Changing Trajectories of the Conception of Home in Temsula Ao’s Fictions
European Journal of Molecular & Clinical Medicine,
2020, Volume 7, Issue 11, Pages 5374-5381
AbstractThe paper strives to bring out the relative and fluid nature of “Home” in a conflict ridden space through the fiction of Temsula Ao. Temsula Ao is an academician and writer from the Northeastern state of Nagaland in India. Ao’s short stories bring out diverse connotations of the concept of “Home”. Nagaland as a geographic and emotional space for Ao reflects the characteristics of home. Ao’s Nagaland as a Home is a ceaseless dialogue between the stability guaranteed by the tradition of the past and the rather unstable present. Naga society since the end of British colonialism in India has found itself fettered to violence. This has diluted the stability of the past and has altered the nature of home as a closed space providing security and privacy from the outer world. In Ao’s stories Nagaland as a home for its inhabitants is formed by the ceaseless dialogue between a rich past and a present which is fraught with scars of violence and uncertainty.
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