Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri : a review

Interpreter of MaladiesInterpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
My rating: 3 of 5 stars⭐ ⭐ ⭐
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I was hesitant about reading another book by Jhumpa Lahiri. I had bitter memories from reading the book – The Namesake. I did not like her style, narrative, nor care for the story.

But this anthology changed it. It made me rethink all that I knew about NRIs. Interpreter of Maladies is a book that is filled with slices of life – Indians who are misfits; Indians whose lives are drastically altered by life’s vicissitudes.

The central theme here is realization and redemption. Continue reading

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Life’s Little Everyday Lessons

As I was walking back home today , I happened to come by a gang of guys who, in their special way, inspired me.

Initially, as they approached me from far with wild hand gestures in the air I thought somethin’ was up.I began to doubt that they were ‘hooligans’ who cared as much about other people as some used up tissue.

But when the distance closed, I realised they were a gang of physically- challenged guys.It took me five full seconds to snap out of my reviere and chagrin took over me.I watched in amazement as all of them ‘spoke’ very rapidly to each other and I noticed they were  lost in their own world of silent conversations.All of them had a huge grin , and eyes that could speak for their own and in a way, the hand movements were so fluid that they could match Edward Cullens perfectness! 🙂

Being Deaf and dumb didn’t stop them from having their fair share of enjoyment and more! Maybe God gave them physical sickness and a healthy mind and but many of us who have no deformities physically, are sick-minded.

Things will be a lot more easier and happier if only some of us could turn ‘deaf’ to criticisms , and some of us could be temporarily ‘dumb’ to avoid unnecessary and heated arguments.

If only…

sigh..Wishful thinking never ceases

– posted March 9th 2011 on my facebook