Indian Diaspora a reservoir of culture and preserver of identity: A Representative study of Mangoes on the Maple Tree.
Keywords:Diasporas, historical, Parameswaran, Moghes, plentitude, .etc
We understand Diasporas as groups and communities which extend across geographical spaces and historical experiences. They are people who exist in one place and yet feel intimately related to another. Diaspora creates a space which Homi K. Bhaba identified as the third space. It comprises the social and the historical. When an Indian decides to settle in a European country one becomes aware of the surrounding host culture. Through frequent interaction one becomes adapted to the ways of the host culture. There are two choices, either one assimilates or gets integrated into the host culture. The adjustment to new conditions in an unknown country is based on the new choices, often mingled with past experiences. Uma Parameswaran in the Mangoes on the Maple Tree gives an account of Indian Canadian family. The characters here negotiate the ordinary travails of daily life while actually conscious of the one thing many people are hardly aware of their national identities. The author pictures two family lives, the Bhaves and the Moghes. For a Second generation settler like Priti home is Canada and all her relatives in Canada are her country men. She need not worry about being accepted by the white community. He brings in Christmas tree, “It is an evergreen tree. Diasporic identities are those which are constantly producing and reproducing themselves a new, through transformative and difference. It is because this new World is constituted for us a place, a narrative of displacement that it gives rise so profoundly to a certain imaginary plentitude, recreating the endless desire to return to the host origins.
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