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Interpreter of Maladies: Stories of Bengal, Boston and Beyond (English)

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Published first in the year 1999, Interpreter Of Maladies is a collection of short stories that revolve around the lives of Indian Americans, and their struggle to blend in with American culture.

Summary Of The Book

Interpreter of Maladies is a collection of nine short stories that are based on Indian American who are crunched between the culture they live in, and the culture inherited by them. The first story, A Temporary Matter, revolves around the crumbling relationship between an Indian couple, Shukumar and Shobha. Their relationship begins to disintegrate due to the passing away of their baby, which causes a change in Shobha’s personality and makes her aloof. With time, the distance between them increases, and they soon receive a notice about a power cut that would occur for one hour at night daily. Each day, they would spend that time talking about a number of dark secrets, which they never shared before, which got more, and more controversial, indicating the end of their marriage.

The main story of this book, Interpreter of Maladies, is based on Mr. and Mrs. Das, who were NRIs visiting India. They meet Mr. Kapasi, who serves as their tour guide, and has a day job as well, which was that of an interpreter in a doctor’s clinic. Mrs. Das and Mr. Kapasi begin to feel a strong attraction towards each other, and she shares a highly personal secret with him about herself, which could place her marriage in jeopardy.

Another story in this book, Mrs. Sen’s, revolves around an 11 year old Eliot who begins to stay with Mrs. Sen, whose husband is a university professor. She spends her time with Eliot, telling him about her life in Calcutta, and how she terribly missed living there. One day, she drives to the market without her spouse and meets with an accident, after which Eliot stops living with Mrs. Sen.

Interpreters of Maladies has been greatly appreciated by readers worldwide, and fetched Lahiri the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. This book has sold more than 15 million copies across the globe.

About Jhumpa Lahiri

Jhumpa Lahiri is an author.

Lahiri has written The Namesake, The Lowland, and Unaccustomed Earth.

Lahiri was born on 11th July, 1967, in London, England. She was raised in Kingston, Rhode Island, America, as her father worked at the University of Rhode Island as a Librarian. She completed her schooling from South Kingstown High School, and finished her undergraduate degree from Barnard College in English Literature. She then went on to obtain an MA in English, MA in Comparative Literature, and an MFA in Creative Writing, all from Boston University. She is also a part of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, elected by President Obama. Lahiri has been awarded several times for her literary works, and some of the recent ones include the Asian American Literary Award and the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award. She currently resides in Rome, Italy, along with her spouse, and their two children.

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Author Jhumpa Lahiri
Book Details
Publisher Harper Collins Publishers
Publication Year 1999
ISBN-13 9788172235024
ISBN-10 817223502X
Language English
Edition 3rdEdition
Binding Paperback
Number of Pages 198 Pages
Awards Pulitzer Prize Winner
Award Year 2000
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Pooja Patel
17 Apr 2012
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Flawless Prose

Jhumpa Lahiri???s ???Interpreter of Maladies, stories of Bengal, Boston and beyond??? caught my eye in a book store as the cover page boasted about it being the Pulitzer Winner in 2000. This book is a collection of 9 different stories of Indian people living abroad. Each story portrays a different picture of how these Indians who have been born and brought up in India with orthodox traditions and values, struggle to survive on a land several thousand miles away from their homeland. These stories tell us the maladies of the traditionally brought up Indians survive in America, which is comple... ()

Jhumpa Lahiri???s ???Interpreter of Maladies, stories of Bengal, Boston and beyond??? caught my eye in a book store as the cover page boasted about it being the Pulitzer Winner in 2000. This book is a collection of 9 different stories of Indian people living abroad. Each story portrays a different picture of how these Indians who have been born and brought up in India with orthodox traditions and values, struggle to survive on a land several thousand miles away from their homeland. These stories tell us the maladies of the traditionally brought up Indians survive in America, which is comple...
Jhumpa Lahiri???s ???Interpreter of Maladies, stories of Bengal, Boston and beyond??? caught my eye in a book store as the cover page boasted about it being the Pulitzer Winner in 2000. This book is a collection of 9 different stories of Indian people living abroad. Each story portrays a different picture of how these Indians who have been born and brought up in India with orthodox traditions and values, struggle to survive on a land several thousand miles away from their homeland. These stories tell us the maladies of the traditionally brought up Indians survive in America, which is completely a new, independent and unpredictable world. It is ???maladies??? because, the stories bring out the difficulties faced by cultured Indians who are kind of confused when they encounter the new modern world. Being an Indian, you can easily connect with these characters in each of the nine stories. Be it Shobha???s decision to leave her husband, or Mr. Pirzada???s desperate attempt to locate his family during the post partition chaos or Mrs. Sen trying to adjust in the new American city and her nervous attempt to drive a car on the main road, or Mrs. Das???s secret extra marital affair; each story reveals a stinging truth. The truth is that many for many Indians who live in America are left confused about where their loyalty should lie. It proves the existence of the cross-culture conflicts.Jhumpa???s style of writing and flawless prose is remarkable. But it can???t beat the fact thaat the stories become a bit boring and progresses at a very slow pace. Though I could connect to all the stories, I could not understand what did the author try to say through the seventh story ???The Blessed House???. I feel it started off well I could not understand what the malady in it was, plus it ended abruptly. Overall the book is nice, especially the first four stories, but then it becomes dull and slow. Hats off to Jhumpa???s style of writing, exquisite language and phenomenal prose. But I still have my doubts about whether it was worth the Pulitzer!

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Raguram
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worth the read

I am fond of short stories. Done with 3 stories so far, am inspired with the writing.!
Neat and short!

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Secularism,Identity And Enchantment.

In one line it can be said that social behaviour of American community has been beautifully presented.khagendra das

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10 Jun 2014
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An excellent Book

Excellent Short Stories collection from the author. These stories cross the barriers of continents but talks about the same human emotions felt everywhere.

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I.Ray
15 May 2014
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A good book for a first time reader of Jhumpa's work

Jhumpa Lahiri is one of my favourite Indian author. I adore her writing style. The characters in her stories are so real they they linger with you for a long time even after you finish reading it.This book is her first publication and I loved each and every short story of this book.

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A good book for a first time reader of Jhumpa's work

Jhumpa Lahiri is one of my favourite Indian author. I adore her writing style. The characters in her stories are so real they they linger with you for a long time even after you finish reading it.This book is her first publication and I loved each and every short story of this book. (View complete review)

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