Jhumpa Lahiri nominated for National Humanities award of White House


About Jhumpa Lahiri: She was born on July 11th 1967. She is known as Bengali - American author. Her one of the debut short story is Interpreter of Maladies in 1999. Her first novel is The Namesake in 2003, later was adapted into a film.

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Nominated for National Humanities award of White House

  • Born as Nilanjana Sudeshna but goes by her nickname Jhumpa Lahari.

About her achievements :

  • She won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2000.
  • Her book The Lowland was a nominee for Man Book Prize and National Book Award for Fiction in 2013.
  • She is also a member of President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities appointed by Barack Obama.
  • Currently a Professor of Creative writing at Princeton University.

About her nomination for National Humanities Award of White house:

  • She has been awarded a medal for widening the human story.
  • In her work of fiction she has beautifully explained the Indian - American experience with plots of separation and belonging.
  • The medal honors an individual or organization whose work has deepened the nation’s understanding of the human experience, broadened citizen’s engagement with history and literature or helped preserve and expand American’s access to cultural resources.
  • The first National Humanities Medal was awarded in 1996. Since then, 175 have been bestowed to 163 individuals and 12 organizations inclusive of this year’s recipients, and Jhumpa is one of them.

- Published/Last Modified on: September 11, 2015