A Reflection of Changing Culture in Modern India With Reference To Chetan Bhagat’s “One Indian Girl”
Keywords:Culture, gender, behavior, norms, transgressive
: Culture is the totality of a society's distinctive ideas, beliefs, values and knowledge. It exhibits the ways human interpret their environments. Culture theory pays attention to the needs on contexts and contents, on values and value systems and on strategic relationships between key variables, countries, blocs of countries, and human beings and the natural environment. It enables the researchers to deal better with complexity and fragmentation - the emphasis is on systems rather than on part of system. Chetan Bhagat’s literary works are based on culture and other incidences. Bhagat’s ‘One Indian Girl’ story is a tight slap on the face of hypocrite society. A modern educated working woman faces some major conflicts and problems in adjusting herself between these two worlds, of family life and career life. Radhika finds herself more determinant and stronger. And Radhika also realizes that there is no one can give perfect solution to her dilemma, no one can teach her how to lead her life. This paper tends to focus on the part of values which are changing because of globalization. Gender equality and women empowerment are the issues which picked up momentum in India in the last decades. In Chetan Bhagat’s ‘One Indian Girl’, Radhika is self-reliant, emancipated and happy individual, who is sexually uninhibited, intelligent, confident and assertive Radhika lives with a heightened sense of dignity.
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