A Life Less Ordinary
A MemoirBook - 2007
Autobiographical reminiscences of a poor woman from West Bengal, India, who served as a domestic help.
Abandoned by her mother, beaten by her father, and hurriedly married off at twelve to an abusive man twice her age, Baby Halder's early life was marked by overwhelming challenges and heartbreak. Exhausted and desperate, the young mother finally fled with her three children in 1999 to Delhi, where she found work as a maid in some of the city's wealthiest homes.
Expected to serve her employers' every grueling demand, Halder faced a staggering workload that often left her no time to care for her own children.
The young woman's luck finally turned when she started working for Prabodh Kumar, a retired anthropology professor who noticed Halder's interest in his library. Kumar helped her to read his books and newspapers—which she devoured enthusiastically—then suggested that she write down her own life story. In A Life Less Ordinary, the fascinating result of her writing sessions with Kumar, Halder speaks for a multitude of Indian women, revealing a world of poverty and subjugation few outsiders have heard about. Halder writes simply and candidly of her life as a young girl, and later as a struggling mother.
Without a trace of melodrama or self-pity, she describes her experiences of growing up poor and neglected, struggling to manage children and a violent husband while she herself was only fourteen years old, and, finally, of escaping her past ultimately to triumph as a writer.
Already a huge success in India, where it has been published in Hindi, Bengali, and several other languages, A Life Less Ordinary is an astonishing story of strength, courage, and determination that continues to inspire readers everywhere.
Written in a progressively improving style as the writer herself gains new skills, this memoir tells the story of an Indian woman's journey from a young, abusive marriage to escape, employment, and education at the hands of a retired professor, her employer. A success in India when it was originally published in Hindi, Bengali, and other languages, this book is translated from the Hindi version and is intended for the general public. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
The author describes the abuse she suffered in childhood before being forcibly married to an older man at the age of twelve, her escape with her children into a life of servitude, and the dramatic changes she experienced after a kind professor taught herhow to read.
The memoir of a best-selling author from India describes the abuse and abandonment she suffered in childhood before being forcibly married to an older man at the age of twelve, her escape with her children into a life of servitude, and the dramatic changes she experienced after a kind professor taught her how to read. 50,000 first printing.