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  1. S. Naipaul and Amitav Ghosh, two brilliant diasporic Indian writers belong to two extreme poles in regard to their views on the socio-cultural aspects and analysis of a nation/society through the postcolonial discourse. But, quite surprisingly, when it comes to the portrayals of the generations of characters in search of their home/nation, both these novelists offer a similar host of characters where the older generation represents an illusion of the stability of a culture/nationhood while the young appear to be counter-discursive and perpetually belonging to an oscillation between the culture they inherited and the culture that they adopted. Through a postcolonial survey of two representative novels by these two stalwarts, this article attempts to look into the elusive sense of belonging to a culture/community/nationhood that the characters across the generations, representatives of the modern and postmodern fragmented selves, face.

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Dr Paramita Ghosh. (2020). The counter-discursive young and their oscillation between culture inherited and culture acquired in Naipaul’s A House for Mr Biswas and Ghosh’s The Shadow Lines. History Research Journal, 5(6), 3075-3088. Retrieved from