Bengali Culture as Reflected in the Diasporic Indo-American Writer Jhumpa Lahiri’s the Namesake
Keywords:: Bengali culture, Diasporic, Indo-American
Diasporic Indo-American writers refer to those writers who stay in America having Indian origin. Literature produced by this group of people is known as Indo-American literature and is said to be one of the very youngest literatures of the globe. It has exerted an immense impact on the world literature and has produced many literary brilliance of present time. Jhumpa Lahiri, the second generation diasporic writer, a Bengalese by origin, is one of these literary geniuses. It is noticeable that memory plays a significant part so far the writings of this genre are concerned. The writers are found to be lost in the reminiscences of their ancestral land, giving space to a description of the everyday happenings in the society of their origin. Quite naturally, the culture that tells the way life is lived in a society, gets exposed through these texts. Moreover, more often than not we notice the authors bringing about a contrast of their own culture with that of the alien one. As a diaspporic Indo-American writer Jhumpa Lahiri is not an exception to this. Her novel The Namesake is full of description about Bengali culture. The present paper attempts to explore the picture of Bengali society and its culture as portrayed by Lahiri in the said novel.