DR. S. CHELLIAH, M.A. PH.D.,
PROFESSOR, HEAD & CHAIRPERSON,
SCHOOL OF ENGLISH & FOREIGN LANGUAGES &
SCHOOL OF INDIAN LANGUAGES,
DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH & COMPARATIVE LITERATURE
MADURAI KAMARAJ UNIVERSITY,
MADURAI – 625 021. (T.N)
This article throws light on the development of the Indian novel confining itself with the various modes of Indian people, their thought processes, their innermost urges, longings and their fulfillments and frustrations highlighting certain inborn compelling aspirations peculiar to Indian society by concentrating more on Arun Joshi’s The Foreigner which depicts a foreigner as a man without roots, suffering from lonliness, anxiety and alienation through the portrayal of Sindi oberaai, the hero of the novel whose chronic sadness and illness present detachment as a possible panacea for all the life problems as being synonyms with inaction and isolation.