Interpreter of Maladies: Stories of Bengal, Boston and Beyond

Author: Jhumpa Lahiri

Publisher: Harpercollins Publishers India


The book is an anthology of stories which carry a common theme of a regional household setup being established in a foreign land and how the characters often fight their own battle with the self and the surrounding in trying to amalgamate cultures, cuisines and concerns.

The stories have a peculiar touch of a large bengali background and transports the readers to a vintage time, where everything was simple, serene and surrounded.

It was beautiful reading about radio programmes, telegrams, flights and similar things which belonged to a post partition time and had the sweet simplicity.

The book has stories which have no link with each other, yet they are all connected in a single thread.

The pain of being away from home, the joy of welcoming the new but not being able to understand how and when you became one is the larger beauty of the stories.

The book is a must read for those who look out for descriptive and constructive narratives and when they end they leave you with a feeling of awe.


“I am not the only man to seek his fortune far from home, and certainly I am not the first. Still, there are times I am bewildered by each mile I have traveled, each meal I have eaten, each person I have known, each room in which I have slept. As ordinary as it all appears, there are times when it is beyond my imagination.”
― Jhumpa Lahiri, Interpreter of Maladies