Indian-American Pulitzer prize-winner author Jhumpa Lahiri was born on July 11, 1967. The author won the Pulitzer Prize, the PEN/Hemingway Award and The New Yorker Debut of the Year for her debut short story collection Interpreter of the Maladies, which was based on the lives of Indian immigrants. Her novel The Namesake, which was the New York Times Notable Book and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist and adjudged one of the best books of the year by USA Today and Entertainment Weekly, was made into a full-fledged movie of the same name. The Namesake was directed by Mira Nair featuring Tabu, Irrfan Khan and Kal Penn.

Her characteristic writing style is very plain yet uncommonly elegant with the central theme revolving around Indian immigrants. She is also a member of the President’s Committee in the Arts and Humanities appointed by President Barack Obama.

On her birthday we share with you Jhumpa Lahiri’s profile with The New Yorker, where the author talks about working on her bool The Lowland, the mysterious process of writing. Watch the video below.