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Practice Essay Topics

1. None of the characters in these stories are at peace. Do you agree?

2. We can never broach the space between two cultures. Discuss

3. Jhumpa Lahiri's stories aren't about being Indian, but about being human. Do you agree?

4. Becoming part of a new society is more important to migrants than retaining their old society. Discuss

5. Interpreter of Maladies is about lonlieness and isolation. Do you agree?

6. Each of these nine stories has the capacity to amaze us. "In Lahiri's sympathetic tales, the pang of disappointment turns into a sudden hunger to know more. Lahiri's achievement is something like Twinkle's. She breathes unpredictable life into the page, and the reader finishes each story reseduced, wishing he could spend a whole novel with its characters."
How does Lahiri manage to create detailed characters using the short story format? Discuss using examples to illustrate.

7. Rather than leave his weekly rent on the piano, the narrator of "The Third and Final Continent" hands it to Mrs. Croft.
What similar small acts of kindness, courtesy, concern, or compassion are seen in the stories that Lahiri tells? Explain, using examples from the text.

8. Lahiri has said, "As a storyteller, I'm aware that there are limitations in communication."
What importance in the stories do miscommunication and unexpressed feelings have? Discuss

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