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Chup: Breaking the Silence About India's Women

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Do you pride yourself on being a strong woman? Do you aspire to be one or support one? Do you consider yourself a feminist? Chances are that you behave in ways that are
exactly the opposite, as this pathbreaking book argues. In this rigorously researched book, based on 600 detailed interviews with women and some men across India's metros, social scientist Deepa Narayan iden
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Published March 8th 2018 by Juggernaut
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Elsa Rajan Pradhananga
I remember getting into a heated debate with my female colleagues back in 2017 when the Parliament of Nepal passed a bill granding sons and daughters equal rights to paternal property. The women I spoke to felt it unjust that they inherit property from their family as well as their husband's. This, is withstanding the fact that co ownership of one's husband's property amounts to almost no authority over it and thus, offers no security. This attitude, a result of conditioning that girls are subje ...more
Neha Garg (thereadingowl_)
Jun 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
This book is an experience. When I read the very first chapter, I could not sleep for hours, debated with my husband, and finally posted a long rant about how Girls are made to stay invisible. They are smothered in the name of safety. They are diminished and forgotten.
I took my own time to read through this book, finishing each chapter and then taking time to reflect and discuss with friends if they related to what was mentioned in the book. I personally related to not all, but most of it. If n
Pallabi Priyaadarshini
Jan 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
When I came across the book, somehow the instant internal reaction was another rant about how woman are treated with a list of guidelines and motivational pages filled with what women can do to break the shackles and emerge victorious.
Still I went ahead spent my hard earned money and bought it. As I kept flipping through pages many places I saw myself, my mother, friends, bosses, society so on and so forth.
Have you ever remotely or actively seen or faced or been a part or even felt there is th
Kartike Bhardwaj
Aug 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Eye opening. It is deeply saddening and frightening to observe how subtly and minutely discrimination and bias are interwoven in the social and cultural fabric of India, and how easily it is overlooked almost everyday even by the self proclaimed feminists, intellectuals and modernists. The way the author has analysed and tore open this carefully and deliberately sewn fabric to reveal how this narrative is imbibed and internalised by men and women alike, often without their knowledge is what is m ...more
Sahil Pradhan
Jun 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, exclusive
In this rigorously researched book, based on 600 detailed interviews with women and some men across India's metros, social scientist Deepa Narayan identifies seven key habits that may dominate women’s everyday lives, despite their education and financial status. These behaviours may seem harmless, but each one has enormous impact, and it means only one thing – that Indian women are habitually trained to delete themselves.

Chup is filled with stories of rebellion, resistance and resilience. Consid
Tushar Mangl
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recently finished reading Deepa Narayan's book on women in India and the way society is sculpting their identity. The book is an intriguing read and does live up to its slogan to hold a mirror to every Indian woman.
So is this a feminist read meant for those all-women book club list readings? Definitely not. Such books are meant to be read by the entire society irrespective of gender or age.

You can read the complete review at my blog
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a book that makes you uncomfortable and question where many of your beliefs come from and the bubble you live in. A thought provoking book that paints a very realistic picture of women in India.
Piyusha Vir
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An insightful and well-researched book on the traditional practices and customs that led to a systemic silencing of women's voices. Must read to understand what society and parents did wrong and how we can now correct it to make women fearless and confident individuals.
Feb 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nbtr, owned, hardcover
This is one book which I picked in the book store and bought it right then and there. And this book shows the proof for and asks some very interesting and difficult questions. And makes you think too. It's amazing to read that despite all the hoopla about education and women empowerment still, then things haven't changed too much and I know and understand that despite believing down from my heart that things should be better I still have my own biases too. And like the author says we all have to ...more
Sep 06, 2020 rated it it was ok
I wanted to like this book so much. I tried my best to. But sadly, I just couldn't. It just drags and drags after the first couple of chapters. I would have DNFed it were it not for the guilt factor to read it out of loyalty to my gender. The writing style is more like a feminist rant. I am agree with many of the points given in the book but not all. A more grounded approach and a different writing style (less of the bluster and more of pragmatic action points) would have made this book so much ...more
Vinod Narayan
Nov 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Sep 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great book. Haven’t read a well researched book about Indian society and how women fit into the same. Could have been a bit short on some sections. But a great read nonetheless. 🌟🌟🌟🌟
Pragnya Mishra
Jul 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book is not for everyone, weak-hearted.

