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Volume 1 Issue 6

November 2014

Mutating Identity in Meira Chand’s A Different Sky
Ms. M. Sudha Devi, 
Assistant Professor, 
Department of English, 
Annai Fathima College of Arts and Science, 
Thirumangalam, Tamil Nadu, India
Abstract
Meira Chand’s historical novel A Different Sky (2010) is about Singapore during the crucial years 1937-1955, and the Second World War that came in between. She has brought many historical events and circumstances into light specifically the documented events: The First Communist Inspired Riot at Kreta Ayer in 1927 and Merdeka riot. The objective of the novel is to explain Singapore’s history to the new generation. In the novel, people keep on changing their identity like the sky due to the compulsion of historical circumstances. The families of three characters, namely Mei Lan — a Chinese woman, Howard — an Eurasian, Raj Sharma — an Indian trader migrated to Singapore in search of their identities. The present paper focuses on how did they obtain their identity after facing issues related to psychological dislocation, nostalgia, discrimination, survival, and cultural change.
Keywords
Mutating Identity; Meira Chand; A Different Sky.
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