Tara Chevrestt's Reviews > Sideways on a Scooter: Life and Love in India

Sideways on a Scooter by Miranda Kennedy
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Mar 24, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: 2011-release, arc, india, non-fiction, memoir, vine

First of all, I get that this is a memoir.. but even with a memoir, the narrator can SHOW the story if they choose. This entire memoir is TOLD. Telling makes for very dull reading and I'm sorry to say I fell asleep trudging along thru this one.

Good idea, just poor execution in my opinion. Three women in India from three different situations, all trying to be independent. However, the book at times comes across as a travel brochure for India and a history textbook on Indian history.

I did find myself fascinated by some things, such as women not being able to rent places if they are single and the caste system, her two different "servants," the garbage collector being the lowest caste and the maid being the higher.

Nevertheless, the things of interest still didn't prevent me from nodding off. I had to skim in order to make it to the end as a review was required.
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Sheryl I actually LIKED the book because she TOLD the memoir...it felt more intelligent and unselfish...as in reporting...the story being the lives of these friends of hers rather than the story of her own life or her job. I guess it was less a memoir than an education. I have just seen the documentary "Meet the Patels" on Netflix so this book was further in depth understanding of the HUGE importance of marriage in India...However, she is writing of her experience 15 years ago...so...how much has changed since then?...

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