A writer who was born in one country and had to leave her motherland for certain reasons and became a citizen of another one and writes about the people, culture etc. of her original country with the help of her imagination.
So, the manner of trying to imagine and describe about the motherland and its people deserves esteem. I think that we should coin a new term, i.e. “distant-author” and add it to Lahiri’s name since she, being a part of another country, has taken the help of ‘imagination’ and depicted her India the way she has wanted to; the writer must have every possible right to paint the world the way he/she thinks appropriate.
by Rajeeb2014 January 15, 2013