Jhumpa Lahiri (born 11 July 1967) is an author of Bengali Indian descent. Lahiri's debut Interpreter of Maladies (1999), won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and her first novel, The Namesake (2003), was adapted into the popular film of the same name starring Tabu and Irfan Khan.
Lahiri's writing is characterized by her "plain" language and her characters, often Indian immigrants to America who must navigate between the cultural values of their birthplace and their adopted home.
Jhumpa was born in London of Begali parents, and grew up in Rhode Island, USA. In 2001, she married Alberto Vourvoulias-Bush, a journalist . Lahiri lives in Brooklyn with her husband and their two children, Octavio and Noor .
She has won many awards including:
1993 – TransAtlantic Award from the Henfield Foundation
1999 – O. Henry Award for short story "Interpreter of Maladies"
1999 – PEN/Hemingway Award (Best Fiction Debut of the Year) for "Interpreter of Maladies"
1999 – "Interpreter of Maladies" selected as one of Best American Short Stories
2000 – Addison Metcalf Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters
2000 – "The Third and Final Continent" selected as one of Best American Short Stories
2000 – The New Yorker's Best Debut of the Year for "Interpreter of Maladies"
2000 – Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for her debut "Interpreter of Maladies"
2000 – James Beard Foundation's M.F.K. Fisher Distinguished Writing Award for "Indian Takeout" in Food & Wine Magazine
2002 – Guggenheim Fellowship
2002 – "Nobody's Business" selected as one of Best American Short Stories
2008 – Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award for "Unaccustomed Earth"
2009 – Asian American Literary Award for "Unaccustomed Earth"