EVOLUTIONARY SEARCH FOR SELF: KIRAN DESAI’S HULLABALOO IN THE GUAVA ORCHARD
M. Jamuna, K. Shenbahapriya
reality, claustrophobia, sense of alienation, etc.,
Hullabaloo tells the story of Sampath Chawla born in a middle class family, who has no achievement to his credit for which he is constantly reprimanded by his father and derided by the society. His feelings of claustrophobia and sense of alienation with his milieu lead to the renunciation of present existence for the life of ascetic in the tree. Here comes into play the element which Kiran describes as ‘Exaggerated Reality’. The mundane background and characters are transformed into something unique, having their own identity by Desai’s rich imaginative colouring and perceptive humour. Everything seemingly normal is a bit off the track. The influence of American writers, particularly those belonging to the South like Truman Capote and Flannery O’ Connor whose bleak and quirky humour appealed to her, can be seen in her work.