My Family & Other Saints

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Author: Narayan Kirin
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers India
Edition: 2008-08-11
ISBN-10: 8172237197
ISBN-13: 9788172237196
No of pages: 352
Weight: 335
Language: English
Book binding: Paperback

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Kirin Narayan is the author of Storytellers, Saints, and Scondrels; Mondays on the Dark Night of the Moon; and the novel Love, Stars, and All That. A former Guggenheim fellow, she is professor of anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

'Kirin Narayan's memoir is a delightful account of the clash of cultures and centuries, as manifested in an Indian-American family rich in character and eccentricity.' - Ramachandra Guha, author of India after Gandhi. In 1969, Kirin Narayan's older brother Rahoul announced that he was dropping out of school and leaving home to seek enlightenment with a guru. Young Kirin adored her high-spirited, charismatic brother and looked on bewildered at the events that his dramatic departure set in motion. A funny, poignant, and always affectionate memoir, My Family and Other Saints follows the ways that Rahoul's spiritual journey reverberates through the entire family. As the family's beachside Bombay home becomes a crossroads for Westerners seeking Eastern enlightenment, Kirin's sari-wearing American mother Didi enthusiastically embraces ashrams and gurus, adopting her son's spiritual quest as her own. Her urbane Indian father Narayan, however, coins the term 'urug' - guru spelled backward - to mock these seekers. Meeting radiant holy men, sensing her parents drifting apart, and observing waves of young Westerners turning to meditation, Kirin is left to find her own answers. 'My Family and Other Saints echoes Gerald Durrell's classic memoir, My Family and Other Animals, not only in its title, but in its wonderful humour and lyrical prose.' - Judith Barrington