Praise for Mira Kamdar's
"From the Bible to
the Odyssey to Toni Morrison's Song of Solomon, the journey or quest
humorous, and beautifully told."
"Kamdar provides evocative
descriptions of the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of India
"The history of the
Gujarati diaspora is one of the great unwritten narratives of premodem
globalization. This finely written, well-researched memoir is not just
an important first step towards the telling of this story: It is also
a very good read."
"MOTIBA'S TATTOOS is
the story of leaving home, severing roots, and losing one's tribe ...
a triumph of sorts for the family and yet another colorful addition
to the complex cultural mosaic that is America."
"The remains of the exotic world Kadmar salvages
in MOTIBA'S TATTOOS are not only a glowing historical account of the
life and times of her gifted and graceful grandmother, but a tribute
to the endowment one generation offers to another."
"Heart warming and lovingly told."
"Fascinating . . . with infinite variation,
this story can be told about millions of people all over the world,
people who began in 1900 in a rural village and ended up hard on the
year 2000 in one of the planet's metropolises."
"The tremendous power of [Kamdar's] story and
her gift for rich, vivid decription make
"In the end MOTIBA'S TATTOOS becomes not only
a story of the Indian diaspora but
"Kamdar brilliantly captures the experiences
of the Indian diaspora in the twentieth century. . . . The account ofMotiba's
odyssey through the 20th century is effectively blended with the wider
context of world events, Motiba's Jain religion and culture, Asian Indian
emigration to the United States, and the author's own experience of
growing up in two cultures. . . . Highly recommended."
"A fascinating tale."
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