Vol. 4, Issue 1 (2018)
Fortunate lamps and fire bands: Before We Visit the Goddess as a multigenerational transcontinental tale
Author(s): Suhana PA
Abstract: Diasporic literature includes all those literary works written by authors outside their native country, but these works are about native culture and background. Diasporic literature has its roots in the sense of alienation and loss, which emerged as a result of migration and expatriation and deals with existential rootlessness, nostalgia and quest for identity. Chithra Divakaruni Banerjee, the famous Indo American poet, shortstory writer and novelist, is often noted for her vivid portrayal of the life of Indian immigrants in America, especially of Indian women who reaches America as brides and find it hard to belong to either of the cultures. Her latest novel Before We Visit the Goddess is the story of three resolute women across ages. It explores the relationship Sabitri, Bela and Tara – grandmother, mother and daughter share with each other and the men in their lives. The novel explores the complex relationship between the mothers and daughters, and how they discover their greatest sense of strength in one another. Before We Visit the Goddess portrays the complexity of these multigenerational and transcontinental relationships, sweeping across the twentieth century from the countryside of Bengal, India to the streets of Houston, Texas.