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"Sexy" by Jhumpa Lahiri

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Gabi Pollard

on 1 December 2014

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Transcript of "Sexy" by Jhumpa Lahiri

About the Author
• Jhumpa Lahiri was born in 1967
• Parents are Indian immigrants who moved to London (where she was born)
• Moved to Rhode Island when she was a child
• Studied Literature at Barnard College
• Was accepted to Fine Arts Work Center in MA in 1998. (Began writing short stories)
• Published Sexy in 1998

Some Historical Context
• 1990: Internet is introduced to the world
• 1992: Bill Clinton becomes president (affair scandal)
• 1994: American shows focused on mainly single adults.
"Sexy" by Jhumpa Lahiri
• Sexy was a part of a nine-story collection called Interpreter of Maladies in 1999
• Won the Pulitzer Prize in 2000 (First of South Asian descent to win)
• Familiarized herself in Indian culture
• India has a very big impact and influence in her stories
• She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and 2 kids
• Published her first novel in 2003
• Her writing is seen as autobiographical fiction
Globalization (effects on modern-day relationships)
Miranda listens to her friend complaining about her cousin being cheated on
Distracted, she begins thinking of her own affair with an Indian man named Dev (ironic, right?)
She continues her relationship with Dev even though Laxmi constantly confides in her about her cousin's divorce
Miranda likes that Dev is old fashioned
He takes her to museums and teaches her about geography
In the Mapparium he tells her that she’s sexy
She attempts to dress sexy for him but it doesn’t take
Laxmi’s cousin comes to town and Miranda agrees to babysit her son
Rohin is like a “little man”
He is very smart and obsessed with geography (familiar?)
He pesters Miranda all day, going through her things and following her everywhere
He finds some of her ‘sexy’ clothing and asks her to try it on
When she does he calls her sexy, gets into her bed and falls asleep (remind you of anyone?)
After Miranda sees the effect Rohin’s parents have on him, she decides to end things with Dev, concluding that she is better off single
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