The Heart Is A Shifting Sea

The Heart Is A Shifting Sea

Love and Marriage in Mumbai

Book - 2018
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"In twenty-first-century India, tradition is colliding with Western culture, a clash that touches the lives of everyday Indians from the wealthiest to the poorest. While ethnicity, class, and religion are influencing the nation's development, so too are pop culture and technology--an uneasy fusion whose impact is most evident in the institution of marriage. The Heart Is a Shifting Sea introduces three couples whose relationships illuminate these sweeping cultural shifts in dramatic ways: Veer and Maya, a forward-thinking professional couple whose union is tested by Maya's desire for independence; Shahzad and Sabeena, whose desperation for a child becomes entwined with the changing face of Islam; and Ashok and Parvati, whose arranged marriage, made possible by an online matchmaker, blossoms into true love. Though these three middle-class couples are at different stages in their lives and come from diverse religious backgrounds, their stories build on one another to present a layered, nuanced, and fascinating mosaic of the universal challenges, possibilities, and promise of matrimony in its present state. Elizabeth Flock has observed the evolving state of India from inside Mumbai, its largest metropolis. She spent close to a decade getting to know these couples--listening to their stories and living in their homes, where she was privy to countless moments of marital joy, inevitable frustration, dramatic upheaval, and whispered confessions and secrets. The result is a phenomenal feat of reportage that is both an enthralling portrait of a nation in the midst of transition and an unforgettable look at the universal mysteries of love and marriage that connect us all"--Dust jacket.
Publisher: [New York, NY] : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2018]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780062456489
Characteristics: xxii, 358 pages : maps ; 24 cm


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Mar 10, 2018

Although it reads like a novel, this book is journalism. As such it is remarkable that the author was able to follow such intimate stories of 3 couples lives. As someone way past the marrying age, it just reminded me how little we all know what we are doing when we make these life defining choices.

Mar 09, 2018

Very interesting account of three couple trying to find love and marriage in India with all the pressure of generations of expectations and all the confusion of today's values and desires. I think it is very hard for both men(be sole breadwinner) and women to live up to family expectations(wives are to have babies and be slaves to mothers in law) when they see freedoms and careers they would like to have. The example of arranging marriage through the internet is a good example of old and new paths coming together. Author did a good job of letting us see intimatcy inside marriages but why split stories up and go back and forth?


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