Deciphering the Diasporic Dilemma of Second Generation Indian Immigrants: An analysis of Jhumpa Lahiri's the Namesake
Keywords:Diaspora, Immigrant, Cultural dilemma, Identity crisis, generation
Diasporic writings of South-East Asian writers have gained wide recognition among the readers worldwide in the recent times. This is mainly because of the multitude of themes adopted by the writers to portray the problems faced by immigrants in the foreign countries. Specifically, writers of the Indian Diaspora focus on the issues related to the Indian immigrants in the developed nations like US, UK, Canada, etc., as majority of the immigrant population from India are found in such countries. At present there are many eminent writers who largely contribute to the literature of the Indian Diaspora. Prominent among them are Kamala Markandaya, Anita Desai, Bharati Mukherjee, Salman Rushdie, V.S. Naipaul, Vikram Seth, Amitav Ghosh, Rohinton Mistry, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, Jhumpa Lahiri, Kiran Desai etc. In the corpus of Indian diasporic writing, Jhumpa Lahiri has gained a special recognition because of her choice of theme, characterization, style of writing and narrative techniques etc. Her ability to surpass the generational gap between the first and second generation Indian immigrants in the U.S. has made her writings stand apart from other works in the diaspora literature. The present study analyses Lahiri's award winning novel The Namesake and tries to explore the second generation immigrant struggle with specific reference to Indian immigrants in the U.S.