5 books by Diaspora authors that will make you fall in love with reading



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The term 'Diaspora' means dispersion or divergence of human population from their homeland to various parts of the world. Diaspora literature compiles the work of such people. Now you must be wondering , why should anyone read such books? Well, diaspora literature is an amalgamation of various cultures, art forms and are usually rich in diversity. Not only this, it also gives a vivid image of the author's homeland. 


Diaspora literature is a vast yet inclusive concept. There are several works that radiate the feeling of home but sprinkled with lots of new , diverse cultures. Some prominent names of Diasporan authors are- Jhumpa Lahiri, Min jin lee, Khaled Hosseini, Mohsin Hamid, Chitra Banerjee and many others. I have compiled some of the best works so far. You can acknowledge their work by reading them.


1. The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri


Jhumpa Lahiri tops my list. Her works are rich in indian culture and her writing style is impressive. 

๐‘ป๐’‰๐’† ๐’๐’‚๐’Ž๐’†๐’”๐’‚๐’Œ๐’† ๐’Š๐’” ๐’‚ ๐’”๐’•๐’๐’“๐’š ๐’๐’‡ ๐’‚ ๐’„๐’๐’–๐’‘๐’๐’† , ๐‘จ๐’”๐’‰๐’๐’Œ๐’† ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐‘จ๐’”๐’‰๐’Š๐’Ž๐’‚ , ๐’˜๐’‰๐’ ๐’๐’Š๐’—๐’†๐’” ๐’Š๐’ ๐‘ช๐’‚๐’Ž๐’ƒ๐’“๐’Š๐’…๐’ˆ๐’† ๐’‚๐’˜๐’‚๐’š ๐’‡๐’“๐’๐’Ž ๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’Š๐’“ ๐’๐’‚๐’•๐’Š๐’—๐’† ๐’๐’‚๐’๐’…. ๐‘จ๐’”๐’‰๐’Š๐’Ž๐’‚ ๐’”๐’•๐’“๐’–๐’ˆ๐’ˆ๐’๐’†๐’” ๐’•๐’ ๐’‚๐’…๐’‹๐’–๐’”๐’•  ๐’Š๐’ ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’๐’†๐’˜ ๐’„๐’Š๐’•๐’š ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’๐’๐’๐’ˆ๐’” ๐’‡๐’๐’“ ๐’‰๐’†๐’“ ๐’‰๐’๐’Ž๐’† ๐’Š๐’ ๐‘ช๐’‚๐’๐’„๐’–๐’•๐’•๐’‚. ๐‘บ๐’‰๐’† ๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’, ๐’ˆ๐’Š๐’—๐’†๐’” ๐’ƒ๐’Š๐’“๐’•๐’‰ ๐’•๐’ ๐‘ฎ๐’๐’ˆ๐’๐’ ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐‘บ๐’๐’๐’Š๐’‚ , ๐’…๐’†๐’—๐’๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’‰๐’†๐’“ ๐’•๐’Š๐’Ž๐’† ๐’Š๐’ ๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’Š๐’“ ๐’–๐’‘๐’ƒ๐’“๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ.๐‘ป๐’‰๐’† ๐’”๐’•๐’๐’“๐’š ๐’Ž๐’๐’—๐’†๐’” ๐’‡๐’๐’“๐’˜๐’‚๐’“๐’… ๐’˜๐’Š๐’•๐’‰ ๐‘ฎ๐’๐’ˆ๐’๐’ ,๐’‚๐’” ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’‘๐’“๐’๐’•๐’‚๐’ˆ๐’๐’๐’Š๐’”๐’• ๐’˜๐’‰๐’ ๐’”๐’†๐’‚๐’“๐’„๐’‰๐’†๐’” ๐’‡๐’๐’“ ๐’‰๐’Š๐’” ๐’๐’˜๐’ ๐’Š๐’…๐’†๐’๐’•๐’Š๐’•๐’š.

The author succeeds in drawing a detailed description of one 's individuality, culture and longing for their native land. The book highlights identity, generational gap and relationships from a very close point of view. The plot is interesting and the language is beginner friendly. It's an amazing book.


2. Pachinko


'Pachinko' is a multigenerational family saga, interweaving three generations. The book talks about war, family and love and identity. No matter how hard  Sunja's son tried to wipe out his national identity, he failed. The stories about colonization not only talks about the political scenario of one country, but also highlights  how human relationships are adversely affected. All we can do is acknowledge them. Talk about them and feel empathy.


Every character in the book will surely leave a mark on your heart. It's a must read for everybody.


