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.