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Women Who Inspire: Jhumpa Lahiri

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NAME: Jhumpa Lahiri

AGE: 46

OCCUPATION: Author/novelist

WHO SHE IS: Jhumpa Lahir is a Pulitzer Prize winner and author of two short story collections (Unaccustomed Earth and Interpreter of Maladies) as well as two novels (The Namesake: A Novel, and her most recent, The Lowland, which was published in September 2013). Her simplicity of storytelling has earned Lahiri accolade upon accolade. The Lowland was a nominee for The Man Booker Prize and the National Book Award for Fiction, and Lahiri serves on President Obama’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities.

WHY SHE INSPIRES ME: So many other writers — particularly writers of South Asian heritage – lay the metaphors on thick and try to impress with dazzling language and complex turn of phrase, but Lahiri’s work is the writing equivalent of a perfect Picasso; a few strokes of genius on a blank sheet — and voila. Her understated, modest persona is an inspiration to any writer (this one included), published or aspiring.

Filed under: 38/38


Savita Iyer-Ahrestani

Savita Iyer-Ahrestani (www.savitaiyer.net) is a freelance writer based in State College, PA. She is a contributor to Dr. Oz’s Youbeauty.com and Vogue’s Mumbai, India edition. Her articles have also appeared on CNN.com, Business Week online, Spirituality & Health magazine and Saveur magazine, among others. She’s is the co-author of “Brandstorm: Surviving and Thriving in the Consumer-Led Marketplace” (Palgrave-MacMillan, 2012) and is currently at work on a novel.


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