The knowledge of English language and English Literature in India was the root cause behind growth and expansion of Indian English Literature. A brilliant teacher like Dezurio unfolded the richness of Shakespeare to Indian students. For Raja Ram mohan Roy English was the language for documentation of histories and personal reflections. Later writers like Michael Madusudhan Dutt, Dutt family and toru dutt, BehramJi Malahari and Govardhan Tripati Joined the Brigade. Indian English Fiction marked its beginning with short stories collection of Soshee Chandra Dutt and istorical novel “San]ogita” by K.
K. Sinha. Tagore with his sanity, Mahatma Gandhi with his ethics of truth and nonviolence, Sri Aurobindo with doctrine of spiritual evolution of man, Mulk raj Anand with his hope of a brilliant present, R. K. Narayan and Raja Rao with their artistic excellence provided the seeds for the ripening of Indian English Literature. Where men were showering this country with new language for literature women writers like Krupabai Salthianadhan, Cornelia SorabJi, and SaroJini Naidu proved that from earlier time women were no less than men in ny front.
Though our society was a male dominating society but with the evolution of Indian English Literature and Indian Fiction writing, Indian women also emerged in different character shades. In his novel “RaJmohan’s wife” Bankim Chandra Chattopadhya presented Malini as a bold protagonist of that time who knows how to speak her mind. In his short story Raja Ram Mohan Roy presented Janvi as a low caste widow who was neglected by her own brother but accepted by a Brahmin family.
Kamala Markandaya’s Rukmani in “Nector in a Sieve” was a farmer’s woman ho shows extraordinary courage and skills during drought and floods. Mulk Raj Anand’s Gauri was story of growth of consciousness of a woman. With the progressing decades writers like Anita Desai, Shashi Despande added some more colours in different shades of women. Where Voices of the City’ was story of different ways of living of three siblings, in “The Dark Holds No Terror” Sarita brought the awakening of woman spirit. Bharati mukherJee’s Jasmine was Jyoti, Jasmine, Jane and then Jane with the transformations in her life.
The new women is no longer a myth, rospective writers like Kiran Desai, Jhumpa Lahiri, Dina Mehta, Shobha Dey, Arundhati Roy and Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni making efforts to transcend the Feminine to become the Female. In her Fiction writing Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni posed woman with different shades. In her seven novels and two stories collections she painted women with different colours of womanhood. In the last three decade world has changed and there are many changes in the image of the women.
In her fiction writing she presented todays woman; who is standing up for herself, trying to ind out her real virtue, and managing between Indian and western culture. She need not be a western model; she can be authentically Indian. She provides a small opening to the women to come out of the inner world and to articulate the female experience of identity and selfhood. Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is an upcoming and promising author. She is todays woman fiction writer. There are many misconceptions about image and character of todays women. My purpose is to take out her vision to sort out such misconception about women.