Tracing Buddhist Undertones in Syam Selvadurai’s The Hungry Ghosts


  • Anuja Raj Research Scholar Institute of English University of Kerala


History of a nation often gets expressed in the literature and writings of the nation. Sri Lanka is an island in the south-eastern coast of India with a population of about 20 million and is separated from the Indian subcontinent by the Gulf of Mannar and Palk Strait. Sri Lanka is a nation that was swept with three decades of swarming protracted internal conflict. The protracted and sporadic conflicts which developed after the independence of the nation from the British in 1948 gained popularity after the 1983 July riots. Much of the literary writings from Sri Lanka was in the Sinhala language with a considerable amount written in Tamil and in English. Some of the famous writers from Sri Lanka who writes in English are Michael Ondaatje, Christopher Ondaatje, Romesh Gunesekera, Shyam Selvadurai, Jean Arasanayagam, Rajiva Wijesinha, V.V. Ganeshananthan, Ru Freeman and David Blacker.


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