Narration of Cultural Identities in Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Lowland
In the postcolonial world, highly marked by globalization, transnational migration is a fact of life. Thus there are numerous groups of people who traverse across the national borders to reach their promising land. The Diaspora discourse addresses the most ancient problems of immigrants in the new form mainly the aftermath of globalization. The South Asian Diasporic writers like Chitra Banergee Divakaruni, Kiran Desai, Nayantara Sahgal and JhumpaLahiri have been narrating the problems of Indian immigrants like assimilation, nostalgia and crisis of cultural national identity. In 2015 JhumpaLahiri was awarded with ‘National Humanities Medal’ by BarakObama. She is an Indian American Diasporic writer who acclaimed popularity all over the world due to narration of her nation India and its culture. Her novel The Lowland (2013) is a story of two brothers Subhash and Udayan, represents two different lives of native Indian and Indian Diaspora, who tries to preserve their culture and land on equal level. The older brother Subhash moves to America for higher studies and younger Udayan involves in the moist “Naxalite” political movement for Indian poor people. The present paper intends to focus on narration of nation and cultural identifies in Jhumpa Lahiri’s novel “The Lowland.