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Born Confused

Born Confused ebook ISBN: 0545229944
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Author: Tanuja Desai Hidier
Number of Pages: 512 
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Tanuja Desai Hidier's fantastically acclaimed cross-cultural debut comes to PUSH! Dimple Lala doesn't know what to think. Her parents are from India, and she's spent her whole life resisting their traditions. Then suddenly she gets to high school and everything Indian is trendy. To make matters worse, her parents arrange for her to meet a "suitable boy." Of course it doesn't go well -- until Dimple goes to a club and finds him spinning a magical web . Suddenly the suitable boy is suitable because of his sheer unsuitability. Complications ensue. This is a funny, thoughtful story about finding your heart, finding your culture, and finding your place in America.Author BioTanuja Desai Hidier is the critically acclaimed author of the groundbreaking novels Bombay Blues and Born Confused, which was named an ALA Best Book for Young Adults and hailed by Entertainment Weekly and Rolling Stone as one of the best YA novels of all time. Born and raised in the USA, Tanuja is a writer/singer-songwriter now based in London. For more about Born Confused and Bombay Blues, as well as her “booktrack” albums of original songs to accompany them, please visit

Ethnic Literary Traditions in American Children's Literature

Ethnic Literary Traditions in American Children's Literature ebook ISBN: 0230101526
Publisher: Springer
Author: M. Stewart,Y. Atkinson
Number of Pages: 256 
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Esteemed contributors expand the range of possibilities for reading, understanding, and teaching children's literature as ethnic literature rather than children's literature in this ambitious collection.

Contemporary English-Language Indian Children’s Literature

Contemporary English-Language Indian Children’s Literature ebook ISBN: 1136720871
Publisher: Routledge
Author: Michelle Superle
Number of Pages: 214 
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Concurrent with increasing scholarly attention toward national children’s literatures, Contemporary English-language Indian Children’s Literature explores an emerging body of work that has thus far garnered little serious critical attention. Superle critically examines the ways Indian children’s writers have represented childhood in relation to the Indian nation, Indian cultural identity, and Indian girlhood. From a framework of postcolonial and feminist theories, children’s novels published between 1988 and 2008 in India are compared with those from the United Kingdom and North America from the same period, considering the differing ideologies and the current textual constructions of childhood at play in each. Broadly, Superle contends that over the past twenty years an aspirational view of childhood has developed in this literature—a view that positions children as powerful participants in the project of enabling positive social transformation. Her main argument, formed after recognizing several overarching thematic and structural patterns in more than one hundred texts, is that the novels comprise an aspirational literature with a transformative agenda: they imagine apparently empowered child characters who perform in diverse ways in the process of successfully creating and shaping the ideal Indian nation, their own well-adjusted bicultural identities in the diaspora, and/or their own empowered girlhoods. Michelle Superle is a Professor in the department of Communications at Okanagan College. She has taught children’s literature, composition, and creative writing courses at various Canadian universities and has published articles in Papers and IRCL.

Desi Tales

Desi Tales ebook ISBN: 1413441173
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Author: Sarah F. Khan
Number of Pages: 111 
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Desi (pronounced they-see) tales is a humorous take on lesser written about elements of Pakistani and Indian culture. From a young generation of liberal leftists that baffle everyone, Pakistan television soap operas, credit card debt, the odd recruits of a well meaning MSA president, reluctant suitors, scarves, mosque administrations to people with unusual shopping habits. Desi tales is a view askew of modern Indian and Pakistani expatriate culture.

Reconstructing Hybridity

Reconstructing Hybridity ebook ISBN: 9042021411
Publisher: Rodopi
Author: Joel Kuortti,Jopi Nyman
Number of Pages: 330 
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This interdisciplinary collection of critical articles seeks to reassess the concept of hybridity and its relevance to post-colonial theory and literature. The challenging articles written by internationally acclaimed scholars discuss the usefulness of the term in relation to such questions as citizenship, whiteness studies and transnational identity politics. In addition to developing theories of hybridity, the articles in this volume deal with the role of hybridity in a variety of literary and cultural phenomena in geographical settings ranging from the Pacific to native North America. The collection pays particular attention to questions of hybridity, migrancy and diaspora.


