MAPPING THE DIASPORIC TRAJECTORY OF A DIGITAL-AGE WOMAN: A STUDY OF BHARATI MUKHERJEE'S MISS NEW INDIA

Fatima Farha, Naqvi
2017 unpublished
Bharati Mukherjee, one of the celebrated Diaspora writers, displays significantly the effervescence of immigrant experiences and their desire to repatriate in their cultural roots, especially that of women. In this process of repatriation, the protagonist in Mukherjee's novels and in her short stories becomes alienated and appears like a 'fractured self' or 'a divided self'. Mukherjee in her writings has explored about Indian culture and tradition earlier too and her corpus of writings has won
more » ... f writings has won her high praise in the literary circles. Mukherjee has given a new voice and direction to the women's literature in English. She does not like to be called an Indian migrant author and very firmly positions herself as an American author writing American literature. She in her latest novel Miss New India has shown the unbridgeable abyss between a small-town girl and the ones who live in metros. An audacity has been evident everywhere, in every field, from entrepreneurs to cricketers, from business sector to beauty pageants, and no doubt there has been a really sharp divide between the urban and rural India which is emphatically witnessed the protagonist's new trajectory towards modernisation in this novel. Unlike the other women characters of Mukherjee, who migrate from India to America, or vice-versa, Anjali Bose, is swept away from a very backward village to a hi-tech city, in quest of self-fulfillment, and in the end proves to be a winner when she returns to her village as a self-sustaining woman. The present novel not only makes sense of India's digital age but it also brings worlds of culture and change all together which illuminate each other.
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