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Fasting, Feasting by Anita Desai
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Apr 25, 12

Read from April 18 to 25, 2012

A grappling tale of ordinary Indian life in a tiny Indian town, with the mundane life of spinster woman and how she becomes a huge burden for her family. In short it is truly representative of the Indian subcontinental society and highlights the problems faced by Indian women.
One notable addition to the book is also the immigrant life of the spinster's brother, who becomes alienated in a culture of freedom and independence from one of dependence in his Indian lifestyle. The book, overall, is quite a powerful read!
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message 1: by Wasiilah (new)

Wasiilah well said nakib, nowadays, spinsters become a burden on their family.Parents force their children to get married and i wonder whether their burden will lessen if they marry off their daughters!What if the daughter get divorced and returns back to her parents, won't it b a shame to have a divorced daughter at home?Being spinster is better than getting married and then after a few days divorced only because u were forced 2 get married.Thats what i call shame and not being spinsters!!!!!!!!!


Nakib Hoq Wasiilah wrote: "well said nakib, nowadays, spinsters become a burden on their family.Parents force their children to get married and i wonder whether their burden will lessen if they marry off their daughters!What..."

Yup I agree with you. There are countless examples in the subcontinental society where parents forcefully marry off their young daughters;& then the marriage breaks up and both the daughter and her family are confronted to 'shame' in their societies. My very own aunt is one such example.


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