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Pirzada's daughters are actually fine. That night, upon returning home, she learns of the imminent India-Pakistan War and when it occurs in December, their home is deprived of joy. After the new year, Mr. Pirzada returns home to a new nation, Bangladesh. Soon after when he sends pictures of him and all his daughters, Lilia and her family are relieved.
Lilia reveals that she has been eating a piece of Halloween candy and praying for him everyday, but when she received the good news, stopped doing so and eventually disposed of the rest of her candy. Interpreter of Maladies[ edit ] Mr.
Das, Indian Americans visiting the country of their heritage, hire middle-aged tour guide Mr. Kapasi as their driver for the day as they tour. Das look and act young to the point of childishness, go by their first names when talking to their children, Ronny, Bobby, and Tina, and seem selfishly indifferent to the kids. On their trip, when her husband and children get out of the car to sightsee, Mrs. Das sits in the car, eating snacks she offers to no one else, wearing her sunglasses as a barrier, and painting her nails.
When Tina asks her to paint her nails as well, Mrs.
Das just turns away and rebuffs her daughter. Das ask the good-natured Mr. Kapasi about his job as a tour guide, and he tells them about his weekday job as an interpreter in a doctor's office. Kapasi's wife resents her husband's job because he works at the doctor's clinic that previously failed to cure their son of typhoid fever.
She belittles his job, and he, too, discounts the importance of his occupation as a waste of his linguistic skills. However, Mrs. Kapasi's correct interpretation of their maladies.
Kapasi begins to develop a romantic interest in Mrs. Das, and conducts a private conversation with her during the trip. Kapasi imagines a future correspondence with Mrs. Das, picturing them building a relationship to translate the transcontinental gap between them. Das reveals a secret: she tells Mr. Kapasi the story of an affair she once had, and that her son Bobby had been born out of her adultery.
She explains that she chose to tell Mr.
Kapasi because of his profession; she hopes he can interpret her feelings and make her feel better as he does for his patients, translating without passing judgment. However, when Mr. Kapasi reveals his disappointment in her and points out her guilt, Mrs.
Das storms off.
As Mrs. Das walks away towards her family, she leaves a trail of crumbs of puffed rice snacks, and monkeys begin to trail her. The neglectful Das parents don't notice as the monkeys, following Mrs. Das's food trail, surround their son, Bobby, isolating the son born of a different father. The monkeys begin to attack Bobby, and Mr. Kapasi rushes in to save him. Kapasi returns Bobby to his parents, and looks on as they clean up their son. A Real Durwan[ edit ] Boori Ma is a feeble year-old woman from Calcutta who is the stairsweeper, or durwan, of an old brick building.
In exchange for her services, the residents allow Boori Ma to sleep in front of the collapsible gates leading into the tenement. While sweeping, she narrates stories of her past: her daughter's extravagant wedding, her servants, her estate and her riches. The residents of the brick building hear continuous contradictions in Boori's storytelling, but her stories are seductive and compelling, so they let her contradictions rest.
One family in particular takes a liking to Boori Ma, the Dalals. Dalal often gives Boori Ma food and takes care of her ailments. When Mr. Dalal gets promoted at work, he improves the brick building by installing a sink in the stairwell and a sink in his home.
The Dalals continue to improve their home and even go away on a trip to Simla for ten days and promise to bring Boori Ma a sheep's hair blanket.
While the Dalals are away, the other residents become obsessed with making their own improvement to the building. Boori Ma even spends her life savings on special treats while circling around the neighborhood.
However, while Boori Ma is out one afternoon, the sink in the stairwell is stolen. The residents accuse Boori Ma of informing the robbers and in negligence for her job.
When Boori Ma protests, the residents continue to accuse her because of all her previous inconsistent stories. The residents' obsession with materializing the building dimmed their focus on the remaining members of their community, like Boori Ma. The short story concludes as the residents throw out Boori Ma's belongings and begin a search for a 'real durwan'.
Note that 'durwan' means housekeeper in both Bengali and Hindi. Although one of Miranda's work friends is an Indian woman named Laxmi, Miranda knows very little about India and its culture. The first time she meets Dev, she is not able to discern his ethnicity.
However, she is instantly captivated by his charm and the thrill of being with an exotic, older man.
Dev takes Miranda to the Mapparium , where he whispers "You're sexy. Meanwhile, Laxmi's cousin has been abandoned by her husband, who left the cousin for a younger woman. One day, Laxmi's cousin comes to Boston and Miranda is asked to babysit the cousin's seven-year-old son, Rohin.
Rohin asks Miranda to try on the sexy clothes that she bought, and gives Miranda insight into his mother's grief. Miranda decides that she and Dev's wife both "deserve better," and stops seeing Dev.
