Diasporic Elements in Chitra Baneerjee Divakaruni's Mistress of Spices
This paper explores the diasporic elements in Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s Mistress of Spices. Diasporic literature involves the idea of a person or a group of people from their homeland to an alien place due to various compulsions. Diasporic writing mostly becomes a response to the lost homes leads to issues such as dislocation, nostalgia, survival, cultural change and identity. The Mistress of spices is a magical tale of herbs and spices. In this novel each spice is described with the help of a song. Each spice has some special properties. There are certain rules and restrictions associated with each spice. Tilo, being a Mistress of spices has to adhere to a very rigid regimen and model of conduct. Tilo would have to face the consequences for her actions by suffering some sort of mental pain as ordained by the spices. She tries to adopt a more complex way for portraying Diasporic Identity. She makes use of fables in order to explore the various problems and circumstances that are encountered by the Immigrants. The Mistress of spices is a story that belongs to a genre portraying the eternal struggle of human mind to balance between human desires and common good. This paper attempts to explore the diasporic elements in the life of Tilotama.
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