3. The henna artist by Alka Joshi


๐‘ฐ๐’๐’…๐’†๐’‘๐’†๐’๐’…๐’†๐’๐’„๐’† ๐’„๐’‰๐’‚๐’๐’ˆ๐’†๐’… ๐’†๐’—๐’†๐’“๐’š๐’•๐’‰๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ, ๐’Š๐’๐’…๐’†๐’‘๐’†๐’๐’…๐’†๐’๐’„๐’† ๐’„๐’‰๐’‚๐’๐’ˆ๐’†๐’… ๐’๐’๐’•๐’‰๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ.๐‘ฌ๐’Š๐’ˆ๐’‰๐’• ๐’š๐’†๐’‚๐’“๐’” ๐’‚๐’‡๐’•๐’†๐’“ ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’ƒ๐’“๐’Š๐’•๐’Š๐’”๐’‰ ๐’๐’†๐’‡๐’• , ๐’˜๐’† ๐’๐’๐’˜ ๐’‰๐’‚๐’… ๐’‡๐’“๐’†๐’† ๐’ˆ๐’๐’—๐’†๐’“๐’๐’Ž๐’†๐’๐’• ๐’”๐’„๐’‰๐’๐’๐’๐’”, ๐’“๐’–๐’๐’๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’˜๐’‚๐’•๐’†๐’“ ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’‘๐’‚๐’—๐’†๐’… ๐’“๐’๐’‚๐’…๐’”. ๐‘ฉ๐’–๐’• ๐‘ฑ๐’‚๐’Š๐’‘๐’–๐’“ ๐’”๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’ ๐’‡๐’†๐’๐’• ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’”๐’‚๐’Ž๐’† ๐’•๐’ ๐’Ž๐’† ๐’‚๐’” ๐’Š๐’• ๐’‰๐’‚๐’” ๐’•๐’†๐’ ๐’š๐’†๐’‚๐’“๐’” ๐’‚๐’ˆ๐’, ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’‡๐’Š๐’“๐’”๐’• ๐’•๐’Š๐’Ž๐’† ๐’Š ๐’”๐’•๐’†๐’‘๐’‘๐’†๐’… ๐’๐’ ๐’Š๐’•๐’” ๐’…๐’–๐’”๐’•๐’š ๐’”๐’๐’Š๐’"


 The protagonist Lakshmi had a terrible past- a tormenting husband, poor parents who married her off at the age of 15 due to poverty and many more. One day she eloped, leaving behind her woes, to be her own master. Her family was put to shame and everything fell apart, that they had to travel miles to fetch water. But the past is a part of us that forever lingers, neither can  be erased nor forgotten. When she was few feets away from her fulfilling dream, the "uninvited guest" knocks on her door. She encounters her sister Radha, who she never knew existed. How will lakshmi react? And a final blow, shatters her life and she loses everything she had . Will she be able to start from the scratch or will she give up?


The book talks about the journey of both the sisters , and all the pain they endure. The story highlights casteism, elitism, and all the sufferings a woman faces in her life. Where giving birth to a child is considered virility and otherwise, it is represented as "less of a woman"  that existed back then and still exists in some parts of our country. 


4. Good Talk by Mira Jacob

It is a graphic novel which makes it more interesting. The book talks about racism, interracial marriages and the insecurities about losing one's identity. Imagine an Indian growing up in America, married to an American and your child's questions make you question your own identity, race and nationality. His questions make you rethink the decisions you made, chose and now you regret it. How hard would it be for you to make him understand that it's okay that your father is white and mother brown. That colour doesn't make families. 


The questions always seem like a basic one. As simple as " why is my skin brown ?" But what will you answer? Will your answers quench his curiosity ? The book talks about basic yet utterly important aspects of life. It deals with nationality , sexuality and maternal experiences. The graphics makes the book an interesting read. 


5. And the mountains echoed by Khaled Hosseini.


The book revolves around the relationship of a brother and a sister; Abdullah and Pari, their tragic separation and how the universe conspires them to meet at last. Along with them, the book also pinpoints various characters entangled loosely with them. 


๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜„ :

 One thing that I loved about the book is , every character has a story of their own;their struggles which makes the book more interesting.

Abdullah,being a child himself, was  more a mother to his sister Pari . When Pari was adopted by Wahadatis, he was devastated yet he accepted his fate. This made me realise to accept the situation no matter how hard it may be.

His father Saboor, step mother Parwana and all the other characters have their own stories of guilts and burdens ,which are equally tragic and heart touching in the single book. So that's a plus point.


Along with the storyline, the authors play and trick people with the history of Afghanistan , freedom struggle , and hardships during those times. When the story takes a leap, the scenario of the country after freedom is vividly shown.


The book is bombarded with agony , emotions, love and  struggle in every corner. Storytelling is on point and keeps the reader glued. The language is simple ; anyone can read it. All in all, Husseini and his writings do wonders. I suggest everyone read this.


The books mentioned above will surely make you fall in love with reading.


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