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The present research critiques gender discrimination in Fasting, Feasting by Anita Desai. A close analysis of the novel clearly reveals that Desai projects marginalizations of several types through the themes like gender discrimination, marriage failures, isolation and loneliness due to the adverse situation in the family, survival strategies, domestic violence to the newly married young girls, overpowering patriarchal forces, East-West confrontation etc. Desai’s role as an artist is not to provide solutions to social problems but to raise issues deep in their implications so that society can think of solutions in the long run.

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