Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Teaser Tuesdays (49)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly meme hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

Grab your current read

Open to a random page

Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

Share the title and author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My teasers this week:

"I'd never have guessed that the woman who bent down on her swollen knees to mop my floors to a luminous sheen lived in filth and squalor herself. Maybe because Radha couldn't apply her Brahminical notions of purity and pollution to her own home, she applied them instead to mine. I looked away so she wouldn't see the tears that welled up in my eyes."


Sideways on a Scooter by Miranda Kennedy
p. 151

When twentysomething reporter Miranda Kennedy leaves her job in New York City and travels to India with no employment prospects, she longs to immerse herself in the turmoil and excitement of a rapidly developing country. What she quickly learns in Delhi about renting an apartment as a single woman—it’s next to impossible—and the proper way for women in India to ride scooters—perched sideways—are early signs that life here is less Westernized than she’d counted on.



Living in Delhi for more than five years, and finding a city pulsing with possibility and hope, Kennedy experiences friendships, love affairs, and losses that open a window onto the opaque world of Indian politics and culture—and alter her own attitudes about everything from food and clothes to marriage and family. Along the way, Kennedy is drawn into the lives of several Indian women, including her charismatic friend Geeta—a self-described “modern girl” who attempts to squeeze herself into the traditional role of wife and mother; Radha, a proud Brahmin widow who denies herself simple pleasures in order to live by high-caste Hindu principles; and Parvati, who defiantly chain-smokes and drinks whiskey, yet feels compelled to keep her boyfriend a secret from her family.

In her effort to understand the hopes and dreams that motivate her new friends, Kennedy peels back India’s globalized image as a land of call centers and fast-food chains and finds an ancient place where, in many ways, women’s lives have scarcely changed for centuries. Incisive, witty, and written with a keen eye for the lush vibrancy of the country that Kennedy comes to love, Sideways on a Scooter is both a remarkable memoir and a cultural revelation.

I am nearly finished with this book and I have really enjoyed it. It is fascinating to read about the lives of women in Delhi. Miranda could have written the book just about her own life and experiences abroad but I'm glad she decided to focus on others instead.

6 comments:

  1. Great teaser! It brings back memories of my trip to India.

    Here's my Teaser Tuesday from Willow by Jennifer Hoban. Happy Reading! Jen

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  2. That's a very telling teaser. This book sounds like a good read. Love the title. I've got a teaser from the new Lady Julia Grey novel!

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  3. That sounds interesting, haven't heard of this book before.

    My TT

    http://teawithmarce.blogspot.com/2011/05/teaser-tuesday-girls-by-lori-lansens.html

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  4. Great teaser! Here is mine: http://beyondstrangenewwords.blogspot.com/2011/05/teaser-tuesday-may-17-2011.html

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  5. Hi, Christina! Thanks for visiting today. There probably won't be too many unfamiliar words in Die for Me, although I probably wouldn't have remembered words like saucisson had it not been for my class. Your teaser sounds very poignant. It reminds me a little of another book I read last year. I hope you have a fantastic evening!

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