Dual State of Migrants in Jhumpa Lahiri's The Namesake

Radha Devi, G Arputhavel Raja
==================================================================== Courtesy: http://browseinside.harpercollins.com.au/index.aspx?isbn13=9780006551805 Abstract The aim of the paper is to bring forth the way in which Jhumpa Lahiri, a Pulitzer winner novelist explores the dilemma of name and immigrant's sense of identity and belongingness in the novel, The Namesake. The paper discusses the term 'diaspora' and their role in the present-day world. The protagonist of the novel, Gogol belongs to the
more » ... ogol belongs to the second generation of migrant struggles for name, identity and belongingness, was pathetically portrait by the author. The Diasporic consciousness manifests itself in a variety of ways-a sense of loss and dispossession, a feeling of remaining straddle between two cultures and anxiety to belong. The condition of a migrant is always in dual state. A migrant, who is the stranger of the new land, also becomes a stranger in his own land. He tries desperately to become a 'new self', without really letting go of 'old self'.