When Mr. Pirzada Came to Dine. Jhumpa Lahiri

The style, content, and language of writing Lahiri uses.

  • Lahiri puts the story in first person (Lilia)
  • The content that Lahiri writes about in "When Mr, Pirzada came to Dine"
  1. The Partition
  2. The concern of Lilia's father
  3. Mr. Pirzada's
  • The languages that Lahiri uses are primarily English.

How the symbols affect the story.


The candy that Mr. Pirzada brings Lilia when he comes to eat dinner and watch the news. Lilia begins eating the candy every night praying that Mr. Pirzada's daughters will be ok and that he'll be able to see them again

When Lilia and Mona go trick or treating  and how Mr. Pirzada feels about them going out on their own.

The pumpkin, Jack O Lantern, and how Mr. Pirzada thinks it's so strange.

The significance of this story.

In my opinion is that the significance is to show in America the details of other country problems are not relevant unless the US is involved in any way in the actions.

Lahiri added "When Mr. Pirzada came to Dine" story with her collection of others in "Interpreter of Maladies" because of the people like Mr. Pirzada who had the government give him some money to go to school in America and while he's here some tragic things happen. Making them worry about their families.

The message/theme of assimilation reflected in "When Mr. Pirzada Came to Dine"

Lilia's family is fully assimilated.

Mr. Pirzada has become mostly assimilated but doesn't understand some of the American celebrations.