Research Paper On Indian Culture

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Brave Women Take on the Indian Cultural Experience The beautiful thing about culture is that everyone experiences it differently. This is because culture is the compilation of characteristics and knowledge of a particular group of people, languages, religions, cuisines, social habits, music and arts. Depending on the amount of exposure to diverse cultures, it can affect a personal experience (Zimmermann). It is stated by Oxford University Press, that “well-known multicultural writers such as Toni Morrison chose to use cultural elements specifically so that readers can understand the meaning through context without losing the flavour of another culture” (Oh). The novel Secret Daughter was published in 2010 by HarperCollins Publisher and is written by …show more content…
Shilpi Somaya Gowda presents the Indian culture through three experiences; complete exposure, limited exposure, and recent exposure all at once. The complete exposure is experienced by Kavita, who was born and raised in India. She was involved in all aspect of the Indian culture and has never experienced any other culture. Somer on the other hand, has limited exposure even though her husband was born and raised in India but came to America later. She did not express interest in the culture and was not very willing to visit India. The recent exposure is experienced by herself for a job opportunity; Asha makes this bold decision all on her own. Throughout her trip she witnesses the country she was born in, where her father was raised, meets her family members, exposed to religious practices and visits the orphanage from which she was adopted, all within a year. Asha enjoys all aspects of her journey and feels overwhelmed by all the privileges she has been given. The race and ethnicity criticism is implemented into the novel, Secret Daughter, with a focus on cultural experience, through the main female protagonists; Kavita, Somer, and Asha. The cultural insight changes

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