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The greatest obstacle faced by people from different cultures is the difference in what they value Some cultures value religious customs and tradition while others value freedom and individuality It is sometimes hard for people from different cultures to form relationships when they dont have the same idea of what is right and what is wrong Jhumpa Lahiri describes many of these obstacles in the book titled Interpreter of Maladies In the story Interpreter of Maladies the relationship between an American woman and an Indian man falls apart because of two things the man learns something about the woman that he finds unacceptable and the woman insults the mans profession Mrs Das an American woman is in India to see the country with her family Mr Kapsi is a tour guide for the family and is also an interpreter in a doctors office They become friends very quickly and they both think to themselves that the friendship could become something more At the end of their tour Mrs Das tells Mr Kapasi that one of her children doesnt belong to her husband The child actually belongs to one of his good friends and her husband does not know She asks Mr Kapasi for help because he has an important job as an interpreter Mr Kapasi is surprised in two ways He discovers that she isnt at all what he thought Instead she is a woman not yet thirty who loved neither her husband no her children who had already fallen out of love with life Lahiri 66 Mr Kapasi also feels like Mrs Das has insulted his feelings for her his job and his need for honesty When he asks her Is it really pain you feel Mrs Das or is it guilt Mrs Das becomes angry because she values herself above the things Mr Kapasi values and he cannot respect her The idea of respect is also an important obstacle in
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