Anamika’s the kind of girl her traditional peers aren’t quite sure about: is the sexually precocious heroine of Dawesar’s second novel (after Miniplanner) a. Sexy, surprising, and subversively wise, Babyji is the story of Anamika Sharma, a spirited student growing up in Delhi. At school she is an ace at quantum. [rev_slider fiction-babyji]. Released in February by Anchor Books, Babyji by Abha Dawesar has been variously classified as literary fiction, south asian.

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I also can’t wait to get ahold of more of her books. Now that I read it, I’m bummed I missed book group for this one. And it’s not something that could be written by an American in the U. Even I found my eyebrows rising a bit while reading the narrator’s thoughts about life and love and sex.

It had a little too much cynicism, a little too much bending of moral fiber, as if sleeping with women dismantles all of a girl’s discernment between right and wrong Admittedly, her school life and friendships occasionally take a hit as she is preoccupied with learning the philosophies of love. July 3rd Micromuseum, Brooklyn.

Adit had kissed me in the morning Common terms and phrases Abha Dawesar Adit asked Adit’s Anamika Arni Ashima Aunty Babyji beautiful Bhaiyya boys brahmin Chakra Dev close Deepak Delhi desk Dev’s Didi dinner door Dum Maro Dum everything eyes face father feel felt front Garg girls glass golgappa hair hand Head Prefect heard Hello Hindi Hydrogen Sulfide imagined India India’s house Jeet Kasauli kids kissed kitchen knew laughing legs living room looked ma’am Mandal Commission Maya morning mother asked never night nimbu pani nodded okay Old Spice parents Pillai princi pulled Rani Rani’s salwar kameez sari servant Sheela shoulder sindhoor sitting skirt sleep smiled someone sorry spoke stared stood stop sure talk teachers tell thing thought told took touched Tripta turned veranda Vidur asked voice waiting wearing What’s whispered woman wondered word worry.

I wanted her to think of me as a mature, dependable, solid man. Of what I remember from this book is a failed attempt at Lesbian romance, a pedophile romance, a pervert classmate and another pedophile man. Is she a lesbian? Seducing her is only one of the many ways in which this rebellious high school student defies traditional Indian mores. Feb 18, Daena rated it it was amazing. But she was also naive at some moments, tender at others, headstrong and very adolescent at still others.


The author of several books of fiction, Dawesar has also published short stories in anthologies and articles. I appreciated that the author didn’t try to make the narrator become an unlikely champion of poor people’s rights and yet also showed her beginning to question the givens of her society.

Hinduism ] as a crutch for the masses, so it wasn’t even a consideration. I had no idea what to do next.

I used all the force I could muster. All in all, totally uni I loved this one. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Other editions – View all Babyji: My library Help Advanced Book Search. The old ones the book which I read years ago, so don’t remember much about it but just that it’s a story of a girl who is something something something.

In particular, classes are suspended for weeks on end, and although students are dawezar to form self-study groups at their homes Anamika finds more time than usual to pursue her private interests. But this is not a morality tale about the girl who tried to have it all and was left with nothing. Preview — Babyji by Abha Dawesar.

About Abha Dawesar

Class structure, education and family units are thematically explored throughout, proving a break from the titillating tours of the female lover.

Lists with This Book. Habyji 29, Jagriti adwesar it did not like it. India is a lush and beautiful country, like Babyji itself. Your email address will not be published. In BabyjiDawesar paints a Delhi of crime, rape, dirt, blackoutsbackwardnessresidual colonialismdomestic violenceand arranged marriagesa city where promising dawsar people often see their only option as going to the United Statesthus contributing to the brain drain and setting in motion a vicious circle.

From inside the book. There is some non-consensual sex in the book: India teaches her that being gay is a “Western construct ,” that sexuality is a continuum rather than a binary phenomenon.


She has passion for her studies, particularly physics, and draws analogies between her growing self-awareness and quantum physics. All these are serious flaws in the story. I was afraid if I was too gentle she would use it to move away. Mar 11, Rebecca rated it it was ok Shelves: My e This is not a good book. That her best friend is a boy is also one of the taboo ways in which our heroine snubs her nose at the outdated patriarchy of her society.

At school she is an ace at quantum physics. But I won’t, because we should speak of both best and worst. What an amazing novel about a sixteen-year-old girl who has affairs with a girl in her class, her maid, and a woman her parents’ age.

She’s also cruel, manipulative, and severely self-absorbed. Sexy, surprising, and subversively wise, Babyji is the story of Anamika Sharma, a spirited student growing up in Delhi. The part that struck me the most was the simultaneous utter Art A visual artist, Dawesar has had on-and-off training in photography starting with a plastic mm camera when she was a teenager.

Fiction Book Review: BABYJI by Abha Dawesar, Author . Anchor $13 (p) ISBN

But it’s a fast, easy read. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

The intricacies in her maturity and sexuality in her world and views of the world is unique. The dark side of growing up female in India is further demonstrated in the episode where Anamika and Sheela, having missed the school bus, have to take a crowded public bus to get home from school and fall prey abbyji frotteurs.

Dawesar returns to her Indian roots, placing Anamika in the heart of a class-divided Delhi, juggling the pressures of being both a student and a lover.