For centuries women are trained to act, think, respond in a particular fashion - mutely. Irrespective of education, job, status, or economic condition.

In this intensely researched book, author and social scientist Deepa Narayan identifies seven key habits that may dominate the lives of women - Deny your body, Be Quiet, Please Others, Deny Sexuality, Isolate yourself, Have no individual identity and Be Dependent.

The book might fill many women with rag
Privy Trifles
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A brilliant read! An eye opener and one that left me thinking.
Jiten Upadhyay (Team ThinkerViews)
[Detailed book review is available at: ]

Not all the books are written for entertainment purpose. Some has substance in it in the form of statistical information.

Author Deepa Narayan has decided pen down her research work about the conditions and circumstances a large number of women are facing, especially in India.

The book has to be read as a study paper and one should not consider it against India or male in general. In fact, the author herself recognize
Pratibha Jain
Sep 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book will make you very sad especially if you are a woman. Women are living in a world designed by men, for men. It reminded me of one time when I was on a course-related trip, we asked children what will they do if they had magic pencils. The girls replied - they would like to become a boy. Sigh.

Coming to the book, Ms Narayan has exposed many many social evils. This book explores the cultural set-up, it carefully examines out the society's current social fabric. You would think that women
Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Have you wondered why you started out as an independent, confident woman with strong opinions and today find yourself unsure, indecisive and neutral on most decisions. This book will tell you why. It will tell you how you are not alone. It will show you how to break patterns carefully designed to make you question yourself and whether you are doing justice to your roles. Backed by research, the book is a good read for all women, mangers promoting diversity, and all men who believe in equality of ...more
Oct 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A hard-hitting read that everyone should read. Dr Deepa Narayan has based this book on interviews conducted with about 600 women mostly from Northern India. It was depressing to read how little has changed for women since Independence. While we know all fo this subliminally, it was heart-rending to read the statements from the women about their everyday subterfuges just to lead a 'normal' life. We need to read this book and we need to start talking about what needs to change, how we change and h ...more
Parul Gupta
Apr 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Well a must read for both women and men. Helps you to see what is outside our homes, our safe places. Women are struggling to find their voice. If it is not visible doesn't mean it doesn't exist. Do read and share your insights with as much people as you can.. 🙂
Apr 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

It's so very well researched and I could relate to every perspective either in a first hand experience or with an experience with close's the mirror image representation of curent age women
Rajdeep Singh
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Apr 11, 2020 rated it liked it
Very insightful but dragged in a lot of places
Aabha sharma
Jul 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction, feminism
I will be coming back to this and rereading it. It’s stunning and depressing, the state of Indian women. Myself included. Please read this. Everybody.
Somendra Shukla
Apr 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
The book is awesome but its not for girls its for parents.
A well grown up can understand and implement it but if a teen girl would read it . She will definitely misinterpret it.
Priyanka Sharma
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
Written in a very fast paced, argumentative, descriptive and creative manner this book touches upon really important issue of invisibility of women, orthodox upbringing, misplaced priorities, changed customs and harassment (in any way), general outlook towards women, the treatment and everything alike. I believe that it’s important for every girl to read it in the formative years! Maybe, during teenage or young adults. Especially for girls who don’t speak up for themselves. I don’t really think ...more
Sep 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Deepa Narayan has done a good work in doing extensive research before penning down this book. She has represented the middle class women who constitute the growing majority in India and the plight they have to face through their life.

She has nicely articulated the way women have been always urged to be quiet, meek, adjustable, not to have their own identity, not to be heard and the need for her to be escorted and protected all along by her family with on-the ground reasons for these expected beh
Naina Meattle
Mar 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Its a hard core book that should be read by all; men and women.

There were points in the book that made me extremely sad, making the pace of the book slightly slow but I am glad i read it.
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