The Dynamics of Repatriation in Shilpi Somaya Gowda’s<i> Secret Daughter<i>


  • Seemin Hasan, Aligarh Muslim University, India


This paper seeks to explore the impact of adoption, repatriation and relief on the lives of three women in Shilpi Somaya Gowda’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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Author Biography

Seemin Hasan, Aligarh Muslim University, India

Seemin Hasan has been teaching undergraduate and postgraduate classes and supervising research at the Department of English, Aligarh Muslim University, India, for twenty-eight years .She was awarded her Ph.D. in Romantic poetry. She is the author of two books and has published numerous research articles. She also writes poetry and short stories. Her areas of interest include postcolonialism, translation and women’s studies. Currently, she is engaged in translating short stories by Fatima Hasan, her mother, from Urdu to English.  




How to Cite

Hasan, Aligarh Muslim University, India, S. (2012). The Dynamics of Repatriation in Shilpi Somaya Gowda’s&lt;i&gt; Secret Daughter&lt;i&gt;. Asiatic: IIUM Journal of English Language and Literature, 6(1), 142–153. Retrieved from