35 Inspirational Jhumpa Lahiri Quotes On Success

35 Inspirational Jhumpa Lahiri Quotes On Success

Nilanjana Sudeshna “Jhumpa” Lahiri is an American author known for her short stories, novels and essays in English, and, more recently, in Italian.Lahiri was born in London, the daughter of Indian immigrants from the Indian state of West Bengal. Her family moved to the United States when she was three, Lahiri considers herself an American and has said, “I wasn’t born here, but I might as well have been. May these Jhumpa Lahiri Quotes On Success inspire you to take action so that you may live your dreams.

1. “Isolation offered its own form of companionship.” Jhumpa Lahiri

2. “I always think first about the nature of the story. When I had the idea for ‘The Namesake,’ I felt that it had to be a novel – it couldn’t work as a story.” Jhumpa Lahiri

3. “She has the gift of accepting her life.” Jhumpa Lahiri

4. “A lot of my upbringing was about denying or fretting or evading.” Jhumpa Lahiri

5. “My parents had an arranged marriage, as did so many other people when I was growing up. My father came and had a life in the United States one way and my mother had a different one, and I was very aware of those things. I continue to wonder about it, and I will continue to write about it.” Jhumpa Lahiri

6. “A writer has to true to him or herself. Period.” That’s it!” Jhumpa Lahiri

7. “The first sentence of a book is a handshake, perhaps an embrace.” Jhumpa Lahiri

8. “I wanted to pull away from the things that marked my parents as being different.” Jhumpa Lahiri

9. “Still, there are times I am bewildered by each mile I have traveled, each meal I have eaten, each person I have known, each room in which I have slept. As ordinary as it all appears, there are times when it is beyond my imagination.” Jhumpa Lahiri

10. “She learned that an act intended to express love could have nothing to do with it. That her heart and her body were different things.” Jhumpa Lahiri

11. “It didn’t matter that I wore clothes from Sears, I was still different. I looked different. My name was different. I wanted to pull away from the things that marked my parents as being different.” Jhumpa Lahiri

12. “With children the clock is reset. We forget what came before.” Jhumpa Lahiri

13. “One hand, five homes. A lifetime in a fist.” Jhumpa Lahiri

14. “Isolation offered its own form of companionship: the reliable silence of her rooms, the steadfast tranquility of the evenings. The promise that she would find things where she put them, that there would be no interruption, no surprise. It greeted her at the end of each day and lay still with her at night.” Jhumpa Lahiri

15. “She has given birth to vagabonds. She is the keeper of all these names and numbers now, numbers she once knew by heart, numbers and addresses her children no longer remember.” Jhumpa Lahiri

16. “That the last two letters in her name were the first two in his, a silly thing he never mentioned to her but caused him to believe that they were bound together.” Jhumpa Lahiri

17. “A bicultural upbringing is a rich but imperfect thing.” Jhumpa Lahiri

18. “He owned an expensive camera that required thought before you pressed the shutter, and I quickly became his favorite subject, round-faced, missing teeth, my thick bangs in need of a trim. They are still the pictures of myself I like best, for they convey that confidence of youth I no longer possess, especially in front of a camera.” Jhumpa Lahiri

19. “They were things for which it was impossible to prepare but which one spent a lifetime looking back at, trying to accept, interpret, comprehend. Things that should never have happened, that seemed out of place and wrong, these were what prevailed, what endured, in the end.” Jhumpa Lahiri

20. “The first sentence of a book is a handshake, perhaps an embrace. Style and personality are irrelevant. They can be formal or casual. They can be tall or short or fat or thin. They can obey the rules or break them. But they need to contain a charge. A live current, which shocks and illuminates.” Jhumpa Lahiri

21. “Pet names are a persistant remnant of childhood, a reminder that life is not always so serious, so formal, so complicated. They are a reminder, too, that one is not all things to all people.” Jhumpa Lahiri

22. “It’s easy to set a story anywhere if you get a good guidebook and get some basic street names, and some descriptions, but, for me, yes, I am indebted to my travels to India for several of the stories.” Jhumpa Lahiri

23. “She supposed that all those years of loving a person who was dishonest had taught her a few things.” Jhumpa Lahiri

24. “Writing is one of the most assertive things a person can do.” Jhumpa Lahiri

25. “It is a magical thing for a handful of words, artfully arranged, to stop time. To conjure a place, a person, a situation, in all its specificity and dimensions. To affect us and alter us, as profoundly as real people and things do.” Jhumpa Lahiri

26. “But she has gathered that Americans, in spite of their public declarations of affection, in spite of their miniskirts and bikinis, in spite of their hand-holding on the street and lying on top of each other on the Cambridge Common, prefer their privacy.” Jhumpa Lahiri

27. “Pack a pillow and blanket and see as much of the world as you can.You will not regret it.” Jhumpa Lahiri

28. “Being a writer means taking the leap from listening to saying ‘Listen to me’.” Jhumpa Lahiri

29. “You are still young, free. Do yourself a favor. Before it’s too late, without thinking too much about it first, pack a pillow and a blanket and see as much of the world as you can. You will not regret it. One day it will be too late.” Jhumpa Lahiri

30. “The knowledge of death seemed present in both sisters-it was something about the way they carried themselves, something that had broken too son and had not mended, marking them in spite of their lightheartedness.” Jhumpa Lahiri

31. “I am drawn to any story that makes me want to read from one sentence to the next. I have no other criterion.” Jhumpa Lahiri

32. “That’s what books are for to travel without moving an inch.” Jhumpa Lahiri

33. “She had listened to him, partly sympathetic, partly horrified. For it was one thing for her to reject her background, to be critical of her family’s heritage, another to hear it from him.” Jhumpa Lahiri

34. “Fiction is the only way I know a human being can inhabit the mind of another human being.” Jhumpa Lahiri

35. “I approach writing stories as a recorder. I think of my role as some kind of reporting device – recording and projecting.” Jhumpa Lahiri

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