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The Enigma Of Return: The Quest For Roots In A Rootless World

We inhabit a fluid, porous world, with hyper-mobility of peoples, what has been called deterritorialization, and rather seamless communications(s). The conditions that define this world have an indelible impact on the nature of our selves, community, identity and politics. This was brought home to me after I returned from the West or after my "Enigma of Return" to invert Naipaul's phrase. My return was a profoundly disorienting experience: the world that I was familiar with had turned topsy-turvy for me.