critical analysis of chitra banerjee's The Palace of Illusions

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Name : V.Kala
College : St. John’s College, Palayamkottai,
Place : Tirunelveli.

INDIAN WRITING IN ENGLISH-A LITERARY UPRISING
NON-LINEAR NARRATIVES

In a literary work, narrative is an art of telling a story to the readers and the writer uses various techniques to narrate his story. Narrative technique is vastly an aesthetic enterprise. A narrator detains the past, holds present and prepares the reader for future. The features of narratives include characters with clear personalities or identities, integrated dialogue; where tense may transform to the present or the future. There are many types of narrative. They can be imaginary, factual or a combination of both. The literary work may include fairy stories, mysteries, science
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Some of her themes centre along women, history, myth, magic, immigration and the South Asian experiences and celebrating diversity. She has herself claimed in many of her interviews that the diasporic subjects especially women are concerned about their identity, an identity which they try to reinvent constantly. She is a modernist writer. Her works, insights take precedence over compulsion of technique. She acknowledges the paradoxes in a given epoch, and wages an artistic, cultural, ideological and philosophical struggle. In this sense, she posits ego, love, freedom, sex, signs of modernism, as problematic through their modern sensibilities. She tries to locate meaning in the life around, and then try to respond to the modern conditions of individual isolation and cultural fracture, throughout her narration. Chitra Banerjee has grappled with contemporary issues and a variety of themes motherhood, mothering, marriage, individualization, class, conflicts, marginalization, woman as wife, mother, sister and lastly, yet significantly, woman as human, not just a sex object. She seems skeptical about tradition and, yet she discovers in her heritage the solutions for the needs and longing of women in contemporary times. Indira Gandhi quotes about women in her Eternal India. She said that,
Woman must be a bridge and a synthesizer, she shouldn’t allow herself to be swept

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