Colonial Imprints in Kamala Markandaya’s The Nowhere Man

Jasvant Rathod

Assistant Professor,

Department of English,

Laxmi Institute of Technology, Sarigam




After independence, we as a nation feel that we are free and all the colonial signs are removed but it is not true.  ‘Colonialism’ is generally defined as a settlement in a new country. It related to the people who settle in a new locality. Post colonial critics like Ania Loomba opposes this definition writing that it is an inaccurate and inadequate definition because it does not refer to the exploitation, domination of the country, economy and culture as well as the mass suffering of the colonized people. It is complicated to answer such questions if Post colonialism is  the end of colonialism or is it the beginning of neo-colonialism.  It is also difficult to trace the marks  and signs of colonialism and wipe them out totally because they have very in-depth roots in the ways of life of the people once colonized.

Discussing Kamala Markandaya’s The Nowhere Man, the present paper analyses it as a literary text which depicts the colonial imprints. It criticizes the racial overtones which are meticulously discussed in the novel. It also attempts to explore how the novelist has debated on the racial discrimination which is generally felt by the people who migrate to the developed countries like Britain for better prospects and security.