Trials and Tribulations of the Fourth World: A Study of Jahnavi Barua’s Next Door
Keywords:North East, Assam, exploitation, Next Door, tribes
The Literature of the Northeast India acquired attention after the rise of some eminent writers in English such as Siddharth Deb, Mitra Pukhan, Jahnavi Barua and Arup Kumar Dutta whose works were translated from Assamese into English. The Next Door of Jahnavi Barua is a critically regarded compilation of short stories particularly placed in Assam, a region not frequently portrayed in English in Indian Fiction. Jahnavi Barua is an Assam based Indian author. In this collection of short stories, she has represented Assam as a voice from the edge. Northeast region of India is also known as tribal region since more than 90% of the population of this region is tribal. The paper will explore the sufferings and exploitation of Fourth World People i.e. Northeast Indian which is depicted obliquely, as a part of everyday life in Assam through Jahnavi Barua’s Next Door (Collection of short stories).