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The Lowlands by Jhumpa Lahiri


Jhumpa Lahiri

Knopf Canada/ Random House India

340 pages

With Jhumpa Lahiri, one cannot go wrong – intense setting and masterful writing. Jhumpa Lahiri is gifted with the ability to write beautifully. In her second novel, the first being The Namesake, Lahiri again looks at the core of relationships and how it affects the lives of the people involved.

The Lowlands, set in India and America is a story of two brothers during the turbulent Naxalite movement in Calcutta and how it changes the very essence of their relationship. Bound together by a bond that can only be found in siblings, the brothers traverse through life smoothly following their own idealism. Struck by tragedy, the only link that holds Subhash and Udayan Mitra is the love of a fiercely independent girl. Subhash moves to America to pursue his academic dream, while Udayan follows his heart and Gauri. When Subhash learns what happened to his brother in the lowland outside their family’s home, he comes back to India, hoping to pick up the pieces of a shattered family, and to heal the wounds left by Udayan. The Lowlands by Jhumpa Lahiri intricately weaves a tale of suspense, intimacy and heartbreak.

A must read!!



About artikaaurorabakshi

Artika Aurora Bakshi Artika Aurora Bakshi is the author of three well-acclaimed children’s books,My Little Sikh Handbook, My Little Sikh Handbook 2: Ardas, My Little Sikh Handbook: Travel Journal, and an anthology of stories, Hold On To Me. Her first story, set in Amritsar, during the pre-Partition period, All She Had Left, was published on Story Mirror. She co-manages, a manuscript help and book review site. Her passion for reading has led her to helping other writers with their manuscripts. She comes from a family of lawyers and has a master’s degree in International Banking & Finance. Currently based in Sri Lanka, she teaches Commerce and History on a part-time basis at an international school and enjoys being part of the literary scene in Sri Lanka. A regular at the Galle Literary Festival and other literary events in Sri Lanka, Artika’s articles and book reviews have featured in the Daily Mirror, Daily News, The Ceylon Chronicle, and various blogs, such as,,, She was actively involved with SAARC Women’s Association of Sri Lanka and was President of the Association in 2016. An avid reader, Artika runs an online book club with a membership base of over 600 members. Her quotes are featured under soul.nightingale on Instagram and on Soul Nightingale by Artika Aurora Bakshi on Facebook. Artika is also working on her fourth children’s book in the My Little Sikh Handbook series and a second anthology of stories for adults. You can reach Artika at .

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This entry was posted on October 29, 2014 by in Book Reviews, Contemporary, Fiction, Uncategorized and tagged , .
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