Vol. 2, Issue 2 (2016)
The transformation of immigrant: A study on Bharati Mukherjee’s novel jasmine
Author(s): Dr. Santhanalakshmi A, Vinotorchali V
Abstract: People move from one place to another across the globe for various purpose. It might be for a tour, an exploration, profession, trade, business, etc. In this technologically transforming world young minds today want to satisfy their intellectual thirst exploring different lands in order to bag an identity of their own. More than homeland, an alien land seems to be an exotic experiment to most of the youths today. It is pitiable that after venturing into new land as immigrants people realize that pretence of exotics is just a mirage. In fact, they do relish the glamour of the land earning currency which paves way to lead a life of sophistication. But the burning question is: does the life of sophistication had given them peace of mind and mental healthiness they received in their homeland? Being exposed to new culture, new people, new tradition, the exotic experience the immigrants dreamt ends up in a nightmare. But still they manage to prevail over the situations and get themselves adapt in their new land. They do undergo many transformations in their lives according to the land and culture. This exotic as well as nightmare experience of the immigrants has tiled the writers’ world with an ingredient which gave birth to a new form of writing called ‘Diaspora’. For decades together Indian writers have set their mind and soul exploring or bringing to light the problems faced by immigrants in various land. Diaspora has become a major theme in the works of the writers today. Bharathi Mukherjee is one among those writers whose experiences in the form of fiction gives a clear picture of what the immigrants face in the alien land. A threat that runs through all Mukherjee’s works of fiction is difference – cultural, racial, sexual and economic class difference. Yet, Mukherjee is very prompt in spinning her characters to acclimatize themselves in the alien land. This paper shed light on the transformation of the immigrant in Mukherjee’s Jasmine.