Jhumpa Lahiri Awarded at The White House

by Mrinal VermaSeptember 15, 2015

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 Awarded at The White House


Jhumpa Lahiri Awarded at The White House

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.

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About The Author
Mrinal Verma
Mrinal Verma
I have always been that girl in the corner with glasses dangling between my ears and my nose buried deep in a book. 20 year old English Literature major, and I absolutely love reading books, watching TV shows and movies that mentally torture me and keeps me up all night crying over the characters that do not exist. And just like everybody else, I enjoy a good cup of coffee and the pleasure of listening to good music.

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