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The Good Indian Girl

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The Good Indian Girl By Anni Zaidi, Smriti Ravindra
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In this funny, wicked, touching, irreverent, poignant collection of stories, Annie Zaidi and Smriti Ravindra lift the veil (or sari pallu) on the lives and loves of girls who have been born or raised in the subcontinent.

The niceties have to be observed, but the urge to subvert is often overwhelming. As they shimmy down drainpipes at midnight, or steal covert glances at the boys across the street, the real life incidents from which these stories are drawn will ring a bell with any woman who has negotiated the minefield of family love and romantic longing and desire that lies between childhood and womanhood.

This is the Good Indian Girl as she has never been seen before-fiesty, imaginative, a little crazy, smart, vulnerable. Prepare to be surprised.

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Language English
Publisher Zubaan
ISBN 9789381017418
Publication Date 2011-01-01
File Size 0.26 MB
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★★★★★
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Saudha Kasim
22 Sep 2011
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Wonderful read

Annie Zaidi and Smriti Ravindra have written a collection of stories that explore what it means to be a Good Indian Girl (or GIG - if there???s a GIG, there???s got to be a Bad Indian Girl or BIG as well). The stories, set in small towns and big cities follow the lives of interconnected characters - but unlike the more annoying fractured narratives that found currency in Hollywood movies like Crash and Mexican ones like Amores Perros, these stories grow organically, branching out and reaching heights of joy or digging roots deep down to the darker side of being a young woman in India. If th... ()

Annie Zaidi and Smriti Ravindra have written a collection of stories that explore what it means to be a Good Indian Girl (or GIG - if there???s a GIG, there???s got to be a Bad Indian Girl or BIG as well). The stories, set in small towns and big cities follow the lives of interconnected characters - but unlike the more annoying fractured narratives that found currency in Hollywood movies like Crash and Mexican ones like Amores Perros, these stories grow organically, branching out and reaching heights of joy or digging roots deep down to the darker side of being a young woman in India. If th...
Annie Zaidi and Smriti Ravindra have written a collection of stories that explore what it means to be a Good Indian Girl (or GIG - if there???s a GIG, there???s got to be a Bad Indian Girl or BIG as well). The stories, set in small towns and big cities follow the lives of interconnected characters - but unlike the more annoying fractured narratives that found currency in Hollywood movies like Crash and Mexican ones like Amores Perros, these stories grow organically, branching out and reaching heights of joy or digging roots deep down to the darker side of being a young woman in India. If there was a laundry list of things that affect women in this country - harassment, incest, assaults, unsuitable marriages, uncomfortable underwear, drinking, not drinking, rumour-mongering, lying, escape, independence - you'd be checking them all when reading these stories. But the tales here have not been constructed in an obvious, let???s-write-this-by-the-numbers manner. The delight of these stories lies in their smooth flow, the lightness of touch on even the darker subjects and the compassion and empathy they evoke. Two stories in particular stood out for me: Finger Play, a jewel of a story, like a clockwork animated tableau come to life, and Satyagrah, which gives insight into the mind of a GIG determined to get what she wants.

You want to know how the GIGs and BIGs live their lives? Read this book.

67% of 12 users found this review helpful.
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Pushpendra Pandya
18 Jun 2014
Surprised me completely

Started reading with lots of assumptions considering the subject of the book but I was proved wrong. Overall I was zapped by this wonderfully written series of short stories.

How this will help INDIAN men to understand INDIAN women better:

There are times where there's absolutely no reason to worry, you have to let woman be themselves and wait until she tells. If it takes longer, ask. Do not jump into guns. Just like I did before reading this book, I made classic mistake, judged it before reading it. Asking solves many unwanted issues. Makes communication easier.

Just like men, women to...
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Started reading with lots of assumptions considering the subject of the book but I was proved wrong. Overall I was zapped by this wonderfully written series of short stories.

How this will help INDIAN men to understand INDIAN women better:

There are times where there's absolutely no reason to worry, you have to let woman be themselves and wait until she tells. If it takes longer, ask. Do not jump into guns. Just like I did before reading this book, I made classic mistake, judged it before reading it. Asking solves many unwanted issues. Makes communication easier.

Just like men, women to...
Started reading with lots of assumptions considering the subject of the book but I was proved wrong. Overall I was zapped by this wonderfully written series of short stories.

How this will help INDIAN men to understand INDIAN women better:

There are times where there's absolutely no reason to worry, you have to let woman be themselves and wait until she tells. If it takes longer, ask. Do not jump into guns. Just like I did before reading this book, I made classic mistake, judged it before reading it. Asking solves many unwanted issues. Makes communication easier.

Just like men, women too have desires and it needs to be accepted without labeling them. Please refrain. We all lust about opposite sex and some, even about same sex.

Definition of fun is pretty much the same for men and women but it's the way how men and women approach varies.

Book talks about how school girl tackles issues from her childhood days and carries on those views as she grows until something really serious or life changing incident shakes a woman's mind.

Typically book has more to give than its in your face title. I really recommend this book to all men. My humble request to all men and women to gift this book to others to maintain better harmony in women's and of course men's life.

1 of 1 users found this review helpful.
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★★★★★
Nikhil Tewari
09 Jul 2014
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Disappointing

had loads of expectations from this book but fell flat.
Most stories are absolutely boring,with dry drab social topics woven again and again.
Its a mix of girly gossip and aunty politics.Not risque content or gender-inequality issues. Not discirimination. Its about a bunch of mischievous girls, the same characters who come again and again in different stories revealing about their 'kaands; done in their younger days.

Even my mom absolutely loathed the book.

0 of 0 users found this review helpful.
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