The Dynamics of Repatriation in Shilpi Somaya Gowdaâ€™s<i> Secret Daughter<i>
This paper seeks to explore the impact of adoption, repatriation and relief on the lives of three women in Shilpi Somaya Gowdaâ€™s novel Secret Daughter (2010). The author has set for herself the difficult task of writing about these issues for two audiences, namely, the Western and the Indian. She does not theorise but seeks out common humanitarian aspects and protective concerns. Her approach is gendered and the three women play out major decision-making roles despite the vast differences in their ages and backgrounds. The repatriation of all three is voluntary and they maintain creative connections which are mutually fulfilling. The challenges inherent in their context refine their sensibilities rather than demotivate them. The restructuring is commensurate with the sacrifices made by all three and does not cause disappointments or loss of self-esteem.
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