INGESTION, DIGESTION AND REVULSION OF MEALS AND CULTURE IN ANITA DESAI'S GOING ON A FAST, FEASTING To. RAVICHANDRAN*

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This article efforts a social study offood and diet plan in Anita Desai's Booker Prize short-listed novel, Fasting, Feasting. This shows how the ingestion offood affects nationalization process at India and America within a multicultural framework. Considering Foucault's view that discourse can be involved in the exertion of electricity, some of the discourses from the novel are looked at to reveal a great oppressive electricity structure. Interestingly enough, the strength structure with the novel involves a gastronomical centre; and oldsters through repressive familial best practice rules exert power. The linguistic strategies, just like repetition and interruption, utilized to assert power are analysed by reviewing appropriate circumstances from the novel. Further, that shows how a novelist, through a transcultural bundle of rep characters since MamaPapa, Uma, Arun, the Pattons, Melanie, and Fishing rod, assesses the cross-cultural cooking habits, brouille, and bouleversement involved. Yet , it proves with the remark that taking novel like a dichotomous research of two cultures, the main one Indian, because of its psychic dimension addressing 'fasting', as well as the other, American due to its a lot signifying 'feasting, ' might result in a myopic reading. Although, the real attraction of the story lies in the flux shown between as well as and feasting - a digesting of the most effective of both the cultures. "... the very importance of Indian culture is that we end up with a mixed custom, a melange of components as imprudencia as historic Mughal and contemporary Cocacola American" (Salman Rushdie) " From meals, from foodstuff creatures, most creatures turn out to be. Gorging, disgorging, being turned out to be. " (Taittriya Upanishad) In the Indian cultural scenario, there is a great outcry about the safeguarding and perpetuation of ' the Indianness. ' This implies, apart from * Doctor T. Ravichandran is a Associate...