When Sripathi and his family receive the news of Maya’s and her husband’s fatal road accident, they experience a dramatic up heaval. For Sripathi, this event functioned as the distressed that inaugurated his cultural and personal process of transformation and was played out on different levels. First, his daughter’s death required him to travel to Canada to arrange for his granddaughter’s reverse journey to India, a move that marked her as doubly diasporic sensibility. Sripathi called his “foreign trip” to Vancouver turned out to be an experience of deep psychic and cultural dislocation, for it completely “unmoors him from the earth after fifty-seven years of being tied to it” (140). Sripathi’s own emerging diasporic sensibility condition. Not only must he faced his own fear of a world that is no longer knowable to him, but, more importantly, he must face his granddaughter. Nandana has been literally silenced by the pain of her parent’s death, and her relocation from Canada to Tamil Nadu initially irritated her psychological condition. To Sripathi, however, Nandana’s presence actsed as a constant reminder of his regret of not having “known his daughter’s inner life” (147) as well as her life in Canada. He now recognizeed that in the past he denied his daughter his love in order to support his
For example, although they are sisters they have strong differences as well as Pham's family. The authors can relate their writing because Bharati assimilated with the American culture as well as Andrew's family. They are also similar because they come from immigrant families and shared two-cultural identities. Another similarity that the authors have is that they all became very educated, despite the struggles they had, took advantage of the opportunity to become successful and they did. They left a legacy for the future generation. The future generation will no longer understand the struggles and history that the authors
“Presents from my aunts in Pakistan” is a poem written by Moniza Alvi. The poem talks about the melee of living in two different cultures. Throughout the poem the writer depicts her puzzlement and frustration of being torn between two cultures. Moniza Alvi explains her awareness of all the challenges that she will undergo for being multicultural. After receiving presents from her aunts, Alvi realizes that she didn’t know much about her other half Pakistani culture. She only needs to know who she really is. In this essay, I will explore how the poem conveys the different themes and ideas about life differing from one culture to another.
The story is about two sister who currently lives in America. It has to deal with moving to the United States in the 1960’s. Both sisters moved to the United States in hope to pursue their dreams and to achieve they goals with college and further education. Both having similarities in appearance and religious values. Both Bharati and her sister Mira had planned to move back to their homeland India after their education. This story relates to our point of culture having a major impact on how people judge each other because it has a huge impact on how people view the world differently because, in this example, I feel manipulated and discarded. This is such an unfair way to treat a person who was invited to stay and work here because of her talent” it is basically stating on how even immigrants (like the sisters themselves) who have come into the U.S., are sometimes given fewer benefits and rights than everyone else and that they feel discluded from being able to express themselves if they wanted to, or to have good thoughts that America is as good as people has said it was, with all this freedom. The last example is, I feel some kind of irrational attachment to India that I don’t to America. Until all this hysteria against immigrants, I was totally happy.” This demonstrates that it isn’t the country itself that makes people unsafe or unsure, it’s the people running it who try to put limitations
Lahiri, a second-generation immigrant, endures the difficulty of living in the middle of her hyphenated label “Indian-American”, whereas she will never fully feel Indian nor fully American, her identity is the combination of her attributes, everything in between.
“Like many immigrant offspring I felt intense pressure to be two things, loyal to the old world and fluent in the new, approved of on either side of the hyphen” (Lahiri). Jhumpa Lahiri, a Pulitzer Prize winner, describes herself as Indian-American, where she feels she is neither an Indian nor an American (Lahiri). Lahiri feels alienated by struggling to live two lives by maintaining two distinct cultures. Lahiri’s most of the work is recognized in the USA rather than in India where she descents (Mullan). Lahiri’s characterization and imagery in her short stories and novels describes the cultural differences of being Indian American and how Indian’s maintain their identity upon emigrating to a new western world. Lahiri’s inability to feel accepted within her home, inability to be fully American, on being an Indian-American, and the difference between families with same culture creates a struggle for maintaining her Indian identity. Additionally, through characterization and imagery, Lahiri shows complexity and the struggle of being an Indian-American Immigrant in one of her short stories “Once in a Lifetime.”
It was away from the concept of speech community and more about the emotional attachment. If we read the essay without having studied speech communities, as our class has, we probably wouldn’t have made any connection to speech communities. At first, none can recognized the implications of the differing speech communities that Bharati and Mira decided to join upon their arrival in America rather an exposure to different sense of belongings. Bharati explains in India she and Mira were “almost identical in appearance and attitude”. However, in America, Bharati chose to marry outside of her ethnic community, and therefore entered into an entirely different speech community from her sister Mira, who married her ethnic equal and maintained her membership within her Indian culture’s speech community. Because Mira decided to preserve her Indian heritage and lifestyle, she did not desire to become assimilated into American society, but instead wanted to maintain her own identity as an Indian immigrant working in America. Mira did not welcome the new legislation that encouraged legal immigrants to become American citizens like Bharati did. The sisters found themselves viewing their new life through the eyes of two completely different speech communities. Mukherjee, actually accentuated the voice of those who struggle for
In her short story “A Father”, Bharati Mukherjee presents the altercation of a man against his wife and daughter as he attempts keep his religious traditions alive despite his wife and daughter’s Americanized ways of living. Modern American culture is no longer dominated by the male gender and women are beginning to make their way up in society. The issues existing amongst the Bhowmick family force them to struggle upholding the traditional Hindu culture Mr. Bhowmick has practiced throughout his entire life. Although several aspects of the story foreshadow the tragic ending of Mukherjee’s work, by writing the story in the point of view of Mr. Bhowmick, the author creates empathy towards the character while also displaying the ironic significance of the female. If one were to read a news story about an immigrant father beating his pregnant daughter into a miscarriage, they could assume the man was a monster. However, Bharati Mukherjee refutes this view by telling her work, “A Father” from the point of view of Mr. Bhowmick, presenting him as a victim of his own patriarchal culture and superstitions, creating empathy for him despite his horrifying actions.
