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and Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children “together changed way I wanted to write about being Indian in the world” ( India Today 44). However, her mother, Anita Desai, remains a major inspirational force for Kiran Desai’s writing. Kiran Desai first came to literary attention in 1997, when in The New Yorker and in The Vintage Book of Indian Writing, an anthology of fifty years of Indian writing edited by Salman Rushdie and Elizabeth West, Kiran Desai’s “Strange Happenings in the Guava Orchard” was the closing piece. In 1998, Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard, which had taken four years to write, was 33
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published to unanimous acclaim in over twenty-two countries. The novel announced the advent of a refreshingly new voice and was praised by Salman Rushdie as : A highly original book . . . a Calvinoesque fable . . . and [a] welcome proof that India’s encounter with the English language, far from proving abortive, continues to give birth to new children, endowed with lavish gifts. (Roy 24). Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard (1988), which won the Betty Trask Award, is a hallucinating tale of love, faith and relationship. It is a comic tale and is satiric in many ways. Set in the drought hit region of Shahkot, a small town in India poised midway between tradition and modernity, the novel revolves around the whimsical tale of the Chawla family that comprises of an old grandmother (Ammaji), her son (Mr. Chawla), his wife (Kulfi) and their two offsprings - a son named Sampath, the hero of the novel, and a daughter named Pinky, a teenaged girl, who loves an ice-cream seller. Sampath, the hero of the novel, runs away from his home and takes refuge in the branches of a guava tree. He soon finds himself revered as ‘the Tree Baba’, worshipped by the people of his village and even by the local monkeys as a prophet. However, the monkeys develop an unquenchable thirst for liquor and raise an unprecedented hallabaloo in the hermitage and destroy the peace of the orchard and the town. Humour is the dominating feature of the novel. While some parts of the book are throught provoking, others seem to poke fun at ‘gurus’ and their eccentricities. 34
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From a brassy and somewhat whimsical novel, Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard, Kiran Desai moved on to write her second novel, The Inheritance of Loss (2006), which provides a dark and ambitious glimpse at globalization and its discontents. The Inheritance of Loss won the Man Booker Prize for the year 2006, making Kiran Desai the youngest ever woman to win the prestigious prize at the age of thirty five. In The Inheritance of Loss , Kiran Desai treats with tremendous insight, sensitivity, and often piercing irony, topical issues related to politics and terrorism as well as immigration, globalization, multiculturalism, colonial neurosis, identity-formation and subjectivity, and the nationalist, gender, cultural, ethnic and class-differences that inform these processes. The novel spans two continents and three generations. The story moves between New
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