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September 15, 2015

Verve’s Power Women: Jhumpa Lahiri

Text by Shraddha Jahagirdar-Saxena. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

“I thought that I had not done justice to the time and events that inspired the story,” Jhumpa Lahiri talks about winning an award for her book The Lowland

Jhumpa Lahiri, 47

Her fourth book, The Lowland, grabbed headlines when it got its creator the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature (2014). Jhumpa Lahiri had earlier stated in an interview that the expat novel had taken 16 years to see the light of day. The author who straddles two continents, was born Nilanjana Sudeshna to Bengali-Indian immigrants in London. The family moved to the United States of America when she was a child.

THE ITALIAN CONNECT: Lahiri married Alberto Vourvoulias-Bush, now senior editor of Time (Latin America), and has two children, Octavio and Noor. Rome-based, but currently teaching at Princeton University, she had stated that the move to Italy was a geographical experiment.

ON WINNING AN AWARD FOR THE LOWLAND: “I had published this book with the apprehension that I had not done justice to the time and events that inspired the story. I am therefore particularly proud of this prize.”

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