Behind the Scenes: Jhumpa Lahiri

Jhumpa Lahiri’s parents emigrated from India. Jhumpa Lahiri was born in London, England, on July 11, 1967. Her family moved to the United States and she was raised in Rhode Island where her father worked as a librarian and her mother as a teacher. She earned her B.A in English Literature from Barnard College. Lahiri then attended Boston University and received her M.A in English, Creative Writing, and Comparative Studies in Literature and the Arts, as well as a Ph.D. in Renaissance Studies. Jhumpa Lahiri also taught creative writing at Boston University and Rhode Island School of Design. At the time being, Lahiri lives in New York City with her husband and son and is working on her second novel.


Jhumpa Lahiri, now 41 years old, is a famous Indian American author of Bengali origin. In fact, much of Jhumpa Lahiri’s books deal with the lives of Indian-Americans, particularly Bengalis. In 2000, Lahiri became the first Asian to win the Pulitzer Prize on behalf of her first fiction book called Interpreter of Maladies, which was published in 1999. Interpreter of Maladies has also won her the PEN/Hemmingway Award (Best Fiction Debut of the Year) an O. Henry Award, The New Yorker’s Best Debut of the Year award, and an Addison Metcalf award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2000. Her second book and first novel, The Namesake came out in 2003 and was a major national bestseller, which was successfully, named the New York Magazine Book of the Year. Her books have also been renowned as the New York Times Notable Book, Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year, a New England book show selection, Los Angeles Times best book, and Los Angeles Times book prize Finalist.