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Purdah to Piccadilly
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Purdah to Piccadilly
A Muslim Woman’s Struggle for Identity

First Edition
  • Zarina Bhatty - Former President of the Indian Association for Women’s Studies (IAWS), New Delhi
Critical Acclaim


April 2016 | 220 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd

Tracing the life of Zarina Bhatty, a Muslim woman born and brought up in pre-Partition India, this memoir narrates the experiences of a woman who strove to break out of the stereotypical roles imposed by the society of her times. It chronicles her life over 80 years, portraying the political and social conditions of undivided and post-Independence India. Zarina’s story is a story of grit, perseverance and determination to battle against all odds —a story that was waiting to be told.

 

 
Preface
 
Acknowledgements
 
The Background
 
Introducing the Family
 
Ancestral Homes
 
School and Burka
 
Exposure to the Freedom Movement
 
India to England
 
Ups and Downs
 
Experiencing the Communist Regime
 
Return to India
 
Destiny Plays a Hand
 
Awakening to Feminism
 
Joining USAID
 
Women’s Movement in India
 
And Life Goes On
 
Afterword

The title of the book is very apt, literally and metaphorically. The book follows the journey of a Muslim woman’s struggle for creating an identity in a world where a woman herself is a non-entity… There are two of looking at the narrative. One, how right from her childhood Zarina challenges the norms and rules of the society prevalent in her time. Another perspective would be how Zarina became a crusader of her own cause.

The Book Review

“Coming-of-age story of not one but three generations… holds promise and is highly inspiring in every aspect.”

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