Rooble Verma, Manoj Verma
2014 Research Scholar An International Refereed e-Journal of Literary Explorations   unpublished
Bharati Mukherjee, an extremely vehement voice amongst the women novelists of diaspora, creates a text by fusing her narrative with canonical works such as the Ramayana, the Bhagvad Gita and other sources of Hindu mythology. A significant example of textual reincarnation is that of Hindu goddess Sita. The storyline of the novel Jasmine is as "twisted" as the identities of the protagonists in the novel, i.e. Jasmine, which complicates any attempt to categorize the characters of the novel or the
more » ... lot into cultural archetypes. The novel Jasmine is blended with narrative elements from canonical works and Hindu mythology. Hindu texts, namely for their focus on reincarnation and pluralistic deities, are the clearest Indian cultural influence on these rebirths. Jasmine, like the Bengali interpretation of 'Kali', the Goddess of Strength, encompasses birth and destruction at the same time. She undergoes transformations in the form of new identities like Jyoti, Jasmine, Jase and Jane. She reflects an image of the Indian woman who not only shows her strong spirit and courage not only in India but also in the 'New World'. Her journey also reads as a realization of Hindu theological beliefs about the soul and the emancipatory narrative of self and identity embedded within the Hindu culture. This paper studies the characters of Jasmine who changes her names and with every new name she transforms herself into a new self and in the process she represents different transformations of herself, much like Hindu deities depicted in the Bhagvad Gita.