Book Discussion: "A Good Indian Wife" by Anne Cherian

I have conflicts with the traditional date for the book discussion and need to schedule this meetup until early March.

I just finished a book that I thought might offer some good opportunity for a lively discussion for the group. It is the first book by Anne Cherian, “The Good Indian Wife”. I thought it was thoughtful and well written.

The story is set in the 1980s and is about an ethnically Indian anesthesiologist who had studied at Stanford and practices in San Francisco. On a trip back to India to see his family he is tricked into an arranged marriage with an Indian woman. The story is about the reluctant husband and the immigrant wife and how they adjust to the life they have.

The suggested book discussion questions at the end of the novel focus on the two personalities. I have known several people who have had arranged marriages and was interested from that standpoint, but I think there are additional, broader implications for discussion as well:

1. How do the expectations of individuals determine the course of a relationship?
2. How much do personal history and cultural background color our responses to experience?
3. How can people bridge the communication gap between genders?
4. What advantages might arranged marriages have over a love match?
5. How important is it for a couple to have the same background?
6. Could the situation described in this book be compared to anything that happens today and in this country?
7. How helpful is this book in looking at current violence against women in India and elsewhere?
8. Is this book about racism? What is racism?

To see the author interviewed, please watch this short video.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pzuQx0CypOg

 

 

 

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  • Rose B.

    I really enjoyed this book. I'm very sorry I couldn't attend.

    March 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Reading this book. This book is too close to heart. Loving it...

    January 19, 2013

    • Kay

      Sorry you couldn't make it, Ishrat. We would have enjoyed your perspective.

      March 15, 2013

  • Don B.

    Great to meet everyone tonight - thanks for allowing me to join.m I enjoyed the conversation and insights from all. Now I know who the antagonists are..... ;-)

    March 14, 2013

    • Kay

      And who are the antagonists, Don? I would do better if I could figure that out.

      March 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Kay, I will be there a little late today. Diane

    March 14, 2013

  • Deborah

    Hope so but its still a bit far on my work schedule to say for sure

    March 13, 2013

  • Don B.

    I will try and make this event.

    March 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Not sure if I will make it, but this sounds interesting.

    March 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will try to make it and read the entire book since I am just starting now...

    March 4, 2013

  • Rose B.

    I started reading the book and I'm really enjoying it.

    February 10, 2013

  • Teri

    This will be my first meetup with this group. Am looking forward to it.

    February 1, 2013

  • Kay

    I hope you will come to the discussion and share your thoughts.

    January 19, 2013

  • Susan

    Sounds like an interesting book, and I think I will be in town!

    January 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This is my first time

    January 11, 2013

  • Deborah

    Hope so but its still a bit far on my work schedule to say for sure

    January 11, 2013

  • Vandana

    I would love to come but can only make it on weekends.

    January 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Not sure if I will make it, but this sounds interesting.

    January 11, 2013

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