Home is where the heart is. So goes an old familiar cliché. Cliché as it might be, it is true, and it becomes increasingly true as the world becomes smaller and the mobility of people increases in this globalised world. As more people emigrate from one country to another, people, for whatever reasons they might have, are forced to leave their homes behind and settle in a new country. The play, Krishnan’s dairy written by Jacob Rajan and Justin Lewis, takes place in a small dairy shop in New Zealand. It is about a couple, named Gobi Krishnan and Zina Krishnan. After they got married, the family, Gobi, Zina and their son Apu, moved to New Zealand to have a better life and to give Apu more opportunities in his future. Gobi runs a small dairy business in New Zealand and is eager to make the dairy into a successful business. There is a subplot which is introduced when Zina tells the story to Apu. It is a love story behind the construction of the Taj Mahal, which is recognised as one of the most beautiful buildings in the world, which was dedicated to Mumtaz Mahal by Shah Jahan, the emperor of India at the time. This subplot is parallel to the main plot, Zina representing Mumtaz, Gobi representing Shah Jahan, and the dairy representing the Taj Mahal. (needs developing!) Throughout the play script, the characters’ dialogues switch to English and Indian. In this, the playwrights were successful in creating tension in the plot as Zina & Gobi have conflicting expectations about adapting to the New Zealand culture. There is more tension created in the play in the scene where Gobi tells Zina to talk to Apu in English. (quote!) This shows that both of them are still tied to their Indian culture, however, Gobi is trying to adapt to the New Zealand culture So that Apu won't have to deal with the language barrier, while Zina, appears unwilling to adapt to the New Zealand culture. These different ideas create tension in the play-script.
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