Being an immigrant Lahiri is interested in the large section of new generation Indian Americans their traditions values and relationships and the significance of family and how it ties man to his homeland. Her works portray the many issues that Indians settled abroad face in America. In her short stories, she deals with questions of identity, alienation and the plight of those who are culturally displaced.
Department of English, Annamalai University, Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu Abstract This research article Diasporic concerns in jhumpa lahiri s works to elaborate the diasporic themes of cultural identity, language as a barrier, alienation, and nostalgia in the lives of the character in The Namesake and especially its main character Gogal Ganguli.
Moreover, entities like culture, nationality and belonging which are the main concerns of the characters in the novel and the reasons for their displacement tend to be loose and changeable in a contemporary perspective and a covetous sense of freedom and emancipation from these concepts could be traced the course of the novel.
Cultural alienation, cultural identity, parents-children relationship and nostalgia The story has so many diasporic experiences such as language as a barrier, alienation, cultural identity, name and identity, relationship between parents and children and nostalgia.
The novel is a story about the assimilation of an Indian Bengali family from Calcutta, the Ganguli, into America, over thirty years from — Ashima often feels upset and homesick and sulks alone in their three room apartment which is too hot in summer and too cold in the winter, for removed from the description of house in the English novels she has read.
She feels spatially and emotionally dislocated from the comfortable home of her father full of so many loving ones and yearns to go back. She spends her time on rereading Bengali short stories, poems and article from the Bengali magazines, she has brought with her. She is only character in the novel that assimilates to the American melting-pot adapts herself to a transcultural lifestyle at the end.
America and India culturally, they have crucial differences. While women and men seem to be equally independent in America, there are certain cultural peculiarities in the Indian perspective as to the role of the sexes in society.
Ashima is the most spiritual and Indian figure of the family. Where there is a reminder of India and Indian customs. Ashima is at the heart of the matter. She establishes numerous parties with the invited Indian families in America — the circle of which grow larger each year — to maintain the Indian customs and create surrogate India in America.
Describing the Indian family culture, Alfonso — forero writes: The division between ghar — the home, an inherently spiritual and female space — and bahir — the outside world, which is inherently male and dominated by material pursuits — determines not only the division of labor in terms of how the Indian home is run, but more importantly it positions women as the guardian and propagators of Indian culture.
This is what Ashima is trying to do all the time: Gradually Ashima learns how to be independent. Takes pride in rearing up the child, moves out alone in the market with her baby, communicates with the passersby who smile at him and goes to meet her husband on the campus, she grows confident.
Feeling lonely and displaced in foreign land Ashima begins to realize that, being a foreigner…. It is an ongoing responsibility, a parenthesis in what had once been ordinary life, only to discover the previous life has vanished, replaced by something more complicated and demanding.
As times goes by, Ashima indulges herself more in the American way of life which gradually provides her with the sort of confidence and independence that a typical American woman is supposed to have. She later realizes that her life in America exceeds her life in India: She gains cultural and geographical fluidity by the very practice of her life through the decades.
After her husband dies, she decides to divide her time between India and America: Ashoke, is also an important figure in the story. He is a defining character both for the family and for Gogol as the protagonist.
His accident in the train in India, his decision and effort in moving to America and his death in America are three ways in which he is important to the novel. Ashoke has seen worse calamities in his life; the train accident in which he thought he was dead in one such event; when his train mate was found dead, he was surprised to be alive.
The novelist captures his moment of crisis in the following words: He could not feel the lower half of his body, and so was unaware that the mangled limbs of Ghosh were draped over his legs. It was an affectionate relic of his personal life, told to Gogol, the protagonist, by the time that he had already begun to hate his name and had changed it.
His death is also very important since, it is a turning point in the lives of the other characters both physically and emotionally."Of Unity in Religion" and "Of Boldness" by Francis Bacon as the literary works accommodating prevarication and offhand comments on Islam and Prophet Muhammad Diasporic Sensibility In The Novels Of Bharati Mukherjee Dr.
Rituraj Trivedi, Gender Issues in Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Treatment of Bibi Haldar Varna M.S, Dr. Sumathy K. Swamy. Jhumpa Lahiri‟s feminist approach is somewhat different from the other diasporic writers.
She represents the different image of Indian woman and her marginalization in cultural context. Her female characters are not subjected to any economic exploitation by the patriarchy. Struggle for Identity and Diaspora in Jhumpa Lahiri’s the Namesake Hiral Macwan Team Lease Skills University, Vadodara, plombier-nemours.comon: Academic Associate Department: Life Skills Often their major concerns in works are split and flowing nature of individual identities.
The rootlessness, coupled with the indifferent attitude. Diasporic Women in Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Namesake. Indu. B. C. Ph.D Scholar. International Centre for Kerala Studies. Jhumpa Lahiri,an Indian by ancestry, British by birth and American by Her works portray the many issues that Indians settled abroad face in America.
Diasporic Concerns in Jhumpa Lahiri's Works heterogeneous community which is representing different regions, language, culture and beliefs. The Indian diaspora has been formed by a scattering of population and not, in the Jewish sense, an exodus of population at a particular point in time.
Her works portrays the migrant’s experiences and their attachment to the homeland along with their urge to belong in the settled land for the betterment of the economic and social life.
This paper will explore the various diasporic aspects in the fictions of Jhumpa lahiri especially the short story collections in Interpreter of Maladies.