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New Delhi: When the lights turn off, they have their dinner by the stairs in the candlelight: Indian author Jhumpa Lahiri has long captivated the world with her stories of love and the many throes of identity in a foreign land. Her stories, heralded for their eloquence and raw beauty, have kept the hearts tender for all who have read her and reflected on her stories on Diaspora.

On her 48th birthday, we scroll through the 8 most beautiful and clever quotes that Jhumpa Lahiri has penned till now:  


“Still, there are times I am bewildered by each mile I have traveled, each meal I have eaten, each person I have known, each room in which I have slept. As ordinary as it all appears, there are times when it is beyond my imagination.”

― Jhumpa Lahiri, Interpreter of Maladies


“You are still young, free. Do yourself a favor. Before it’s too late, without thinking too much about it first, pack a pillow and a blanket and see as much of the world as you can. You will not regret it. One day it will be too late.”

― Jhumpa Lahiri, The Namesake


“Isolation offered its own form of companionship: the reliable silence of her rooms, the steadfast tranquility of the evenings. The promise that she would find things where she put them, that there would be no interruption, no surprise. It greeted her at the end of each day and lay still with her at night.”

― Jhumpa Lahiri, The Lowland


“Remember that you and I made this journey together to a place where there was nowhere left to go.”

― Jhumpa Lahiri, The Namesake


“Sexy means loving someone you do not know.”

― Jhumpa Lahiri, Interpreter of Maladies


“In a world of diminishing mystery, the unknown persists.”

― Jhumpa Lahiri, The Lowland


“And yet she could not forgive herself. Even as an adult, she wished only that she could go back and change things: the ungainly things she’d worn, the insecurity she’d felt, all the innocent mistakes she made.”

― Jhumpa Lahiri, Unaccustomed Earth


“But she has gathered that Americans, in spite of their public declarations of affection, in spite of their miniskirts and bikinis, in spite of their hand-holding on the street and lying on top of each other on the Cambridge Common, prefer their privacy.”

― Jhumpa Lahiri, The Namesake

First Published | 11 July 2016 2:33 PM
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