The Diasporic Discourses and The Paradoxical Inequilibrium of Generational Breaks in Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Namesake
The paper throws light on the intergenerational conflicts between the first and the second generation of the Indian Diaspora reflected by the characters depicted in The Namesake by Jumpa Lahiri. Being an immigrant to Boston, USA, a daughter of Bengali parents, Lahiri vividly portrays her diasporic experiences in her first novel, The Namesake. Brought up in Rhodes Island, Lahiri recollects her experiences of the imbalance due to multiculturalism as a child of immigrant parents by clearly bringing forth the protagonist, Gogol Ganguly resembling her own experiences in her novel, The Namesake. However, the identity crisis experienced by Lahiri never comes to an end as she belongs to the second generation of Indian Diaspora, and her longing for belonging never meets an end. The immigrants remain sandwiched between two cultures and their ideologies and policies always vary. Lahiri experiences a cultural conflict between India and America as she belongs nowhere according to her conflicting thoughts and emotions. The Namesake is a spontaneous dilemma experienced by the protagonist as well as the immigrants like Lahiri, who are centered around multiculturalism where they experience a dual identity and insecurity. In the struggle for settling down, they are desperate enough to become new selves with still not giving up their old selves. Alienation is always an aspect of the Indian Diaspora where the immigrants face a mingling sense of nostalgia and a loss of their homeland.
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