Vels people of two or more cultural groups

Vels University,
Chennai.

                 The term ‘Acculturation’
associated with Post-Colonial literature means ‘cultural modification of an
individual group, or people by adapting to or borrowing traits from another
culture’. In other words, it refers to simply adjusting and adapting oneself to
the conditions prevailing. Most characters tend to always struggle for
acculturation in Indian novels. The protagonists of the novels are led to
alienation, frustration, sequestration, segregation and quest for identity. A
cross – cultural condition erupts when the people of two or more cultural
groups come in closer contacts. What they bring nearer, along with some other
notions, is their willingness in parting with their much sustained totality of
heritage, habits, and customs. Even if these groups predispose, they cannot
merge the divergent cultural identities. This chiefly occurs due to the
individual’s strong indigenous psycho – cultural background, which puts them at
the social cross roads.

JhumpaLahiri is an
Indian – American author who was born as NilanjanaSudeshnaLahiri in London on
July 11, 1967, of Bengali Indian descent. Lahiri, the daughter of Indian
immigrants went to attend Barnard College in New York, focusing on English
literature. She studied at Boston University and obtained three masters in
Literature. JhumpaLahiri also completed a Doctorate in Renaissance. She is a
Pulitzer Prize-winning author known for works of fiction like Interpreter of
Maladies, The Namesake, Unaccustomed Earth and The Lowland. Lahiri’s first book
“Interpreter of Maladies” published in 1999 received plenty of accolades
immediately. In 2000, she was awarded the prestigious Pulitzer Prize for this
fiction. “The Namesake” was her first novel published in 2003.  It was in the year 2008 Lahiri came up with
her second collection of stories “The Unaccustomed Earth” and it bagged the
prestigious Frank O’ Connor Short Story Award for 2008. 

“The Lowland” published
in 2013 is Lahiri’s second novel after “The Namesake” and is considered to be
her fourth book. It is a multi–generational tale that stretches almost five
decades between Tollygunge and Rhode Island. JhumpaLahiri in this novel deals
with migration, dislocation and relocation, the consequences of displacements
and cross cultural encounters. The Pulitzer award winner novelist, has brought
out Post-Colonial concerns of identity and culture in “The Lowland” and the
novel was shortlisted for the National Book Award in 2013, the Man Booker Prize
2013and the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for fiction 2014. The Lowland, was partially
inspired by real-world political events