Sideways on a Scooter: Life and Love in India

Sideways on a Scooter: Life and Love in India

Miranda Kennedy

whilst twentysomething reporter Miranda Kennedy leaves her task in big apple urban and travels to India with out employment customers, she longs to immerse herself within the turmoil and pleasure of a swiftly constructing state. What she speedy learns in Delhi approximately renting an house as a unmarried woman—it’s subsequent to impossible—and the correct method for ladies in India to trip scooters—perched sideways—are early symptoms that lifestyles here's much less Westernized than she’d counted on.

Living in Delhi for greater than 5 years, and discovering a urban pulsing with chance and wish, Kennedy studies friendships, amorous affairs, and losses that open a window onto the opaque global of Indian politics and culture—and regulate her personal attitudes approximately every thing from foodstuff and garments to marriage and relatives. alongside the best way, Kennedy is drawn into the lives of a number of Indian ladies, together with her charismatic good friend Geeta—a self-described “modern lady” who makes an attempt to squeeze herself into the conventional function of spouse and mom; Radha, a proud Brahmin widow who denies herself uncomplicated pleasures with a view to stay via high-caste Hindu rules; and Parvati, who defiantly chain-smokes and beverages whiskey, but feels pressured to maintain her boyfriend a mystery from her family.

In her attempt to appreciate the hopes and desires that encourage her new neighbors, Kennedy peels again India’s globalized photo as a land of name facilities and fast-food chains and unearths an old position the place, in lots of methods, women’s lives have scarcely replaced for hundreds of years. Incisive, witty, and written with a willing eye for the luxurious vibrancy of the rustic that Kennedy involves love, Sideways on a Scooter is either a awesome memoir and a cultural revelation.

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