My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The book is a compilation of 9 books by the author. All the stories are kind of melancholic. All of them involve Bengali characters and except 2 of them, the characters are NRIs.
A Temporary Matter: It is about a young couple are drifting apart after the birth of their still-born child.
When Mr. Pirzada Came To Dine: The backdrop is the Indo-Pak war of 1972 when Bangladesh was born. The story is through the eyes of a young girl to whose house Mr. Pirzada, a gentleman from East Pakistan (later Bangladesh), came to dine regularly.
Interpreter of Maladies: It involves a part-time tourist guide in Orissa who works as interpreter for the local doctor to understand the Gujrati patients. The story is about his encounter with a young NRI couple and their three children.
A Real Durwan: It is about an old lady who cleans the stairs of a residential building and stays in the same by the main gate.
Sexy: It is about extra-marital affairs and the agonies involved.
Mrs. Sen's: Mrs. Sen is learning to drive for convenience in a foreign land and also babysits a young boy at her home.
This Blessed Home: A young couple moves to a new house after marriage and finds religious artifacts left by the previous owners in unexpected places.
The Treatment of Bibi Halder: A young woman suffers from some undiagnosed ailment since childhood. And people around her try to help her.
The Third and Final Continent: A man moves out of his country to make his life and his encounter with a very old American lady. This one is my favourite story of all and is the only one which is not really sad.