Vol. 3, Issue 6 (2017)
Feminism, marriage and role of women in the works of Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Author(s): Nigar Alam, Dr. Archana Durgesh
Abstract: Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is a prolific author who has written many essays, poems, short stories and novels. In her works she has given voice to immigrant Indian women. In this paper I will try to analyse different problems women face and attitude of Divakaruni as a postcolonial feminist writer. Her novels and short stories that illustrate educated, adamant, mentally strong and rebellious female characters who don’t hesitate to liberate themselves from male chauvinism. The enigmatic Tilo in The Mistress of Spices (1997) and rebellious Anju and Sudha in Sister of my Heart (1999) and The Vine of Desire (2002) and beautiful Draupadi in The Palace of Illusions (2008) many strong women in the series of stories of Arranged Marriage are all delicately presented, credible characters. Many scholars, critics, writers, newspapers and magazines recognised Divakaruni’s female protagonists as most compelling part of her work and thus it gives me wider scope to work on them.