KEYWORDS: Subject, Void, the Thing, Trauma INTRODUCTION Jhumpa Lahiri’s “Going Ashore”, the last story of the trilogy of “Hema and Kaushik” from. Unaccustomed Earth is a collection of short stories from Pulitzer Prize winning author Jhumpa Lahiri. This is her second collection of stories, the first being the Pulitzer-winning Interpreter of Maladies. As with much of Lahiri’s work, Unaccustomed Earth considers the lives of Also present is the dilemma of coming between another person’s happiness. Hema goes to Italy. • Kaushik’s life story. • Edo’s party. • Their romantic dates. • Kaushik asks Hema to go with him. • She loses her bangle.

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Never before has Lahiri mined so perfectly the secrets of the human heart. In which stories do the children successfully “strike their roots into unaccustomed earth”? Why do others find themselves unable to establish roots? How do their feelings of restlessness and insecurity stem from growing up in two cultures? Jhummpa other more universal problems do they experience? In what ways does their lack of attachment to a place or culture reflect a more general trend in society?

In “Unaccustomed Earth,” what underlies the tension in the relationship between Ruma and her father as the story opens? In what ways does “Hell-Heaven” echo the themes explored in “Unaccustomed Earth”? How does the way the story unfolds add to its power and its poignancy?

What is the significance of the title “A Choice of Accommodations”?

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Do you think the events of the weekend bring Amit a better sense of who he is, what he wants and needs from Megan, and his role as a husband and father? Will the weekend change anything for Amit and Megan and their relationship?

Why did Sudha and Rahul develop in such different ways?

What attracts Sudha to Roger, and Rahul to Elena? Does Paul really want to help Sang, or does he get involved in her relationship with Farouk for more selfish reasons?

In “Once in khumpa Lifetime,” Hema addresses Kaushik directly as she recalls the time they spent together as teenagers. How does this twist on the first-person narration change your experience as a reader? Does it establish a greater intimacy between you and the narrator? Does it have an effect on the flow of the narrative?


On the way Hema presents her memories? Is it comparable, for example, to reading a private letter or diary? In an interview with BookforumLahiri, whose parents immigrated to London and then to the United States, said, “My parents befriended people simply for the fact that they were like them on the surface; they were Bengali, and that made their circle incredibly vast.

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My own circle of friends is much more homogenous, because most of my friends went to college—Ivy League or some other fine institution—and vote a certain way. Why does this attachment deteriorate when the Choudhuri family returns from India? Does his conversation with his father [pp. Why is he so outraged by llahiri fascination with the pictures of his mother? He later reflects, “in their silence they continued both to protect and to punish me” [p. What traces of their younger ahsore are visible in both Hema and Kaushik?

Why does Hema find the idea of an arranged marriage appealing? How has her affair with Julian affected her ideas about romantic love? What does her description of her relationship with Navin [pp. In what ways does the peripatetic life of a photojournalist suit his idea of himself? In addition to the many moves his family made, what other experiences make him ,ahiri up to be an outsider, “away from the private detritus of life” [p.

What does the reunion in Rome reveal about the ties that bind Hema and Kaushik despite their many years of separation? What do they come to realize about themselves and the plans they have goong as the intimacy between them escalates?

In what ways does “Going Ashore” bring lahjri the themes threaded through the earlier stories? What does the ending demonstrate about realities of trying to find a home in the world?

The stories lqhiri Unaccustomed Earth offer a moving, highly original perspective on the clash between family jhumla cultural traditions and the search for individual identity. How does the sense of displacement felt by the older, immigrant generation affect their American-born children? In trying to fit in with goong American friends, do they sacrifice their connections to their heritage? In what ways are the challenges they face more complex than those of their parents?


Several stories feature marriages between an Indian-American and an American-and in once case, English-spouse. What characteristics do these mixed marriages share? In what ways does becoming parents themselves bring up or renew questions about cultural identity? Introduction In eight finely crafted stories, Jhumpa Lahiri explores the expectations, allegiances, and conflicts that both create and fray the ties between generations. The Goint families she depicts struggle with doubts and uncertainties, emotional upheavals in their personal lives, and feelings of displacement in the face of cultural and social shifts and changes.

Many of the characters cope with unsettling events and unanticipated feelings: A magnificent trio of linked stories traces the intersecting lives of Hema and Kaushik from their childhood meeting in Massachusetts to a chance encounter many lahidi later in Rome. Told from the points of view of both characters, the three stories capture the difficulties of reconciling the hold of the past and the freedom and possibilities that beckon in a world in which family ties and geographical borders are disappearing.

As she traces these journeys, both external and internal, Jhumpa Lahiri brilliantly illuminates the emotional landscape tread by parents, children, spouses, and lovers of every culture and generation. Questions and Topics for Discussion 1.

She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and the author of two previous books. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. Learn More About Unaccustomed Earth print. LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. Read it Forward Read it first. Stay in Touch Sign up. We are experiencing technical difficulties. Ashoe try again later.