Sense of Alienation and Reconciliation: A Study of Select Stories of Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni's Arranged Marriage

Madhvi Parashar


Literaure has always remained a source of exhibiting social and cultural scenario. Diasporic literature recounts the alienation and rootlessness ingrained deeply in the minds of the individuals who move from their home to make a new home in some other foreign country and their efforts of reconciliation. The basic question to find peace and the state of bliss, however, remains unsolved for many.  One who is able to maintain mental harmony under various conditions and pressures is able to live in the state of bliss whether one lives in India or elsewhere. Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s stories deal with the existential predicament of expatriates. This paper discusses the sense of alienation and reconciliation in female characters as portrayed in Divakaruni’s select stories, “ Clothes”, “ Silver Pavements and Golden Roofs”, “ The Word Love”, and “Meeting Mrinal” from her short story collection Arranged Marriage.


diaspora; harmony; alienation; bliss; reconciliation

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