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WOMEN AS PLIGRIMS: FEMALE BONDIND AS A  STRATEGY OF SURVIVAL IN BHARATHI MUKHERJEE’S DESIRABLE DAUGHTERS

*SHILPA SURESH

 PG STUDENT

 DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH

 AMRITA SCHOOL OF ARTS AND SCIENCES, AMRITAPURI

AMRITA VISHWA VIDYAPEETHAM, AMRITA UNIVERSITY, INDIA.

 

 **ARUN S

 LECTURER 

 DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH

 AMRITA SCHOOL OF ARTS AND SCIENCES, AMRITAPURI

AMRITA VISHWA VIDYAPEETHAM, AMRITA UNIVERSITY, INDIA.

 

 

ABSTRACT

This paper emphasizes the quest for identity in characters of the novel Desirable Daughters by Bharathi Mukherjee, through the concept of Women Bonding. Tara, the protagonist of the novel, accepts western culture as her own. She embraces the American way of life and manages to get away from the traditional Bengali Brahmin life. Even so, she is unable let go of the memories of her home land; deep down inside the love for her home land still persists. A stranger, who pretends to be her nephew, prods her into search of her roots. Thus she finds a connection between her and Tara Lata, the Tree Bride. Mukherjee highlights the theme of sister bonding, which is presented as a means to nourish love for one’s home country. The novel is also read as diasporic writing throughout this paper. Tara and Padma, two siblings, remain dislocated from their homeland. Nevertheless, they are able to keep alive the Indianness in them.

Key Words: Quest for identity, Homeland, Sister bonding, Diaspora, Indianness

 

journal of english

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