Savremeni engleski jezik 8 vježbe – 6 SETTING Most of Lahiri’s work focuses on the lives of Indian Americans, and the stories in Interpreter of Maladies are set in India or parts of the United States, including Cambridge, Massachusetts, and an unnamed university town very much like Cambridge. India is a part of each story, although its influence varies in as it does in each character’s life. INDIAN AMERICANS Indians have immigrated to the United States in large numbers since the 1960s. Largely well educated and highly skilled, Indian immigrants come for a variety of reasons, but often to seek work in technological fields. Indian Americans now constitute the third-largest Asian American community in the United States. Central themes of “Interpreter of Maladies” include the difficulties that Indians have in relating to Americans and the ways in which Indian Americans are caught in the middle of two very different cultures. TASK: Write a paragraph explaining what you think INDIAN FAMILY LIFE TRADITIONS and CUSTOMS Each of the different stories trace the individual characters’ ability to adapt to a new culture and changing times.