Vol. 4, Issue 3 (2017)
Quest for identity in Githa Hariharans “the thousand faces of night”
Author(s): K Shenbahapriya, B Anitha
Abstract: India is one of the olden countries with rich heritage and traditional values. Woman in the country is known as mother, potential creator, and idolizing mother is integral part of Indian culture and societies. One of the new writers, attempting to engrave an alcove for her internationally, is Githa Hariharan who The Thousand Faces of Night (1992) has won the 1993 Common Wealth prize for the best first Novel from the Eurasian region. In this novel makes the reader to feel a mysterious experience, along with the protagonist, conventional from a woman’s life. The novel bring alive the underworld of women’s life. Hariharan defines significance and relevance of their suffering to the great epic periods of the Ramayana and the Mahabharata because from them Indian women appeal their life models. Her novels present three women whose different and yet similar stories cut across generation and cross walls of cast and class. The young upper class western educated Devi, her mother Sita and the lower class servant woman named Mayamma, have to contend with the same constricting rules of patriarchy. Hariharan is a complex experimentalist; she seems to have identified herself with Devi in order to decode her “feminist concern with emancipated women.” In short, the fiction is finally articulates the identity of Sita and Devi in Hariharans novel.