Depiction of Magic Realism and Existential crisis in the Post-Modern Indian Diaspora Literature
The main aim of this paper is to study the portrayal of the most important aspects of the post colonial writings â€“ the themes of Magic Realism & existential crisis in the select novels of Rohinton Mistry, Arun Joshi and Upamanyu Chatterjee. The novels analyzed in this paper for the purpose include Joshiâ€™s The Foreigner, The City and the River; Chatterjeeâ€™s English, August: An Indian Story and The Last Burden and Rohinton Mistryâ€™s The Fine Balance and Such a Long Journey. The history of any literature, except those bilingual literatures will show that literature grows by assimilating many tributaries flowing from the margins to the centre. Sometimes the marginal occupies the centre-stage, and turns a regional class register of language into the dominant literary register. Such assimilation of marginal speech and concerns deepens the expressivity of a literature on the progressive frontline of social changes. On the other hand, the bilingual literatures assimilate numerous language registers belonging exclusively to social advantaged classes from different geographical areas. The three distinguishing features of the post-colonial Indian English literature originate in its peculiar sociology. Though English fiction has in India at present enough readers to make publishing of books possible and even profitable, English is still largely a second language of those who form the reading community. It is still largely a second language of those who form the reading community. It is still not a language that pervades all areas of the reading communityâ€™s emotional and social life.