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In a chronicle rich in diversity, detail, and empathy, Elisabeth Bumiller illuminates the many women's lives she shared, and the contradictions she encountered during her three and a half years in India as a reporter for The Washington Post. In their fascinating, complex, and often tragic stories Bumiller found a strength even in powerlessness, and a universality that raises questions for women around the world. She spoke with wealthy sophisticates in New Delhi, villagers in the northern plains, movie stars in Bombay, intellectuals in Calcutta. They revealed to Bumiller the paradoxes of their lives: arranged marriages, social barriers, suburban life, population control, Indira Gandhi, the unrelenting pressure of the dowry system that results in "bride burnings," sex-selective abortion, and female infanticide. As her understanding of the country deepened, Bumiller came to see that India's four hundred million women are the window into its interior world, and into the issues that overwhelm the nation.
"A splendid book... nobody has written of India's women, behind the mud walls of their 560,000 villages, with greater empathy... A fine and affectionate guide and the most stimulating and thought-provoking book on India in a long time." -The Washington Post Book World
With 8pp. photo insert.