Language in Indian Writing in English

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Language in Indian Writing in English

I am here to present on the topic ‘Language in Indian Writing in English’. Basically I will be talking about the usage of language, the writing style, of blending language and culture and my analysis of it in the text - The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy.
The story of the Indian English novel is really the story of a changing India. There was a time when education was a rare opportunity and speaking English was unnecessary. The stories were already there- in the myths, in the folklore and the umpteen languages and cultures that gossiped, conversed, laughed and cried all over the subcontinent. India has always been a land of stories, the demarcation between ritual and reality being very narrow.
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The God of Small Things is not written in a sequential narrative style in which events unfold chronologically. Instead, the novel is a patchwork of flashbacks and lengthy sidetracks that weave together to tell the story of the Kochamma family. The main events of the novel are traced back through the complex history of their causes, and memories are revealed as they relate to each other thematically and as they might appear in Rahel’s mind, the main protagonist of the story. Although the narrative voice is omniscient, or all-knowing, it is loosely grounded in Rahel’s perspective, and all of the episodes of the novel progress towards the key moments in Rahel’s life. This non-sequential narrative style, which determines the form of the novel, is an extremely useful authorial tool. It allows Roy a great deal of flexibility as she chooses which themes and events are most important to pursue. The author is able to structure her book so as to build up to the ideas and events at the root of the Kochamma family’s experience.
One of the first elements of Roy’s writing that readers confront as they begin this novel is her creative vocabulary — creative in the sense that she makes up new words. In the first pages, for

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