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Volume 1 Issue 9

February 2015

The Voice of Sensibility in Anita Desai’s Fasting, Feasting
Ms. Aditi Abhishikta, 
Department of English, 
Andhra University, 
Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India

Mr. Sidharth Anahat, 
Department of English, 
Andhra University, 
Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India
This paper addresses the feminine sensibility at the backdrop of cultural and gender discomfort that exists in the contemporary India. It intends to reflect the psychological conflicts, agony and the precarious condition of Uma in particular and Indian women predicament in general who suffer being a victim in the hands of the rigid, orthodox and conservative attitude. Anita Desai’s Fasting, Feasting was shortlisted for the 1999 Booker Prize showcasing her immense skill in handling complex relationships. It centers on the cultural boundaries and reflects the universality of human aspirations and dilemma. Being divided into two parts, first part deals with a family in India (parents with three children, Uma, Aruna and Arun) and the second part deals with a family in America (parents with two children, one son and a daughter). Arun is the link between the both who goes to USA for further studies and spends his summer break with the American family. Fasting, Feasting takes as its subject some of society’s most uncomfortable and pathological aspects that is stern, unflinching and tragic. This literary work gives an excruciating account of the rigid conservative ways of Indian society and family that seize control of individuals portraying the sensibility of women.
Patriarchy; Gender Discrimination; Identity Crisis; Sensibility; Subjugation; Anita Desai; Fasting, Feasting.
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