Bharti Mukherjee’s Narrative wife: A study of psyche and cultural shock
Author(s): Neetu Kumari
Abstract: Bharti Mukherjee was a well-known Diasporic writer. She was the writer of the Indian origin in the United States of America. She was the one who explored the contemporary theme and expressed her concerns of the suffering women in the alien soil. Her narratives are known for her depiction of cross-cultural conflicts blend with the destinies of her heroines. Bharti Mukherjee explored the immigrant sensibility recognizing its duality and flexible uniqueness besides taking into awareness alternate realists. She displayed her own experiences for being an emigrant through the protagonist of her narratives. Her novel ‘Wife’ is a sincere portrayal of a modern Indian woman, Dimple, who dreams of marrying a neurosurgeon but has to marry an engineer due to her family background and starts suffocating her life in New York due to heavy financial crisis, which makes her an unsteady, helpless woman in an unfamiliar land. The reader could find after reading the novel that the protagonist is driven from a kind of madness or a mania for the new culture which puts her into the hard reality instead of her obsession for the ‘brave new world’. The proposed paper attempts to analyze Dimple as an individual whose psychological demands and reactions to them ruled by her experience of life and how her different psyche and unfulfilled dreams create a tragedy.