A Feminist Discourse Of Mirza's A Place For Us

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Mr Ramchanso Awungshi Shimray , Mr Hungpungwo Ringphaso Zimik

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A Place for Us, a recently published novel, is authored by Fatima Mirza. Her debut novel accounts for the story of an Indian Muslim family of five where Amar is the protagonist. Identity crisis, disorientation, and cultural shock are the main themes of the diasporic narrative. Besides those diaspora themes, the narrative invokes questions from feministic perspectives. Especially Hadia, the eldest daughter, exhibits a clash of her life and wishes with the patriarchal family setup. She is bound to domestic chores and further expectations of a Muslim girl as her mother Layla was. Her intelligence and excellent performance in school are neglected. Her greatness and achievement lie in trying to please her parents and close ones through her excellent household duties and ultimately her arranged marriage. On the other hand, Amar, the only son, is openly favoured by the parents. He is the hope and heir for the family heirloom and power. Similarly, Amira Ali, a friend of the mentioned characters, shares a similar fate of domesticity and expectation of a Muslim girl. This feministic discourse analyses the narrative from the perspectives of the female characters’ struggles and journeys in the patriarchal Muslim society.

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