A Critical Study on the Works of Anita Desai

  • B. Lalitha Bai


The works of Anita Desai in the literature field for about five decades now clearly defines her position in the rank of the world’s top writers. Her majestic trail in the long journey in literature from her childhood to old age shows her true depiction of commitment, enthusiasm and self- motivations that the society today needs to inculcate in the new culture. The challenges such as gender discrimination addressed by Desai affect most societies in the world, especially the third world countries. She therefore brings forward the challenge for the world communities to review historical development of their cultures, the changes and the improvements which have henceforth taken place. Her thematic exploration in social and cultural aspects of life creates awareness and assertiveness, especially to women in the society today. The role of culture and psychology in literature should be appreciated as Desai has endlessly supported it.

 Keywords: Contemporary issues, Indian English fiction, Indian novelists, Middle-class women.