Arun Joshi Analysis

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Born on 7 July1939, Benares, U.P. Arun Joshi was the youngest child of late professor Dr. A.C. Joshi, Vice Chancellor of the Punjab University and benares Hindu University. He had his formal education at Varanasi, Lahore and Jalandhar. After completing his intermediate course, he got a scholarship from U.S.A. to pursue higher studies. He obtained a degree in engineering from the University of Kansas in 1959. He is a novelist who more strongly than most , has brought to his work that detachment from the everyday, while still acknowledging its existence which is perhaps India’s particular gift to the literature of the world.
With the publication of his very first novel The Foreigner, Arun Joshi emerged on the Indian English Literary horizon..His
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The awareness of rootlessness and strangeness and consequential quest for a meaningful self is the keynote of Joshi’s novels. The sense of alienation and voids experienced by the principal character. Modern man finds himself estranged not only from his fellow-men but also from himself, having nothing to fall back upon in moments of crisis. He suffers from sense of void and meaninglessness. In discussing the theme of alienation in Arun Joshi’s novels, we are mainly concerned with alienation from society which is the most prevalent kind of alienation and secondly his alienation from his own…show more content…
He was educated in East Africa, London and America. He was denied of parental love at the very childhood age. So, he did not feel any kind of love or affection towards his parents. Sindi had felt some kind of security when his uncle was alive. But after his death the security was destroyed. He grew up as a parentless child who missed the childhood affection and care of parent enables the tender child to establish a meaningful relationship with the external world. To him the memory of his parents is “the story of those strangers whose only reality was a couple of wrinkled and cracked photographs.”(11) It is not surprising that he finds himself “tired of living” and “contemplating suicide”(165) at such a tender age. Denied of love, care, security and cultural roots, Sindi grows with a cleft in his personality and becomes a rootless. His orphaned childhood generated in him a deep sense of emotional insecurity. He grows into a wayward man and finally becomes a wanderer alien to his own cultural roots and his
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