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July 07, 2016

International Impact: Jhumpa Lahiri

Text by Huzan Tata. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

For her literary achievements which got her due recognition from President Barack Obama

Her linguistic finesse makes Jhumpa Lahiri’s literary offerings like Unaccustomed Earth, The Namesake, Interpreter of Maladies and The Lowland find pride of place on many a bibliophile’s bookshelf. Last December she published an essay titled Teach Yourself Italian in The New Yorker, declaring her intention of only writing in Italian hereon. The US President Barack Obama honoured Lahiri with the 2014 National Humanities Medal in September 2015 — an accolade that is given for having widened the public’s engagement with literature and for having ‘deepened the nation’s understanding of the human experience’.

Creative instincts: She once said, ‘I hear sentences as I’m staring out the window, or chopping vegetables, or waiting on a subway platform alone.’

Importance of work: ‘It gives me a sense of self.’

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