Sunday, December 18, 2005

Recent Reading

Arranged Marriage by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni. This is a collection of short stories about Indian women dealing with the culture of the U.S. either by immigrating or in their relations with those who have emigrated to the U.S. The writing is quite beautiful and evocative, but the message is generally depressing. With so many strikes against them, it seems women from India have very little chance of happiness in our culture.

The Bell by Iris Murdoch. Dense language and conflicting passions make this novel fascinating. A failed wannabee priest who is attracted to young boys (I'm sure this reads completely different now in light of the Catholic church scandals) tries to make out the difference between ideals and human actions. Although the book is fascinating, I was struck by the incredible self-centeredness of almost every character. Perhaps that is Murdoch's point.


CruiserDeep said...

Indian wives have a hard time abroad- agreed. But whats the other side of the moon, that indian wife gives hell to her husband for no fault of his. Want to read on this?, pan to my blog and other links listed in there.

For starters rampant misuse of Anti Harassment/Cruelty(Domestic violence) laws in india(the concerned section in Indian penal code is section 498a). The potency of misuse is much since the Police doesn't need any other supporting evidence or witness other than the wife's statement/complaint, to straight away arrest the Husband and his relatives(Whoever is named in the wife's complaint), following which is an ordeal of long drawn and wasteful legal proceedings for the Husband(in this law he is Guilty until proved innocent!, unlike any other law, anywhere else).

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