Women’s Voices in the Select Novels of Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni: Oleander Girl and before We Visit the Goddess
Keywords:Identity, Traditional Bonds, Modernity, Cultural traits, Customs
This paper centers on the study of the emerging, potent voice of women author, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni. Belonging to India gives the author certain common cultural attributes, while the distinctions result from the fact that living abroad extends the psychological horizons of Indian women. Banerjee, most likely molded by the Indian childhood yet has transcended the customary constraints. This paper endeavors to depict the likenesses and complexities between the author from India living in two halves of the globe, in order to highlight how the pulls and pressures of the past lives of women keep on impacting their present. There is a constant interplay of nostalgia and reality in Divakaruni's books. At a more profound level, she demonstrates a contention among custom and modernity. The hardships and the struggle to keep up the modern values and to carve out her very own identity in the new and ostensibly stifling of her protagonist makes her a women's activist.