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Breaking out : an Indian woman's American journey

Author: Padma Desai
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : The MIT Press, [2013]
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The author grew up in the 1930s in the provincial world of Surat, India, 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Desai, Padma.
Breaking out
(DLC) 2013009440
(OCoLC)830683180
Named Person: Padma Desai; Padma Desai; Padma Desai; Padma Desai
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Padma Desai
ISBN: 9781461944430 1461944430 1299907113 9781299907119 9780262317443 0262317443 9780262317436 0262317435
OCLC Number: 859155204
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Father --
Mother --
Kaki --
Childhood and adolescence --
The seduction --
Harvard, 1955-1959: four years of magical awakening --
Down and out in Delhi, 1959-1968 --
The conversion to Christianity --
Jagdish --
Anuradha --
Breaking out --
My family.
Responsibility: Padma Desai.
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The author grew up in the 1930s in the provincial world of Surat, India, 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, 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, tells a compelling and thought-provoking human story. -- From publisher's website.

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