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Walking Towards Ourselves: Indian Women Tell Their Stories by [Mitchell, Catriona]
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"In this collection, 19 of India's most talented female writers, share their experience of what it means to be a woman during India's "gender revolution". These brave pieces of writing are part of an ongoing conversation about India today." Mind Food

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India is one of the most dangerous places on the planet to be a woman – or so the international press keeps telling us. But behind the headlines, what is it really like to be a woman in India today?

Walk in the shoes of some of India’s finest women writers, and go on a journey into their intimate lives in Walking Towards Ourselves. From the film sets of Bollywood to a closeted marital home in a Tamil Nadu village; from the slick boardroom of an online dating app to a makeshift bamboo house in the post-cyclone Sundarbans; from a beauty parlour where skin bleaching is the norm, to a home for abandoned girls in Karnataka, walk with them.

Walk with them as they report from Mumbai’s streets alone at night, as they grapple with domestic violence, as they search for love through marriage brokers, as they learn to speak their minds, as they lay claim to their bodies, as they choose to be partnered or not, to become mothers or not, to make art, to make love, to make meaning of their lives.

Reaching across different strata of society, religion and language, this anthology creates a kaleidoscope of distinct and varied real-life stories. Told with startling honesty, piercing insight, moments of poetry, and flashes of humour, Walking Towards Ourselves explores what it means to be a woman in India in a time of intense and incredible change.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1710 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1 edition (10 January 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Asia-Pacific Holdings Private Limited
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01AI7333K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #8,460 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Didn't get a bookmark along with it, so 1 less star. Book is fabulous though!
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No doubt this is one of my latest favourite books. Highly recommended!
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4.0 out of 5 stars An important collection 27 January 2017
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There but for the grace...(etc)

This is an important and well-written anthology of personal stories from a broad selection of Indian women writers and feminists. Each of the essays is memorable in its own way, but as a collection I don't feel that it had quite the impact that I was expecting.

The most haunting tale was that of Anonymous, who describes the relentless terror of rape within marriage.

The man who rapes me is not a stranger who runs away. He is not the silhouette in the car park, he is not the masked assaulter, he is not my acquaintance who has spiked my drink. He is someone who wakes up next to me. He is the husband for whom I have to make the morning coffee.

The funniest was that of Tisca Chopra who describes her rise in the Indian TV and film industries and her near-miss casting couch experiences.

But for me the most touching was Nirupama Dutt's story about her sister, 28 years her senior, and the vastly different lives they have led as their country hurtles towards a higher level of development.
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