Chapters of Interpreter of Maladies pdf
Chapter 1: A Temporary Matter
– Setting: Somerville, Massachusetts
– Shoba and Shukumar are a married couple living in a state of estrangement since the stillbirth of their child.
– They receive a notice about a temporary power outage that will occur each night for an hour in their neighborhood.
– During the power outage, they start a game of telling each other secrets, trying to reconnect.
– Shoba reveals that she had an affair and wants to move out.
– Shukumar feels devastated and realizes their marriage has fallen apart.
Chapter 2: When Mr. Pirzada Came to Dine
– Setting: Massachusetts, during the Bangladesh Liberation War in the 1970s
– Lilia, a young girl from an Indian family, becomes fascinated by Mr. Pirzada, a distanced Pakistani scholar.
– Mr. Pirzada visits their house to have dinner and becomes a frequent guest.
– Lilia learns about the violent situation in East Pakistan (now Bangladesh).
– Lilia’s parents start worrying about their extended family in India and decide to return to their homeland.
– Lilia says goodbye to Mr. Pirzada, who gives her a gift and expresses his gratitude for their hospitality.
Chapter 3: Interpreter of Maladies
– Setting: India
– Mr. Kapasi, a tour guide and part-time interpreter, accompanies the Das family on a visit to multiple sites in India.
– Mrs. Das, a discontented wife and mother, confides in Mr. Kapasi and reveals her unhappiness in her marriage.
– Mr. Kapasi develops a crush on Mrs. Das.
– Mrs. Das asks Mr. Kapasi to interpret her son’s maladies, as she believes he has special powers.
– The family leaves abruptly, leaving Mr. Kapasi feeling disappointed and unfulfilled.
Chapter 4: A Real Durwan
– Setting: Calcutta, India
– Boori Ma, an old woman and a “real durwan” (gatekeeper), lives in an apartment building.
– She yearns for a better life and often fantasizes about grandeur.
– Boori Ma’s belongings are stolen, leaving her homeless and destitute.
– The tenants think she must have stolen her missing belongings and cast her out.
– Boori Ma wanders the streets, disoriented and broken.
Chapter 5: Sexy
– Setting: Unknown
– Miranda, a young American woman on vacation in an unknown country, meets Dev, a young Indian man.
– They have an affair, and Miranda quickly becomes infatuated with him.
– Dev reveals that he is married but feels emotionally distant from his wife.
– Miranda’s feelings for Dev intensify, but he breaks up with her, leaving her heartbroken.
Chapter 6: Mrs. Sen’s
– Setting: Massachusetts
– Eliot, a young boy, becomes fascinated by his neighbor, Mrs. Sen, an elderly Bengali woman.
– Mrs. Sen struggles to adapt to her life in America and constantly worries about her family back in India.
– Eliot helps Mrs. Sen with chores and accompanies her on outings.
– Mrs. Sen’s own inability to drive and adapt to American life leads to increasing isolation and distress.
Chapter 7: This Blessed House
– Setting: Connecticut
– Twinkle, a new bride, moves into a house with her husband, Sanjeev.
– They discover Christian artifacts all over the house, left behind by the previous owners.
– Sanjeev, who is less spiritual, wants to remove the artifacts, but Twinkle insists on keeping them.
– They argue about their religious differences and the clash of their cultural identities.
– Twinkle realizes that their marriage is based on superficialities and questions their compatibility.
Chapter 8: The Treatment of Bibi Haldar
– Setting: Calcutta, India
– Bibi Haldar is a young woman who suffers from recurring inexplicable fainting spells.
– Her condition leads to gossip and alienation from her community.
– Doctors struggle to diagnose her condition until one determines that she has epilepsy.
– Bibi Haldar starts taking medication and marries a man who understands her condition.
Chapter 9: The Third and Final Continent
– Setting: Cambridge, Massachusetts in the 1960s
– An unnamed narrator, an Indian man, moves to the United States to start a new job and life.
– He rents a room from an eccentric elderly woman, Mrs. Croft.
– He adjusts to America’s culture shock, loneliness, and the challenges of his new job.
– The narrator arranges for his Indian wife, whom he barely knows, to join him in America.
– The couple eventually finds happiness in their companionship and the reconciliation of their different cultures.
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