Leaving India

Leaving India

My Family's Journey From Five Villages to Five Continents

Book - 2009
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Interweaving history and memoir, the author traces her family's century-long migration across five continents and five countries in a journey that parallels the Indian diaspora.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009
ISBN: 9780618251292
Characteristics: xvi, 430 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., map ; 24 cm


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Jan 19, 2012

-found this genealogical narrative entrancing. What convinced me to take it out was a heartfelt and lavish endorsement by Alice Walker on the dust jacket. Although my appreciation isn't quite as unrestrained (Hajratawala's writing is occasionally contrived and precious.), her account is full of indelible, eccentric and often humorous character sketches. In addition, I learned a fair amount about the Indian and Gujarati cultures and about the subcontinental diaspora. Who knew, for instance that forty percent of the hotels and motels in the U.S. are owned by Asian Americans, most of whom come from the Indian state of Gujarat (p. 283)?

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