International Journal of Multidisciplinary Approach and Studies
NETI, NETI: NOT THIS, NOT THIS (2009) by Anjum Hasan presents India as a land of multilingual, multireligious, multiethnic and multicultural powers. Amit Chaudhuri comments the author has displayed 'an unexpected combination of shrewd noticing and poetic insight about how small-town imaginings and cosmopolitan sophistication flow in and out of each other'. Shillong and Bangalore are juxtaposed against the unifying canopy of India. As a young student Sophie has understood Rabindranath Tagore's
... ndranath Tagore's vision 'Into that heaven of freedom, my father, let my country awake' (125) sung at school assembly on Independence Day was India. Now she realises the Northeast 'that country within a country whose hallmark was multifariousness' draws her from Bangalore. But 'Bangalore airport, in a way that was symbolic of Bangalore city, crackled with affluence' whereas Calcutta airport had a sort of decript air and it was possible straightaway to tell where people belonged. She understood this as home-'a place where everyone is a different ethnicity from you and where your ethnicity defines who you are' (185). Twenty-five-year old Sophie Das moved from Shillong to Bangalore in search of a job. As she spends more time with her free-spirited friends at pubs, night streets, malls, rock concerts and parties, she feels alienated. Coming across tragic events-death, murder-she travels home. The mythical landscape also seems to be tainted by course of events. What brings her back? Will she ever find a home? To get to the depth of the text, the moral ecological views / concepts are to be dealt with in a brief way and then the events and matters in the text will be analysed in that light. ... We know nature through images and words, a process that makes the question of truth in science or literature inescapable, and whether we find validity through data or metaphor, the two modes of analysis are parallel. Ecocriticism observes in nature and culture the ubiquity of signs, indicators of value that shape form and meaning. Ecology leads us to recognize that life speaks, communing through encoded streams of information that have direction and purpose, if we learn to translate the messages with fidelity.