You Must Read This: Disha Bose on Interpreter of Maladies, a striking portrayal of Indian lives by Bengali author Jhumpa Lahiri

Disha Bose. Photo by Emma Jervis

Disha Bose

I was ten when Jhumpa Lahiri won the Pulitzer for Interpreter of Maladies. My mother, an avid reader, made an excited comment about how Lahiri was the first Indian to win the award, and she might even have been a bit teary-eyed. None of those words meant anything to me at the time, when I was walking out of the shop with yet another Wodehouse title to add to my collection.