Cross Cultural Conflict and Human Psyche: a study of Bharati Mukherjee’s the Tiger’s Daughter
Bharati Mukherjee, a diasporic writer and India-born American novelist dealt with the themes of identity, alienation, assimilation and cross cultural crisis and wrote about the Indian women. She depicted the cultural conflict between east and west and how a female protagonist tackles the problem of cross culture in her works. She has portrayed her own self through the female protagonist and pictures her difficulties of adapting culture, customs and traditions. In the canon of her writings “The Tiger’s Daughter” published in 1971 is her first novel portraying an upper caste Bengali girl Tara Banerjee Cartwright, who goes to America for higher studies and faces the cross cultural conflict after her revisit to India after her seven years of stay in the U.S. The paper studies the cultural mayhems faced by Tara when she came back to India and she refuses to accept Calcutta, her homeland and is lead towards her illusion and depression, and was caught between two contrasting worlds.