Interpreter of Maladies: Introduce yourself!

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Interpreter of Maladies: Introduce yourself!

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Feb 27, 2017, 11:54 am

Thinking about joining us for March's OLOB read of Interpreter of Maladies? Chime in here!

You can also see the blog post announcing the group read here.

Feb 27, 2017, 2:31 pm

I'll chime in. Hi I'm Jeff. I primarily hang out in the 75 Challenge group.

I got a copy of this book from one of the Christmas Swaps that I participate in and I was actually going to read it next. (Finishing up with The Things We Lost in the Fire)

Perfect timing. Not sure how much I'll contribute (I'm a bit of a lurker), but I'll definitely participate where I can.

Feb 27, 2017, 2:33 pm

I may read it as my local library has a copy available.

Feb 27, 2017, 5:55 pm

Oh, thanks for the heads up! I've had this collection for years and haven't read it. Obviously waiting for this to happen!!

Feb 27, 2017, 8:10 pm

Hello all, I'm Stephanie.
I've read the first story in this previously, and thought it was beautiful. I got side tracked, and haven't finished them.

I'm excited to see other people's ideas about these stories.

Feb 27, 2017, 11:11 pm

Okay, I'll do it. My wife convinced me--she says it's one of her favorite books of the last ten years.

Feb 27, 2017, 11:21 pm

Hi everyone, I would like to join.  I don't know if I can contribute to the group, but try my best to participate.  Jhumpa Lahiri is one of my favorite authors.


Feb 28, 2017, 12:27 am

Trying to join in here and introduce myself but not sure I'm doing it right. I've been wanting to read this book and look forward to "listening" to the discussion and maybe even joining in.

Feb 28, 2017, 12:50 am

I would love to try this! I'm Patricia, and I will start searching my local library for this book ASAP.

Feb 28, 2017, 1:02 am

Hello all. I will do this as I have the book at home and would like to read it. I've read one other by this author but it's been awhile.

Feb 28, 2017, 1:24 am

>8 drlydemure: if there's one thing I've learned about the threads on LT, it's that there's no wrong way to do anything.

Post, don't post. Lurk, be a Chatty Cathy, it's all good.

Feb 28, 2017, 1:48 am

Hi all, I'm Jen and I'm looking forward to hopefully joining in, or just lurking to see what others have to say. I've never read any Jhumpa Lahiri before but I've always wanted to, so this seemed like a good place to start. Plus, the library I work in has a few copies, so I'm going to sneak one off the shelf before the students get to it.

Feb 28, 2017, 8:54 am

Hi! This is a first time for me to participate in an online book discussion. Going to give this a try.

Feb 28, 2017, 10:01 am

>11 mahsdad:

Usually that's true. That's one reason I've never participated in any OLOB discussions, because I detest "introduction" threads and will not participate in any forum that expects them. This particular group is much more top-down than most.

>8 drlydemure:

If you're worried about "doing it right", jump into another group with fewer rules! Most are very welcoming and don't demand this sort of thing.

Feb 28, 2017, 10:08 am

Hello Everyone,

For the past year and more I have been up to my neck in work, mostly, then distracting myself with not always very good sci-fi. So now I am determined to use my precious 'spare time' to better purpose, and having turned to the LibraryThing found that Jhumpa Lahiri's book Interpreter of Maladies is about to be read by you good people. Having spent many years in India I have a strong feeling for the sub-continent, its writers and intellectuals, so this seemed the perfect opportunity to steady my resolve and get going!

Wishing you all a comfortable seat and freedom from distraction!


Feb 28, 2017, 11:36 am

Hi My name is Monica. I love this author and am excited to read this book again!

Feb 28, 2017, 12:09 pm

>11 mahsdad: Hit the nail on the head. Join in, read along, none of the above—do whatever works for you!

>14 lorax: Interesting. I didn't know that was a factor in your decision. Members certainly aren't required to post in any introductory threads here—I just like giving folks a place to say hi to their fellow readers, if they so choose.

Feb 28, 2017, 12:34 pm

Hi, Anand here - I've had this book on my shelf for quite a while so this is a great opportunity to read and discuss it. My first OLOB.

Feb 28, 2017, 5:18 pm

Hello, I'm Anne. This is my first OLOB -- but, clearly, I have the lingo down already :-)

I'm a first-time author (non-fiction) this month, new to Library Thing, and looking to expand my reading horizons.

Feb 28, 2017, 6:39 pm

Hi Im Cindy. I've only been on LT a few months (with Bookballoon) but have enjoyed online discussions on Table Talk, Readervile and other places over the years. I read this collection quite a while ago, but remember liking it and eager to return to it. Looking forward to the discussion!

Feb 28, 2017, 7:09 pm

Hi - just saw this today and ordered Maladies from so reading will start a little late.

I have 2 Threads running:
FEBRUARY 1ST, 2017-HAPPY 133rd to The OED.

Readers and writers are very welcome!

Looking forward to a first reading of Jhumpa Lahiri,
as well as the intrigue of on-going commentary.


Feb 28, 2017, 7:45 pm

Greetings everyone. Newbie here (to LibraryThing and OLOB) and reading a new book seems as good a place to discover LT as any other group. I'm looking forward to it!

Feb 28, 2017, 10:35 pm

Hi, My name is Ann Moriarty, I am an academic librarian having earned my MLIS degree in 2014 (my 'third act' so to speak, having had a solid career in corporate middle management, MBA 2007).

Currently I work part-time as a librarian at a medium sized, private not-for-profit, doctoral university, moderate research activity and full-time as a library assistant at a small, public, special focus 4-year, medical school.

