On a rhizomatic plane: Deleuzo-Guattarian analysis of fluid homes and identities in Amitav Ghosh's The Glass Palace

Neenumol Sebastian

Home or homeland has long been considered a prerequisite for developing a sense of identity and belonging and enjoying ontological security. Though dependent on the mere accident of birth, this home has been imagined as a spatially rooted, homogeneous entity. But, this turns problematic when migration becomes the inevitable norm for survival. The paper views Amitav Ghosh's novel The Glass Palace which is peopled with characters who share the inexorable experience of displacement, in the light of Deleuzo- Guattarian concept of rhizome. It argues for the reconceptualisation of existence as rhizomatic in order to grapple with the intricacies of dislocations and relocations which dominate the game of survival