University of Allahabad
Shashi Deshpande’s novels revolve within the circumference of real life experiences, evading the shadows of idealism. She travels in the terrain of human sensibility where all the issues and obstacles are overcome gradually through self-introspection. Her protagonists find their way to discover their identity. Indu, the protagonist of the novel Roots and Shadows, yearns for freedom and security. In an attempt to be completely free, she keeps running behind illusion. In this process, she also comes to know about the various problem faced by women in patriarchal society such as gender discrimination, child-marriage, dowry-system, man-woman relationship etc. But at last she is able to come out of all the shadows and finally emerges as a self-confident woman who is ready to face all the challenges that comes her way.
Key words: Predicament, dilemma, domination, patriarchy, discrimination.