Diaspora Writers

The Contribution of Indian Women Writers:
Indian fiction in English from Raja Rao to Jhumpa Lahiri is a long road – arduous, but exciting & exhilarating. Its expansion is both vertical and horizontal. The history of women writers dates back to mid-nineteenth century when Toru Dutt, (1857-77) produced some extraordinary work at a very young age. She was not only the first woman novelist in English, but perhaps the first Indian novelist in French. Since then there has been no looking back and the journey though full of ups and downs has been fruitful. Krupabai Satthianandhan, Shevantibai Nikambe, Rajalakshmi Debi, Cornelia Sorabji, Swarnakumari Ghosal, Sarojini Naidu who have made their presence felt on horizons of Indian English Fiction. Their themes confined to relationships, society, identity, conflicts, loss, patriotism etc.

Since the beginning of the civilization every society had lived by certain human values and beliefs. But with the advent of science and technology, human mentality changed. Under such state of affairs what could the Indian writing in English today reflect other than the irony and the suffering of the common man caught in social contradiction. It made the writers sad but then they were exploring the present time in the perspective of not only in the context of Indian tradition and history, but for the entire world. This has come into affect because of the fact that world s fast changing into a global village. As such traversing across the national boundaries became a common and a natural because of increased need of communication.

The opening up of new vistas and avenues indeed led to the migration and settling abroad. Migration is not a new phenomenon. It was there when colonialism had gripped the entire world, but the process of migration became more prominent in the postcolonial times. As a result we find many Indians migrating to countries like USA, UK, Australia, Canada, South Africa, Holland, Germany etc. for some or the other...