• Divorce in Short Stories
    and Shukumar, having planned a good life ahead of them had a sudden change in plans when their child had died. After that incident Shoba planned to separate from Shukumar and this did not help save their marriage. Her reasons for leaving Shukumar were because of their failure to love, communicate...
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  • Interpreter of Maladies-Shukumar Character Analysis
    Shukumar’s Realization In the short story, A Temporary Matter, Jhumpa Lahiri tells a story about Shukumar and his wife Shoba going through the troubles after experiencing their stillbirth and explains how they get “closer” during a power outage. Shukumar is a strong man and really tries to...
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  • A Temporary Matter and Earth and Ashes
    are old. It is an unbreakable chain. In Earth and Ashes by Atiq Rahimi, parents and children give each other a significant sense of place, purpose and identity. In A Temporary Matter from the Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri, although Shukumar and Shoba are married couple, their relationship...
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  • Lost
    with Shukumar. In this way, he showed that he truly loved Shoba. Leaving Shoba was the first time Shukumar welcomed the image of having a child. Though this was the last and only time Shukumar would ever see Shoba pregnant, he could picture himself in the future with kids “He imagined himself...
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  • Grief a Temporary Matter
    these changes in our lives. When we understand our reactions to changes that happen in our lives we will be able to accept these changes and the grieving process will be easier. In the book ‘Interpreter of Maladies’ (Jhumpa Lahiri’s) characters Shoba and Shukumar enter a world of grief after...
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  • Interpreter of Maladies
    and reconnect. Disappointment when Shoba decides to leave and move to her new apartment, because of her inability to deal with her anger and frustration of losing the baby. Isolation/exclusion: Shukumar and Shoba both avoid each other, excluding each other from their lives, after the death of...
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  • Interpreter of Maladies
    their discretion to communicate with one other. After the stillbirth of the baby, both Shukumar and Shoba begin to adopt changes in their habits. Shoba becomes evidently more distant, while Shukumar undertakes cooking in order to demonstrate his care for Shoba. It was confessing their secrets during...
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  • Interpreter of Maladies
    Temporary Matter’, Shoba and Shukumar hardly interacted with each other anymore after their baby died. Mrs In ‘This Blessed House’, newly wed Twinkle and Sanjeev had numerous fights over Christian artefacts found throughout the house. Through these stories, Lahiri is trying to convey that healthy...
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  • A Temporary Matter Analysis
    “A Temporary Matter” By Jhumpa Lahiri 1. The story is about the marriage of the 2 main characters, Shukumar and his wife, Shoba. The story begins when Shoba, returning home from the gym, finds a notice from the electric company letting the people of their street know that nightly there will...
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  • Essay on “A Temporary Matter”
    Essay on “A Temporary Matter” In the story, “A Temporary Matter”, Shoba, the wife, tells her husband, Shukumar, that she is going to move out. The loss of their baby is a key factor in this decision but it is not the only factor. One cause of the relationship ending the way it did was the fact...
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  • Hussain
    Interpreter of Maladies Q1: Provide description of Shoba and Shukumar in both the past and the present. | Shoba | Shukumar | Past | She used to go to gym. | He used to work for the whole day. | | She used to go to the parties. | He used to attend parties. | | She arranged a party of...
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  • Mulch
    Ryan Moran Tragic events in life can cause people to change forever. Author Jhumpa Lahiri wrote an excellent story in the book, “A Temporary Matter”, that describes how a tragic event impacted the lives of a young couple. Shukumar and Shoba were enjoying their lives together as they were...
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  • Unpredictability in Relationships in Interpreter of Maladies
    exactly what the other thinks or wants, they can have good communication in which they are always honest to each other. Love cannot be designed without trust. “A Temporary Matter”, the first story of the book in which the author tells a story about a married couple named Shoba and Shukumar that has...
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  • Interpreter of Maladies --> Challenges
    explores these challenges, which can be present in every culture and society. However some challenges less imaginable in our society (Australia’s), there are still a few which are possible. A Temporary Matter’s characters, Shoba and Shukumar show the result of a stillborn pregnancy, and the...
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  • Interpreter of Maladies
    true victim. Conceived out of anger, boredom and spite and lied to about his father, Bobby is surrounded by deceit. Lahiri shows that, lack of communication leads to misunderstandings and breakups in relationships. As their electricity gets cut off from 8pm for a few days, Shoba and Shukumar...
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  • “In time she would reveal the disappointment of her marriage, and he his.” The stories present a particular negative view of marriage. Does your reading of the stories support this view?
    met on a plane. A Temporary Matter is a story about grief and the secrets people keep from one another. Husband and wife Shukumar and Shoba are reeling from the loss of their child six months earlier. They avoid each other and their friends, Shoba filling her time with work and Shukumar...
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  • A Comparison Between Kiss Me and a Temporary Matter
    driven to do well like he used to. He becomes foreign to the things he used to do and enjoy; the things that made up who he was. Shukumar rarely rises any earlier than around noon; waking up to an empty house for Shoba has already left. Shukumar has gone from one extreme to another, “had been diligent...
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  • A Temporary Matter essay
    an excellent job in highlighting the little things in his life. “These days Shoba was always gone by the time Shukumar woke up. He would open his eyes and see the long black hairs she shed on her pillow and think of her, dressed, sipping her third cup of coffee already, in her office downtown, where...
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  • Peek a Boo America
    Temporary Matter”, there are two main characters, Shoba and Shukumar. Shoba and Shukumar face issues in their relationship, making it difficult for them to rekindle their love and save their marriage. Both Shoba and Shukumar experienced the hardship of losing their baby. Since then, the couple has not...
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  • Communication and Its Importance in Creating Conflict in "Interpreter of Maladies"
    restore their relationship. Shukumar thought the game was used in order to reconcile and reform the marriage. But he was gravely mistaken. Shoba used this game to tell him that she was moving out. “It sickened Shukumar, knowing that she had spent these past evening s preparing for a life without him.” (21...
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