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Life Out Of Reach: Spare Burden

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In this transcendent memoir, Jas Dosanjh, one of six girls born to immigrants who moved from India to Wolverhampton, tells a raw and harrowing first-hand account of growing up in a harsh, oppressive and male-dominated Sikh Punjabi family. In conversations with her therapist Jas describes her grandfather’s way of dealing with unwanted daughters.

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Kindle Edition, 1st, 302 pages
Published November 29th 2017 by Jasvir Dosanjh
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Racheal
Jun 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
An inspiring account of what it's like to grow up as a girl in a traditional Indian family. I hope to read the next installment in Jas' story.
Lucinda Clarke
May 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Life Out of Reach covers the first 16 years of the author’s life living with her Indian parents who had emigrated and settled in the Birmingham area of England. The family is large but Jas’s earliest memories are of her Mam, her grandmother, who passed away when she was very young. The whole family is ruled by her grandfather, whose way of life strictly adheres to their culture and practices as they are followed in India. In one respect, Jas is lucky as her parents a
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Mona
May 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thank you, Goodreads FirstReads, for my complimentary review copy.

I chose to read this book because, being of the same ethnicity, I am familiar with, and can relate to the culture and attitudes. It’s Jas’ memoir, conveyed, partly, via a series of conversations between Jas and her therapist(distinguished by italics). Each chapter has a title hinting at its content.

Jas was born and brought up in a large family. Her family lived in England, but it might as well have been a s
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Carolyn
Nov 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
I believe this is a true story. I originally gave it a 3 solely because the ending left you hanging. BUT I have done some research and she is writing the 2nd part which is due out 2018 (it is Nov. 2018 and it's not out yet so maybe published changed his mind) Although that still makes it frustrating to end so abruptly, at least I know I can find out how it works out - eventually - I hope !!
It was very interesting to learn the ways of an Indian family who moved from India to England. It was told
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Frank
Jun 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful autobiography

The book provided wonderful insight into the life of a dutiful daughter in a Sikh household in England. Nevertheless, she is also trying to be her own person and find her way. The narrative structure in which she writes about the events and at the end of each chapter converses with her therapist about those same events is a clever way to include her later perspective on them.
Judy
May 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: finished
Very informative view of the female side of India religion culture. This book covers the first sixteen years in Jas's life and there is to be more books. Since a portion of the story is told from her speaking to her therapist, the coming books don't bode well for a happy ending. Still very well written.
Karli
Jun 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways
Life Out Of Reach is the author’s memoir about her experiences growing up in England with her strict Sikh Punjabi family. I really enjoyed learning about a culture I know very little about, especially being from the female perspective. In this male-dominated society, women are considered a burden and Jas did a great job describing her stories. Each chapter ends with conversations she had with her therapist that sums up her feelings of that particular story. The ending gave me goosebumps and I ca ...more
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Living in Surrey, England Jas is the second eldest daughter of Sikh Punjabi immigrants. An avid reader as a child, Jas's life was restricted and oppressed, yet her books provided a window into different worlds outside her strict home life. Born and raised in the West Midlands in the 1980s, along with her five sisters, Jas learnt early on that as a girl she was a burden to her parents. Raised in a ...more