Analysis of female bonding in works of Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Chitra Susan Thampy
This paper is an attempt to explore the bonding and relationship between women in various works of Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni. Her short stories and novels have women’s bond, sisterhood and strong friendship as its central theme. These various types of bonds between women are employed to create a woman’s world, devoid of male control, in which the life of one woman depends so much on the other such that the interdependence help overcome their various struggles in life. The lives of women characters in her novels have a balanced play of Yin and Yang which adds on to say that without one the other is incapable of existing. She creates a female universe in her novels such that just like the disruptions in the text, gaps, silences etc in ecriture feminine; we find the lives of women characters going through a disjointed, unmanned pathway but ultimately finding a meaning to everything. The objective of this paper is to advance the idea that the bond shared between women is required to sustain them through the various struggles in life and in contrary to fairy tales in which women wait for their prince to rescue them, these women strive and find a way out of problems in their woman-centric universe and thereby help each other to convert their lives from Yin to Yang.