The Interpreter Of Maladies By Jhumpa Lahiri

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Indian lawyer, politician, social activist, and writer who became the leader of the nationalist movement against the British rule in India Mahatma Gandhi once declared, “A nation’s culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people.” Culture refers to the characteristics of a group of people, including their cuisine, social habits, religion, music, and art. It seems as if culture influences the way humans learn and live. These practices are important to people because it shapes your own personality, as well as how we behave and think. In the many short stories inside The Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri, Lahiri effectively describes the difficulties that immigrants have adapting to American culture. The characters of the…show more content…
Also, when Mr. Pirzada comes to eat dinner at night he brings candies with him to give to Lilia. Lilia uses the candies Mr. Pirzada gives her, as faith that his family is okay. Lahiri then states, “Eventually, I took a square of white chocolate out of the box, and unwrapped it, and then I did something I had never done before. I put the chocolate in my mouth, letting it soften until the last possible moment, and then as I chewed it slowly, I prayed that Mr. Pirzada’s family was safe and sound.” (pg4) This comes at a time when Lilia had never prayed before. This moment marks the beginning of Lilia’s nightly routine of eating one of Mr. Pirzada’s candies and praying for his family. Lilia believes that, by eating the candy in this manner, she is helping his family and has faith that his family will be all right. Being around Mr. Pirzada for the past few weeks has changed Lilia in a spiritual way. Without his being there, she would never have gotten in touch with her beliefs. That same night, Lilia doesn’t brush her teeth because she is afraid that she’d “somehow rinse the prayer out as well.” (Lahiri pg 4) Lilia cares so much about Mr. Pirzada and his family that she violates her parents rule requiring her to always brushing her teeth at night . Mr.Pirzada being
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