Cross cultural conflicts in anita desais novel baumgartners Bombay
The term cross-culturalism generally used to denote process of cultural hybridity emerging due to dislocation or displacement. In todays mobile and global world, the external borders are disappearing but the psychological blocks still exist. Therefore, to uproot and reroot is challengeable task for the migrants. Still the material intentions and educational opportunities are dragging the flow of migrants towards the advanced world. So, it is quite essential to focus on the problems affected to the migrant community. The new land offers pressure on the migrant community to observe in-land’s accepted norms and customs. Moreover, the native affinities make it difficult to forget the past life and culture that causes variety of conflicts.
Hugo Baumgartner, the protagonist of the novel, is one of the victims of these conflicts. These varied conflicts, such as cultural violence, identity crisis, alienation, restlessness, insecurity, anxiety, nostalgia, make it critical to lead peaceful and healthy life.
Anita Desai, being a prominent writer of Diaspora community, portrays cultural divergence and ambiguity in her literary creation. The present paper is an honest attempt to explore little bit about the pangs of migration with special reference to Desai’s Baumgartner’s Bombay.
Key-words: Migration, Cross-cultural Conflicts, Anita Desai, Baumgartner’s Bombay