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Monday, May 16, 2011

Bharati Mukherjee, professor of English at UC Berkeley, National Book Critics Circle Award-winning author of Miss New India,  (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011) talks about her new novel about a girl who flees an arranged marriage and ends up working in a call center in Bangalore.

Event: Bharati Mukherjee will be reading from her book tonight at 7pm at the Asian American Writers' Workshop.

Guests:

Bharati Mukherjee

Comments [8]

Anonymous

The phone associates still sometimes have American names and still are not allowed to say where they are located. I have only sympathy for these folks who are simply doing the best job they can and are fortunate enough to have work, wherever they are. BUT ... I can't help having a hard time with the fact that American companies are subcontracting overseas instead of employing people here, considering our unemployment problem right now.

May. 16 2011 12:01 PM
Holly

Just an FYI, a piece of non-fiction that researches this in depth (full disclosure: written by an acquaintance of mine) is Dead Ringers by Shehzad Nadeem. If you want to read more about the new modern India & it's complexity.

May. 16 2011 11:59 AM
Freddy Jenkins

I've read Ms. Mukherjee's collection "The Middleman"--damn good stories. If you don't care for Jhumpa Lahiri--go with her

May. 16 2011 11:57 AM
Amy from Manhattan

I thought it was the other way around--that Indians would need to learn to speak English *with* the consonants aspirated.

May. 16 2011 11:57 AM
Beth

A suggetion for call takers in India; ask them to be more succinct and to the point. They are super friendly and it's touching but on phone business I prefer quickness.

Thanks

May. 16 2011 11:56 AM
tom from astoria

I always say, "may I speak to an American, please." Its because I think those thousands of jobs should be here in the country that originated the product. WE NEED THE JOBS

May. 16 2011 11:56 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

What is so unusual about the inevitable changeover from tradition-bound, clan-oriented patriarchal societies to modern day, nuclear, individualistic culture where it's every man for himself, and every woman for herself? Family and marriage are struggling if not dying institutions in all westernized countries, so why not in India? All societies go through the very same changes as they go from traditional individualistic, democratic societies where women can make as much, if not more money than men?

May. 16 2011 11:55 AM

Here we go again, WHY on earth do you do these segments? It's not your forte--leave it to Lopate who interviews authors infinitely better! I'm tuning out...

May. 16 2011 11:50 AM

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