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Interpreter of Maladies: Stories of Bengal, Boston and Beyond Paperback – 5 Sep 2005
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She’s a dazzling storyteller with a distinctive voice, an eye for nuance, an ear for irony. She is one of the finest short story writers I’ve read.’
‘Jhumpa Lahiri’s strong, subtle short story collection is a debut to relish.’
About the Author
jhumpa lahiri has been a Fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, but is currently teaching in New York. She has published her fiction in various US journals including the New Yorker, and has won several US prizes for her work.
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A young couple in an almost broken marriage get a chance to talk to each other due to power failure. What follows is a series of confessions which will change their future.
A Bangladeshi socializes with an Indian family every evening in the distant land of America while the child in the family can't see what constitutes the 'border' which makes them different from him.
A driver cum interpreter befriends an American woman while she is on a trip to India with her family and gets to know an astonishing révélation.
An old woman refugee from Bangladesh, who was apparently rich there, seeks companionship and recignition while sweeping the stairs of an apartment in Calcutta.
A young Midwestern woman is caught in an affair with a married Bengali man which is leading her to nowhere before she spends time with a 8 year old kid which forces her to rethink what makes her 'sexy'.
A simpleton married Bengali woman in America, for whom learning how to drive is a must if she wants to continue the job of a babysitter, but it's not that easy as it seems to be.
A young couple buys a new house in Boston only to find many christian religious symbols and idols which fascinates the childish young wife while the husband struggles to accept her love and attachment for the alien religious assets.
An epileptic 30-approaching orphan girl who marriage can cure her. But her fate, which doesn't help her in the quest for companionship, does something unexpected yet disgusting, which finally cures her.
A young Indian in Massachssets rent a small room for 6 weeks but that time with the 103 years old lady makes him for compassionate, empathetic and thankful for the years to come.
Ms. Lahiri has an eye for detail, for materialistic things and the environment around as well as for the myriad of thoughts, emotions, peace, empathy and yearnings which surrounds and entangles the characters in the stories.
Listed in the Amazon's list of '100 Books to read in your lifetime', you can't afford to miss this wonderful collection. And if you are a Bengali and/or NRI, the stories will reverberate in your memory for a bit longer
The author has used simple English, so anybody with a basic understanding of the language can read the stories easily. Each story is real and alive. The depth her words create, the unspoken, unexpressed feelings and emotions brewed by seemingly commonplace words and sentences tantalise you and force you to think differently, confuse you when you try to take a stand, since everything is right yet wrong at the same time, and it is a heady infusion which can only be experienced and not described.
I would recommend this to anyone. Period. It teaches you a lot about life without you realising it.
A couple of stories felt like they had similar backgrounds, but otherwise the book felt good to read.
Though it shows the challenges people face in a world different than theirs, I believe it doesn't have any such motivational/insightful message.
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