This autobiographical narrative is a collection Bharati Mukherjee’s experience returning to India with her Canadian husband who is also the co-author. They both separately wrote about their experiences in the country and the daily life for it’s people. The book focuses on these two contrasting points of view and cultural backgrounds ("Days and Nights in Calcutta , Bharati Mukherjee”). It is rated four stars out of five on Amazon.com.
The average person wants one thing more than anything else, and that thing is to belong. Usha, a young girl from Calcutta, is no different. Already trying the find her place in the world, Usha must now assimilate into cultural society within the United States. Usha’s uncle, Pranab Kaku, came from Calcutta as well having first come to America, his experiences start off worse than Usha’s, which causes him to join the family in an act of social grouping. With the Old World trying to pull them back and the New World just out of reach, both must overcome tradition and develop their own personal values.
Mira and Bharati, two sisters from Calcutta have that similar relationship. In the tale the author tells a story about two sisters and how one embraced America and the other didn 't and how one changed and the other stayed mostly the same. This tale reminds me of my friendship with Diana because we are like Mira and Bharati. Just like them, we came from a different country to America to seek a better education and, just like them, we were affected differently. At the beginning of our friendship “ we were almost identical in appearance and attitude. We dressed alike, in saris; we expressed identical views on politics, social issues, love and marriage in the same Calcutta convent school accent” but as time went by we changed. Diana embraced the rock, the metal and the more pessimistic view of America, I embraced the country music, love for romantic movies, and the more optimistic view of America. We are like ying and yang, balancing each other every step of the way. But there is one thing that never changed for us that changed for the sisters from Calcutta we both still love our country Ukraine. Diana and I would never trade it for anything. Diana Splavnyk is one of the most important people in my life. She is my rock and my world. We might fight everyday, and might not know why we are friends. Nether less at the end of the day I can truly say
Anita Desai (1937) is a modern Indo-English writer, she is famous for her fiction writing, not only in India but also around the world. She emerged on the literary horizon after the independence of India and her main focus is, her writing on the ‘contemporary issues’ (Batts, 2011, pg.3). Desai mostly writes about the miserable plight of women suffering under their insensitive and inconsiderate husbands, fathers and brothers. All of which, leads to a man-woman relationship bringing characters into alienation, withdrawal, loneliness, isolation and lack of communication. Most of her novel’s protagonist are alienated from the world, society, family and even from their own selves because they are not average people but individuals. The similar situation also applies in “The clear Light of Day” published on 1980. Like most of her protagonist, Bimla is alienated and single-handedly faces the ferocious assault of existence but finally finds her freedom at the end. Thus this paper will portray Bimla’s unique character which will elucidate Bimla’s entrapment of her own making and attainment of freedom at the end.
In all her works Jhumpa Lahiri has dealt with the themes of culture identities and the problems of generation – of Indian parents and their children growing up in America while facing challenges of coping with the demands of their parents who are nostalgic about things and memories Indian and the pressures of American life and that society’s ways and norms. These conflicting norms and values as regards life’s important affairs like love and marriage find very effective expression in her stories – both short and long. In the treatment of these themes she looks for cross-culture marriage and even there she explores the possibility of accommodation and adjustment and thereby the happiness of home and family. Several writers in our days generally deal with themes of broken families, women’s emancipation-related tales of oppression and sexual violence or of gendered identity explained as colonial/postcolonial experiences, expectations and encounters, and culture conflicts due to East-West encounters. Jhumpa Lahiri seems instead not to bother for what is in currency, what sells today-hers being a systematic purpose to tell her readers that life demands understanding, maturity and marital success leading to the creation of a happy home. It may be this leading concern behind Lahiri’s art that make her stories immensely readable and she loads them with a virtue of a different kind. Given the obvious compulsion on her part to priorities the dominant concern in the multicultural world today for a home that guarantees happiness and comfort of existence as civilized individuals, she finds the theme of happy home and intellectual adjustments in life and in love quite a natural choice on which she could concentrate. Moreover, in our days when n...
In Jasmine, Bharati Mukherjee mangers in a tale filled with tough raw experience- a smooth synthesis of Hindu religious imagery and concepts and American frontier mythology, traditions that equally and together define Jasmine's personal experience and that serve to clarify through a hyphenated mythology the essence of the new immigrant's experience, the experience of being, as Jasmine calls it, "suspended between two worlds." (157)