Diasporic Aspects in Rohinton Mistry’s Novels
A diaspora is a scattered population whose origin lies in a separate geographic locale. The nature of the diaspora depends on the nature of the host country. Diasporas, despite their common origin, may behave in a totally different manner depending on the country of their re-location. The narrative of diaspora is essentially a narrative of the self. The Indian English fiction has had a meteoritic growth during the dawn of the millennium year and the writing in all genres of literature has gained momentum, particularly the Indian novel, the doyens of the Indian writing like R.K.Narayan, Mulk Raj Anand, and they promoted the conventional mode of writing. The crusaders of the contemporary and modern era include Salman Rushdie, Amitav Ghosh, Vikram Seth and many more. It is also true in case of Rohinton Mistry. Leaving India behind is his own choice for better perspectives in life. At the same time being a Parsi, the historical experience of double displacement imbibed with the author’s sense of identification with an alienation from his new and old homelands. The recall of memories is one of the ways of expression in diasporic writing. However, Mistry has overcome the difficulties of human relations between people with different cultural identities. It is his art of balancing the mythical and realistic mode of his writing that helps him in reclaiming his past in a new land.
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