Things To Know About Jhumpa Lahiri

Nilanjana Sudeshna Lahiri, aka, Jhumpa Lahiri is one of the most celebrated writers of our times. Jhumpa is known for her short stories, novels, and essays in English, and, more recently, in Italian. Born on 11th July 1967, she has many awards to her name. Here is everything that you need to know about her:

  • Lahiri was born in London to parents who emigrated from India. She grew up in Rhode Island.

  • She was born as Nilanjana Lahiri but soon learned that her name was impossible to pronounce in American classrooms. So she started going by her nickname, Jhumpa.

Jhumpa Lahiri with her parents.

  • As a child, Lahiri noticed how much her mother missed Calcutta and its social norms. This has had a lasting influence on her writing.

  • She attended Barnard College. After graduating, she moved on to Boston University, where she earned three master’s degrees in English, creative writing, and comparative studies in literature and the art, followed by a doctoral degree in Renaissance studies.

  • Lahiri married in 2001 and now lives in Brooklyn with her husband and their two children.

Jhumpa Lahiri with her husband

  • Her first book, the story collection Interpreter of Maladies, won the Pulitzer Prize in 2000. It was followed in 2003 by The Namesake, which was made into a film by the Indian director Mira Nair.

  • In 2012, Jhumpa Lahiri did something drastic. She moved her entire family to Italy. Where she immersed herself in Italian language and literature. This resulted in a gorgeous memoir by Jhumpa Lahiri, titled In Other Words.

  • She was awarded the 2014 National Medals of Arts and Humanities by US President Barack Obama at the White House for her exemplary writings centered around Indo- American experience from the lens of an Indian migrant.

  • Lahiri was also a member of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities. Appointed by US President Barack Obama in 2010.




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