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Tuesday, March 13, 2007

East Indians in America

The release of director Mira Nair’s film "The Namesake" on both coasts last week introduces many to the work of author Jhumpa Lahiri. Born in London in 1967, but raised in Rhode Island, Lahiri’s debut collection of short stories, Interpreter of Maladies, won a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2000.Three years later, she published her first novel, The Namesake, to rave reviews.

The book and film chronicle the life of the Ganguli family, who emigrated to the United States from India in the 1960s. Their son comes of age straddling two cultures, and undergoes a challenging search for identity.

Lahiri is one of several authors who have captured their East-Indian roots in their writing. Check out:

Bollywood Confidential by Sonia Singh.

The Tree Bride by Bharati Mukherjee.

Serving Crazy With Curry by Amulya Malladi.

The Village Bride of Beverly Hills by Kavita Daswani.

The Unknown Errors of Our Lives by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni.

Shiva Dancing by Bharti Kirchner.

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Answers to the quiz in our Friday, March 9 posting:

Lou Ferrigno, the weightlifter who starred in the “The Incredible Hulk” TV series, has a permanent partial hearing loss due to childhood illness, and Kenny Walker, who played for the Denver Broncos in the early 1990s, is deaf.

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