PH. D. SCHOLAR (JNU, JAIPUR) &
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR IN ENGLISH
GURU NANAK COLLEGE, BUDHLADA (PUNJAB)
Migrants have traditionally been confronted with two alternatives: resist full assimilation and maintain a high degree of separatism, or pursue full absorption in the host society. But, Laihri, as Thomas Faist says, has proposed a third model, namely “surviving in multiple transnationalized forms in conjunction with other equally translocal and hybridized cultures across many borders” (qtd. in Kennedy and Roudometof 22). The present article deals with the first story of Jhumpa Laihri’s collection of short stories The Unaccustomed Earth and focuses on Ruma, the America-born child of Indian immigrant and on the ways in which she shuttles between at least two cultural milieus, developing capabilities to negotiate several worlds.
Key Words: assimilation, transnationalized, translocal, hybridized.