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Shoba recalls visits to her grandmother’s house in Calcutta. Do research to learn about living conditions in Calcutta for people at various economic levels. What do you think Shoba’s grandmother’s house was like? What kinds of memories might Shoba have of her visits there, besides those of power outages?

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Shoba recalls visits to her grandmother’s house in Calcutta. Do research to learn about living conditions in Calcutta for people at various economic levels. What do you think Shoba’s grandmother’s house was like? What kinds of memories might Shoba have of her visits there, besides those of power outages?

A theme that runs throughout Lahiri’s body of work is that of the challenges faced by immigrants and children of immigrants who must strive to meld two cultures in their lives. Does this theme appear in ‘‘A Temporary Matter’’? Explain your answer.

What is your opinion of Shoba and her actions toward Shukumar? Specifically, what do you think of the way she chose to tell Shukumar that she was leaving him? Was she trying to spare his feelings by breaking the news gently, or was she being manipulative and unfair?

Do research to learn about the challenges faced by couples who suffer the tragedy of a stillborn child. Shoba and Shukumar’s marriage does not survive their loss. How common is this? What are some other difficulties that such couples may face, and what do medical professionals recommend to help prevent or minimize them?

Lahiri included in the story brief descriptions of both Shoba’s and Shukumar’s mothers. She accomplished this by having the narrator recall a visit from each woman. Why do you think Lahiri included these recollections? What do they add to the story?

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