Analysis Of Thapan's Essay On Gender And Identity

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This novel has a platform of 1970s, when Nina, a newly married Indian girl reaches to Halifax, Canada with her husband Ananda. She has to resign her job of lecturer due to her marriage, which in fact is her loss of self-sense.
Manju Kapur explores marriage with N. R. I. that may be causing a sense of displacement due to shift at an unknown land. It is quite an unpleasant thing that the result of such marriages arises in the form of disturbance, disillusionment and reminiscence. Ananda, who is known commonly as Andy in Halifax, is a dentist and continues his course of life as usual after his marriage. However, Nina finds herself in an utter frustration, where she comes to know that her own qualification is useless in Canada. Furthermore, both
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And now I do nothing. I have not even been able to conceive. Am I locked into stereotypical expectations? I don’t know. (Kapur 229)
She dislikes the traditional codes and morals that guide the woman of the society. In his essay, “Embodiment: Essay on Gender and Identity” Thapan writes about woman’s experience:
A woman’s experience of her body is largely that of shame as she is seen a transgressing family and social moral norms in one way or another. The moral domain for a woman is therefore always defined and policed by the other. In a sense, woman’s body is often no longer her body but has been taken over by the community of both men and women, to establish and legitimize its image in society. (Thapan 51)
It is difficult for an immigrant to survive in a foreign country unless he makes himself familiar with that atmosphere and adapts himself to that culture. Some of the immigrants take the initiative to adjust with the foreign environment but their attempts may lead to an utter failure due to gender prejudice or racial
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Her marriage with an N. R. I. husband brings her a kind of sense of displacement due to her shift to an alien land. Nina experiences the feeling of alienation and needs to find self-identity after worse treatment at the airport. In Canada, everything seems new for her. Her husband prefers himself to call Andy instead of Ananda. Moreover, she finds her degree useless in a new country that brings her frustration and ultimate distress. She left alone whole day with no friends or relatives. It is quite a natural fact that when you were at the aliened land you need a company of someone familiar. Though the people are immigrant, still they are human. Everyone needs company for sharing emotions. The person who never has flied to the alien land may face the conflict between the East and West and becomes shattered due alienation and frustration. It is universally acknowledged truth that when a person first visit to the foreign land can become confused due to unknown people, unknown traditions and culture and because of it, he feels homesickness. Nina also suffers from homesickness and yearns for homely enjoyment. Nina reminds incident at the airport, “her immigrant status, no matter how closely examined, no matter how unpleasantly checked could not be taken way” (Kapur

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