Incorporating Myths in Chitra Banerjee Divakaruniâ€™s The Mistress of Spices
Indian American author Chitra Banerjee Divakaruniâ€™s works reverberate with echoes from her native Bengali culture. She incorporates myths and mythical figures, especially from her indigenous culture into the fabric of contemporary life in most of her works. These devices do not merely fulfil an aesthetic purpose. They are connected with the plot, the mind-set of the characters and the stories of their lives.
The present paper aims to analyse the myths and mythical figures incorporated by Divakaruni in her first novel, The Mistress of Spices. It discusses the reasons that motivate Divakaruni to bring in these aspects of her native culture in her works and demonstrates how they appropriately meet her objectives.