Jhumpa Lahiri Awarded at The White House
Indians all over the world could not help but swell with pride when Jhumpa Lahiri was presented with the National Humanities Medal for her contribution to fictional literature. It has been no surprise that people with Indian roots have been experimenting and excelling at many things. Only in the recent past, there have been many cases where Indian-Americans have been awarded and appreciated in the US.
She was honoured during an event at the White House, and the president himself has always been a big fan of her work. Her book, The Lowland, was one of the books in Obama’s reading list in the summers. Back in 2010, she was also a member of President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. It was evident during the event that they shared respect and admiration for each other. His speech in the function also worded his admiration. Jhumpa Lahiri was seated next to the first lady.
She was praised “for enlarging the human story”, and that “in her works of fiction, Doctor Lahiri has illuminated the Indian-American experience in beautifully wrought narratives of estrangement and belonging.”
Lahiri is amongst the youngest guests in the gathering which consisted of highly respected names like Annie Dillard, Larry LcMurtry, Rebecca Goldstein, Evelyn Higginbotham, Vicki Ruiz, etc. The evening ended on a playful note when the president called out for the author, asking “Where is Jhumpa?” After becoming aware that she had left, he said “Tell her I love her!” before leaving himself. Also Read – LG G5
Jhumpa Lahiri has been successful and loved in her field for years now. Her previous books including Interpreter of Maladies, and The Namesake has gathered many critical appreciation. Even presidential candidate Hillary Clinton spoke highly of her talent. She was born in London and lived in New York. She also taught Creative Writing at Princeton.