Thursday, February 8, 2007

Grapes of Wrath - An Archetypeal Story for Globalization

Displacement from one's homeland is a common theme for many affected by Globalization.. especially in India.. While Software Engineers might have it good, all the Indians do not get to do globe trotting ..Special Economic Zones (SEZ) is displacing poor villagers and forcing them to move to the cities to find a new life.. Singur is West Bengal is a much publicized example..

The popular media would not have enough space to cover the stories of the people of Singur.. One novel/film comes to my mind that could be the archetype of these people's stories..

Grapes of Wrath by Steinback..

It tells about scores of farmers moving to the city (California), in search of a new lifestyle/job, after losing their farmlands. It shows what happens to the members of one such family during the journey..

Another Movie (Tamil) that reminds of this theme is Mahanadi by Kamalahasan.. It tells the story of a family which migrates to the city (chennai) in search of new dreams...

There would scores of tales that resonate this theme..

In this blog, I am going to try and bring real stories based on themese like these and many more..

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