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Finding closure

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A comedian, an actor and a CNN correspondent stroll into the world of Sopan Deb’s Missed Translations: Meeting the Indian Parents Who Raised Me. They all praise it. Their praise for Deb’s memoir is well-deserved. Choosing to channel it as a journalist and a stand-up comedian, Deb shares his experience as a son of Indian immigrants whose unhappy marriage ends in a divorce, leaving him with scars that have apparently not healed.

Over the past year, several memoirs by children of South Asian immigrants have made headlines in the US. The authors and their stories are of equal interest. These are woven into the fabric of a nation benefiting from such immigrants.

In The Truths We Hold: An American Journey, Kamala Harris presents herself to the US electorate as a presidential candidate. In What We Carry, Maya Shanbagh Lang reveals the heartfelt transition from the daughter of immigrants to a mother, and later, the caregiver of her ailing mother in the early stages of Alzheimer. In Homeland Elegies, somewhere between memoir and fiction, Ayad Akhtar presents the conflicts of his immigrant family from Pakistan with diverging politics and personal expectations.

In this milieu of immigrant family memoir, Deb unfolds the tragic lives of his Indian immigrant parents with wry humour - anticipating redemption. The healing begins with him reaching out to his mother, Bishakha, and his father, Shyamal. With a journalist’s objectivity combined with tongue-in-cheek humour, Deb narrates his parents’ stories in precise and humorous prose.

From the opening, Missed Translations promises humorous strokes in the portrayal of........

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