Kitchen space in the immigrant land can be a site of oppression for somefemales in the South Asian context. In this novel, we can see how the kitchenarea can become a source to stay connected with the homeland. Under conditionsof displacement, the kitchen serves as a stabiliser that helps in the constructionof their identity and a means of resistance to imperial and assimilationpressures. For an immigrant living in strange and unknown surroundings, thekitchen becomes their comfort, domain and territory of control.
It becomes away to assert identity, precisely his/her national identity. Food is theforemost element that is effortlessly relocated and conserved acrossgeographical divides. Food preparation and consumption play a dominant role inorder to create a sense of neighbourhood and belonging that is closely linkedto their culture back at home.
In psychological terms, cooking can help them toassume an operation in the midst of a novel and unfathomable atmosphere.Kitchen space can guarantee an extension and preservation of ethnic identity,together with family histories and cultural values, because of itscommunicative authority. Restlessly rushing to nowhere, Hassan and his familylonged for this space after leaving Mumbai: “We would have killed for our ownkitchen and a simple potato-and-cauliflower-fry-up.” (67)We can see that kitchens are capable ofsupporting and curbing the performance of food traditions and thus marking thecourse of cultural change. In the global era, where cultures and traditions getamalgamated that cross borders and national borders, food has conquered therank of a cultural expression that speaks of the similarities among us.
Foodserves as the glue that holds the culture together. Envisioning kitchens ascultural mediums that avail immigrants the elasticity to make these personaldecisions regarding their food preferences is an influential footstep that canhelp a ‘house’ be turned into ‘home’.