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Breaking Out: An Indian Woman?s American Journey

Author: Padma Desai
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Language: English
Length: 240 Pages
Publisher: Viking
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Padma Desai grew up in the 1930s in the provincial world of Surat, where she had a sheltered and strict upbringing in a traditional Gujarati Anavil Brahmin family. Her academic brilliance won her a scholarship to Bombay University, where the first heady taste of freedom in the big city led to tragic consequences?seduction by a fellow student whom she was then compelled to marry. In a failed attempt to end this disastrous first marriage, she converted to Christianity.

A scholarship to America in 1955 launched her on her long journey to liberation from the burdens and constraints of her life in India, with a growing self-awareness and transformation at many levels, as she made a new life for herself, met and married the celebrated economist Jagdish Bhagwati, became a mother, and rose to academic eminence at Harvard and Columbia.

How did she navigate the tumultuous road to assimilation in American society and culture? And what did she retain of her Indian upbringing in the process? This brave and moving memoir, written with a novelist?s skill at evoking personalities, places and atmosphere, and a scholar?s insights into culture and society, community and family.

About the Author
Padma Desai is the Gladys and Roland Harriman Professor of Comparative Economic Systems and director of the Center for Transition Economies at Columbia University, New York.

Specifications of Breaking Out: An Indian Woman?s American Journey (Hardcover)

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Author Padma Desai
Book Details
Publisher Viking
Imprint VIKING
Publication Year 2012
ISBN-13 9780670085781
ISBN-10 0670085782
Language English
Binding Hardcover
Number of Pages 240 Pages
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I started reading biographies only recently. to be honest, i was never attracted to the biographical writings of some of the great names in history. one cant really identify with them on a minute scale.
Padma Desai's memoir is the opposite. She takes you along on her 70-year recap of life in several towns, cities, countries and even continents. She is very honest about the events that shaped her big life and there is always the underlying tone of the text comparing average Indian and American life. It is a wonderful read and i wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone who wishes to start reading biographies.
She writes about all of us.

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