This paper discusses that the three women from Calcutta grapple what to choose: their choices being an oppressive but known Indian tradition and a liberating but unknown feminist way of life. It is inevitable that some parts of their identity had to be destroyed.
In "Desirable Daughters", as in Jasmine, the author revisits the ‘interracial immigrant romance’ from the perspective of the Indian American woman. In as much as these narratives are directed at women readers, they nevertheless serve to show how such narratives are different from that of male authors’. As part of the theme of self-construction of the characters, in Desirable Daughters we find that “the immigrant woman’s Americanization is accomplished with the help of white romantic partners, but in order to win their support the woman must submit to their alienating and sanitize preconceptions of her, thereby renouncing the very past that renders her unique”.
Hence, in summary, through the lives of Tara Lata and her two sisters, author Bharati Mukherjee competently portrays the themes of changing identity, western feminism versus Indian tradition and self-discovery. In a way these three themes are interrelated. For example, as Tara Lata and her sisters attempt to resolve for themselves their true identities and set out to apply newly adopted values in their lives, they progress as individuals and end up discovering more about themselves. By depicting in detail the complex difficulties confronting these women, Mukherjee also illustrates the underlying vulnerabilities.