Relocating Identity Transposing Self: A Study of Indian Diaspora through the lens of Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Namesake
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Diasporic Indian literature is the reflection and identity of the migrant who are constantly
belonging to the two different worlds and maintaining the connections with two homelands.
Many Indian writers has done a remarkable work on the English fiction of diaspora which
portrays the different imaginations of the migrant whether it is discrimination, cultural shock,
identity crisis, alienation, hybridity, displacement, depression or generational gap. Diasporic
literature has marked its presence in every part of the world and among different ethnic
groups irrespective of the different literary form, language and style.
In my paper I am focusing on Pulitzer prize winner American author Jhumpa Lahiri’s
critically acclaimed novel The Namesake which is a story of two generations of the Ganguli’s
- a family of Indian immigrants to the United States. The whole narrative is based on the
cultural issues which every immigrant encounter after migration and especially the son of the
Indian immigrant couple who was born in America and constantly searching for his identity
after his name given by his parents. It has not only shown the individual’s identity in the
country of immigration but also represents the crucial issue of the generational gap and
cultural belonging among Indian American families. Author’s work is the fine illustration of
the everyday struggle among the Indian diaspora in the light of conflicts and issues between
the first and second generation. This paper focuses on the issues of relocating the identity of
second generation immigrant and the cultural belonging among Indian immigrants.
Dr. Ajoy Batta