Sideways on a Scooter: Life and Love in India

Sideways on a Scooter: Life and Love in India

by Miranda Kennedy
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Sideways on a Scooter: Life and Love in India by Miranda Kennedy

When twentysomething reporter Miranda Kennedy leaves her job in New York City and travels to India with no employment prospects, she longs to immerse herself in the turmoil and excitement of a rapidly developing country. What she quickly learns in Delhi about renting an apartment as a single woman—it’s next to impossible—and the proper way for women in India to ride scooters—perched sideways—are early signs that life here is less Westernized than she’d counted on.

Living in Delhi for more than five years, and finding a city pulsing with possibility and hope, Kennedy experiences friendships, love affairs, and losses that open a window onto the opaque world of Indian politics and culture—and alter her own attitudes about everything from food and clothes to marriage and family. Along the way, Kennedy is drawn into the lives of several Indian women, including her charismatic friend Geeta—a self-described “modern girl” who attempts to squeeze herself into the traditional role of wife and mother; Radha, a proud Brahmin widow who denies herself simple pleasures in order to live by high-caste Hindu principles; and Parvati, who defiantly chain-smokes and drinks whiskey, yet feels compelled to keep her boyfriend a secret from her family.

In her effort to understand the hopes and dreams that motivate her new friends, Kennedy peels back India’s globalized image as a land of call centers and fast-food chains and finds an ancient place where, in many ways, women’s lives have scarcely changed for centuries. Incisive, witty, and written with a keen eye for the lush vibrancy of the country that Kennedy comes to love, Sideways on a Scooter is both a remarkable memoir and a cultural revelation.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780679604556
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/26/2011
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 694,019
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Miranda Kennedy was a New Delhi–based correspondent for American Public Media’s Marketplace and National Public Radio for five years. Her articles have appeared in The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, and The Nation, and on Slate. Before moving to India, Kennedy worked as a magazine editor and a public radio reporter in New York, where she covered, among other things, the September 11 attacks. She moved to Washington, D.C., to work as an editor at National Public Radio’s Morning Edition, and returns frequently to India.


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Sideways on a Scooter: Life and Love in India 2.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
KristyMcCaffrey More than 1 year ago
Sideways on a Scooter follows Miranda Kennedy, a young american journalist, as she embarks on a life abroad, living for several years in Delhi, India. As someone who knows next to nothing about India, I found her book engrossing and eye-opening. It's a story about women, caste, religion, cultural beliefs, family, and how we all struggle to find our moral compass in the world. That Kennedy did it while living in a foreign country showcases her sharp insights as well as her fumbling ineptitude in dealing with people--Indian and American--along the way. She doesn't shy from revealing low moments and her own bad behavior, and she relates the stories of several Indian women in such great detail that it kept the pages turning in anticipation of discovering how it would all work out for them. Ultimately this is a story of a woman growing up and it held me captivated until the very end.
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