The Problem of Immigrant and Nastalgia in the Novel of Uma Parameswaran’s "Dear Deedi, My Sister"

  • Reena Gautam
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Abstract

This research paper focuses on Indian women’s experience of immigration, nostalgia, culture, language and tradition in the literary works of Uma Parameswaran. The author focuses on one novel: Dear Deedi, My Sister. In this novel, Sapna did not have the feelings of nostalgia, because she could visit India through letters written and received to her dearest ‘deedi’ or sister. The feeling of nostalgia also grasps the immigrants from India as well as other countries in Parameswaran’s works, particularly in Dear Deedi, My Sister. Sapna, a woman from India, writes to her sister living in her native country. The feeling associated with ‘deedi’, cannot be conveyed through the English word ‘sister’. Sapna continues to write depicting a contrast between Canada and India; a contrast, which throws into respite her nostalgia for a land that she left; a land that continues to live in her memory.

Keywords: Nostalgia, immigration, native land, diasporas, personal letters, Uma Parameswaran.

Author Biography

Reena Gautam

Reena Gautam is currently pursuing Ph.D from CCS University, Meerut. She has been teaching for more than five years.

References

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2. Parameswaran, Uma. Dear Deedi, My Sister Performance Piece for Voices. New Delhi: Prestige 1998. p. 61.
3. Ibid., P-71.
4. Ibid., P-64.
5. Ibid., P-27.
6. Gills, Barry K. Globalization in Crisis. Landon: Rutledge, 2011.
7. Coten, Robin. Global Diasporas: An Introduction. New York: Rutledge, Taylor and Francis Group, 2008.
Published
2019-05-05
How to Cite
Gautam, R. “The Problem of Immigrant and Nastalgia in the Novel of Uma Parameswaran’s "Dear Deedi, My Sister"”. Contemporary Literary Review India, Vol. 6, no. 2, May 2019, pp. 76-84, http://literaryjournal.in/index.php/clri/article/view/390.
Section
Research Papers