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Sharmila's Book

Sharmila s Book Born and raised in Chicago s Indian community Sharmila Sen is a thirty something artist American in every respect but nonetheless longing for a deeper connection to her Indian heritage Unlucky in lo

  • Title: Sharmila's Book
  • Author: Bharti Kirchner
  • ISBN: 9780452278844
  • Page: 148
  • Format: Paperback
  • Born and raised in Chicago s Indian community, Sharmila Sen is a thirty something artist, American in every respect but nonetheless longing for a deeper connection to her Indian heritage Unlucky in love, Sharmila finally consents to follow the traditional path of arranged marriage and her mother soon finds Raj Khosla a handsome and successful New Delhi businessman fBorn and raised in Chicago s Indian community, Sharmila Sen is a thirty something artist, American in every respect but nonetheless longing for a deeper connection to her Indian heritage Unlucky in love, Sharmila finally consents to follow the traditional path of arranged marriage and her mother soon finds Raj Khosla a handsome and successful New Delhi businessman for a perfect matrimonial match Yet from the moment Sharmila arrives in India, events seem to conspire against her future happiness Raj disappears for extended periods of time, leaving Sharmila to fend for herself in the uneasy and controlling presence of his mother Most disconcerting of all is the mystery surrounding the accidental death of Raj s cherished first wife, whose memory is Sharmila s constant rival Deliverance arrives in the unlikely person of Prem, the Khoslas chauffeur, with whom Sharmila finds a daring relationship and a means to reexamine her life in a restrictive, exclusive culture that may or may not have a place for her Filled with humor, romance, and suspense, Sharmila s Book tells the story of a contemporary woman who embraces the traditional life only to become liberated in the most unexpected ways.

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    1. Ugh. After reading Bharti Kirchner's illuminating book, Sharmila's Book, I was left with the strange sensation of having swallowed an insect that flapped its wings in my brain, rap rap rap, tap tap tap, and I was left screaming with a dire brain disorder. Ugh. Rare this year that I have come across as bad a book as Sharmila's Book.I am not usually this scathing. I am a lazy writer myself, who understands the pain of writing - but after reading this book, I understood the pain of reading too. The [...]

    2. Sharmila is a character caught between her heritage and her life--one foot in India and one solidly in her Chicago career. Fed up to the proverbial "here" with the American dating game, she surrenders the question of marriage to tradition and asks her parents to find her a suitable match.I almost didn't care what the plot was--Kirchner has done a stunning job of portraying the balancing act that is a multicultural identity. The tension between family expectations and American independence, betwe [...]

    3. The beginning two thirds of the book were really slow. There are some good insights here and there about India and about the changes happening so quickly. I think the ending is abrupt and sometimes the characters aren't as fully convincing or as fully as they could be. Would Prem really support his wife over his mother? I was not convinced. The betrayals from Sharmila's mother and from her cousin Mistoo were shocking. I did like that the author did not simplify the problems that Neelu would have [...]

    4. A friend of mine from India lent me this book. I was fully expecting it to be as maturely written as one by Monica Ali or Jhumpa Lahiri but I was terribly letdown. The book is predictable, the characters unbelievable. The writer spends a great deal of our time educating us about Indian culture, the scenery of New Delhi, so that we feel we move from fiction to nonfiction. The book is almost childish.

    5. JUST FINALLY FINISHED READING SHARMILA'S BOOK BY AUTHOR BHARTI KIRCHNER (PLUME 1999) AND IT TOOK ME A WHOLE YEAR TO DO SO, NOT BECAUSE OF THE PREDICTABLE PLOT AND ALREADY GETTING FULL CONFIRMATION OF MY VIBRANT INDIAN CULTURE, BUT BECAUSE SHARMILA'S BOOK IS MY OWN PERSONAL STORY (AFTER THE WEDDING) AND THANK GOD I DIDN'T END UP LIKE ROOPAWHICH MEANS I'M MORE LIKE THE MAIN PROTAGONIST SHARMILA SEN. (HUGE SIGH OF RELIEF!!!)

    6. I could sometimes hear the plot machinery creaking, but mostly enjoyed this book - following Sharmila from Chicago to Delhi in pursuit of happiness through an arranged marriage. Lots of FOOD in this book, which I appreciated, as well as a mild murder mystery along with the love story. Really good August book.

    7. Most of the Indian books I've read are written from a teenager's perspective, so this book was a pleasant shift for me. Kirchner turns phrases beautifully and brings out aspects of her characters that you wouldn't expect. There was much tension in the book around decision making, from arranged marriage to deciding what you're willing to compromise in your life.

    8. I loved the vivid descriptions of Indian life and customs but found several aspects of the plot to be rather far-fetched. Of the many books I've read about Indian women and family life, this is a rarity in that it's about a current generation rather than a couple of generations ago, which I found refreshing.

    9. The descriptions of India are intense; the author writes poetically about the sights, smells and sounds of Delhi. The story is less interesting; the foreshadowing is as subtle as a 2x4 across the head.

    10. Great character development, great unfolding plot. I learned more about India through the story, and it made me want to learn more about a culture I never thought much about before. My favorites are books that educate while the plot thickens.

    11. Ugh. After reading Bharti Kirchner's illuminating book, Sharmila's Book, I was left with the strange sensation of having swallowed an insect that flapped its wings in my brain, rap rap rap, tap tap tap, and I was left screaming with a dire brain disorder. Ugh. Rare this year that I have come across as bad a book as Sharmila's Book.I am not usually this scathing. I am a lazy writer myself, who understands the pain of writing - but after reading this book, I understood the pain of reading too. The [...]

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