Alienation and assimilation of Tara in Bharati Mukherjee’s Desirable Daughters
P Bindu Madhavi, Dr. S. Selva Lakshmi
Bharati Mukherjee is one of the well-known Indian born American writers. She is an Immigration writer whose novels mainly emphasis on themes like immigration, assimilation, alienation dislocation, culture shock and identity crisis. Colonization and decolonization have led to the upsurge diasporic literature. Many people have migrated to the alien land for greener pastures i.e by their profession and the other reason for migration is colonization. These migrated people have to confront different cultural problems in the alien land which is completely contrast to their home land. All the protagonists of Bharati Mukherjee have migrated to foreign country but, their roots always remain in their homeland. The present paper is an attempt to explore the protagonist’s alienation in foreign land and the process of assimilation to the western culture in the novel Desirable Daughters. The novel reveals the story of three sisters, who are settled in different countries, and are misery to find out their own identities as they come to realize their frontier position as well as secondary role in family and society. Desirable Daughters is a tale of immigrants and the perspective of three sisters and their means of negotiating the multiple dislocations in three different perceptions. Tara Chatterjee is the protagonist and the narrator of the novel who migrated to San Fransico after marriage with her spouse.