Acculturation: process of acculturation is a slow

Acculturation:
Acculturation means cultural modification of an individual group, or people by
adapting to or borrowing traits from another culture. In other words it means
simply adjusting and adapting oneself to the conditions prevailing. “The
process of acculturation is a slow one – sided (the minority seeking
integration with the majority) one and is not without a sense of loss and
exile. It is not a clear transformation, it gives rise to hybridity marking
different stages of acculturation” – Malik 156. Most characters tend to always
struggle for acculturation in Indian novels. The protagonists of the novel are
lead to alienation, frustration, sequestration, segregation and quest for
identity. In Indian novels there are abundant characters. A cross – cultural
condition erupts when the people of two or more cultural groups come in closer
contacts. What they bring nearer, along with some other notions is their
willingness in parting with their much sustained totality of heritage, habits,
customs. Even if these groups predispose, they cannot merge the divergent
cultural identities. This chiefly occurs due to the individual’s strong
indigenous psycho – cultural background, which puts them at the social cross
roads.

Jhumpa Lahiri is an
Indian – American author who was born as Nilanjana Sudeshna Lahiri in London on
July 11, 1967, of Bengali Indian descent. Lahiri was born in London, the
daughter of Indian immigrants.  With the
family nickname, “Jhumpa,” coming to be used by school teachers,
Lahiri went on to attend Barnard College in New York, focusing on English
literature. She read at Boston University and obtained three master’s degrees
in Literature. Jhumpa Lahiri also completed a Doctorate in Renaissance. Jhumpa
Lahiri is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author known for works of fiction like
Interpreter of Maladies, The Namesake, Unaccustomed Earth and The Lowland. Lahiri’s
first book “Interpreter of Maldives” published in 1999 received plenty of
accolades immediately. In 2000, she was awarded the prestigious Pultizer Prize
for this fiction. “The Namesake” was her first novel published in 2003.  It was in the year 2008 Lahiri came up with
her second collection of stories “The Unaccustomed Earth” and it bagged the
prestigious Frank O’ Connor Short Story Award for 2008. 

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“The Lowland” published
in 2013 is Lahiri’s second novel after “The Namesake” and is considered to be
her fourth book. It is a multi–generational tale that stretches almost
five decades between Tollygunge and Rhode Island. Jhumpa Lahiri in this novel
deals with migration, dislocation and relocation, the consequences of
displacements and cross cultural encounters. The Pultizer award winner
novelist, has brought out Post-Colonial concerns of identity and culture in”The
Lowland” and the novel was shortlisted for the National Book Award in 2013, the
Man Booker Prize 2013and the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for fiction 2014. The Lowland, was partially inspired
by real-world political events

Lahiri writes in
American English with Indian flavour. The American literary world celebrates
her as an American author. She has been appointed by the US President, Barack
Obama, as a member of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities.
Jhumpa Lahiri in her works,

Interpreter of
Maladies, The Namesake, Unaccustomed Earth and The Lowland, travels through her
antagonized experiences of an Indian woman across the world. She finds out the
complex cultural encounter and shifts along with emotional imbalance and
relationship between parents and children, lovers, siblings, husband and wife
and determination of identity in general. Jhumpa Lahiri intends to foreground
this newness of women?s identity caught in the dichotomies of acculturation and
dissociation. Partially inspired by a true story Lahiri had heard growing up;
the work initially looks at two brothers, one involved in India’s Naxalite
movement of the 1960s and the other choosing a researcher’s life in the States.
The death of one sibling causes reverberations through the ensuing years.