Sixteen ebook ISBN: 0307421651
Publisher: Crown
Author: Megan McCafferty
Number of Pages: 336 
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Dating! Drama! Driving! Remember what it was like to be sixteen? Whether it was the year your teeth were finally free of braces or the year you were discovered by the opposite sex, that magical, mystical age is something you will never forget. Edited by Megan McCafferty, author of the runaway hit novels Sloppy Firsts and Second Helpings, Sixteen: Stories About That Sweet and Bitter Birthday is a compilation of short stories inspired by all the angst, melodrama, and wonderment of being sixteen. Sarah Dessen’s “Infinity” is about a girl confronting two major milestones: getting her driver’s license and losing her virginity. The Dead Girls in Jacqueline Woodson’s “Nebraska 99” have already decided to “do it” and must now cope with being teenage mothers. And Carolyn Mackler’s “Mona Lisa, Jesus, Chad, and Me” explores whether friendship can survive when partying and prayer clash. Also included is a new Jessica Darling story by Megan McCafferty about the last fifteen minutes Jessica spends—or rather, doesn’t spend—with her best friend, Hope, who is leaving Pineville. Featuring stories by Steve Almond, M. T. Anderson, Julianna Baggott, Cat Bauer, Emma Forrest, Tanuja Desai Hidier, David Levithan, Sonya Sones, Zoe Trope, Ned Vizzini, and Joseph Weisberg, these hilarious, poignant, and touching tales are perfect for both those who have yet to reach that milestone and those who want to reminisce about their “sweetest” year.

Proceedings of IAC-SSaH 2014

Proceedings of IAC-SSaH 2014 ebook ISBN: 8090579108
Publisher: Czech Institute of Academic Education
Author: Collective of authors
Number of Pages: 365 
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International Academic Conference on Social Sciences and Humanities in Prague 2014 (IAC-SSaH 2014 in Prague)

The Rhythm of My Soul

The Rhythm of My Soul ebook ISBN: 9781453521427
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Author: Zahida Ahmed
Number of Pages: 164 
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This book is kaleidoscope of the lives of Pakistani women, living their daily lives . . . But I had to find the voice to do so, in fact, I had not only to find a voice in a literary sense. I had to learn to speakfirst of all acknowledging that the Pakistani womens experiences had never been represented or acknowledged. We are not recognized for who we are. We needed a vocabulary to bring us out of the shadows. My choice of these particular women was the peculiar mixture of fragility and courage I sensed in them, and a willingness to share their experiences. Initially, they felt they had nothing of any consequence to say. I have lived a very ordinary life, nothing special that is worth mentioning, was their initial response, but as their stories began to unfold revealing a saga of silent metamorphosis; their journey toward self discovery had begun. They had a world to say and the world needed them to say it.

The Columbia Documentary History of Religion in America Since 1945

The Columbia Documentary History of Religion in America Since 1945 ebook ISBN: 0231510365
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Author: Paul Harvey,Philip Goff
Number of Pages: 584 
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Of late, religion seems to be everywhere, suffusing U.S. politics and popular culture and acting as both a unifying and a divisive force. This collection of manifestos, Supreme Court decisions, congressional testimonies, speeches, articles, book excerpts, pastoral letters, interviews, song lyrics, memoirs, and poems reflects the vitality, diversity, and changing nature of religious belief and practice in American public and private life over the last half century. Encompassing a range of perspectives, this book illustrates the ways in which individuals from all along the religious and political spectrum have engaged religion and viewed it as a crucial aspect of society. The anthology begins with documents that reflect the close relationship of religion, especially mainline Protestantism, to essential ideas undergirding Cold War America. Covering both the center and the margins of American religious life, this volume devotes extended attention to how issues of politics, race, gender, and sexuality have influenced the religious mainstream. A series of documents reflects the role of religion and theology in the civil rights, feminist, and gay rights movements as well as in conservative responses. Issues regarding religion and contemporary American culture are explored in documents about the rise of the evangelical movement and the religious right; the impact of "new" (post-1965) immigrant communities on the religious landscape; the popularity of alternative, New Age, and non-Western beliefs; and the relationship between religion and popular culture. The editors conclude with selections exploring major themes of American religious life at the millennium, including both conservative and New Age millennialism, as well as excerpts that speculate on the future of religion in the United States. The documents are grouped by theme into nine chapters and arranged chronologically therein. Each chapter features an extensive introduction providing context for and analysis of the critical issues raised by the primary sources.

