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Mrs. Das in Interpreter of Maladies

By Jhumpa Lahiri

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Mrs. Das

Think of all the worst stereotypes of an American suburban housewife: rich, entitled, aimless, materialistic, bored, inattentive to her kids. That's Mrs. Das. Oh and by the way, she's also an adulteress who lies about who the father of one of her sons is. In other words, Mrs. Das belongs on Desperate Housewives.

She's the kind of person who's so immersed in her own problems that she's completely oblivious to all the "real" problems in the world. You know, stuff like poverty, incurable illnesses, etc.

In fact, Mrs. Das is kind of like a spoiled teenager, who's more interested in her nail polish than in her kids. Not exactly the motherly type.

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