I'm also an adjunct instructor within the business school of a large, public, doctoral granting university, higher research activity. (Can you tell I just learned about the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education?)

I am a member of Goodreads, Constant Reader group. I am interested in joining, if not always participating with another group of readers who like to discuss books.

Feb 28, 2017, 11:48 pm

>23 morieel: I didn't realize Constant Reader was still around. I was a member a while back, before it hooked up with Goodreads! Should check it out

Mar 1, 2017, 2:03 am

>23 morieel: If you are looking for a good group of people around LT, I'll put my 2 cents in for the 75 Books Challenge group. Don't let the name fool you, this is my 5th year and I've only done it twice.

A stellar group of people with lively conversation and plenty of fodder for your wish-lists.

Mar 1, 2017, 4:54 am

Hi, I'm a new member just finding my way around but this author is a favourite so looking forward to reread and discussion.

Mar 1, 2017, 7:28 am

Hi Everyone! I am new to this whole experience and am trying to wade through the details. Just purchased the book and am looking forward to delving in.

Mar 1, 2017, 11:04 am

I've had this book in my collection and the intent to read it for quite some time. I'll have a go.

Mar 1, 2017, 12:04 pm

Welcome, everyone! So glad we'll all be reading along together. As a reminder, we'll be getting started with discussing the first three stories in the collection one week from today, on March 8th. There will be a dedicated thread for each individual story, along with a couple general threads with specific question topics.

In advance of that, feel free to post your (spoiler-free) thoughts in the First impressions thread. If you're reading ahead and to discuss further parts of the book, there's also a Spoilers thread. The spoiler thread is a new part of OLOB and is an experiment. We'll see how it goes!

Mar 1, 2017, 1:15 pm

Hello! My name is Joseph, a librarian from Indiana. First time doing this (virtual) book club, although I've participated in others online. I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone else has to say!

Mar 1, 2017, 3:32 pm

my first book for this book club I started reading the book last night. I apologize for missing the intro meeting

Mar 1, 2017, 3:40 pm

Hello! My name is Abrar. This is my first online book discussion (should be fun! >.

Mar 1, 2017, 4:18 pm

Hello! I just checked out The Interpreter of Maladies as an ebook so this is the easiest to grab book of the OLOB program. I will definitely read it and probably just review it.

Mar 1, 2017, 10:40 pm

Hi, my name is Kathie. Never been part of an on-line book club. Time to try! The book looks interesting.

Mar 2, 2017, 6:39 am

I'm primarily a genre fiction reader, and haven't heard of Lahiri before but the summary sounds vaguely interesting and I do enjoy short stories, so If it's available as an ebook in the UK (if only that was a reasonably assumption!) then I'll join in. I tend to read most books within a few days before moving onto the next, so it'll have to be special for me to remember enough to make coherent comments over the course of a month!

Mar 4, 2017, 7:29 pm

I'm going to try to put aside Atlas Shrugged and give this a try:)

Mar 5, 2017, 1:05 am

Looking forward to reading some short stories as part of a group.

Mar 8, 2017, 2:23 am

Hello, my copy arrived yesterday and I look forward to taking part!


Mar 8, 2017, 7:38 am

Hello! I had already started reading this book before discovering it's going to be discussed here. It definitely motivated me to keep a strict reading schedule. I have read most of the stories, not chronologically however. I am primarily here to enrich myself by others' insights. This is my first time participating in a communal reading.

I joined LT a year ago but my indolence got the better of me. I frittered away the whole year with desultory reads, eagerly starting a lot of books and leaving them unfinished with even greater vigour. I wandered back here only a week before and to my great luck that book on the group radar was the very one I had ventured to read after a severe bout of remorse. I am more lethargic than before but I will try my best to persevere this time.


Mar 8, 2017, 12:02 pm

Discussion threads for the first three stories are up! Feel free to chime in:

A Temporary Matter
When Mr. Pirzada Came to Dine
Interpreter of Maladies

If you have broader themes you'd like to discuss across multiple stories, feel free to post a new topic!

Mar 10, 2017, 3:37 pm

OLOB new to me, but looks interesting. Will give it a try.

Mar 11, 2017, 7:19 pm

Really glad this is back, I missed out on Slade House and am happy to get back into this!

Mar 12, 2017, 6:29 pm

Hallo, Hallo everyone!

I have been extremely quiet on LT since I've joined. A lot of start/stops to participate in groups, as well. Mostly due to an imbalance of time I could give to the forums. I am turning this round this New Year; when I saw this title was being discussed I decided to try a group read for the first time. Checked my library and happily found Interpreter of Maladies was in the card catalogue! Joyfully I went from 'watching' to joining the group! I'll be following a bit behind everyone's readings + discussions; starting this week and will be 'on time' to join the third discussion! Truly grateful I stopped by to find this thread!

Mar 14, 2017, 11:31 pm

Finally got my hands on this book. I'm just one story in, so will be jumping in to the regular sections a bit late. I'm pleased that we're tackling a short story collection!

Mar 15, 2017, 12:03 pm

New topics for stories 4-6 today! Here they are:

A Real Durwan
Mrs. Sen's

I've also opened up a few more general discussion topics, which you can find on the main OLOB group page. I hope everyone has had a great week of reading!

Mar 15, 2017, 2:58 pm

Hi Everyone,
I'm rereading this as we go and enjoying it once again. I've already stuck a comment up on the title story thread but thought I should introduce myself as well. Looking forward to hearing what you all have to say.

Mar 22, 2017, 12:02 pm

New topics for stories 7-9 today! You can find them here:

This Blessed House
The Treatment of Bibi Haldar
The Third and Final Continent