Examining major themes in Jhumpa Lahiri's ‘Unaccustomed Earth’
Vijay Kant Shanwatiya, Ravindra Kumar
The purpose of this article is to throw light on the fundamental themes of identity, alienation, isolation, and assimilation in Jhumpa Lahiri's second short story collection, Unaccustomed Earth. Since independence, Indian writers have made substantial contributions to world literature, and Indian fiction continues to thrive in the worldwide market. Lahiri's literary works are focused on the diasporic postcolonial condition of the Indian and Indian-Americans, who are caught between two identities and two cultures: the Indian traditions which they have left behind and the Western society in which they must live. They see America through the eyes of an Indian, and it is this perspective that allows them to perceive the world in a different light. As a result, they have a better ambiance and opportunities. Writers like Anita Desai, Bharti Mukherjee, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, Arundhati Roy, Uma Parameswaran, Manju Kapur, Kiran Desai, Jhumpa Lahiri, and others are currently exploring the issue of alienation in their works. Jhumpa Lahiri's creative world is preoccupied with the protagonists' experience of alienation and isolation from themselves, society, and others. She portrays modern man's predicament. Alienation, solitude, and integration have all become important themes in literature. Her works reveal her admirable graphs of biculturalism and commanding grace.