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Rift in Marriages: A study of Family Dynamics in Jhumpa Lahiri’s Interpreter of Maladies

Journal: International Journal of English, Literature and Social Science (Vol.8, No. 5)

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Page : 191-195

Keywords : Diaspora; culture; immigrants; ethnic; marriage and relationship;

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Jhumpa Lahiri is a writer of South Asian origin who was born and brought up in the United States. She debuted with her short story collection Interpreter of Maladies. The stories in this collection glance at the Indo-American diaspora. All the nine stories in this collection are aligned with the recurring patterns. The institution of marriage, romantic relationship and Indian family system vs American family pattern has been focused at length. The subtitle of the novel goes perfectly with the themes of the stories. Geetha Ganapathy- Dore' notes that “Indian people, films, novels, beauty-queens, food and spirituality cross borders easily.” She adds that Lahiri's collection was originally sub-titled ‘Bengal, Boston and Beyond' (58) The three stories chosen for study reflect a modern world that witnesses the assimilation of different cultures and problem of immigrants while living in an ethnic group. “Temporary Matter”, “Sexy” and “Interpreter of Maladies” have been chosen to make the study specific. All of these emphasize on the life and circumstances leading to the rift in marriage and relationships deficit of love. This work also reflects the diaspora experiences of the Indian immigrants belonging to the first and second generation. The lucidity of language and expression are quite commendable.

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