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Love, Stars, And All That

3.37  ·  Rating Details ·  81 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
From the lively crossroads where two continents and several cultures meet comes this quixotic and charming romantic comedy. In her whimsical portrait of a young Indian woman, Kirin Narayan affectionately skewers the all-too-common quest for the perfect hero. Elinor Lipman renders high praise: "Gita in Berkeley has to be the most appealing cultural exchange since Dorothy re ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published January 1st 1995 by Gallery Books (first published January 1st 1994)
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Aug 24, 2007 Yesha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Kiran
Sweet book. One of the books I read again and again... one of my comfort reads. An intelligent yet light look at the life of a South Asian academic... in fiction, of course.

If this book had been written 10 years later, it would have become a huge "intellectual chicklit" success... as it was, it was one of the first of its kind and has unfortunately gone out of print.

I have actually had the privilege of meeting Kirin Narayan, who is a wonderful and generous person. She teaches in the Anthro/South
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Gita Das, a shy Berkeley graduate student from India, is both alarmed and charmed when a family friend foretells that Gita will meet her future husband in March 1984. But as Gita nervously scrutinizes every man she encounters, she must find a middle path between the matrimonial traditions of India and the mercenary courtship rituals of North America. On the whole, she would prefer to burrow away within her research on the folk variations of Hindu legends -- but that, of course, is never an optio ...more
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Jun 08, 2009 Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides marked it as decided-not-to-read
Shelves: genre-deficient
Found this in the library's discard bin and figured I'd give it a shot. I was hoping for something maybe vaguely related to English, August. Sadly, no.
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Kirin Narayan was born in India to an American mother and Indian father, and moved to the United States to attend college. As a graduate student, she studied cultural anthropology and folklore at the University of California—Berkeley, writing a dissertation on storytelling as a form of religious teaching through an ethnography of a Hindu holy man in Western India who often communicated teachings t ...more
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