DIASPORALITERATURE Diasporic Literatureincludes all those literary works written by the authors outside their nativecountry, but these works are associated with native culture and background.Diasporic writers are those who write outside their country but remain relatedto their homeland through their works. Diasporic literature has its roots inthe sense of loss and alienation, which emerged as a result of migration andexpatriation. Generally, diasporic literature deals with alienation,displacement, existential rootlessness, nostalgia, quest of identity. V.S.
Naipaul,Salman Rushdie, Amitav Ghosh, Jhumpa Lahiri and Shashi Tharoor are some of theIndian diaspora writers. The sense of yearning for motherland and the nostalgiaare the major themes of the diaspora writings.Chitra BanerjeeDivakaruni was born on July 29, 1956, in Kolkata, India. She moved to the UnitedStates in 1977 for higher education.
This immigration inspired many of herworks and its themes. Divakaruni carefully explores the experience of theimmigrants and oppression of women in her works. Her major works include threevolumes of poetry: The Reason for Nasturtiums (1990), Black Candle (1991), and LeavingYuba City (1997) ; two collections of short stories; Arranged Marriage (1995)and The Unknown Errors of Our Lives (2001) ; three novels; The Mistress ofSpices (1997), Sister of My Heart (1999), and The Vine of Desire (2002) ; and achildren’s book Neela:Victory Song (2002). Her short story collection “ArrangedMarriage” (1994) has received many awards including, the American Book Award,the Bay Area Book Reviewers Award, and the PEN Josephine Miles Award forfiction. Arranged Marriage is a collection of eleven short stories, focussingon the themes of oppression of women in the name of marriage and their nostalgicfeeling about their native land. The stories are different in theme, backgroundcharacters and narration, and yet bound together by the common thread of marriageand the sufferings of women outside their motherland.
Chitra BanerjeeDivakaruni being an Indian-American author, after living 19 years of her lifein India migrates to America and experiences a drastic change in her life. Allher works have been inspired by her life itself. Her yearning for motherlandand the nostalgia she felt when she was away from India is being reflected inthe stories of “Arranged Marriages”.