Clash between Traditional Indian Values and Globalization Essay

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The Inheritance of Loss by Indian author Kiran Desai and Jhumpa Lahiri's Interpreter of Maladies Kiran Desai (Desai) and Jhumpa Lahiri (Lahiri) are of Indian descent. However, they have lived much of their lives away from the Indian sub-continent. One might be tempted to think that their novel and short stories would be dominated by elements of Western culture, tradition, and thought. Rather, the reverse is true in their novels. Indian tradition, culture, and thought is prevalent in their literary works. Desai and Lahiri do …show more content…
Therefore, this essay will look at the both the negative and positive aspects of globalization using the issues and or circumstances that are present in both Loss and
Maladies. In order to effectively analyse the above-mentioned thesis; this paper will look more closely at the character Biju from Loss and two short stories from Maladies: A Real
Durwan, and The Third and Final Continent. In Loss, Desai … “tries to capture what it means to live between the East and West and what it means to be an immigrant.” (Desai) Biju is not from an affluent family in India, therefore, he goes to New York (N.Y.) in an attempt to improve not only his life but also his family’s life back home in India. After all, the United States (U.S.) is the “promise land” for so many people from third-world countries who believe that they will have a better life after working in America. However, the opposite is true for most people. Even though they earn more than what they would be earning back home, the lives that they lead while working in the U.S. is not very desirable even by third-world standards. As Desai describes:
Biju joined a shifting population of men camping out near the fuse box, behind the broiler, in the chubby holes, and in odd shaped corners that once were pantries, maid rooms, laundry rooms, and storage rooms at the bottom of what had been a single- family room, the entrance still adored with a scrap of

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