Sideways on A Scooter

Sideways on A Scooter

Life and Love in India

Book - 2011
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When twentysomething reporter Miranda Kennedy leaves her job in New York City and travels to India with no employment prospects, she longs to immerse herself in the turmoil and excitement of a rapidly developing country. What she quickly learns in Delhi about renting an apartment as a single woman--it's next to impossible--and the proper way for women in India to ride scooters--perched sideways--are early signs that life here is less Westernized than she'd counted on.

Living in Delhi for more than five years, and finding a city pulsing with possibility and hope, Kennedy experiences friendships, love affairs, and losses that open a window onto the opaque world of Indian politics and culture--and alter her own attitudes about everything from food and clothes to marriage and family. Along the way, Kennedy is drawn into the lives of several Indian women, including her charismatic friend Geeta--a self-described "modern girl" who attempts to squeeze herself into the traditional role of wife and mother; Radha, a proud Brahmin widow who denies herself simple pleasures in order to live by high-caste Hindu principles; and Parvati, who defiantly chain-smokes and drinks whiskey, yet feels compelled to keep her boyfriend a secret from her family.

In her effort to understand the hopes and dreams that motivate her new friends, Kennedy peels back India's globalized image as a land of call centers and fast-food chains and finds an ancient place where, in many ways, women's lives have scarcely changed for centuries. Incisive, witty, and written with a keen eye for the lush vibrancy of the country that Kennedy comes to love, Sideways on a Scooter is both a remarkable memoir and a cultural revelation.
Publisher: New York : Random House, [2011]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2011
ISBN: 9781400067862
Characteristics: viii, 342 pages ; 25 cm


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Mar 01, 2015

you’ve been to India on a tour, you’ have probably come home with more questions than answers. Kennedy, who lived in Delhi as a free-lance reporter for NPR, shares her experiences. What it’s like living in a “normal” Delhi neighborhood as a single woman is quite different than her experience in New York City. I have recommended this book to several people who have taken tours of India.

Oct 01, 2013

Well-written, informative and a very-readable, fascinating book! I highly recommend it!

Booktraveler Jul 03, 2013

This was an interesting story about a young female journalist who moves to India to become immersed in the culture. Story tells of friendships she makes, encounters in day to day life that is India and her developing appreciation for the country and its people.

prashantambaskar Mar 11, 2012

Really really good book......
an awesome perspective of looking towards the country, i have been my entire life!

debwalker May 03, 2011

The ups and downs of marriage in India.

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