Nilanjana Sudeshna or Jhumpa Lahiri is one of the very few people in the world to be known mostly, if not only, by their “daak naam” (nickname). Jhumpa was born in London to Bengali parents before her family moved to the United States of America when she was two.
She is famous for her works in English fiction like Interpreter of Maladies, The Namesake, and The Lowland. The Namesake was adapted into a motion picture while The Lowland was short-listed for the Man Booker Prize in 2013.
A Pulitzer prize winner (for Interpreter of Maladies) , Jhumpa only speaks her native language, Bengali, and learned English in school. Her latest work, “In altre parole” (In Other Words) is in Italian, the only language that she claims to love!