Diasporic dilemma and fluid identities in Benyamin’s novel Jasmine Days

Batra, Jagdish (2021) Diasporic dilemma and fluid identities in Benyamin’s novel Jasmine Days. Turkish Online Journal of Qualitative Inquiry, 12 (10). pp. 4852-4862. ISSN 13096591

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Abstract

The JCB award winning novel Jasmine Days written in Malayalam by Benyamin (translated into English by Shahnaz Habib) is the writer’s second novel which takes up the life of a diasporic Pakistani family in an unnamed West Asian country – a locale that hardly finds favour with established writers. The crisis comes in the form of the political upheaval known in recent history as the Arab Spring, and the whole world is upturned. The novel is remarkable for the presentation of a woman’s point of view by a male author. The love angle, made conspicuous by its absence, makes the narrative poignant. My paper studies the impact due to the failed revolution on the diasporic life of various nationalities from the Indian subcontinent and the consequent problematization of various constructs, most of all, identity in its various manifestations: diasporic, national, religious, etc. Besides, it foregrounds the interrogation of the systems of governance, patriarchal family set-up, justice and societal attitude to religion and morality.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Indian Literature | Pakistani diaspora | Political fiction | Arab spring | Identity crisis
Subjects: Social Sciences and humanities > Arts and Humanities > Language and Linguistics
JGU School/Centre: Global Languages Centre
Depositing User: Admin Library
Date Deposited: 05 Feb 2022 14:23
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2022 14:23
Official URL: https://www.tojqi.net/index.php/journal/article/vi...
URI: https://pure.jgu.edu.in/id/eprint/764

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