Allwin K Joy -Diasporic Consciousness in Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s Sister of My Heart

Agnihotri, Neeraj. “Diasporic Consciousness in Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s Sister of My Heart.” Galaxy: International Multidisciplinary Research Journal 3.1 (2014): 01-06. Web. 23 June 2016.

In the article, Agnihotri primarily focuses on the sense of unbelonging, the members of Indian diaspora feel both in the host country and their homeland. The main argument the author makes in the article is that whatever be the cause of immigration, for a diasporic community, displacement, rootlessness, and marginalisation are part of their daily life challenges.

The author, to defend this argument, refers to Divakaruni’s Sister of my Heart, and summarizes the story in the paper, in an attempt to highlight the challenges faced by the Indian diaspora, especially the women in the community.

As a sub argument, the author states that immigrant women bear the brunt of displacement more than men, yet make use of the new scenario to attain their freedom and individuality. To support this argument, the author refers to instances in the story where the two sisters find their way to the United States from their varied life situations and eventually find their voice and individuality in the host country.

The author concludes the paper with an observation that in Sister of my Heart, Divakaruni relates women and the universal problems of discrimination, displacement, disturbance and disorder,and in the process, articulates the diasporic consciousness in the work.


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