Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Writing Styles in Meeting Mrinal

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
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Setting

The story is set in two locations: India, where Asha was brought up and married and which is presented only in her memories and California in the United States, where she now lives. As well as being two separate countries, India and the United States have two different cultures and sets of social expectations. Asha's Indian upbringing teaches her to be a certain kind of wife and mother, whereas the United States challenges her to break away from these traditional roles and forge an independent life. The United States is presented in both negative and positive aspects: the negative, chaotic side is represented by Asha's fear of “failing grades, drugs, street gangs, AIDS” that lie in wait for Dinesh, and the positive side is represented by the greater freedom and power that beckons to the newly divorced Asha.

The plush restaurant where Asha meets Mrinal brings out Asha's...

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