Welcome to Wishlist Wednesday!
The concept is to post about one book from our wish lists that we can’t wait to read. Want to play? Here’s how:
- Follow Pen to Paper as host of the meme.
- Do a post about one book from your wishlist and why you want to read it.
- Add your blog to the linky at the bottom of the post at Pen to Paper.
- Put a link back to Pen to Paper somewhere in your post.
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My Wishlist Wednesday book is:
Miss New India by Bharati Mukherjee
Anjali Bose’s prospects don’t look great. Born into a traditional lower-middle‑class family, she lives in a backwater town with only an arranged marriage on the horizon. But her ambition, charm, and fluency in language do not go unnoticed by her charismatic and influential expat teacher, Peter Champion. And champion her he does, both to powerful people who can help her along the way and to Anjali herself, stirring in her a desire to take charge of her own destiny. So she sets off to Bangalore, India’s fastest‑growing metropolis, and soon falls in with an audacious and ambitious crowd of young people, who have learned how to sound American by watching shows like Seinfeld in order to get jobs in call centers, where they quickly out‑earn their parents. And it is in this high‑tech city where Anjali — suddenly free of the confines of class, caste, and gender — is able to confront her past and reinvent herself. Of course, the seductive pull of life in the New India does not come without a dark side . . .
Why do I want to read this?
I’ve had this book on my wish list since I first heard about it last year. Americans tend to make fun of the concept of US companies that outsource call centers to India — but what is the experience like for the people who actually work for one of these call centers? I really liked the sound of this book, with its focus on a girl from a traditional upbringing finding freedom in the big city, plus I always enjoy reading about new places and cultures, and I haven’t read much fiction set in modern-day India. I’m really looking forward to reading this one… and luckily, I won’t have to wait long! I snatched up a copy of Miss New India at a book swap I attended last week, and as soon as my reading pile shrinks a bit, I’ll be diving in.
Quick note to Wishlist Wednesday bloggers: Come on back to Bookshelf Fantasies for Flashback Friday! Join me in celebrating the older gems hidden away on our bookshelves. See the introductory post for more details, and come back this Friday to add your flashback favorites!