Interpreter of Maladies

Drafted: Nov 5th '08

Interpreter of Maladies is a collection of short stories by Jhumpa Lahiri . Jhumpa Lahiri, a Bengali author, portrays the life of Bengalis in this book, mainly living abroad. Each story depicts the loneliness, silent untold sufferings faced in day-to-day life by the NRIs who live thousands of miles away from home. The wish to see their beloved ones: be it friends or family members. The moments when they learn that the dear ones have departed forever. The silent cry within and the struggle in spite of owning the so called "best" thing. In spite of staying abroad, Indians never forget their rich culture, the way they were brought up, the values and principles. A few stories also speak of Bengalis in India.

The book is a collection of nine short stories:
  1. Temporary matter.
  2. When Mr. Prizada came to dine.
  3. Interpreter of Maladies.
  4. A Real Durwan.
  5. Sexy.
  6. Mrs. Sen.
  7. This Blessed House.
  8. The Treatment of Bibi Haldar.
  9. The Third and Final Continent.
The book won Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in the year 2000.

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  1. Hey thanks for the info... Shall try it ASAP. :)

  2. I read it 1 yr back and liked it:)

  3. i like short stories..been wanting to read jhumpa lahiri for a while now..may b i will start with this book..

  4. Hey first time here.. Thanks for letting us know about the book.

    Seems a bit of stories abt ppl like me :). I shall gv a try soon

  5. Thanks M,
    Guess I will pick it up now and read it.
    I dunno how i missed the post.


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