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When Aranjini came from India to visit her only daughter in Unites States, and accidentally ran into Suman, her adolescent love who disappeared thirty years ago without telling her the reason, emotions sparked again. In this new land, away from her life in India that made her an insignificant person whose only notable achievement was to help her daughter become an independ When Aranjini came from India to visit her only daughter in Unites States, and accidentally ran into Suman, her adolescent love who disappeared thirty years ago without telling her the reason, emotions sparked again. In this new land, away from her life in India that made her an insignificant person whose only notable achievement was to help her daughter become an independent woman by providing her with the privileges she herself was denied, will she embrace her life once again in Suman’s presence? Will Suman answer the questions she has been carrying with her for thirty years? Will her daughter understand her emotions and sacrifices? And above everything else, will she attempt to make her ordinary life meaningful in her own little way and emerge as a woman of substance? Aranjini was born in post colonial India at a time when women were considered second grade citizens. This tumultuous era of social and political unrest not only destroyed her family and her love affair with Suman, it shattered her dream of living her life the way she wanted. Things only worsened when she wed a man who only married her because he couldn't be with the one he truly loved. A full-time mother confined by social conventions, Aranjini was expected to suppress her own wishes and pains to make way for the happiness of others - her husband, her daughter, her family. Daughter Mother Woman, a story based on Indian women, weaves three story lines spanning across three different phases of Aranjini’s life – as daughter and granddaughter, as mother caught in a loveless marriage, and during her new adventure as she seeks her identity. This Indian women's fiction explores the socio-economic changes in India before and after independence, and paints the lives of four generations of women in India through one ordinary woman’s journey.


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When Aranjini came from India to visit her only daughter in Unites States, and accidentally ran into Suman, her adolescent love who disappeared thirty years ago without telling her the reason, emotions sparked again. In this new land, away from her life in India that made her an insignificant person whose only notable achievement was to help her daughter become an independ When Aranjini came from India to visit her only daughter in Unites States, and accidentally ran into Suman, her adolescent love who disappeared thirty years ago without telling her the reason, emotions sparked again. In this new land, away from her life in India that made her an insignificant person whose only notable achievement was to help her daughter become an independent woman by providing her with the privileges she herself was denied, will she embrace her life once again in Suman’s presence? Will Suman answer the questions she has been carrying with her for thirty years? Will her daughter understand her emotions and sacrifices? And above everything else, will she attempt to make her ordinary life meaningful in her own little way and emerge as a woman of substance? Aranjini was born in post colonial India at a time when women were considered second grade citizens. This tumultuous era of social and political unrest not only destroyed her family and her love affair with Suman, it shattered her dream of living her life the way she wanted. Things only worsened when she wed a man who only married her because he couldn't be with the one he truly loved. A full-time mother confined by social conventions, Aranjini was expected to suppress her own wishes and pains to make way for the happiness of others - her husband, her daughter, her family. Daughter Mother Woman, a story based on Indian women, weaves three story lines spanning across three different phases of Aranjini’s life – as daughter and granddaughter, as mother caught in a loveless marriage, and during her new adventure as she seeks her identity. This Indian women's fiction explores the socio-economic changes in India before and after independence, and paints the lives of four generations of women in India through one ordinary woman’s journey.

39 review for Daughter Mother Woman: A Modern Women's Classic set in India & United States

