Dept of English
SCSVMV Deemed to be University
The paper intends to investigate the hardships of a boy affected by dull penury. The essence of this research investigation is a modest attempt to manifest the boy’s predicaments and disappointments exhibited by Shilpi Somaya Gowda in her debut novel Secret Daughter. The problems of children are less analyzed; focuses on the issues of children in the literary world are also inadequate. Modern Indian women writers represents the face of India and the struggle encountered by children, whose voice are unheard by the society. Shilpi Somaya Gowda in her debut novel Secret Daughter captures the conflict of an adopted child Asha, who feels she belongs nowhere and to no one within her family and the country where she lives. Gowda also registers the conflict of a boy named Vijay, how he gets into the unlawful activities due to his family’s poverty and he desires to earn more money to lead a comfortable life. The author captures how the growth of child is affected due to poverty stricken ambience and it also leads the boy to involve in delinquent acts which distraught his complete life and his parents’ ease.
Keywords: poverty, children, distraught, society and representation.