Bharati Mukherjee’s novels range widely across time and space dealing especially with the consequences emerging out of cultural confrontation of the East with West in the alien land. All her novels are female centered and deals with the changed psyche of the protagonist’s behaviors. But her latest novel Miss New India (2011) takes a U-turn in dealing with the protagonist, Anjali Bose, in her own country i.e. India bringing the western cultural confrontational effects of highly sophisticated life style in rural and urban India. This paper focuses on the issues of marriage in typical Indian family in which marriage is considered as the utmost holy duty of parents. It also brings out the challenges, implications, outcry and outcome of marriage of the protagonist. Miss New India is the last of the trilogy consisting others two as Desirable Daughters (2002) and Tree Bride (2004).
Fiction by women writers constitutes a major segment of contemporary writing in English. It provides insights, a wealth of understanding reservoir of meanings and a basis of discussion. Through women’s eyes we can see different world, with their assistance we can seek to realize potential of human achievement. One of the reasons that women have, in such a large number, taken up their pen is because it has allowed them to create their own world. It has allowed them to set the condition of existence, free from direct inference from men. Similarly, so many women have taken to reading a women’s writing because it allows a ‘safe place’ from which they can explore a wide range of experiences of the world, from which they can identify with a range of characters and a variety of existence. That’s why women’s writing has occupied such a significant and central place in women’s lives. It is also why women’s writing can share much the same disparaged status as women in a world dominated by men.
In the contemporary time of liberalization and globalization, women’s roles have drastically been changed. They are not now only the object of gratification or their roles are confined to the four walls of the home. They have come forward in every aspect of human life. Some of them have broken the conservative patriarchal set of womanhood and crossed the limits of family restrictions to make their carrier bright and vibrant. They have also challenged the patriarchal marriage system to fulfill their desires and gains. They have not only participated in school games but made their presence in the fast growing society also. Such a sketch is portrait in Miss New India (2011) by Bharati Mukherjee.
Bharati Mukherjee an established, diasporic women writer has made her corpus in immigrant sensibility and cross-cultural crisis not only in American or Canadian context but also in India. All her previous novels or stories deal with the women protagonists in assimilation of alien cultures in alien lands. But Miss New India is purely set within India but the western cultural effects have played a vital...