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Momspeak

Momspeak

The Funny, Bittersweet Story of Motherhood in India

Pooja Pande
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Mother. Woman. Human.

What is it like to be a mother in India? Is there only one kind of woman as mother or can mothers be as different as chalk and cheese?

In this original, provocative book, Pooja Pande peels off the layers of social propriety to delve deep into the visceral reality of motherhood, much glorified but barely understood in India. Exploring the spectrum of experiences mothers have as women, as humans-from ecstasy to depression, jealous possessiveness to indifference, exhaustion to sensual desire-she reveals the personal, social and emotional roller-coaster motherhood can be. Through vignettes of her personal journey, and hilarious and poignant episodes in the lives of different mothers-married, divorced, single, queer, adoptive-Pande celebrates and shines new light on this transformative, life-affirming experience. Whatever kind of mother you are, you will find your truth reflected in these pages.

Imprint: Penguin

Published: Jun/2020

ISBN: 9780143449935

Length : 248 Pages

MRP : ₹299.00

Momspeak

The Funny, Bittersweet Story of Motherhood in India

Pooja Pande

Mother. Woman. Human.

What is it like to be a mother in India? Is there only one kind of woman as mother or can mothers be as different as chalk and cheese?

In this original, provocative book, Pooja Pande peels off the layers of social propriety to delve deep into the visceral reality of motherhood, much glorified but barely understood in India. Exploring the spectrum of experiences mothers have as women, as humans-from ecstasy to depression, jealous possessiveness to indifference, exhaustion to sensual desire-she reveals the personal, social and emotional roller-coaster motherhood can be. Through vignettes of her personal journey, and hilarious and poignant episodes in the lives of different mothers-married, divorced, single, queer, adoptive-Pande celebrates and shines new light on this transformative, life-affirming experience. Whatever kind of mother you are, you will find your truth reflected in these pages.

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Reviews

Tahira Kashyap Khurrana, writer and director

Funny, witty and lively

Tannishtha Chatterjee, actress and director

I highly recommend this book to all mothers, everywhere

Relatable, uplifting and packs some really heavy punches in kid gloves

Shazaf Fatima Haider, author of "How It Happened"

Well written, witty and incredibly readable

Nazia Erum, author of "Mothering a Muslim"

I found me in several chapters of this book

Ruth Vanita, author of "Memory of Light"

Paradoxically demonstrates why humans have always tended to celebrate motherhood

Pooja Pande

Pooja Pande is a writer, editor and TED speaker who heads strategy at Khabar Lahariya. She led First City as editor through the 2000s, and is the co-author of Red Lipstick, with Laxmi Narayan Tripathi. Pande's writing has appeared in various publications, including in the Wire, Firstpost, VICE, the Ladies Finger, Himal Southasian, and a short story in If Mom's Happy, an erotica anthology featuring mums. With Momspeak, she has finally come to terms with her mother-writer self, and is now looking forward to birthing many more book-babies.

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Momspeak: The funny, bittersweet story of motherhood in India is an original, provocative book that peels off the layers of social propriety and delves deep into the visceral reality of motherhood, much glorified but barely understood in India. Exploring the spectrum of experiences mothers have as women, as humans—from ecstasy to depression, jealous possessiveness to […] Read More