A Different Story

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A Different story-Sujata Bhatt
The poem a different story was written by Sujata Bhatt, who was born on the 6th May 1956 in Ahmedabad, and brought up in Pune until 1968. Many of her poems have themes of love and violence. Bhatt explores issues such as racism and the interaction between Asian, European and North American. Sujata Bhatt has experienced three different cultures: the Indian culture, American culture and the German culture she has had to adapt to all of them and now she cannot tell us which one is truly hers. The poem is reflecting her past and she is talking about the differences in the cultures and how people act strangely towards people from different cultures. In this commentary we are going to talk about the different cultures and the British colonisation. The line 1 is in the form of a statement, it borrows from Greek mythology. She uses a semicolon at the end of line 1 to show that she is going to explain her point. Bhatt uses a clever way to approach the topic. She is already throwing two cultures together by talking about how Great Pan has “emigrated” to India. From line 2-6, she adopts a casual and conversational tone. To show the effect of a clash of cultures she uses a mixture of formal and informal words. The setting is established in the very 1st sentence of the poem as India. The comma lays emphasis on the setting through the word “Here”. This accentuates the present setting that the poet is talking about. She introduces the gods in India in a particular manner by saying that “the gods roam freely”. She thus insinuates that the gods of India as opposed to god as being one are different. She hereby throws us into cultural context of India. She uses informal words like “roam” and the adverb “freely” to highlight her perception of the gods in India. She talks about the Hindu religion in a casual manner specially when she says gods are “disguised in snakes and monkeys” which gives us the feeling that she is speaking from an outsiders point...
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