Bombay Blues

Bombay Blues ebook ISBN: 0545633877
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Author: Tanuja Desai Hidier
Number of Pages: 560 
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Dimple Lala thought that growing up would give her all the answers, but instead she has more questions than ever. Her boyfriend is distant, her classmates are predictable, and a blue mood has settled around the edges of everything she does. It’s time for a change, and a change is just what Dimple is going to get — of scenery, of cultures, of mind. She thinks she’s heading to Bombay for a family wedding — but really she is plunging into the unexpected, the unmapped, and the uncontrollable. The land of her parents and ancestors has a lot to reveal to her — for every choice we make can crescendo into a jour¬ney, every ending can turn into a beginning, and each person we meet can show us something new about ourselves. Tanuja Desai Hidier’s BORN CONFUSED gave voice to a new multicultural generation. Now, Bombay Blues explores everything this generation faces today, with a heady mix of uncertainty and determination, despair and inspiration, haunting loss and revelatory love. *"Many readers may not persevere; those that do may stall out with the multiple false endings as Dimple stutter-stops her way to an ending—but, tragically, they’ll be missing out." KIRKUS, starred review Author Bio Tanuja Desai Hidier is the critically acclaimed author of the groundbreaking novels Bombay Blues and Born Confused, which was named an ALA Best Book for Young Adults and hailed by Entertainment Weekly and Rolling Stone as one of the best YA novels of all time. Born and raised in the USA, Tanuja is a writer/singer-songwriter now based in London. For more about Born Confused and Bombay Blues, as well as her “booktrack” albums of original songs to accompany them, please visit

The Karma of Brown Folk

The Karma of Brown Folk ebook ISBN: 9780816634392
Publisher: U of Minnesota Press
Author: Vijay Prashad
Number of Pages: 253 
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Live Like the Banyan Tree

Live Like the Banyan Tree ebook ISBN: 9781422358214
Publisher: The Historical Society of PA
Author: Leela Prasad
Number of Pages: 60 
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Indian Nepalis

Indian Nepalis ebook ISBN: 9788180694462
Publisher: Concept Publishing Company
Author: Tanka Bahadur Subba
Number of Pages: 398 
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Contributed papers presented at a seminar held on April 20-22, 2006 at Gangtok, Sikkim.

What Do Hindus Believe?

What Do Hindus Believe? ebook ISBN: 1847089402
Publisher: Granta Books
Author: Rachel Dwyer
Number of Pages: N.A 
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Hinduism is a much contested term used to describe the religious beliefs and practices of more than 800 million people, most of whom live in India. Yet Hinduism is a religion that lacks a set of core beliefs (there is no founder, no single scripture nor any central organization). The sheer diversity of beliefs (Hindus may be atheists, polytheists and monotheists) and practices that vary across social groups and regions has led some to claim that the term 'Hindu' is almost meaningless. What Do Hindus Believe? argues, however, that there are central threads in this diversity which can be traced through more than three thousand years, from the prehistoric depictions of Hindu deities in the Indus Valley civilization, through classical, medieval and colonial periods. The book's examination of Hinduism in the twenty-first century discusses the rise of Hindutva (or Hindu-nationalism) in India and examines beliefs and practices in the Hindu diaspora, with particular emphasis on Britain. The book also examines the depictions in the media of Hindu beliefs and practices ('religious soap operas', such as the Mahabharata and the Ramayana; religious ceremonies and miracles in popular cinema) and looks at the significance of media (the Internet, satellite and cable television) in connecting the Hindu diaspora to India. The concluding chapter also discusses some of the cults which have become popular in the west, notably those based around spiritual teachers or gurus.

Postmodernism and Islam

Postmodernism and Islam ebook ISBN: 1134924178
Publisher: Routledge
Author: Akbar S. Ahmed
Number of Pages: 304 
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Can West and East ever understand each other? In this extraordinary book one of the world's leading Muslim scholars explores an area which has which has been almost entirely neglected by scholars in the field - the area of postmodernism and Islam. This landmark work is startling, constantly perceptive and certain to be debated for years to come.

