‘Interpreter of Maladies’ — a Book Review from a ‘newbie’ reader
I am an occasional reader who has picked up a hobby of reading books to keep myself in a ‘positive bubble’ in otherwise negative times. I thoroughly enjoyed the fresh start, hence thought of inspiring people like me who always fantasized about sitting in a coffee shop with a book in one hand, and a cafe latte in another, but never got time to do so. This opportunity has been provided in the ‘stay at home’ scenario.
To start with, I came across this beautiful collection of stories in the book — ‘Interpreter of Maladies’, written by author ‘Jhumpa Lahiri’. The experience was so compelling to pen down my reviews for the book. The book has interesting short stories, most of which find their roots in India. Stories are very descriptive and narration is supported by minor details that start forming an imaginative reel in front of the readers who can literally see the story unfolding. Each story has a distinct plot with fictional characters which come alive as one reads through. It manages to captivate the interest of its readers so much that one would want the story to go on and on. It is a good bedtime read as it indulges the reader in the realms of imagination.
I was completely swayed away by stories — ‘A temporary matter’, ‘Interpreter of Maladies’, ‘Sexy’ and ‘The third and final Continent’. The first two show how relationships unfold over a period of time between couples who are carrying their own baggage of guilt that eventually starts controlling their changing feelings for each other. ‘Sexy’ has two parallel stories interwoven so beautifully that it throws light on both perspectives of ‘extra marital affair’ and how it adversely affects the people involved. What I liked about ‘The third and Final Continent’ is the description of arranged marriage in Indian society. The backdrop of the story shows that when two unknown people are made to come together to start a new life, the feelings progress at a slow pace, hence forming a strong foundation of a long lasting relationship.
To think of the negatives, only thing that comes to my mind is that there could have been more stories. But maybe as a beginner I would not have picked up a hefty book to read. All in all, I would highly recommend the book to those who value emotions and want to taste the multi-cultural aspect of Indian Society. Kudos to the author who has brought life into the pages of her book. I would rate it generously at 4.5 on a scale of 5.