Interpreting Maladies: The Necessity of Being Rooted and Being the Root

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When one arrives in a new land, one has a sense of wonder and adventure at the sight and feel of a landscape so different from what one has been accustomed to; there is also a sense of isolation and fear ; and an intense nostalgia is a buffer to which many retreat. (Uma Parameshwaran) ‘Diaspora’, derived from the Greek word diaspeirein, etymologically means “to scatter” or “to disperse”. The term is applied to the dispersion of a set of people from their place of birth to another land. Although Indians have been migrating to different parts of the world since ancient times for trade and religious …show more content…
When one arrives in a new land, one has a sense of wonder and adventure at the sight and feel of a landscape so different from what one has been accustomed to; there is also a sense of isolation and fear ; and an intense nostalgia is a buffer to which many retreat. (Uma Parameshwaran) ‘Diaspora’, derived from the Greek word diaspeirein, etymologically means “to scatter” or “to disperse”. The term is applied to the dispersion of a set of people from their place of birth to another land. Although Indians have been migrating to different parts of the world since ancient times for trade and religious propagations, the large-scale migration and settlement began with the colonial rule in India when labour emigration was enforced by the colonizers. Since then, Indians have been migrating and settling in foreign lands for various personal and political reasons. Accordingly, in the present day, the term diaspora signifies “contemporary situations that involve the experiences of migration, expatriate workers, refugees, exiles, immigrants and ethnic communities” (Pandey 20). The experiences of these people of Indian diaspora are an amalgam of both constructive and astringent experiences.
Their experiences range from trauma to felicitations, from nostalgia to amnesia. They have assimilated with the host society as well as insulated themselves. The

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