Ginger and Ganesh

Ginger and Ganesh ebook ISBN: 1582436649
Publisher: Counterpoint Press
Author: Nani Power
Number of Pages: 240 
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“Please teach me Indian cooking! I will bring ingredients and pay you for your trouble. I would like to know about your culture as well.” And with this posting on Craigslist, so begins Nani Power’s journey to learn traditional Indian cooking in the most ancient of ways — woman to woman. Welcomed warmly into the homes of strangers, Power meets women of all ages and backgrounds, and from them learns the skills that were passed on to them from their own mothers. Power takes the reader into a culture, a cuisine, and the female psyche, with recipes and stories from each chapter revealing the struggle of modern women, both American and of Indian descent, searching for identity and a definition of what it means to be a woman today. The recipes shared in this collection are far from ordinary; they are treasured family recipes from vegetarian homes in India — from homemade cheese cubes in a rich cilantro and almond curry to coconut-stuffed okra and luscious potato-curry dumplings. Power’s recipes and stories pave the road to understanding a culture that is at the same time ancient and so very much part of our modern world.

Quand Dimple rencontre Rishi

Quand Dimple rencontre Rishi ebook ISBN: 2016273194
Publisher: Hachette Romans
Author: Sandhya Menon,Charlotte Faraday
Number of Pages: 440 
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La première réaction qu’a eu Dimple quand elle a rencontré Rishi ? Lui jeter son café à a figure et prendre ses jambes à son cou. En même temps, qui oserait aborder une fille de cette façon : « Bonjour, future femme. J’ai hâte de commencer le reste de nos vies. » ? Ce que Dimple ignore, c’est que Rishi va passer l’été dans la même université qu’elle. Et surtout... qu’il est l’homme auquel ses parents l’ont promise sans l’en informer ! Elle ! Dimple ! Fière de son indépendance, ravie de vivre enfin loin de sa famille, embarquée dans un mariage arrangé ? Hors de question !

Same Difference

Same Difference ebook ISBN: 0545004071
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Author: Siobhan Vivian
Number of Pages: 287 
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Feeling left out since her long-time best friend started a serious relationship, sixteen-year-old Emily looks forward to a summer program at the Philadelphia College of Art but is not sure she is up to the challenges to be faced there, including finding herself and learning to balance life and art.

Superstar India

Superstar India ebook ISBN: 9780143102588
Publisher: Penguin Books India
Author: Shobha Dé
Number of Pages: 456 
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Ketchup & Curry

Ketchup & Curry ebook ISBN: 9384049263
Publisher: Notion Press
Author: Vivek Sreedhar
Number of Pages: 214 
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Thinking About America? India sends more of its students, employees, spouses, and brains abroad than most other countries in the world. Many of them go to America; and when they arrive, they are in for the culture shock of their lives. From having to immediately modify their name (Annapoorna becomes Anna) to knowing how to field curious Americans’ questions ("Do you speak Indian?"), it can be an overwhelming transition. In Ketchup & Curry: Your Guide to Life and Success in America, Vivek Sreedhar helps bridge the gap between Indian and American culture in a humorous and informative manner through the eye popping adventures of Subramaniam Venkataraman Parthasarathy (Subbu) in America. Starting his American life being called a FOB (fresh off the boat), and having his name butchered, Subbu is thrown into the dollar-to-rupee conversion and Bollywood to Hollywood drama. From then on begins the long and emotional journey of Subbu's transformation as he goes from Slumdog to Swag and learns the ABCDs of being an IBCD (Indian Born Confused Desi). He even starts dating for real (not When Subbu returns to India, the culture shock comes back to haunt him, keeping his heart torn between his American girlfriend, Angela, and his childhood friend Sulokshana. He struggles to find where his heart really lies: within the bustling streets of Detroit or the humid, homely galis of southern India. What does he do...choose Angela or Sulokshana...America or India? "A hilarious guide to life and success in America. Must read for anyone aspiring to go abroad!" - Vikram Krishnan, Partner at Oliver Wyman "Finally! A book that screams the story of every Indian who came to America to live the American Dream!"- Vijayata Sanghvi, Statistical Analyst at PRA International "Very informative and funny, this book is a great read for Indians moving to the States." - Dr. Anupama Shekar, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison "This book should appeal to both first time travelers looking for perspectives on life in America as well as fully integrated immigrants who will look back at their life and smile at how far they have come."- Shavin Shahnawaz, Manager at Deloitte Consulting.