Jhumpa Lahiri

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Prayushi Amin

Professor: Jacqueline landau

English 103

14th November 2012

Importance of communication in relationships

“Communication is the key to a healthy relationship”. It is a pillar on which every relationship is balanced. Relationships are never stable, but communication has the ability heal every wound. Majority of Jhumpa Lahiri’s work is based on the importance of communication and relationships. Her stories are influenced by relationship problems, and the ups and downs one faces in maintaining relationships. Most of the characters, in her stories have been facing a difficulty in communicating their feelings to the opposite character. Jhumpa Lahiri is an American Indian, who was born in London and brought up in the United states. Through her stories, in the book ‘Interpreter of Maladies’, she communicates her thoughts about relationship problems faced by couples, parents and american indian children. Some of the characters from the book are engaged in an arranged marriage, whereas the others commit in a love marriage.Couples fitting in both the categories have been facing relationship problems due to different reasons.

In the story, ‘interpreter of Maladies’, Communication breaks down repeatedly often with hurtful consequences. Mr Kapasi is engaged in an arrange marriage, whereas Mr and Mrs Das are committed in a love marriage. Mr. Kapasi, who is the interpreter of maladies, has lost his ability to communicate with his wife, forcing him to drink his tea in silence at night and leading to a loveless marriage. Mr and Mrs Das have lost the ability to communicate because Mrs Das has been keeping a dark secret from Mr Das which can kill their marriage. On the other hand, Shukumar in ‘The Temporary Matter’, has not had a proper conversation with his wife, since their child’s death. The…...

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