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Published June 2020 by Linen Press
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Marva Kalish
Aug 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Manual For A Decent Life by Kavita Jindal is written with great insight and emotional depth about relationships - family dynamics, love, marriage, work. Expectations of parents for their adult children can be hard to escape.
Set in India, you will learn much about the tension between religious groups and the power struggle of political parties, in this vast country with an astounding number of regional disparities in culture, language, treatment of women, and more.
Mona Dash
Jun 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
'A single magpie, one for sorrow, on the drive.' So starts the Manual For A Decent Life, Kavita A. Jindal’s first novel. A simple sentence, and very evocative of what is to come, though you may forget this as you delve deeper into the richly detailed novel.

Set in India in 1996, this is the story of Waheeda, daughter of a well-known politician, Aseem and how she tries to fulfil her father’s ambition of entering politics to become an elected MP. Waheeda’s brothers have died some years ago, and th
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Tracy
Nov 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I confess to knowing nothing about life or politics in Indian in the late 1990s, but that made the whole reading experience of ‘Manual for a decent life’ by Kavita A. Jindal all the more intriguing and sweeter. Within pages I cared about Waheeda, her aspirations and dreams, and was quickly immersed in her world. Social constraints have Waheeda trapped in a marriage where her husband no longer wants her in his life, yet they have a daughter, precious to both of them, and cannot separate formally. ...more
Jennifer Wong
Jul 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A book that examines the life, ambitions, longings and regrets of Waheeda, a woman living in in a fictional district in Indian state of Uttar Pradesh in the 1990s, and how she is compelled by her circumstances to become a politician. It is a fascinating love story set in the political turmoils of that time, an account of how the people adapt themselves to these shifts of power and values, as it raises important questions about the independence of women and the choices that they make in that soci ...more
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