Jhumpa Lahiri (born on July 11, 1967) 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, which she says are both "good names", but goes by her nickname Jhumpa. Lahiri is a member of the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities, appointed by U.S. President Barack Obama. Lahiri graduated from South Kingstown High School and received her B.A. in English literature from Barnard College in 1989. Lahiri then received multiple degrees from Boston University: an M.A. in English, M.F.A. in Creative Writing, M.A. in Comparative Literature, and a Ph.D. in Renaissance Studies. She took a fellowship at Provincetown's Fine Arts Work Center, which lasted for the next two years (1997–1998). Lahiri has taught creative writing at Boston University and the Rhode Island School of Design. In 2001, Lahiri married Alberto Vourvoulias-Bush, a journalist who was then Deputy Editor of TIME Latin America (and now Executive Editor of El Diario/La Prensa, New York's largest Spanish daily and

America's fastest growing newspaper). Rhode Island. as the characters of her novel and short stories travel a lot from India to America. her family moved to the United States when she was three. where her father Amar Lahiri works as a librarian at the University of Rhode Island. Instances of Life influencing her worksLahiri was born in London. Octavio (b. "I wasn't born here. and so does her characters." the closing story from Interpreter of Maladies. Lahiri considers herself an American. Lahiri lives in Brooklyn. New York with her husband and their two children. and her family often visited relatives in Calcutta (now Kolkata). This is seen in her works too." Lahiri grew up in Kingston. 2002) and Noor (b. Rhode Island. Lahiri's mother wanted her children to grow up knowing their Bengali heritage. stating. Lahiri's teacher decided to call her by her pet . 2005). this is how Jhumpa came in terms with her Culture & Heritage. but I might as well have been. When she began kindergarten in Kingston. he is the basis for the protagonist in "The Third and Final Continent.

name. and the disconnection between first and second generation United States immigrants. Her debut short story collection. The stories address sensitive dilemmas in the lives of Indians or Indian immigrants." The collection was praised by American critics. You feel like you're causing someone pain just by being who you are.. miscarriages. Lahiri later wrote. "When I first started writing I was not conscious that my subject was the Indian-American experience. where reviewers were alternately enthusiastic and upset Lahiri had "not paint[ed] Indians in a more .. or mature enough. Jhumpa. over his unusual name. Interpreter of Maladies. because it was easier to pronounce than her "proper names". to allow in life. with themes such as marital difficulties. Lahiri recalled.. "I always felt so embarrassed by my name. What drew me to my craft was the desire to force the two worlds I occupied to mingle on the page as I was not brave enough. was finally released in 1999. but received mixed reviews in India. the protagonist of her novel The Namesake. Literary career Lahiri's early short stories faced rejection from publishers "for years"." Lahiri's ambivalence over her identity was the inspiration for the ambivalence of Gogol.

Dwight Garner. "It’s hard to remember the last genuinely serious. A film adaptation of The Namesake was released in March 2007. Unaccustomed Earth. her first novel.000 copies and received the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (only the seventh time a story collection had won the award). well-written work of fiction — particularly a book of stories — that leapt straight to No. The Calcutta-born parents emigrated as young adults to the United States. directed by Mira Nair and starring Kal Penn as Gogol and Bollywood stars Tabu and Irrfan Khan as his parents. Unaccustomed Earth achieved the rare distinction of debuting at number 1 on The New York Times best seller list. 1. where their children. was released on April 1. stated." Interpreter of Maladies sold 600. grow up experiencing the constant generational and cultural gap with their parents. it’s a powerful demonstration of Lahiri’s newfound commercial clout. The story spans over thirty years in the life of the Ganguli family. Lahiri's second collection of short stories. Gogol and Sonia. Upon its publication. New York Times Book Review editor. In 2003. Lahiri published The Namesake.positive light." . 2008.

and biases to chronicle the nuances and details of immigrant psychology and behavior. Literary focus Lahiri's writing is characterized by her "plain" language and her characters. anxieties. often Indian immigrants to America who must navigate between the cultural values of their homeland and their adopted home. a story about the importance of food in Lahiri's relationship with her mother. Until Unaccustomed Earth. acquaintances. mostly fiction. Lahiri examines her characters' struggles.Lahiri has also had a distinguished relationship with The New Yorker magazine in which she has published a number of her short stories. Lahiri's fiction is autobiographical and frequently draws upon her own experiences as well as those of her parents. Since 2005. friends. and others in the Bengali communities with which she is familiar. Cooking Lessons. an organization designed to promote friendship and intellectual cooperation among writers. Lahiri has been a Vice President of the PEN American Center. and a few non-fiction including The Long Way Home. she focused mostly on first-generation Indian American immigrants and .

Unaccustomed Earth departs from this earlier original ethos as Lahiri's characters embark on new stages of development. . in which the parents. who are often devoted to their community and their responsibility to other immigrants. She shows how later generations depart from the constraints of their immigrant parents. their children and the children's families live under the same roof. Her stories describe their efforts to keep their children acquainted with Indian culture and traditions and to keep them close even after they have grown up in order to hang on to the Indian tradition of a joint family. Lahiri's fiction shifts to the needs of the individual. As succeeding generations become increasingly assimilated into American culture and are comfortable in constructing perspectives outside of their country of origin. These stories scrutinize the fate of the second and third generations.their struggle to raise a family in a country very different from theirs.

Themes 1) Cultural Identity 2) Rootless ness of Traditions 3) Dislocation and the pain to build a new life in a different world. But she never succumbs to these cliché’s themes so often entails. The New Yorker) .it is the story of a common man and his life and hopes. The New Yorker) ("The Best American Short Stories 2002") "Hell-Heaven" (24 May 2004. love and sorrows. Like in the novel ‘The Namesake’. Bibliography Short story collections • • Interpreter of Maladies (1999) Unaccustomed Earth (2008) Novels • The Namesake (2003) Short stories • • "Nobody's Business" (12 March 2001. instead Lahiri turns it into something both larger and simpler.

The New Yorker) "Year's End" (24 December 2007) "The Third and Final Continent" Awards • • • • • • • • • • 1993 – TransAtlantic Award from the Henfield Foundation 1999 – O.K.• • • "Once In A Lifetime" (1 May 2006. Henry Award for short story "Interpreter of Maladies" 1999 – PEN/Hemingway Award (Best Fiction Debut of the Year) for Interpreter of Maladies 1999 – "Interpreter of Maladies" selected as one of Best American Short Stories 2000 – Addison Metcalf Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters 2000 – "The Third and Final Continent" selected as one of Best American Short Stories 2000 – The New Yorker's Best Debut of the Year for "Interpreter of Maladies" 2000 – Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for her debut Interpreter of Maladies 2000 – James Beard Foundation's M. Fisher Distinguished Writing Award for "Indian Takeout" in Food & Wine Magazine 2002 – Guggenheim Fellowship .F.

July 2003. Narayan. Ecco. Penguin Classics. August 2006.• • • 2002 – "Nobody's Business" selected as one of Best American Short Stories 2008 – Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award for Unaccustomed Earth 2009 – Asian American Literary Award for Unaccustomed Earth Contributions • • • (Introduction) The Magic Barrel: Stories by Bernard Malamud. 2008 --------------- . State by State: A Panoramic Portrait of America edited by Matt Weiland and Sean Wilsey. "Rhode Island" (essay).K. (Introduction) Malgudi Days by R. September 16. Farrar. Straus and Giroux.

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