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5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful look at the lives of a variety of Indian women
Elizabeth Bumiller has written and excellent book describing the lives of a cross-section of Indian women. The book is a very easy read, due to her clear and concise writing style. The author has interviewed women from several different religions, castes, regions, and lifestyles. These interviews are supplemented with material from the Indian press and from Indian...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Mere chronicle of who/how many interviews were conducted
This book is merely a chronicle of who and how many people were interviewed by the author in the preparation of this book.It offers no insight into many of the problems affecting women anywhere in the world,let alone in complex Indian society. Surely it is no secret that all you need in India (and most of the third world) is a WHITE SKIN -and you will be wined, dined and...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful look at the lives of a variety of Indian women, 12 Feb 1998
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This review is from: May You be the Mother of 100 Sons (Paperback)
Elizabeth Bumiller has written and excellent book describing the lives of a cross-section of Indian women. The book is a very easy read, due to her clear and concise writing style. The author has interviewed women from several different religions, castes, regions, and lifestyles. These interviews are supplemented with material from the Indian press and from Indian policymakers.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars rereading bumiller, 25 Oct 1998
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This review is from: May You be the Mother of 100 Sons (Paperback)
I happened to read Bumiller's book after a gap of about 3 years and found it as interesting as when I read it first. I think her section on Nabaneeta Dev Sen remains the best. I don't think I am concerned too much about how 'true' it is to Indian life (which in any case is a subjective area) but I think Bumiller is one of few who writes with both affection and detachment about India. As an Indian woman, some of the things she writes about (e.g. the process of the arranged marriage) brought a jolt of realisation - being a part and parcel of Indian life they tend to remain unnoticed. All in all it was worth a second read.
Anuradha
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading, 28 April 1998
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This review is from: May You be the Mother of 100 Sons (Paperback)
I enjoyed this book mainly because it is about the lives of Indian women seen through the eyes of a foreigner - ie a western woman. I felt I could relate to this book very well as a 'western' woman myself, albeit with roots in India. I would recommend this book for those who know little about Indian society .
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6 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Mere chronicle of who/how many interviews were conducted, 22 April 1998
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This book is merely a chronicle of who and how many people were interviewed by the author in the preparation of this book.It offers no insight into many of the problems affecting women anywhere in the world,let alone in complex Indian society. Surely it is no secret that all you need in India (and most of the third world) is a WHITE SKIN -and you will be wined, dined and feted by all the natives,high and low(including Prime Ministers),irrespective of the mediocrity of the possessor of the WHITE SKIN.For all the efforts of people who "made her project their own" the authoress declares that they are "her friends for life ".How very generous ! If all that the reader expects from a book like this,is for the author to have done her "research" among a wide strata of people covering the length and breadth of the terrain,then this book is the just punishment they deserve.The authoress has undoubtedly taken the trouble to stay in a village(while her husband underwent similar torture in a neighbouring village ), interviewed professional women in urban India(painters,poets,actresses,filmmakers etc)and has also touched on issues such as bride burning for dowry,sati,caste conflict etc-she also spares no effort to inform the reader of the troubles she endured to undertake this noble project -"Every single interview was excruciatingly slow and difficult.Many lasted for two hours,the limit of my patience" -indeed there is no consideration for the unfortunate Indian women who had to undergo this punishment and in whose lives those two hours lost meant lost wages ! The guides tell you that the "Taj Mahal took 22 years to build and employed 22000 men and cost 220 million rupees" -as if this is sufficient ground to declare the Taj Mahal as a world class monument -one must adopt the same posture in judging this book,to be charitable.
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