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Tamils at the Crossroad of Globalisation: Representing Tamil Diaspora Lives in Shyam Selvadurai's The Hungry Ghosts

Raju Ta

Globalisation is the process of integration and interdependence of people around the world. Mainly, the western countries trigger this globalisation as they are intellectually and technologically far better than the rest. Though Canada was discovered only several hundred years ago, it gradually rolled itself as a host country opening opportunity to the eastern world. Globalisation has a strong impact upon the rich countries but it also touches those people coming to the advanced country. Many Tamils had taken shelter in Canada when Sri Lanka was torn by civil war but it helped those Tamils take the opportunity of globalisation which had made pervasive influence throughout Canada. However, migration from various countries helped bring about globalisation in the cultural sphere, creating what Marshall McLuhan dubbed ‘the global village’. Besides portraying immigrant experience, Shyam Selvadurai’s text The Hungry Ghosts (2013) pinpoints different features of globalisation through the life styles, emotion, pangs etc of Shivan and his mother. They adjusted themselves with the emerging trends and their ways of life can be seen as reflecting the situation gripped by diaspora and globalisation at the same time. It is the globalisation which gave opportunity to the Tamils to find their future location in this world when they were inflicted by violence and conflict in their home country.

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