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The author of the book: Anita Rau Badami
Edition: Viking
Date of issue: August 28th 1997
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ISBN: 0670874558
ISBN 13: 9780670874552
Language: English
Format files: PDF
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I picked up this book because I wanted a rich way of exploring parent-child relationships in a South Asian context. It’s well-written, I guess, and not without some worthwhile reflections. But you have to dig very, very deep, past a lot of ugliness in traditional Indian culture, to find them. And I couldn’t be arsed to do so.

So to me, the book is needlessly depressing and contains no positive messages. It’s more along the lines of: “Hey, life may suck and be loveless and suffocating for women, but at least you can write beautifully about the sadness that comes with it, intermingled with the smell of jasmines.” Nope. Not my thing.

A book in the same genre that fared much better for me was A Cycle of the Moon. It’s more about familial relationships than parent-child ones, and it conveys very worthwhile messages in an understated way without taking itself too seriously. What I loved about that book (especially now that I’m comparing it to Tamarind Mem) is that it is so unapologetic and doesn’t stumble over itself trying to explain the norms to a non-Indian. It’s a refreshing change from the popular “Innocent Indian women as helpless victims” narrative.

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