Friday, May 20, 2011

Book Review: Sideways on a Scooter, by Miranda Kennedy

Sideways on a Scooter: Life and Love in IndiaI love books that give readers a glimpse into the lives of people in other countries, and Sideways on a Scooter: Life and Love in India does precisely that. Journalist Miranda Kennedy spent five years living and working in India, and her depictions of the everyday lives of Indians is riveting and fascinating.

Like most people in the Western world, I had some preconceptions about what it must be like to live in India, and I found that many of them were wrong based on Kennedy’s descriptions. The caste system is still alive and well in India, along with arranged marriages, oppression of women, religious and cultural prejudices, and extreme poverty. But despite these problems, Kennedy’s love for the people of India shines through.

Once she becomes accustomed to the reality of living in Delhi as a single woman, she develops close friendships, learns to cope without certain amenities, and grows to love India and its people, despite its many imperfections. After reading Sideways on a Scooter, I felt like I had visited India myself. I highly recommend this book.

DISCLOSURE: A complimentary copy of this book was provided through the Amazon Vine program. No financial compensation was provided. The Amazon affiliate links in this post are mine.


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