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Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
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Aug 13, 2011

really liked it
Read in March, 2010

I have come across the name "Jhumpa Lahiri" when I saw the movie "The Namesake" a few years back. "The Namesake" is a heart-breaking story of culture adaptation, history and love. As I have read online afterwards, Lahiri is herself a Bengali born in London, the perfect person to write about culture adaptation, confusion and identity of Indians in foreign countries.

A few weeks later I found her "Interpreter of Maladies", a collection of her short stories in the warehouse sale, and I bought it without a hesitation - and I did not regret buying it. In spite of the almost-boring structure at a glance, the stories were written with deep empathy in each character; and each story is the capture of a short moment in one long mundane life of an ordinary person, told with rich emotions yet surrounded by indifferent people in the stories.

Almost each story ends hanging - readers do not know if the characters are happy or sad in the end. What readers see is an open ending of endless possibilities. Each story is a life of its own that does not end as writer penned the last word. Deeply stimulating and definitely stirs deep emotions.

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