Story is a Tool: Reference of Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s One Amazing Thing

G. Sankar, G. Muniyaraj


The evaluation of contemporary Indian English Literature is indeed a difficult task. Since independence, it has acquired a new dimension as literary writers have adopted a new perspective towards their past and culture. Writers such as Raja Rao, Mulkraj Anand, R. K. Narayan, Toru Dutt, Anita Desai, Kamala Markandaya, and other eminent literary writers achieved global acclaim for their authorship. This array, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni has come to occupy a prominent place in Indian literature with the publication of her poems, short stories, and novels. Her novel, One Amazing Thing is reputed and deals with immigrant experiences. In One Amazing Thing, the nine customers are trapped by a major earthquake in an Indian visa office in American. In this situation, each character narrates one surprising story from their life like love, history, marriage, and displacement. This paper discusses how nine major characters react in a critical situation and how they use the story as a tool.



Stories; Earthquake; Relationship; Nostalgia; Circumstance; Immigrant

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