Volume- 4, Special Issue-1, July 2022

 
 

The Social Realism and Diasporic Aspects as Revealed in Rohinton Mistry’s Novel Family Matters

1Mr. J. Alagesh, Research Scholar, (Reg.No:21122144011008), Ph.D. Research Scholar,PG & Research Department of English, Nazareth Margoschis College, Pillaiyanmanai,(Affiliated to Manonmaniam Sundaranar University-Tirunelveli) Nazareth-628617, Tamil Nadu, India.
2Dr. J. Mary Stella, Research Guide, Assistant Professor of English, Research Guide & SupervisorPG & Research Department of English, Nazareth Margoschis College, Pillaiyanmanai,(Affiliated to Manonmaniam Sundaranar University-Tirunelveli) Nazareth-628617. Tamil Nadu, India.


Abstract

Rohinton Mistry is an Indian-born Canadian writer who is famous for his short stories and novels. Born in a Parsi community, his writings are heavily influenced by his religious, social, and cultural views. Though he is settled in Canada, his upbringing in Mumbai reflects in all of his writings. The Mumbai culture, particularly the Parsi way of life and the politics of India are the major themes in his novels. His novels Family Matters, A Fine Balance, and Such a Long Journey were shortlisted for the prominent Booker Prize award. His novels and short stories have been widely appreciated and were also honoured with numerous awards and recognition. Mistry’s writings deal with the themes of immigration but have also experimented with the various Indian languages. In all his fiction the pain and grief of leaving his motherland can be easily observed. We can find a strong influence of Indianness in his novels. His fictional world is characterized by a sense of crisis of identity, nostalgic memories, and a sense of alienation. This article focuses on the quest for identity of the novel Family Matters and tries to find out Mistry’s craftsmanship in achieving his aim.

Keywords: Identity, Immigration, Relationship, Difference, Belonging.

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Rethinking Greek Mythology and Indian Mythology

1Md. Amir Hossain, PhD (Research Fellow), Department of English, Jahangirnagar University, Bangladesh.


Abstract

This paper aims to look at Greek mythology, the “Iliad” and Indian mythology, “Ramayana” as a comparative study to foster common similarities based on plot construction and art of characterization. For this purpose, it would like to examine male and female characters in Greek mythology; myth in gender studies, gender in myth studies; truth, falsehood, and human knowledge; Ramayana as a reflection of social life; its impact on human life, culture and literature. The paper aims to motivate emerging scholars and novice researchers by making a comparative study between two great epics.

Keywords: Greek Myth, Indian Myth, Achilles, Ravana, Sita, Iliad, and Ramayana.

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Issues in Translating Traditional Indian Kitchen Utensils with Special Reference to Bama’s Sangati

1M. Hajara, Ph.D Research Scholar, Department of English,  Sadakathullah Appa College (Autonomous),
Affiliated to Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, Tirunelveli.
2Dr. K. Syed Ali Bhadhusha, Research Guide and Supervisor, Assistant Professor,
Research Department of English, Sadakathullah Appa College (Autonomous),
Affiliated to Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, Tirunelveli.


Abstract

Traditional kitchen utensils of South India are unique. In those days, people used them to cook food, grind rice, millet and grains, and so on. They lived a healthy life by making food items with these utensils. After the invention of electronic machines, people stopped using these utensils. They thought that modern equipment like grinder, mixie and cooker would save their time and energy. But in recent days, people have begun to realize the benefit of using these utensils. Even the people of other countries are showing interest in using traditional kitchen equipment. So there comes the need for them to know their names. Hence the equivalent words for most Indian utensils are brought into the English language. Lakshmi Holmstrom, a well-known woman translator introduced many Tamil authors to the readers of the English language. Through her translations, many words from the Tamil language have been brought into English. The present paper aims to analyze Lakshmi Holmstrom’s translations of such utensils in the novel “Sangathi” by Bama.

