Bridging the Self and its Identity Through the Works of Vikram Seth

1Bidyasingh, Dr.PrasantaPadhi


Vikram Seth is one of the prominent writers in the modern age. He was born on 20th June, 1952. He is awarded with several titles such as Padma Shri, Sahitya Academy Award, Pravasi Bharatiya Samman, WH Smith Literary Award and Crossword Book Award. His work portrays an Indian canon which vividly describes the beauty of the post-independence period. The works of Vikram Seth mainly deal with the idea of the search of self-identity. The major works of Vikram Seth are A Suitable Boy, The Golden Gate, An Equal Music, Mapping and others; which majorly focus on the self and its search for true identity through dislocation. The plot contains different perspectives and ideologies. His works deals with the multiple framework of Seth’s artistry dealing with Indian culture, religion, family life, and post-colonial politics. The theories of the post-colonial attitude are also drawn from different perspectives like history, psychology, anthropology, political science, philosophy and sociology. Seth’s interpretation of life is real and voluptuous. His works are more interesting because of his presence as narrator throughout this work. The paper highlights some of the major objectives such as institution of marriage, love and romance, moral and ethics; and the socio-economic propagations which also deals with the search of self-identity and individuality, through a post-colonialism aspect. Post-colonialism is a historic era which depicts the consequences of the life and the circumstances of the people aftercolonialism. Seth’s works help in analyzing the enthralling facets of woman. Also, it helps to find the nature and temperament of it.


colonization, dislocation, individuality, culture, self-identity

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