  1. 5 out of 5

    Melany Crawl

    Skepticism - that's all I had when I grabbed a copy from a local bookstore. Having already read many Indian authors, what new this new book could have on India, that too about women? However, halfway through the second chapter I knew that I have chosen a good one. The country and characters were so much different from what I have read so far. Though the story is told in a different style and the characters are subtle yet complex, one can easily connect to the richness of the story. Take your time Skepticism - that's all I had when I grabbed a copy from a local bookstore. Having already read many Indian authors, what new this new book could have on India, that too about women? However, halfway through the second chapter I knew that I have chosen a good one. The country and characters were so much different from what I have read so far. Though the story is told in a different style and the characters are subtle yet complex, one can easily connect to the richness of the story. Take your time and browse through the pages at your leisure. You will not only unfold a new India, you will encounter a unusually brilliant storytelling, which similar to the protagonist herself, looks at life with a somewhat distant, almost aloof attitude, but never misses a single human emotion along the way. I particularly liked how women in post independence India changed and how the equation between different class of people changed along the way. And I loved Aranjini. She found both love and identity, and made a perfect choice. Overall, a very good read. Daughter Mother Woman: A Modern Women's Classic set in India & United States

  2. 5 out of 5

    Patricia

    This is the first truly and completely Indian book I have come across in a long time. I say that after reading all those recent famous books on India. There is always a very thin line between a story being told by an insider or the story being seen by an outsider. While most books on India seem to be written by outsiders, this one is not. The author knows India, and Indian women, from inside out. And that's what makes this book such a wonderful read. I don’t know which part to specify as the best This is the first truly and completely Indian book I have come across in a long time. I say that after reading all those recent famous books on India. There is always a very thin line between a story being told by an insider or the story being seen by an outsider. While most books on India seem to be written by outsiders, this one is not. The author knows India, and Indian women, from inside out. And that's what makes this book such a wonderful read. I don’t know which part to specify as the best part of the book. There are so many, I fear to miss one in trying to stress on another one. Effect of Partition of India on middle class, revolution and turmoil in the unstable country, and then economic reforms that made way for a flourishing middle class - everything is so well written and weaved around the characters. And those characters, they are so alive, as if you can touch them if you extend your hand. You will identify with almost all these shades you will encounter in Aranjini’s character. A memorable character with all her doubts and strengths. A rewarding read that I will remember for a long time.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sadaf

    The book was the story of not only a woman’s journey, but that of changing times. It captures very well, the essence of what has changed as we got newer technology, and the earlier ways of living got outdated. It charts the ripple effect of these, on human relationships – distances and closeness. It talks of the freedom of choice that came with the changing world, but our reluctance to choose love, that also came with the times – times when materialism and consumerism thrive. I loved the bit abo The book was the story of not only a woman’s journey, but that of changing times. It captures very well, the essence of what has changed as we got newer technology, and the earlier ways of living got outdated. It charts the ripple effect of these, on human relationships – distances and closeness. It talks of the freedom of choice that came with the changing world, but our reluctance to choose love, that also came with the times – times when materialism and consumerism thrive. I loved the bit about the sparrows – you’ll see what I mean when you read the book. There are many characters in the book, and although we come to know some of them pretty well, some other remain one-dimensional –for example, Sush. The book is a social commentary, but more of a flow is required, because there are over-explanations at many places. I was not very happy with the ending. I was hoping that the protagonist would have broken the gender role stereotype – but she confirmed to it. Further, the timeline in the last few pages is very jumbled, and it is difficult to keep track of what is happening in the present. Overall, it’s a good concept and the writer has put in good effort, but perhaps more polishing needs to go in the flow of writing, the timeline, certain punchlines, and proper climax.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Smitha

    This was one of few books I struggled to read. The story itself might have been so much more powerful with better editing. For quite a bit, I struggled to understand what was going on. I had to go back and read to see if I had missed reading something. but no, the explanation came later but the order just felt completely muddled up. maybe it was me, but it just felt very incomplete. Add to it the language. The language had so much lacking. the grammer, the words... It was just not the sort of bo This was one of few books I struggled to read. The story itself might have been so much more powerful with better editing. For quite a bit, I struggled to understand what was going on. I had to go back and read to see if I had missed reading something. but no, the explanation came later but the order just felt completely muddled up. maybe it was me, but it just felt very incomplete. Add to it the language. The language had so much lacking. the grammer, the words... It was just not the sort of book I would have enjoyed. Not when my fingers are itching to get hold of a red pen and circle all the errors that jumped out at me.

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