Indian Diaspora Character Analysis

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The present paper is an effort to understand the conflicts of the second generation of Indian Diaspora with special reference to The Namesake,a novel by Jhumpa Lahiri. Jhumpa Lahiri, herself has been the child of Indian immigrants- middle class Bengali parents, born in London and grown up in Rhodes Island, America. The Name sake, therefore, is a kind of auto biography as Lahiri authentically portrays her diaspora experiences as a second generation immigrant in the book. Experiences of Lahiri as a growing child of immigrant parents in America are well expressed through the character of Gogol in The Name sake. As a child she is the second generation of Indian Diaspora who also has faced the quest for identity which will have no answers. Her…show more content…
The second generation finds itself presented with two conflicting realities and cultures and sets of expectations – one of the host countries through the socio-cultural surroundings and the other of the home country through their parents.” (Batra 50).Coming across two cultures, the first impression for a migrant is that of homelessness. As the strong Indian roots does not allow him to mix and acculturate at once. Therefore, the Diaspora Indian is like the banyan tree following the traditional Indian way of spreading strong roots of affection. He spreads out his roots in several soils as that of the motherland and the one where he migrates. He constantly tries to nourish from one when the rest dries up. Far from being homeless, he has several homes, and that is the only way he has increasingly come to feel at home in other land. The sense of homelessness every immigrant suffers is genuine and intense; but in recent times it has been seen that this concept has been minimized and made less intense through their social networking.Earlier immigrants suffer intense homelessness due to lack of communication means. They had letters either to write or to receive to connect with family in homeland. The letters receive at a long interval. Land line telephones were a luxury in India in the 1980s.Therefore an immigrant cannot avail the facility unless it is there in

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