QUESTION – IDENTIFY A MARGINALISED WRITER AND ANALYSE ONE WORK OF THE IDENTIFIED WRITER ON THE GROUNDS OF THE FOLLOWING: • THEMATIC STUDY • CRITICAL ANALYSIS CHITRA BANERJEE DIVAKARUNI Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is one of the best known Indian writers who have a feminist ideology. Chitra, an American based Indian writer, is known for her bold and fearless remarks on themes that include the Indian experience, contemporary America, history, myth, superstitions, faith and most importantly, feminism and discrimination on the grounds of gender. She is well known worldwide and her works are translated into 29 languages, inspiring marginalized victims of marginalized communities, across the globe. She has won an American Book Award and a Light of
Divakaruni through her characters impresses bilaterally the orthodox mindset of an Indian immigrant male which ascends towards the wife’s exasperation and how her alienation destroyed their relationship and the family. Keywords: Diaspora, Alienation, Hypocritical Mindset,
In Kamala Markandaya’s novel, Nectar in a Sieve, the woman of great courage, Rukmani, is forced onto the commencement of a fast changing India caused by an increase in economic activity, urbanization and centralization of power. Rukmani resists and then is forced to conform to changes in her environment. Unlike those around her who threw their past away with both hands that they “might be the readier to grasp the present,” Rukmani “stood by in pain, envying such easy reconciliation” (Markandaya 29). Markandaya writes about Rukmani’s attempt to recover the aspects of her rural life that she cares most about, revealing her adoration for a traditional rural life and her belief that all women enjoy amicable, personal relationships with their outer surroundings. The author conveys her ideals that traditional/conservative Indian women who challenge the change of their village will keep order within the chaos developing throughout their social environment, precluding Rukmani from falling under the category of the stereotypical passive peasant woman.
Her stories are mainly on familial relationships in which she has taken the relationship like husband wife, father daughter. She does not think an idea or a message before writing. The stories address perplexities in the lives of Indians or Indian immigrants, with themes such as marital discord, extra marital affairs and communication gap. Nigamananda Das writes quoting Jhumpa Lahiri
Most of the Indian born American writers like Jhumpa Lahiri raises their voice for the rights of migrated Indian women and highlight their sufferings faced in abroad. We may identify in Jhumpa Lahiri novels, the feministic perspective and also creates an image of oppressed woman due to displacement and alienation. Displacement not only leads to separation but it also leads to alienation and rebirth in a new country, new culture, new society and new adjustments in an alien land. The protagonists of her novels look back to their native country with pain and nostalgia but after all these sufferings they are not ready to look back. Jhumpa Lahiri’s subjects of focus are material prosperity and academic pursuits, dislocation and displacement, cultural conflicts, loneliness, language barrier, loss of identity, sense of belonging, gender issues, marital conflicts, and the generation gap between the first and the second-generation immigrants.
A combination of traditional mythology and modernity of the present world is presented here through the retelling, which is a predictable message for those who are rooted in the accepted traditionalism and also for those who remain uprooted from the moral ethics of their own culture. Divakaruni has shown Draupadi as a contemporary woman who want to express her thoughts and ideas to the world. Divakaruni has tried to bring out the past into present in a different way by showing the story of love, betrayal, revenge, war, freedom and friendship. In the book review of The Palace of IllusionsJames Purdon says that “A little jejune at times, Divakaruni 's languid and elegant prose remains seductive as it reimagines the woman at the heart of the story and weaves myth into a modern
The novels of Bharati Mukherjeee are self-actualising. Quest for definition of oneself and search for identity are the main features of women in her novels who had caught between tradition, culture and modernity. Her novels reveal the sufferings of most of woman in the alien land. In some of her novels she speaks about women who succeed in the alien land. Neither can they completely detach themselves from their part, nor do they have any sureness in the future.
It shows how complex is the problem of identity crisis that Indians try to cope with in a foreign land. Throughout the novel Tilo is joined by a host of other people that share many aspects of life as immigrants, but each also has their own individual story both physically and
An integral part of Bengali culture that Divakaruni keeps bringing back in all her works is food and several beliefs, rituals and practices associated with it. Food occupies a crucial place in her works. ShashiTharoor’s remarks about her first novel, The Mistress of Spices, hold true for her other novels as well: Though Divakaruni does magic rather well, writing about the mystical spices in prose that rise lightly off the page like so many wipes of incense, she is best at realism. She has a keen feel for immigrant life. ThahiyaAfzal in “The Confluence of Spices: Paradigms of Identity and Self Discovery in Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’sThe Mistress of Spices” statesthat food indicates “the belief systems, religious rules, and complex ideologies of a particular person or character, or that of an entire community or culture, that may not be explained explicitly in a text.” The present paper aims at examining how Divakaruni uses food in The Brotherhood of the Conch Trilogy.This series traces the fantastic adventures of a young Indian boy named Anand, a street urchin, Nisha, and their mentor, Abhaydatta.
Divakaruni’s Mistress of Spices is a juxtaposition of the past and present life of Tilo. The past life of Tilo reveals the fact how she is born in a small village. After giving birth, her mother has cried over her face and the fortune- teller shakes his head sorrowfully at her father, because of another girl child is born. Her birth is described with bitter remembrance: They named me Nayan Tara, her first identity, which means Star of the Eye. But my parent’s faces were heavy with fallen hope at another girl child, and this one coloured me like mind.