Lahiri’s stories show that it is important for characters to connect with others
Connection is simply defined as a relationship between people or groups, and it can be made by connecting each other through their communication, assimilation with each other, or their religion and tradition. Jhumpa Lahiri’s short stories ‘Interpreter of maladies’ demonstrates that it is important for people to connect with each other. All the stories in the book involve a relationship between a couple, friend, family or American society who has an Indian background.
In Lahiri’s short stories she stated much about the communications between people and how does the communications being absent. With miscommunication or unexpressed feelings, the characters destroyed their wellbeing of their connections.’ A temporary matter’ probably is the best story that demonstrates this theme. Shukumar and Shoba are entrapped in their baby’s death, and avoid communicating with each other. “Tonight, with no lights, they would have to eat together. For months now, they had served themselves from the stove”. Darkness forced them to become together with a chance to be connect with each other. It also helped them to take of all the disguises, allowing them to share secrets with each other freely that they’ve being hiding from. In ‘Interpreter of Maladies’, Mr. Kapasi, who is the interpreter of maladies, as Mrs. Das called him, has lost his ability to communicate with his wife, forced him to drinking tea overnight in loneness, also he has gave up his dream about becoming a diplomatist, since he lost his skills of speaking languages, and leaving him only in English which he does not have a confidence of. The connections that are made by communicating with people and it have a great effect on the relationships between people.
Connections can also be made by assimilating into another group or society even just a person. In this book, ‘interpreter of maladies’, all the stories mentioned either an...