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In this funny, wicked, touching, irreverent, poignant collection of stories, Annie Zaidi and Smriti Ravindra lift the veil (or sari pallu) on the lives and loves of girls who have been born or raised in the subcontinent. The niceties have to be observed, but the urge to subvert is often overwhelming. As they shimmy down drainpipes at midnight, or steal covert glances at th ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published 2011 by Zubaan
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I actually wanted to leave it midway but I'm glad I didn't. I enjoyed the other half of the book. Maybe it was because of my expectations after reading love stories by Annie Zaidi. It actually made me think that how one defines a good Indian girl. I didn't get my answer in this book. Someone told me long time back that women who don't fear society are prostitutes. I so wanted to punch that guy but somehow controlled. I'm glad I talk less or avoid people now.
Ankit Jain
I started reading this book with fairly low expectations because I was of the opinion that the Indian writers who write for the urban masses, are generally very shallow (cue: Chetan Bhagat). But this book was thoroughly enjoyable. The author focuses on the deep moral conflicts faced by the Indian girls, while consciously keeping the drama to the minimum. There is a lot to relate to the short stories for either gender. Definitely going to check out other books by Ms. Zaidi.
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The Bad Boys Guide To The Good Indian Girl Author: Smriti Ravindra, Annie Zaidi

Started reading with lots of assumptions considering the subject of the book but I was proved wrong. Overall I was zapped by this wonderfully written seri
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Gurpreet
Met the author so I'm biased :) It is a quirky insight into the tightrope we girls walk in our daily lives!
Sanyukta Saha
Each story was familiar, I knew all the girls. I was some of them. :)
Poonam
Everyone (30+), be it urban or rural India will find a connect with at least one story in the book, if not more. It relates the stories in a very lighthearted manner but there is nothing casual about the issues it cover. The only problem is that by the time I read through half the book, I felt that the stories got a little repititive. Worth a read.
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Annie Zaidi writes poetry, essays, fiction of varying lengths, and scripts for the stage and the screen. She is the author of Known Turf: Bantering with Bandits and Other True Tales, a collection of essays that was short-listed for the Vodafone Crossword Book Award (non- fiction, 2011). Her work has appeared in various anthologies, including Mumbai Noir; Women Changing India; India Shining, India ...more
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