Lazuli,Lapis.. “Jumpa Lahiri’s novel as a tragedy of relations” An International Literary Journal 4.2(2014)
The main argument put forth by the author is that Jumpa Lahiri’s ‘The Lowland’ is a narration of the agony and anguish her character undergo. Alienation is focal point in the development of her themes. She breathlessly recounted three generations alienating history. In fact she directed alienation into her characters. Alienation runs along with the blood. Circulation. Subash Mitra is more sinned than sinning. His parents were obliged to live emotionally fractured life. Gouri appears sheer selfish and opportunist. She tried hard to shun all her Indian ethinicity but failed largely. Bela is just victim of her parents’ happiness and entragement.
Vijay Mishra’s hypothesis that ‘all diaspories are unhappy’ is one hundred percent correct. Her all characters are emotionally broken. It seems that alienation is part and parcel of their lives. It cieculates into their views constantly.
This research failed to point out the love between the relationships that stood parallel to the theme of alienation in the novel. Its true that love is not the focal point of this research but still it would have been better if the research point out alienation with references to the love and how it failed to support each characters without being alienated.