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Inside the Haveli

3.63 of 5 stars 3.63  ·  rating details  ·  86 ratings  ·  7 reviews
This Indian novel takes the reader behind the scenes of an ongoing, deeply rooted tradition and into a way of life that for outsiders has long been veiled with mystery.
Paperback, 208 pages
Published January 1st 1995 by Quartet Books (UK) (first published 1977)
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This exotic little book gives you a lot to think about - the lives of the women of the Haveli, their customs, their willing discrimination towards themselves and others and the strong rejection of the changing ideas of the outside world. The language is very Indian, with many colloquializations (this word check tells me that's not a word; isn't it?) and a few words out of the regional language to add flavour. That being said, the style is fluid and the descriptions are vivid and apt. Also, it co ...more
The author had so much potential to make this book an interesting one but failed. Although its quite an insightful into the lives of women of Rajasthan but it failed to catch my attention. Took me awhile to finish it and it didn't have an ending as such. Readers can read it if they are curious about the ways of living of traditional women but don't expect something great.
I think I found this on the swap shelf of our school, but I'm not entirely sure. This is a very well-written recounting of life in the haveli - women in purdah, in India. Unfortunately I'm not sure my copy is not missing some pages - I always feel suspicious when the book ends at the bottom of the last page without any extra pages between it and the cover.This happened once before with a different book and someone kindly photocopied and sent me the pages. That book was far more popular than this ...more
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One of the worst book ever written in women's writing in India.
Misguided feminism.
Deeply right wing. Conservative.

She takes slavery and caste hegemony to a whole new level.
I started reading the book in Jan'13 and stopped mid-way (I wish I left it at that) completed it and utterly disgusted.
Great book .. very interesting about 'an independant young woman's struggle to hold onto her identity in a traditional world.'.
Sankari Ni Bhriain
really enjoyed the more subtle approach to exploring life in India. Sometimes such books can be very tragic and dramatic nearly all the way through, but this one paced itself delicately and I let it's humans be simply human. Lovely read.
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