A Collection of Perfection

It’s been almost too long since I’ve posted here. I’m almost ashamed to admit, that I have no reason other than the sole fact that I was in between jobs, cities and starting a new life.

Books have always been my solace, my secret world to crawl into. Whether it was a long, lonely night in a new city, or on a journey alone, one where the destination was not going to make me smile – books have always been with me, around me and near me.

Luckily, I’ve had a lot of time to read; some books helped me understand myself, while some books helped me forget or de-stress. And your very own librarian is here to share all her adventures with you.

For those of you who are searching for your next great read, I have something special for you today.

Some stories are meant to be long, winding, twisting and the right time – while some stories, short, quick, ready to take your breath away in seconds. This book that I present to you today, is one that does it all.

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Jhumpa Lahiri’s Interpreter of Maladies, is a book that will leave you craving for more. A collection of short stories, Lahiri has taken a theme that haunts almost every house in India, marriage. Some have been rushed into, some arranged, some with a tinge of disappointment, some with the comfort of love. There is no such thing as failed love, and it is this theme that she explores with passionate confidence.

Some characters will bring out your sympathetic side, some will leave you with lessons to learn, or memories to forget. But have no doubt in your mind, Lahiri’s characters will leave a lasting impression, and their stories, more so.

Nine tales, nine protagonists, one writer, one book – Interpreter of Maladies is definitely a book that should be on your to-read lists. Mind you, this is not a book of happy endings, love stories or even fairy tales. They are harsh, true, and a voice that should be heard time and over again. Lahiri writes in a simplistic, mature and natural manner. Her words, while carefully chosen, can instigate a variety of emotions, ranging from reader to reader.

She writes flawlessly, and the depth in her characters, and twists in her tales are mature and poignant.

No doubt, I do have a favourite from her collection – I hope that you find one too. Because ever time I wish to go back to a great story, Jhumpa Lahiri’s Interpreter of Maladies is where I always find my comfort story. Whether it’s in a new city, between unopened boxes, or alone on a long journey with a bag pack full of memories, her stories, page after page, all elegantly constructed, leave me at ease with my thoughts.

“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

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