Keywords: Translation, Tamil to English, Kitchen Utensils, Bama, Sangati.

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A Preliminary Study on Emotional Intelligence and Academic Achievement among Students

Mohammad Abu Nayeem, PhD Scholar, Department of Education, Jadavpur University, Kolkata.


Abstract

Emotional intelligence, which comprises the critical components of intrapersonal and interpersonal connections, flexibility, moods, and stress management, affects students’ academic accomplishment. The study tries to find out more about the connection between students’ academic success in business management and information technology and their emotional intelligence. Global education has been greatly impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. When the epidemic initially impacted China, many Chinese towns started to provide online courses. Our objective is to determine how students’ emotional intelligence, learning motivation, and self-efficacy impacted negatively academic performance throughout the country. This study examines the relationship between students’ self-efficacy and motivation to learn and their academic success. According to the study, there is no connection between pupils’ academic success and their emotional intelligence.

Keywords: Emotional Intelligence, Academic Performance, Interpersonal Skill.

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A Re-understanding of Female Identity through Meenakshi Reddy Madhavan’s Mahabharata Novels The One Who Swam with the Fishes and The One Who Had Two Lives

1Preeti Patanjali, Research Scholar, Department of Modern Indian Languages and Literary Studies,
University of Delhi, New Delhi.
2Dr D. Uma Devi, Professor of Tamil, Department of Modern Indian Languages and Literary Studies, University of Delhi. New Delhi.


Abstract

“Mahabharata”, the longest epic and also called ‘the fifth Veda’, has had a compelling role in establishing and validating the female identity from the insight of a male. Even after a span of hundreds of years, it still holds a revered significance concerning certain roles dictated different for men and women which, in a way, hold men at supremacy. The rich glut of the “Mahabharata” retellings indicates that contemporary women writers consider the epic to be a significant reason for the perpetuation of a misinterpreted female identity. Contrary to the epic, the women novelists attempt to bring to light an alternate portrayal of the epic women characters through their “Mahabharata” novels. They aim at shedding light on a female insight and deliberation through it. Thus, the research paper attempts to probe two “Mahabharata” novels, “The One Who Swam with the Fishes” (2017) and “The One Who Had Two Lives” (2018), of the series Girls of the “Mahabharata” penned down by Meenakshi Reddy Madhavan. Correspondingly, it would take into consideration Elaine Showalter’s theory of ‘gynocriticism’ to look into the female aspects which include female experience, language, body and, thus, the female identity.

Keywords: Female Identity, Gynocriticism, Epic, Female Experience.

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A Critical Review of Anita Nair’s Select Novels

1Dr.G.Rajeshkumar, Assistant Professor of English, Madurai Kamaraj University (DDE),
Madurai, Tamil Nadu (State), India.
2Mr. B.Thangamarimuthu, Assistant Professor of English, Government Arts and Science College, Nagalapuram-628904, Thoothukudi (Dist), Tamil Nadu (State), India.


Abstract

Anita Nair is one of the contemporary writers of India in the 21st Century. Her novels mainly focus on the pathetic lives of women who wriggle in the hands of men. She portrays the trials and tribulations of women in a picturesque manner. Her notable novels are ‘Ladies Coupe'’, ‘The Better Man’, ‘Mistress’ and ‘Lessons in Forgetting. This review paper explores Anita Nair’s novels to find out the research done on the themes of Anita Nair to find out future research possibilities. First of all, the researcher has collected the appropriate previous research works done on the particular topic and the articles were read, studied and analyzed to find out the research areas focused in the past years. Secondly, the proposed models of the particular research papers are elaborated to get the ideas. The third and fourth parts should analyze and identify the particular research paper properly like what type of methodology data and critical approach used for investigation. In this review article, the findings are also detailed for better understanding to open new research avenues for the future academicians.

Keywords: Critical Review, Anita Nair, Novels, Research Gap, New Approaches.

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