Narrative Devices in Nayantara Sahgal’s Fiction




 Is it possible to write in English and not lose your Indian identity? This question is very interesting in establishing a national literature. There must be many readers in Delhi or Chandigarh who enjoy trying, to match Nayantara Sahgal's character with real people. Such readers can also agree or disagree with her interpretation of political events. All of us know her her family background which has given her opportunity to learn about politics from a very personal perspective, we tend to assume she knows what she is talking about. Nayantara Sahgal is a novelist of politics as well as a successful political columnist for different newspapers. The novels of Nayantara Sahgal deal with a wide range of themes ranging from personal dilemma and problems, joys and sorrows, fulfillment and frustrations of women protagonists to the political upheavals that India has experienced since Independence. Her novels read like commentaries on the political and social turmoil that India has been facing since independence. Her writing is generally marked by simplicity and boldness. It is also renowned for keeping in touch with the latest political ups and downs with a touch of Western liberalism. She describes in her novels how woman is exploited even during the modern times by both the individuals and the society. Her novels are chiefly remarkable for the fictional art of Nayantara sahgal. This article focuses on the narrative techniques of the novels of Nayantara Sahgal which is an important aspect of her fictional presentation.



Keywords: Political liberalism, Techniques, Resemblance, Nation, Recurring, Narrative.

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