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Origin and Cultural identity : Meaning And Interpretations

Origin and Cultural identity : Meaning And Interpretations

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CHAPTER - IOrigin and Cultural identity : Meaning AndInterpretations
Bharati Mukherjee was born on 27
July 1940 inCulcutta to Bengali Brahmins members of the highest casteamong Bengali Hindus Sudhir Mukherjee and BinaMukherjee. Her Father, Sudhir Lal Mukherjee, was a Chemistwho had studied and done advance research in Germanyand the United Kingdom. Her mother, through hot veryeducated, ensured that their entire three daughter receivedthe best of education. As a consequence Bharati Mukherjeeand Two sisters attained postgraduate degree.There were the golden years of Bharati Mukherjeetschildhood, made possible by her father’s success as abusinessman as well as a scientist the family lived with inthe walled compound which meant that the daughter werebecoming “increasingly alienated from the middle classCalcutta of their early childhood” (Alam 1).
Sudhir Lal Mukherjee moved to Borda to start afreshafter the quarrel with his partner and then again to Cembur,Bombay, in 1967. By this time his daughters were married;they all had love marriages. Sudhir Lal Mukherjee seemed tohave shaped Bharati Mukherjee decision to be a writer, notonly imbuing her with his belief “in the power of the world(1987 interview 39) but also by taking the initiative insending her off to the writers workshop at the university of Iowa” (Alam 2).Bharati Mukherjee reveals the very essense the IndiaHindu culture she says:In traditional Hindu Families take ours, menProvided and women were provided for, myfather was, a patriarch and I a plaint daughter,the neighborhood Id grown up in washomogeneously Hindu Bengali speaking, andmiddle class, I didn’t expect myself to everdisobey or disappoint my father by setting myown goals and taking charge of my future.Until the age of 8,9 lived in a house crowded with40-50 relatives my identity was viscerally

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