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Editors: Subhash Mathur & Subodh Mathur
This book is a collection of short life stories of 25 Indian grandmothers who were born around 1900. The authors are their grandchildren. The book covers India's varied regions - north, south, east and west.
The stories are personal, and reflect family memories, which are often subjective, selective, and emotional. The book is a fascinating, human-interest account of the circumstances in which these diverse women were born and grew up, and their ideas, aspirations, and achievements over their lifetimes.
Yet, the book transcends their individual lives. The backdrop to these stories is the transformation of India in the twentieth century. Collectively, these stories give a good sense of how Indian women and their families absorbed and adapted to the far-reaching political, social, and economic changes that India experienced. Read sample chapters...