The Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
This collection will always have a special place in my heart. I remember coming away from reading it with a strong albeit renewed desire to share my short stories publicly. I also began to nurse the ambition of publishing my own short story collection. And of course, I have always been drawn to stories which showcase the very diverse Indian culture. The stories are mature and imaginative told in the graceful way that we have come to love about Ms. Lahiri’s writing.
He was silent.
“Mr. Kapasi, don’t you have anything to say? I thought that was your job.”
“My job is to give tours, Mrs. Das.”
“Not that. Your other job. As an interpreter.”
“But we do not face a language barrier. What need is there for an interpreter?”