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Rice Summary | BBS BA English

Rice Summary

Rice Summary | BBS BA English 

Rice

By Jhumpa Lahiri

About Author

Jhumpa Lahiri is the Indian immigration daughter, She was born in London in 1967. Her family moved to the United States from India. Jhumpa Lahiri attended Barnard College and received multiple graduated degrees, including a Ph.D. in Renaissance Studie from Boston University. She wrote many books including Interpreter of Maladies (1999), The Namesake (2003), and many stories. She has won many literary awards, including a Pulitzer Prize and a PEN/Hemingway Award.
Novels
  • The Namesake. Boston: Houghton Mifflin. 2003.
  • The Lowland (2013)
  • Dove mi trovo (in Italian). Milan: Guanda. 2018.
  • Whereabouts. New York: Knopf. 2021. ISBN 978-0-593-31831-7.[36]
Short story collections Interpreter of Maladies (1999) [Collection of Nine short stories books]
  • "A Temporary Matter" (previously published in The New Yorker)
  • "When Mr. Pirzada Came to Dine" (previously published in The Louisville Review)
  • "Interpreter of Maladies" (previously published in the Agni Review)
  • "A Real Durwan" (previously published in the Harvard Review)
  • "Sexy" (previously published in The New Yorker)
  • "Mrs. Sen's" (previously published in Salamander)
  • "This Blessed House" (previously published in Epoch)
  • "The Treatment of Bibi Haldar" (previously published in Story Quarterly)
  • "The Third and Final Continent"
  • Unaccustomed Earth (2008)
"Unaccustomed Earth" (2008) [Collection of Stories books]
  • "Hell-Heaven" (previously published in The New Yorker)
  • "A Choice of Accommodations"
  • "Only Goodness"
  • "Nobody's Business" (previously published in The New Yorker)
  • "Once In A Lifetime" (previously published in The New Yorker)
  • "Year's End" (previously published in The New Yorker)
  • "Going Ashore"
  • "Hema and Kaushik"
Stories
  • Lahiri, Jhumpa (June 10–17, 2013). "Brotherly Love". The New Yorker. Vol. 89, no. 17. pp. 70–89.
  • Lahiri, Jhumpa (January-29-2018). "The Boundary" . The New Yorker.
  • Lahiri, Jhumpa (February-8-2021). "Casting Shadows" . The New Yorker.
Poetry
  • Il quaderno di Nerina (Italian) (2020)

Sources:  Wikipedia - Jhumpa Lahiri

Summary

Rice being a descriptive essay, describe the artistic property of the writer's father regarding his proficiency in making rice "Palau"

After 39 years of continuous cataloging books for the university library. The writer's father remains popular for his skill of preparing "Palau", "Palau" is a Bengali word for cooking rice. The writer has introduced the taste of the rice as a summary of her father's personality. She describes her father as a disciplined individual with a certain schedule of work. His day is described to break with two glasses of water an hour's walk, devoting almost as much time, and finishing with floss of teeth.

Jhumpa Lahiri describes her father as especially popular in cooking rice. He had earned a reputation for the (estimate) Andaj- Bengali word. Her father was a methodical as well as a traditional man. Her father was more famous for making "Palau"- a Bengalis dinner. Palau is mainly used to serve on festive occasions.  Lahiri expresses that "Palau" become an identity for her father and maybe even her family and she describes the process of making "Palau".

Jhumpa describes her father making Palau for the first time in her "annaprasan"- a rite of passage in which Bengali children are given solid food for the first time, which is also known as "bhath" in Bengali word for "cooked rice". Since Jhumpa's father has made Palau for the annaprasans of his friend's children, for birthday parties, anniversaries for bridal and baby showers, for weddings, and my sister's Ph.D. party. 

Jhumpa describes how her father prepared Palau at home for annaprasans and transported it from Rode Island in the trunk of his car to Brooklyn When her son and daughter were infants. But in 2005, when it was Jhumpa daughters turn, the representative on duty would not permit her father to use the oven, telling him that he was not a licensed cook. After that, her father transferred Palau from his aluminum trays into glass baking dishes, and microwaved, batch by batch, rice that fed almost a hundred people. When Jhumpa asked her father to describe that experience he expressed no frustrations "It was fine," he said, "It was a big microwave"

The Palau dishes have become the symbol of her father's memories to her. which bound the whole family where ever they live.      

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