A Temporary Matter by Jhumpa Lahiri. Adaptation for a Short Film

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A Temporary Matter

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Hassam Mairaj

A Temporary Matter
Introduction
"A Temporary Matter" was originally published in the New Yorker in April 1998 and is the first story in Jhumpa Lahiri's debut collection, Interpreter of Maladies (1999). The collection won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, a rare achievement for a short-story collection.
The story takes place over five days, beginning March 19, at the suburban Boston home of a married couple, Nadia and Ali. During this week, when they must cope with a one-hour power outage each evening, the grief and alienation that the two have suffered since the stillbirth of their child six months earlier builds to a climax.

Plot Summary
The story opens with Nadia, a
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He decides to tell Nadia something he had vowed to himself that he would never tell her. Nadia does not know that Ali held their baby at the hospital while she slept. Nadia does not even know the baby's gender and has said that she is glad that she has no knowledge about the lost child. Ali tells Nadia that the baby was a girl and goes on to describe her appearance in detail, including that the baby's hands were closed into fists the way Nadia's are when she sleeps. Ali leaves the room and Nadia is shown with a teardrop falling from her eye.

Characters
Nadia
Nadia is a thirty-two-year-old woman who is married to Ali. She is tall and broad-shouldered. She fell in love with Ali during college time and later married him and moved with him to a new house.
Nadia works in an advertising agency and sometimes takes on extra work for home. She works out at a gym regularly.
Six months before the time of the story, Nadia's first child was stillborn. This tragedy has changed her habits and her relationship with her husband. While she was formerly a neat and enthusiastic housekeeper and cook, she has become careless about the house and has stopped cooking. She previously had the habit of being prepared for anything, ranging from last minute guests and daily life surprises. Now she likes spending more time at work and even keeps herself busy in work at home. Nadia’s character transformed immensely after the child
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