April 3, 2010

Interpreter of Maladies - Jhumpa Lahiri

This is a book of short stories and a winner of the Pulitzer Prize. Jhumpa Lahiri tells stories mostly about first and second generation Indians in the US.

The Temporary Matter: This is a story about a week in the life of a couple. This is the week with an hour of power cut. It talks about how they avoid each other after the loss of their child to stillbirth. Coincidentally they start a game to go along with the power cut. Through this game we come to know of their pasts, their emotions and an unexpected climax.

When Mr. Pirzada Came To Dine: This is the story of a man separated from his family during the time Bangladesh was becoming independent from Pakistan.

Overall a good book dealing with complex emotions in a simple language.