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Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri
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May 01, 12

Read from March 16 to May 01, 2012

I had an excellent first encounter with Jhumpa Lahiri's work, through an article in The New Yorker last year. She being already an internationally-acclaimed writer, it was not hard for me to get into her writing as it came.
Then I read her first collection of short stories, Interpreter of Maladies. I utterly loved its tone, its deeply melancholical approach of Indian identity and loves and lies; the initial story literally made me cry. So I was eagerly expecting this second-coming.
But Unnaccustomed Earth seemed to me more of the same. Indian, well-educated, middle-class, young men and women struggling with its day to day routines and traditions. There were a few really nice stories, but the whole second part, with Hema and Kaushik, I found sincerely boring.
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