Secret Daughter Analysis

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In the novel Secret Daughter, it is continuously proven that blood relations are not the only element that binds a family. The main character, Asha starts off as an immature and inconsiderate girl. After making the discovery of her biological parents, Asha feels extremely upset and disconcerted. Paradoxically, however, Asha later realizes the true meaning of family and develops into a mature and understanding individual. In Shilpi Somaya Gowda's Secret Daughter, Asha changes from an immature and inconsiderate character to a mature and understanding one, because of a major turning point, which forces her to be extremely upset and disconcerted.

Before finding out about her biological parents, Asha acts very immaturely and
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An English scholar further describes, “This arouses in Asha a deep longing to find out more about the country of her birth and bitterness against Somer for her indifference towards India and her inability to learn Marathi” (Hasan, 150). Asha does not try to conceal her bitter feelings against Somer at all, and continuously shows that she never tries to understand her mother's perspective. Her curiosity of her background sabotages her relationship with her mother. Clearly, she is too immature to understand that she should be grateful for all the love and care she receives from her mother, and not dwell on the few flaws her mother possesses. Her pessimistic attitude mirrors her immature and inconsiderate behaviour and proves that a change in attitude is significantly needed.

Lastly, Asha's behaviour is highlighted while she is going through the letters she wrote over the past few years for her biological mother, and does not notice her mother walking in. After comprehending what Asha is doing, her mother feels upset, which then results in a conflict between the mother and daughter. Asha then rudely states, “'You've never understood me. Why start now?' 'Asha...' Her mother walks towards her and reaches for her shoulder. Asha yanks herself away” (190). In this quotation, it is evident that Asha feels that since her and her mother do not share a biological
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