Book Review : Interpreter Of Maladies

★ Avoid ★★ No Great Loss ★★★ Worth Reading ★★★★ Close to Masterpiece ★★★★★ Masterpiece

InterpreterOfMaladiesName: Interpreter Of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
Genre: Short Stories Language: English Pages: 198
Award: Pulitzer Prize (2000), Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award (2000)
Published: 1999
My Rating: ★★★★★
Started: 1st May, 2014 Completed: 20th May, 2014
Total Reading Hour: 40 Hrs

“Interpreter of Maladies” is collection of 9 stories which tell the lives of Indians in exile, of people navigating between the strict traditions they have inherited and the baffling new world they have encounter every day.

  • A Temporary Matter – It is about a  young Indian-American couple faces the heartbreak of a stillborn and because of the reason they lost their way of living, loving and understanding each other.
  • When Mr. Pirzada Came to Dine – It is a story of a Bangladeshi living in a university north of Boston, America  and how a little girl got attached with Mr. Pirzada in spite of minimum conversations between them.
  • Interpreter of Maladies – It’s story of an aged man who is a driver & interpreter. An interpreter guides NRI family through the India of their ancestors and hears an astonishing revelation. Meanwhile of this small journey, He falls for a NRI woman. 
  • A Real Durwan –  It’s a story of an elderly woman who works as a cleaner cum durwan of an apartment building and keeps telling everyone about her royal past, people knowing that it is all lies and just kept ignoring her. But when a mishap occurs and she was questioned, nobody believed her truth too. 
  • Sexy – It’s story of relationship between Miranda, lonely woman, with Dev, married Indian male,  finally takes different turn when Miranda interpret the meaning of “Sexy” word from kid’s point of view.
  • Mrs. Sen’s – It’s story of a lonely woman living with her cold husband. She misses her family and friends in the foreign country. The pleasures she felt only by receiving a call from her siblings and how she gets delighted will actually give pain to the reader.
  • This Blessed HouseIt’s a story of an Indian couple who moved into a new house which was earlier owned by a Christian family. Twinkle is full of life and cheerful. Hunting and searching the old house fascinates her. She is sometimes childish and sometimes mature in persuading and convincing her husband to do the things he didn’t like at all.
  • The Treatment of Bibi Haldar – It’s a story of a woman suffering from an unknown disease. This is a tale of emotions of a lady who wanted to get married but being rejected due to her disease.
  • The Third and Final ContinentThis story is about the struggle of an Indian man in America. How he started his stay in America in a small room in a bungalow of an older woman. Her strange behavior irritates him, he keep on going with that. Then he gets married to an Indian woman at Calcutta and finally settles in a new home. Little events and state of mind of an Indian residing abroad and a lady from traditional Indian house married and moved to a foreign country are precisely narrated by author. 

Short stories are very difficult to write compare to traditional novel because Author doesn’t get space to detailed out everything. “Interpreter Of Maladies” is one of the best short stories I have read so far. Characters in each story are ordinary but Author made them extra ordinary by her writing. Do Not miss this book. You ought to read it.

About Author:
lahiriJhumpa Lahiri is an Indian American author. Lahiri’s debut short story collection, Interpreter of Maladies (1999), won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and her first novel, The Namesake (2003), was adapted into the popular film of the same name.She was born Nilanjana Sudeshna but goes by her nickname (or in Bengali, her “Daak naam”) Jhumpa.Lahiri is a member of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, appointed by U.S. President Barack Obama. Her book The Lowland, published in 2013, was a nominee for the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Award for Fiction.

Extra Shot:
If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.
– Oscar Wilde

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6 Responses to Book Review : Interpreter Of Maladies

  1. Mystic says:

    Haven’t read this yet and wasn’t inspired to do so till I read your review. Lovely review – thank you – I will get hold of the book now and read it 🙂

    • Uj says:

      Hi Kalpana,

      Lahiri depicted human emotions in different way. At first place, you will find it as ordinary story but when you put yourself in individual character’s shoe, then it will become extra ordinary. Read it and let me know your view on same.

      Thanks for visiting my blog and keep visiting :).
      I loved your blog which talks about relationship around marriage/love. Keep Writing..

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  3. I am myself very found of Jhumpa’s style of writing and I believe she is better short story writer than the full book author (though I loved The Lowlands as well). I will also recommend you to read Unaccustomed Earth, that is another set of short stories by Jhumpa. In this book, you will find more mature author with stories with deeper layers.
    Here is the link of my review.
    Do let me know what do you think


    • Uj says:

      Hey Avinash,

      Though Lahiri’s books in queue since long time but I never got chance to read those. One of my friends is fan of Lahiri and Amitav Ghosh. She suggested me books from both authors (The Hungry Tide and Interpreter of Maladies respectively) and I think, I fall for writing of both authors.

      I have “Unaccustomed Earth”, “The Lowland” and “The Namesake” in my queue. Definitely, I will read “Unaccustomed Earth” first based on your suggestion (and review).

      I loved your blog. You got one more follower :).

      Keep visiting my blog and Enjoy Reading !!!

      • Thank you for your kind words. We all have friends who turn us up to the awesome writers. i discovered Jhumpa when I read an interview by her. It was not particularly a candid one but still it flirted with an idea of her personality. I also started with Interpreter followed by namesake and ended up by reading everything written by her.
        Stay around. Keep up your blog.


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