Jhumpa Lahiri Summary

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Chapter-5 Short Stories of Jhumpa Lahiri: A Critical Analysis The previous chapter examines the two novels and collection of short stories of Chitra, who belongs to the first generation Diaspora writers, this chapter tries to explain the second generation Daispora writer Jumpha Lahiri and analyse collection of her short stories.It also tries to project the difference between these two writers in the later part of the study. Both writers deal with the concepts of multiculturalism, hybridity and translationalism. The first generation writers identified with their homeland whereas the second generation writers identified themselves to the land of their residence rather than to their homeland. A constant change has taken place lately in the…show more content…
(111). Thestory focuses on Mrs.Sen’s life on a day to day basis, which largely revolves around cutting vegetables and preparing fish. Eliot is amused at her manners, which is sharp contrast to that of his working and sophisticated American mother who is too critical about Mrs.Sen. He looked with surprise at her manners – the way she applied scarlet powder to her forehead, the blade she used to cut vegetables instead of a knife, the amount of food she prepared for herself and her husband that smelled of cumin and other spices.In every possible way and with little available at her disposal, she tries to create home away from home in her modest apartment in America through imagination –This disjunction between past and present, between here and there, makes 'home ' seem far removed in time and space, available to return only through the act of imagination ... In this formulation, the home becomes primarily a mental construct built from the incomplete odds and ends of memory that survive from the past. It exists in a fractured, discontinuous relationship with the present (McLeod,

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