Sen's[ edit ] In this story, year-old Eliot begins staying with Mrs. Sen—a university professor's wife—after school. The caretaker, Mrs. Sen, chops and prepares food as she tells Eliot stories of her past life in Calcutta, helping to craft her identity. Like "A Temporary Matter," this story is filled with lists of produce, catalogs of ingredients, and descriptions of recipes. Emphasis is placed on ingredients and the act of preparation. Other objects are emphasized as well, such as Mrs.
Sen's colorful collection of saris from her native India. Much of the plot revolves around Mrs. Sen's tradition of downloading fish from a local seafood market. This fish reminds Mrs. Sen of her home and holds great significance for her. However, reaching the seafood market requires driving, a skill that Mrs.
Sen has not learned and resists learning. At the end of the story, Mrs. Sen attempts to drive to the market without her husband, and ends up in an automobile accident. Eliot soon stops staying with Mrs. Sen thereafter. This Blessed House[ edit ] Sanjeev and Twinkle, a newly married couple, are exploring their new house in Hartford, Connecticut, which appears to have been owned by fervent Christians: they keep finding gaudy Biblical paraphernalia hidden throughout the house.
While Twinkle is delighted by these objects and wants to display them everywhere, Sanjeev is uncomfortable with them and reminds her that they are Hindu, not Christian. This argument reveals other problems in their relationship; Sanjeev doesn't seem to understand Twinkle's spontaneity, whereas Twinkle has little regard for Sanjeev's discomfort. He is planning a party for his coworkers and is worried about the impression they might get from the interior decorating if their mantelpiece is full of Biblical figurines.
After some arguing and a brief amount of tears, a compromise is reached.
When the day of the party arrives, the guests are enamored with Twinkle. Sanjeev still has conflicting feelings about her; he is captivated by her beauty and energy, but irritated by her naivete and impractical tendencies.
The story ends with her and the other party guests discovering a large bust of Jesus Christ in the attic. Although the object disgusts him, he obediently carries it downstairs. This action can be interpreted as Sanjeev giving into Twinkle and accepting her eccentricities. The Treatment of Bibi Haldar[ edit ] year-old Bibi Haldar is gripped by a mysterious ailment, and myriad tests and treatments have failed to cure her. She has been told to stand on her head, shun garlic, drink egg yolks in milk, to gain weight and to lose weight.
The fits that could strike at any moment keep her confined to the home of her dismissive elder cousin and his wife, who provide her only meals, a room, and a length of cotton to replenish her wardrobe each year.
Bibi keeps the inventory of her brother's cosmetics stall and is watched over by the women of their community. She sweeps the store, wondering loudly why she was cursed to this fate, to be alone and jealous of the wives and mothers around her.
The women come to the conclusion that she wants a man. When they show her artifacts from their weddings, Bibi proclaims what her own wedding will look like. Bibi is inconsolable at the prospect of never getting married. The women try to calm her by wrapping her in shawls, washing her face or downloading her new blouses.
After a particularly violent fit, her cousin Haldar emerges to take her to the polyclinic. But Haldar and his wife dismiss this possibility. As a second-generation Asian immigrant myself, the writing and stories struck many personal cords for me while opening me up to new stories and perspectives I hadn't considered before. Each short story is not a long read, but leaves much to savour and re-read. Lahiri's writing is brilliantly succinct, poetic, funny, moving, and thought-provoking. Run out and get this one!!!
Date published: Rated 5 out of 5 by Rachel from Each story should a novel I really wouldn't have spent the money on this collection of short stories had it not been recommended to me, I was always in the "big book" camp I love well developed characters. This award winning collection speaks to the talent of Lahiri. This is a great collection of short stories by Jhumpa Lahiri. Highly recommended for first time reader of Lahiri.
Since the Pulitzer prize book "Namesake" which was so relatable for an Indian Canadian like myself, I have been following Jhumpa's writing career very closely. After reading these 9 tour de force short stories, it becomes obvious that "The Namesake" is an expansion on some of the themes found in these short stories - culture, traditions, family, upbringing, love, betrayal, redemption. Lahiri's writings evoke not just the feelings of uncertainty and inner turmoil of every immigrant as they set out on a new journey, but of hope and fulfillment too.
I could easily relate to the characters - aliens in a new surrounding, trying to get a foothold in an unknown land, eventually taking root and propagating generations with differing outlooks. The voice she gives to them all makes her truly an interpreter of maladies of their hearts. Date published: Rated 5 out of 5 by Anonymous from Beautiful Writing While not typically a fan of short stories, the lyric writing style of this book, and the insights into her characters make it a favorite.
Highly recommended. I normally am not a fan of short stories, as I find they lack the depth that comes with getting to know characters over the course of a longer novel.