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It is a brilliant observation and a sign of a new generation of scholar who knows how important consideration of the popular is in terms of one's research and findings among contemporary topics and when doing ethnographic work.The writer openly, quizzically, and honestly peers into the depths and subtleties of the marital patterns of Indian-American Hindus from the latter half of the twentieth century to today.This page is unavailable due to either geographic restrictions or other restrictions in place at this time.
Bollywood Weddings is one of those books that is hard to put down!
With her lively and accessible prose, Kavita Ramdya has written a wonderful account of second-generation Indian-American lives and the sometimes joyous and sometimes vexed negotiations of identity and intimacy that run through them.
Many of these couples are (in Ramdya's neologism) "occasional Hindus" who display their Hindu religious background only on important occasions such as the rite of passage that is marriage.
These couples (and their extended families) negotiate two vastly different cultures and sets of values inside a community that has itself largely pre-determined how to mix American and Indian/Hindu elements into this ritual.
The book speaks to those who are searching for their life partner, or are seeking answers to what marriage means to second-generation Indian Americans who want to balance their Indian and American identities.