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Interpreter of Maladies

Jhumpa Lahiri

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Interpreter of Maladies | Characters

Character Description
Bibi Haldar Bibi Haldar is the protagonist of the story "The Treatment of Bibi Haldar." She suffers from a mysterious ailment involving sudden seizures, and no doctor has been able to treat her successfully. Read More
Mr. Kapasi Mr. Kapasi is the protagonist in the story "Interpreter of Maladies." He works as both a tour guide and as a doctor's assistant, and at age 46, he feels trapped in an unexciting marriage. Read More
Lilia Lilia is the child narrator of "When Mr. Pirzada Came to Dine." Age 10, she forms a close relationship with Mr. Pirzada, perhaps because he badly misses his daughters. Read More
Boori Ma Boori Ma is a hall-porter, or concierge, who is the 64-year-old protagonist in the story "A Real Durwan." Read More
Miranda Miranda is the main character in the story "Sexy." She is a 22-year-old employee in the fundraising department of a public radio station in Boston. Read More
Young Indian narrator The unnamed narrator in "The Third and Final Continent" is the main character in the story. From Calcutta originally, he is a young Indian immigrant who has found a job in the library at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Read More
Mr. Pirzada Mr. Pirzada is the title character and protagonist in "When Mr. Pirzada Came to Dine." From Dacca in East Pakistan (now Bangladesh), he is visiting the United States for a year on a government grant to study the foliage of New England. Read More
Mrs. Sen Mrs. Sen is the title character and the protagonist in the story "Mrs. Sen's." She is a babysitter for Eliot, an 11-year-old boy in the Boston area whose mother must commute every day to a distant office for work. Read More
Shukumar Shukumar is a young Indian American husband who plays a leading role in "A Temporary Matter." Shukumar is a graduate student working on his doctoral dissertation. Read More
Twinkle Twinkle is one of the main characters in the story "This Blessed House." She is married to Sanjeev. Read More
Bobby Das In "Interpreter of Maladies," Bobby is one of the Das children. Mrs. Das reveals that her husband is not Bobby's father.
Mr. Bradford Mr. and Mrs. Bradford are an elderly couple who are neighbors of Shukumar and Shoba in "A Temporary Matter." Their marital happiness contrasts with Shoba and Shukumar's grief and alienation.
Mrs. Bradford Mr. and Mrs. Bradford are an elderly couple who are neighbors of Shukumar and Shoba in "A Temporary Matter." Their marital happiness contrasts with Shoba and Shukumar's grief and alienation.
Mr. Chatterjee Mr. Chatterjee is portrayed as a sagacious but ultimately biased and judgmental apartment dweller in "A Real Durwan."
Mrs. Croft In "The Third and Final Continent," Mrs. Croft is the colorful, eccentric character who is the narrator's landlady when he is newly arrived in Cambridge. She is 103 years old.
Mr. Dalal In "A Real Durwan," Mr. Dalal is a resident of the apartment building where Boori Ma is the durwan, or concierge. Mr. Dalal sells plumbing fixtures.
Mrs. Dalal In "A Real Durwan," Mrs. Dalal is an apartment resident who is kind to Boori Ma.
Mr. Das In "Interpreter of Maladies," Mr. Das is an Indian American schoolteacher on vacation with his family in India.
Mrs. Das Mrs. Das is the wife of Mr. Das in the story "Interpreter of Maladies." She is portrayed as selfish, narcissistic, and guilt-ridden; before the time of the story, she had a secret extramarital affair, as she confesses to Mr. Kapasi.
Dev Dev is a married Indian American man who has an extramarital affair with Miranda in "Sexy."
Eliot Eliot is an 11-year-old boy who is cared for after school by the title character in "Mrs. Sen's."
Eliot's mother In "Mrs. Sen's," Eliot's mother arranges for the child's babysitting after school, since she must commute for work at a distant office.
Gillian In "A Temporary Matter," Gillian is a friend of Shoba's who drives her to the hospital when she goes into labor.
Haldar Haldar is Bibi's cousin in "The Treatment of Bibi Haldar." He owns a cosmetics shop and employs Bibi in a minor job.
Haldar's wife In "The Treatment of Bibi Haldar," Haldar's wife resentfully accuses Bibi of having infected or bewitched the Haldars' child.
Helen Helen is Mrs. Croft's daughter in "The Third and Final Continent."
Mrs. Kenyon Mrs. Kenyon is Lilia's teacher in "When Mr. Pirzada Came to Dine." She is portrayed as authoritarian and narrow minded.
Laxmi Laxmi is Miranda's coworker in "Sexy." As the story opens, she has learned that her cousin's husband has begun an extramarital affair.
Laxmi's cousin In "Sexy," Laxmi's cousin is deserted by her husband, who has decided to embark on an extramarital affair.
Laxmi's cousin's husband The husband of Laxmi's cousin in "Sexy" meets a woman on a plane flight from India to Montreal and decides to begin an affair with her.
Lilia's mother In "When Mr. Pirzada Came to Dine," Lilia's mother is proud that her daughter will grow up according to American customs and traditions.
Lilia's father Lilia's father in "When Mr. Pirzada Came to Dine" thinks that Lilia should learn more at school about history and current events in South Asia.
Mala In "The Third and Final Continent," Mala is the Indian-born wife of the narrator. After some time, she joins him in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Rohin In "Sexy," Rohin is the young son of Laxmi's cousin.
Ronny Das Ronny is one of Mr. and Mrs. Das's three children in "Interpreter of Maladies."
Sanjeev Sanjeev is Twinkle's husband in the story "This Blessed House." He is portrayed as conformist and conventional.
Mr. Sen Mr. Sen teaches math at a local university in "Mrs. Sen's." He seems emotionally distant from his wife's efforts to assimilate to life in America.
Shoba Shoba is Shukumar's wife in "A Temporary Matter"; she works for a publishing company near Boston, Massachusetts. Six months before the action of the story, the loss of her baby has scarred her life and her marriage.
Tina Das In "Interpreter of Maladies," Tina is the young daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Das.
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