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Home to India

3.7  ·  Rating details ·  23 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
Hardcover, 236 pages
Published 1945 by Harper & Brothers (first published 1944)
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Rachel Brown
Jul 26, 2012 rated it liked it
A memoir of the author’s teenage years in India during WWII. Rau and her older sister grew up in London, but returned to Bombay with their mother when their diplomat father was stationed in South Africa. (They tried living in South Africa, but her mother packed them up when she went to a movie theatre and found a sign reading “Indians, natives, and dogs are not allowed.”)

It’s hard to review this in a way that differentiates it from the many other books about people grappling with cultural identi
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Tasia
I'm not sure how to explain it, but reading her travel novels always gives me the sense that I would have loved to have been her friend. Her insights and observations are so candid. Of course, she's still very much writing for a Western audience with editors pushing and prodding her work in the direction they feel is most profitable. On one hand, she has to lure the West into seeing India as a cosmopolitan country filled with promise; on the other, she has to sell books.

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Helen Epstein
Nov 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I have been reading the new eversion of this memoir and am delighted by its tone of voice and intimate depiction of a family of women in India during the second world war. Santha Rama Rau is a witty, engaging story-teller with an astute eye for personal foibles as well as state politics. This is one of the first popular books by an Indian woman writer in the U.S.
Jorge
Jul 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It was interested to learn from an Indian Brahmin how India was changing during WWII. Her descriptions of the conflicts between generations and the changes that India would be experiencing were insightful. Rama Rau, knew Gandhi and Nehru personally. Although superficial, her perspective of the men were very interesting. I got this book at a holiday church fair and it has sat on my self for a few years. I am glad that I finally got to it.
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Santha Rama Rau (24 January 1923 – 21 April 2009) was an Indian American travel writer.

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