Miss New India

Miss New India

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Anjali Bose's prospects don't look great. Born into a traditional lower-middle‑class family, she lives in a backwater town with only an arranged marriage on the horizon. But her ambition, charm, and fluency in language do not go unnoticed by her charismatic and influential expat teacher Peter Champion. And champion her he does, both to powerful people who can help her along the way and to Anjali herself, stirring in her a desire to take charge of her own destiny. So she sets off to Bangalore, India's fastest‑growing metropolis, and soon falls in with an audacious and ambitious crowd of young people, who have learned how to sound American by watching shows like Seinfeld in order to get jobs in call centers, where they quickly out‑earn their parents. And it is in this high‑tech city where Anjali -- suddenly free of the confines of class, caste, and gender -- is able to confront her past and reinvent herself. Of course, the seductive pull of life in the New India does not come without a dark side . . .
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011
ISBN: 9780618646531
Branch Call Number: MUKH
Characteristics: 328 p

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StellaCometa
Dec 02, 2012

Interesting but the ending doesn't feel satisfying.

BPLNextBestAdults Jun 05, 2012

If you enjoy chick lit with an international flair you won’t be disappointed with Mukherjee’s “Miss New India”. Anjali (Angie) Bose, a lovely green-eyed beauty, has just graduated from an English-language college in her small Indian town (Gauripur) a disastrous engagement encounter forces Angie to flee from her backwater village and head out to a bustling Call Centre city (Bangalore). Her parents and sister have disowned her, but thanks to the generosity of her English teacher, Peter Champion, she has some cash and contacts set up for lodgings and a job. Angie’s transformation from naïve village beauty to sophisticated city diva exposes her to a variety of people who betray her or are her benefactors. An interesting expose on the changing social fabric of India’s booming cities.

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technojoy
Jul 16, 2011

This is not a story about a traditional Indian girl. Anjali and her friends in the call centres of Bangalore are thoroughly modern and westernized. The book is fast-paced and the characters are well-drawn and interesting. Don't expect realism! Anjali is India's answer to Sister Carrie -- her rise from anonymity to hobnobbing with the elite has nothing to do with hard work and determination. Anjali's assets are an acceptable English accent, a brilliant smile, and an uncanny ability to magnetize others. It's a great summer read.

debwalker May 09, 2011

"Bharati Mukherjee’s territory is cultural shock. Born in Calcutta, she has been chronicling the traumas of displacement for more than four decades. She is a marvellously accomplished writer, and her new novel represents not only a new departure but also the latest instalment in a substantial and satisfying body of work. For readers new to Mukherjee’s fiction, this is a rich vein to mine."
Linda Leith
Globe and Mail June 17 2011

A traditional Indian girl leaves her backwater village for the bright lights of big-city Bangalore.

Mukherjee captures "the tension between old and new, traditional and postmodern, obligation to family and to self--all that is India today, and the pace at which it is happening. Two of the book's mantras are: "Nothing in the world is as it seems--it's all light and angles" and "We're all Photoshopped." Believe it, as you sign on for the ride."-- Valerie Ryan

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