Mother Pious Lady

Manu Mayank

Mother Pious LadyMother Pious Lady: Making Sense of Everyday India

by Santosh Desai| 380 Pages | Genre: Short Essays| Publisher: Harper Collins India | Year: 2010 | My Rating: 8/10

This book,¬†a collection of¬†essays from Desai‚Äôs column¬†‚ÄėCity City Bang Bang‚Äôin The Times of India is all about the quirks and essence of the¬†Indian middle class. India having a heterogenous society with deeprooted parallel cultures across its regions and religions have common binding factors too in our peculiar tastes and¬†‚Äėsab chalta hai‚Äô¬†(everything works..)¬†attitude.

The name of the book comes from a typical matrimonial ad in the english dailies, ‚ÄúStatus match for a very pretty, very fair, Brahmin girl. Decent marriage. Father Govt servant, Mother Pious Lady‚Ķ‚ÄĚ, is a witty take on Indian society who‚Äôs obsessed¬†with fair skin (Unilever‚Äôs Fair & Lovely sells like hot cake around the Country fuelling dreams¬†of the middle class and filling coffers of the company), and arranged marriages offer such an‚Ķ

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