PDF | Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is an award winning author, born in Calcutta, who spent the first nineteen years of her life in India. Divakaruni has won a. Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. Poet Divakaruni, who was born in India and now Arranged Marriage: Stories by [Divakaruni, Chitra Banerjee]. Although Chitra Divakaruni's poetry has won praise and awards for many years, it is her "luminous, exquisitely crafted prose" (Ms.) that is quickly.
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New edition (revised and expanded) available 8/13/Fairy tales are one of the most enduring forms of literature, their plots retold and characters reimagined. Although Chitra Divakaruni's poetry has won praise and awards for many years, it is her "luminous, exquisitely crafted prose" (Ms.) that is quickly making her one. 4. CHITRA BANERJEE DIVAKARUNI'S ARRANGED. MARRIAGE: MULTIPLE CONSCIOUSNESS AND. SOUTH ASIAN DIASPORIC IDENTITY. FORMATION.
It was on the San Francisco Chronicle bestseller list for five weeks. Arranged Marriage has eleven stories, all of which focus on different issues resulting from the patriarchy.
Stories differ in plots but revolve around the same theme. Arranged Marriage has eleven stories, all of which focus on different issues resulting from patriarchy. Some stories also discuss the contrasting cultural differences between east and west and the resistance it creates in women and the subsequent reactions of the society. The protagonist is usually a woman who is, sometimes, married in an arrangement and suffers because of the expectation she is supposed to have and expectations she must meet.
Actually arranged marriages, which were the way of marital rituals in the past centuries in most of the world, are still prevalent in South-East Asia, mostly because of two reasons: to preserve blood ties in certain castes or religions, and to preserve the authority of elders on the younger generation. The concept of arranged marriage has been embedded in the mentality of people in these parts to the point where arranging the marriage is considered as an ultimate task to be followed by the family so that the children can marry and procreate before a certain age.
This is a practice in which the family of the groom visits the house of the bride to examine her suitability for the groom. Through the instances in the stories, it can be seen that the choice of the bride depends on whether or not she has a fair skin, is submissive, and is skilled in household chores. A girl may be rejected for having too much education.
After a couple of days, she decides to go back as she receives a letter from her husband to come back. For a few days, life is happy in her house but the same thing happens again and they both keep shuttling between the places.
Both the mother and daughter become victims in the hands of a male. A comparison is drawn between the life of the bats and the life of the mother.
Similarly, the wife sees and bears the violence in the night and is blind to her own self-respect due to the society around her and thus stays back with her husband without having a say. Sumita desires to live in a liberal society like America on her own terms. Sumita crosses the seven seas with her handsome prince but destiny is not in her hands and has to become a widow.
Not all stories have a happy ending is what becomes clear to Sumita. But Sumita dares to defy tradition, and asserts her individuality by staying back in America. DOI: The mother stops talking to her and the protagonist is in a trauma to rebuild the relationship with her mother.
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As such she neglects Rex, the love between them dwindles and finally unable to get the love of her mother or boyfriend commits suicide. Though she is educated and progressive in her thoughts, she was bound by moral conditions of her conservative Indian mother which makes the girl end her life.
Emotional turmoil may lead even the strongest of human beings to lose control on their lives. She was content with her American life and felt it was quite perfect for her.
One day, her life changes totally when she sees a small boy and accepts him into her life.
She was happy feeding, educating and enjoying with him. Divakaruni presents such subtleties like how Indians too have their own feelings of segregation and discordant attitudes which do not really play havoc on the relationship but exist at their own level.
Unaccustomed to the life at the foster home, the boy runs away from it. Meera is devastated at it and all through her life searches for the boy.
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Later she gets married to Richard. There is irony seen in the title of the story. Though her life seems to be perfect with Richard, she seems to have lost her soul for the little boy Krishna.
The wife develops a bonding for the maid, Sarala and Sarala too likes the wife. But the wife thinks about Sarala always. Unable to find her, she burns the things left by her and the saffron sari which she gave to the maid.
She becomes hysterical. The husband starts the relationship once he sees the maid dressed in the saffron sari.
Indian women despite the faults of male counterparts have to live oblivious to them thus showing the helplessness of Indian women in such situations.She takes away the jewelry that she usually puts in a tin and even the things from the bank locker which the husband comes to know only later. And she can be seen as the kind of character who is open to new experiences and challenges and wants to look forward instead of looking back.
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Sumita desires to live in a liberal society like America on her own terms. The protagonist is usually a woman who is, sometimes, married in an arrangement and suffers because of the expectation she is supposed to have and expectations she must meet.