Facing Ground Reality: Life Isn’t All Ha Ha Hee Hee
Keywords:Human relationships, Cultural hybridity, Dual Identity.
Life Isn’t All Ha Ha Hee Hee (1999) proves to be a fruitful endeavour from the mighty pen of a renowned British-Indian writer, Meera Syal. Apart from recounting the life-stories and different diasporic experiences of three British-Asian friends - Chila, Sunita and Tania; the novel also throws light on the beauty of human relationships. The three friends are in their mid-thirties and seem to have enjoyed their lives. But the thorough reading of the novel reveals how they all feel empty from within and the only reason is the lack of warmth in relationships. It might be with their parteners, family members etc. The diasporic character of the novel is also reflected through its characters’ yearing to go back to their origins. Tania’s desire to go ‘home’ and hide herself in her mother’s lap; Chila’s desire to bring up Anand in India by feeding him with Indian cultural values are clear instances of the diasporic side of the novel.
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