The concept of diaspora has been much debated during the past decade in terms of the essential and additional features that go with it, arguing which groups or communities could beuld not be designated as diaspora. The Indian diaspora today, with a strong community constituting more than 20 million and spreading across a hundred countries, continues to grow in size and making its transnational presence felt. This collection of essays traces some of the plurality with the Indian context as well as in the context of globalization, and transnationalism.
The book discusses the migratory movements that have led to the formation of the Indian diaspora and formation to diasporic practices-the ways and means of remembering and enacting diasporic belonging and the sites and spaces where such narratives of belonging are performed and how these issues are played out through texts, and rituals such as pilgrimages and building temples.
Chapter 20: Meta-Mobilis: The Case for Polymorphous Existence in K.S. Maniam's between Lives
Meta-Mobilis: The Case for Polymorphous Existence in K.S. Maniam's between Lives
And this—as I see it—is also the role of the author within his ancestral background: he is the complex ghost of his own landscape of history or work. To put it another way, his poem or novel is subsistence of memory. (Wilson Harris 2000)1
It is good to have an end to journey towards, but it is the journey that matters in the end. (Ursula K. Le Guin 1987)
The Indian-Malaysian novelist, playwright and academic, K.S. Maniam has been his country's most highly regarded English language writer over the last quarter of a century. The thematic concerns of Maniam's oeuvre have increasingly reflected the dilemma, not ...