JOYITA SHAW A STUDY OF SHORT FICTIONS OF TWO DIASPORA WRITERS, JHUMPA LAHIRI AND BHARATI MUKHERJEE

Joyita Shaw, Ph Scholar
unpublished
(UP) INDIA. Nowadays with one foot in America and a toe in homeland south Asians immigrants instead of moaning for their long gone past celebrates their newfound free-floating existence. Although memories sometimes make their heart bleed but instead of haunted by the past, immigrants of today are desperate to forge their new identities beyond the chaos of confused world of immigrants Bharati Mukherjee and JhumpaLahiri are two well-known diaspora writers with their bags full of awards for their
more » ... ontribution to diaspora writings. Jhumpa lahiri is an American writer from Indian Origin; hence, her India is seen through her borrowed memories from her parents, relatives, friends and, her short trips to India in her childhood days. But in comparison to lahiri's world, Bharati Mukerjee's India is not frozen in time full of goodness, rather with riots and gender biased ambience it sometimes stinks too. Jhumpa's characters longs for the sweet past which appears to be more real to them than the actual reality as we have in Mrs Sen from "Mrs Sen's" who pines for her known ambit with beckoning hands of known peoples. Mukherjee's characters in contrast to that are different with their overt desire to be part of the host culture, so we see Panna of "The Wife's Story" who prolongs her stay in America to enjoy her academic success as well as her female freedom. Again there is Jasmine the eponymous character of the story "jasmine" who ends up feeling home at America confessing that her homeland Trinidad is too tiny for an ambitious girl like her. Thus being part of a heterogeneous culture the study of Diaspora is significant as the dilemma faced by expatriates are quite similar with any heterogeneous country like India.
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