A Fine Balance

Author: Rohinton Mistry

Language: English

Summary: With a compassionate realism and narrative sweep that recall the work of Charles Dickens, this magnificent novel captures all the cruelty and corruption, dignity and heroism, of India. The time is 1975. The place is an unnamed city by the sea. The government has just declared a State of Emergency, in whose upheavals four strangers–a spirited widow, a young student uprooted from his idyllic hill station, and two tailors who have fled the caste violence of their native village–will be thrust together, forced to share one cramped apartment and an uncertain future.

As the characters move from distrust to friendship and from friendship to love, A Fine Balance creates an enduring panorama of the human spirit in an inhuman state. Source: amazon.com

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Marrying Anita

Author: Anita Jain

Language: English

Summary: Anita Jain, a New York-based Indian-American journalist, is single. For years she has trusted the Western way of finding a husband, but maybe there’s something in arranged marriages after all. So she’s traveling to India in search of a perfect husband, the old-fashioned way. Source: amazon.com

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Racconti dall’India

Author: Shubha Sarma

Language: Italian

Summary: In questi racconti, il suo esordio, Shubha Sarma esamina diversi aspetti della vita in India con distacco, precisione ed empatia. I protagonisti dei racconti sono donne, bambini e uomini di ogni età e classe, provenienti da varie regioni dell’India. Le ambientazioni spaziano da contesti urbani benestanti alle zone rurali dell’Orissa e ai territori con conflitti civili e profondo malcontento sociale. Ogni racconto è diverso, ma i personaggi sono cesellati lucidamente come nell’avorio, in situazioni del tutto realistiche. L’autrice critica in modo sottile i luoghi comuni della società, l’avidità e la violenza che si celano dentro le persone, e condanna il patriarcato nelle sue varie incarnazioni paralizzanti, con uno sguardo moderno e attuale sulle istituzioni e gli stili di vita del suo paese. Questa raccolta di racconti fa rivivere le realtà e le contraddizioni dell’India moderna e si sofferma su aspetti diversi da quelli della narrativa più spesso tradotta in Italia, offrendo così un affresco ad ampio spettro sulla realtà indiana. Source: amazon.com

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Marrying Anita: a quest for love in the New India

Author: Anita Jain

Language: English

Summary: Is arranged marriage any worse than Craigslist? One smart and feisty woman’s year in India looking for a husband the old-fashioned way reveals a rapidly changing culture and a whole host of ideas about the best way to find a mate.

Anita Jain was fed up with the New York singles scene. After three years of frustration and awkward dates, and under constant pressure from her Indian parents to find someone, she started to wonder: was looking for a husband in a bar any less barbaric than traditional arranged marriage? After all this effort, there had to be something easier.

After announcing in a much-discussed New York magazine article her intention to try arranged marriage, Jain moves back to India―the impoverished, backward land her parents fled―to find a husband. At age thirty-two, and well past the cultural deadline for starting a family, Jain subjects herself to a whole new onslaught of expectations. Marrying Anita is an account of romantic chance encounters, nosy relatives, and dozens of potential husbands. Will she find a suitable man? Will he please her parents, aunts, uncles, and cousins? Is the new urban Indian culture in which she’s searching really all that different from America?

With disarming candor, Jain tells her own romantic story even as it unfolds before her, and in the process sheds new light on a country modernizing at breakneck speed. Marrying Anita is a refreshingly honest look at our own desires and the modern search for the perfect mate. Source: amazon.com

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Such a long journey

Author: Rohinton Mistry

Language: English

Summary: Such a Long Journey is set in (what was then) Bombay against the backdrop of war in the Indian subcontinent and the birth of Bangladesh, telling the story of the peculiar way in which the conflict impinges on the lives of Gustad Noble, an ordinary man, and his family.

It was the brilliant first novel by one of the most remarkable writers to have emerged from the Indian literary tradition in many years. It was shortlisted for the 1991 Booker Prize, and won the 1992 Commonwealth Writers Prize. Source: amazon.com

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The Expert Expat

Author: Bryan Westra

Language: English

Summary: “Read about this gripping account of how I ripped away from an old life, and lived out a completely different existence altogether. I left the United States of America, bought an airplane ticket to India, and lived there successfully. It wasn’t always easy, fun, or games, but what I learned will greatly benefit anyone wanting to do the same. The country doesn’t matter, as this advice will help you master living anywhere in the world you want successfully. You have to read this book.

This book teaches you how to manage as an expatriate or what some refer to as an expat. You will learn how to disappear, plan, and successfully execute a new life for yourself. You’ll also learn some valuable advice tips from someone who’s actually done it successfully for years.

If you don’t want to get found. If you want to live a completely different existence. If you want to live in a particular country. Whatever your reasons are for wanting to become an expatriate I show you how to be an expat, or how to be an expatriate successfully. ” Source: amazon.com

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