Vels University,Chennai. The term ‘Acculturation’associated with Post-Colonial literature means ‘cultural modification of anindividual group, or people by adapting to or borrowing traits from anotherculture’. In other words, it refers to simply adjusting and adapting oneself tothe conditions prevailing. Most characters tend to always struggle foracculturation in Indian novels. The protagonists of the novels are led toalienation, frustration, sequestration, segregation and quest for identity.
Across – cultural condition erupts when the people of two or more culturalgroups come in closer contacts. What they bring nearer, along with some othernotions, is their willingness in parting with their much sustained totality ofheritage, habits, and customs. Even if these groups predispose, they cannotmerge the divergent cultural identities. This chiefly occurs due to theindividual’s strong indigenous psycho – cultural background, which puts them atthe social cross roads.JhumpaLahiri is anIndian – American author who was born as NilanjanaSudeshnaLahiri in London onJuly 11, 1967, of Bengali Indian descent. Lahiri, the daughter of Indianimmigrants went to attend Barnard College in New York, focusing on Englishliterature. She studied at Boston University and obtained three masters inLiterature. JhumpaLahiri also completed a Doctorate in Renaissance.
She is aPulitzer Prize-winning author known for works of fiction like Interpreter ofMaladies, The Namesake, Unaccustomed Earth and The Lowland. Lahiri’s first book”Interpreter of Maladies” published in 1999 received plenty of accoladesimmediately. In 2000, she was awarded the prestigious Pulitzer Prize for thisfiction. “The Namesake” was her first novel published in 2003. It was in the year 2008 Lahiri came up withher second collection of stories “The Unaccustomed Earth” and it bagged theprestigious Frank O’ Connor Short Story Award for 2008.
“The Lowland” publishedin 2013 is Lahiri’s second novel after “The Namesake” and is considered to beher fourth book. It is a multi–generational tale that stretches almost fivedecades between Tollygunge and Rhode Island. JhumpaLahiri in this novel dealswith migration, dislocation and relocation, the consequences of displacementsand cross cultural encounters.
The Pulitzer award winner novelist, has broughtout Post-Colonial concerns of identity and culture in “The Lowland” and thenovel was shortlisted for the National Book Award in 2013, the Man Booker Prize2013and the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for fiction 2014. The Lowland, was partiallyinspired by real-world political events