The Plight of Immigrants in “Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Lowland”


  • KM Rithksha Holy Cross College (Autonomous) , Tiruchirappalli-2


Jhumpa Lahiri, Diaspora, Identity, Assimilation and Alienation


The novel The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri utilized many disciplines to enhance the Plot of plight of immigrants. The author employs storytelling technique to bring out the Cultural identities, nostalgia, generational issues and beliefs of Indian immigrants living in a foreign country. This research explores the novel’s themes of diaspora, feminist Perspectives, character alienation and assimilation. This paper underscores the diverse characteristics allow for comprehensive analysis. This fiction is a poignant exploration of the intricate bonds between two brothers, Subhash and Udayan, against the backdrop of Socio-political turbulence in post-colonial India. Lahiri skilfully weaves a narrative that spans continents and generation, delving into themes of identity, sacrifice, and the enduring impact of choices. The novel’s deep emotional resonance and rich character development offer a profound reflection on the complexities of family and the inexorable passage of time. This paper focuses on the immigrants suffering and battle in a foreign country and the paper will be exploring the immigrant enduring quest for self-discovering making the fiction a profound exploration of the human experience.


Lahiri, Jhumpa. The Lowland. Random House Large Print Publishing, 2013.

LitCharts. “The Lowland Study Guide from LitCharts.” LitCharts, 2014,