Performing the Everyday: Clothing as Altermodern Resistance in the select works of Amitav Ghosh
Writing/reading is a political act. During the process the writer/reader creates alternate spaces of expressions, distinctive open fields on which a creative writer’s impressions and politics come to play. Amitav Ghosh, an author from the Indian subcontinent, writing in the latter half of the twentieth century and debating on history, culture, politics, language and people makes use of this plane of possibilities to invent stories that challenge previously recorded scripts of colonial history and its forms of representations. Amitav Ghosh’s narratives remind us of the need for continuous local struggles against standardization through the creation of altermodern everyday spaces of tactical living. Amitav Ghosh’s narratives are reminders of the continued resistance one needs to play to thwart all kinds of dominance. His narratives spin around little acts of tactical everyday detailing to bring out the hitherto unperformed possibilities of resistances. Clothing, food, beliefs, faith, religion, survival instincts and other such subtle expressions of life are rendered to be the altermodern modes of performing resistance within his narratives. The present paper attempts to read how Ghosh has unassumingly used patterns of clothing as mode of tactical resistance in his works The Glass Palace, In an Antique Land and The Hungry Tide.