Portrayal of Magical Realism in Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s The Mistress of Spices
: Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is a most acclaimed and an award-winning novelist and poet in Indian English Literature. Most of Divakaruni’s works tell about the immigrant experience, an important theme in the mixture of American society. Her book Arranged Marriage is a collection of short stories about women from India caught between two worlds which wins American Book Award. Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni presents manifold consciousnesses as an individuality that is in stuck between such oppositional states, characterized by being neither rather than both. In The Mistress of Spices, the process of self-perception is the groundwork of identity formation for the vital character Tilotamma (Tilo). As Tilo struggles to define herself as South Asian and American, she creates many different consciousnesses that visible themselves in both her diasporic experiences and her subsequent relationships with her racial and sexual identities.
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