Md Abdul Jabbar Sk
Department Of English
B.R. Ambedkar Bihar University, Muzaffarpur
Born to Bengali parents in July 1967, in London and with her family’s move to Rhode Island, Jhumpa Lahiri began life in the U.S.A. She grew up in the background of traditional Bengali culture. From childhood, she often accompanied her parents back to India-particularly to Calcutta (now known as Kolkata) because of family ties. She observes that her parents retain a sense of emotional exile and she herself grew up with conflicting expectations. In her novel ‘The Namesake’ (2003), Lahiri, a second generation Indian immigrant, reflects the immigrants’ inner psyche, identity crisis, sense of belongingness, loneliness, alienation, the clash of culture, the conflicts of adjustment and the baffling ties between the first and second generation.
Keywords: Alienation, Belongings, Culture, Identity-Crisis, Immigrant, Nostalgic.
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