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Himanshu Roy

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Are You A Good Girl? Then You Can ONLY Marry A Doctor!

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  •  November 16, 2016


Out of the many books written about the immigrant experience, Jhumpa Lahiri is perhaps the most well-known name among authors who have tread the path.

But what about the own, personal experience of writers from the South Asia who are living in the west? Have you ever wondered about their thoughts, ordeals and lives in a foreign country while simultaneously trying to be associated with their desi roots?

It was this thought that made writer Piyali Bhattacharya come up with the idea of an anthology titled Good Girls Marry Doctors, which has the stories of 27 South Asian women immigrant writers chronicled in it.

The stories make interesting reads, exploring the immigrant experience and also how age-old traditions of customs of their parent countries still somehow hold influence on the lives of these people whose families had migrated a generation ago.

Some of the women authors who have contributed to the anthology are Nayomi Munaweera, Tarfia Faizullah, Sayantani Dasgupta and Ayesha Mattu.

This diverse group of women coming from different walks of life makes the anthology a bird’s eye view about the lives of immigrant women, their dreams, challenges, rebellion, and heartbreak.

Bhattacharya says that the title of the book, Good Girls Marry Doctors, came from the clichéd belief that a doctor is potentially the most suitable groom for a woman.

The book also highlights some of the superstitions and old beliefs that don’t quite gel with the life in the west but are yet dear to the immigrant families. At times, these beliefs end up hindering the journey of women from these families as their parents still latch on to these ideas.

It appears that Good Girls Marry Doctors is going to be a milestone when it comes to capturing the immigrant experience from the point of view of women. We hope that more such books are penned in the future that delve deep into such a subject which is less explored.

You can buy the book here.

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