita Rau Badami

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Anita Rau Badami’s second novel, The Hero’s Walk, is an acknowledgement of ordinary and extraordinary acts of heroism in daily life. Anita Rau Badami won the Commonwealth Best Booker Prize in the Canada/Caribbean region for her second novel The Hero’s Walk (2001). This novel is about an Indian Brahmin family finding its way within the Hindu tradition at the end of the twentieth century. Intensive reading examines the poignant feeling to connect back to her native country but also being confronted with contemporary problems they have to adapt themselves. Reconsider their opinions about what is important in life and rooted in the new culture. Through the fluctuated characters of Badami, the novel highlights the cultural conflict between east and west in the form of physical as well as emotional integration. Igor Maver writes, “There has recently emerged a pronounced shift to emphasis in contemporary Canadian diasporic writing, for many new texts are set outside Canada and feature reversed migration back to a home place by a westernized / Canadian protagonist who does not so much want to return home as to write back home (e.g. Anita Rau Badami, Michael Ondadje, Janice Kulyk Keefer, Rohinton Ministry, M.G. Vassanji etc.)”
The Hero’s Walk is a milieu fluctuates from Toturpuram to Vancouver. A cosmic cultural bay separates the two places. Badami artistically manipulated the character of Nandana is only to reflect the realistic picture of both the culture. Nandana, a nine year

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