One possible central conflict is the internal conflict that exists within Mr. Kapasi, the character whose perspective guides "The Interpreter of Maladies."
Mr. Kapasi is the driver hired by the Das family while they are traveling in India from America. He experiences firsthand a clash between traditional Indian family life, like his own, and the less familiar patterns of American Indian families like the Das family.
Mr. Kapasi himself feels drawn to the Das family, especially to Mrs. Das, but his attraction exists only in his imagination. He has a difficult and frustrating life, and he is burdened by worry about his son and his own unrealized potential as a man who has a gift for languages. Perhaps the Das family, with their bad manners and loose morals, represent to Mr. Kapasi a kind of freedom that enables an individual to live as one likes. This kind of freedom is totally inaccessible to Mr. Kapasi, which intensifies the internal conflict as he struggles to figure out how he really...
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