The issues related to Diasporic Elements in Kiran Desai’s Hullalaboo in the Guava orchard
‘Diaspora’ denotes communities of people dislocated from their native homelands through migration, immigration, or exile as a consequence of colonial expansion, imperialism, trade, business, better opportunities, hunger for better prospects, Globalization.
Diaspora writers are identified as either expatriate or immigrant or transnational writers. But there is a sharp line of difference among these categories. Hybridism and Multilingualism or bilingualism is the by-products of Diaspora. Diaspora writer writes in the adopted language and shows their sense of affection for the ‘new home’ and culture. It is the conscious decision to abandon the part of one’s cultural heritage and tradition. In this process they have to live with a divided self. Bharati Mukherjee, Jhumpa Lahiri, Anjana Appachana, Kiran Desai are educated, westernized elites who have lived in many countries, multicultural and multilingual. English is their second mother tongue. Kiran Desai's debut novel Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard (1997) depicts the sense of alienation, negation, estrangement, social isolation and unhappiness in life. Each of the major characters - the protagonist Sampath Chawla, his father Mr. R. K. Chawla, his mother Kulfi, and his sister Pinky suffer from alienation, isolation, desolation and loneliness.
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