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Indian Memsahib: The untold story of a bureaucrat's wife is an unconventional look into the world of Indian bureaucracy and its fascinating order. The book is a subtle attempt at showing how bureaucracy works in certain ways and brings out the conflict between popularity and credibility. Indian Memsahib traces Sunaina's journey from being an ambitious girl who wants to liv Indian Memsahib: The untold story of a bureaucrat's wife is an unconventional look into the world of Indian bureaucracy and its fascinating order. The book is a subtle attempt at showing how bureaucracy works in certain ways and brings out the conflict between popularity and credibility. Indian Memsahib traces Sunaina's journey from being an ambitious girl who wants to live life on her own terms to an 'outsider' bahu in a traditional family setup fighting her lone battle to the trials and tribulations of becoming the wife of Raghu, an upright and honest IAS officer.


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Indian Memsahib: The untold story of a bureaucrat's wife is an unconventional look into the world of Indian bureaucracy and its fascinating order. The book is a subtle attempt at showing how bureaucracy works in certain ways and brings out the conflict between popularity and credibility. Indian Memsahib traces Sunaina's journey from being an ambitious girl who wants to liv Indian Memsahib: The untold story of a bureaucrat's wife is an unconventional look into the world of Indian bureaucracy and its fascinating order. The book is a subtle attempt at showing how bureaucracy works in certain ways and brings out the conflict between popularity and credibility. Indian Memsahib traces Sunaina's journey from being an ambitious girl who wants to live life on her own terms to an 'outsider' bahu in a traditional family setup fighting her lone battle to the trials and tribulations of becoming the wife of Raghu, an upright and honest IAS officer.

30 review for Indian Memsahib: The Untold Story of a Bureaucrat's Wife

  1. 4 out of 5

    Chandan Kumar

    Indian Memsahib: An interesting theme, looking at the fascinating world of IAS officers from wife's perspective. The first part of the book leading up to their marriage is relatively dull. But once her husband gets posted as SDM, the story picks up. And then she sees it all: the ups and downs, the honours of being "first lady of the district", the charm of being queen of sprawling beautiful bungalows, and her husband dealing with riots, strikes, elections, souring DC-SP relationships...and the i Indian Memsahib: An interesting theme, looking at the fascinating world of IAS officers from wife's perspective. The first part of the book leading up to their marriage is relatively dull. But once her husband gets posted as SDM, the story picks up. And then she sees it all: the ups and downs, the honours of being "first lady of the district", the charm of being queen of sprawling beautiful bungalows, and her husband dealing with riots, strikes, elections, souring DC-SP relationships...and the inevitable TRANSFERS! To her surprise, she soon starts enjoying this opportunity of getting to live in every part of the state. But ultimately, it remains a book about her experience as a wife. She finds herself confused when merely by reason of being DC's wife she is made chairman of many social organizations. Moving beyond conventional accolades, she comes out of memsahib role, learns to get a grip on these organizations and matches her husband in his zeal to bring catalytic changes in their district. Some of the observations are really funny. She often had to visit cities from other districts for shopping where no one could recognize her. In her own district, fawning shopkeepers, in the excitements of selling to collector's wife, became constant irritation. Similarly, she dwells on how corrupt subordinates or local politicians try to rope in the wife and coax her to take bribes even her without realizing it. Overall a book worth reading once. 3/5. The language is only disappointment, but probably it's also because I picked this book just after the timeless classic "Gone With the Winds".. And the stark difference in literature stares in my face. (Hadn't planned that way, but glad that I am finishing this book on Women's Day!!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sachin

    A book that gives us the glimpse into the working of the Indian Administration; the Indian system which has a tarnished reputation and the bureacrats are often scowled at by the media and public; amidst these conditions arises a man, the protagonist of the novel, Raghu, who by his upright disposition and hard work, is able to amass laurels and is held in high regards by his wife, Sunaiana. Though, he is not able to continue with the same reverence throughout, but he enjoys the support of his wif A book that gives us the glimpse into the working of the Indian Administration; the Indian system which has a tarnished reputation and the bureacrats are often scowled at by the media and public; amidst these conditions arises a man, the protagonist of the novel, Raghu, who by his upright disposition and hard work, is able to amass laurels and is held in high regards by his wife, Sunaiana. Though, he is not able to continue with the same reverence throughout, but he enjoys the support of his wife allthroughout. Though, Sunaina feels neglected but finds a vent out for her feelings in teaching. it is disheartening to see that Sunaina is ONLY categorised as a wife of a bureaucrat and is mocked at by her colleagues in the college. It is actually a peep inside the nature of the Lecturers too, who are held in such reverence by the society and students, who involve themselves with such affairs in mocking at someone who attempts to give her 100 percent at work. It is the Jealous factor, that leads the collegues to snigger at the back of Sunaina. The book has a perfect opening and the second part is even more intriguing, but the third part extends too much. A little more planning and the equal distribution of the book in 4 parts ( may be) could have consolidated and strengthened the structure of the book. Having said that, i would like to expatiate that the third part is entitled 'The Soaring', whereas the majority of the part 3 has good times for Sunaina and Raghu, Raghu being at the peak of his glory. its only later that when Raghu gets transferred to Secretariat, that their position was a bit precarious, though not so under the supreme hard work and steely determination of Raghu. So, four parts, equally divided could have made more difference to the presentation. Also, if we look at the title, i think, i looked forward to more of Sunaina's tirade that was seen only once, when she breaks her calmness, and after experiencing hostile surroundings at her workplace, in chapter 31 blew off her feelings, more of that could have the title to be more apt. A good book overall, but at few points i found it monotonous. the affairs of the Collector or the DC are discussed at such lenghts that a reader looses interest. Well, being the first novel from a keen academic, and more like a piece of an autobiography than a novel with ulterior motive, the novel is a good read. Personally, i have been a student of the novelist, and hold her in high regards for her commitment to work and despise all the notions of chastising someone unnecessarily for being the wife of a bureaucrat. A good book, and we look forward to more from you madam

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lakshay

    Indian history has been one of the most peculiar stuff that almost, though not everyone, have been looking for as for India as one. Dr. Suchita Malik has done a great job highlighting the skepticism prevailing in the current political scenarios and side by side, very aesthetically, killing the prospective image of the public servants. Indian Memsahib verifies the real life of a working class family and establishes the real concerns behind it.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jyothi Nair

    I loved the way the Author has depicted the life of a Bureaucrat. It was nice reading about a different point of view and learning about a different breed of people in the Government Service. The good kind. And why there aren't many of those around.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Shivani

    "nice narrative of how emotions take over the career orientation of a galn she marries her love in a diffrent culture where she is a misfit then plays the role of being wife of an ias nicelythru all the political turmoil...n in the end even gets a chance to fulfil her dreams :)"

  6. 4 out of 5

    Shubham srivastava

    ok type novel story is not very much releated to title.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Subhalekha

  8. 5 out of 5

    Aruna Kumar Gadepalli

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mahantesh Nargund

  10. 5 out of 5

    Esha Jain

  11. 4 out of 5

    Peush

  12. 5 out of 5

    Maltesh

  13. 4 out of 5

    Deepak Juneja

  14. 4 out of 5

    Deepanshu

  15. 5 out of 5

    Monali

  16. 4 out of 5

    Shipra

  17. 5 out of 5

    Aachman

  18. 5 out of 5

    Pragya Singh

  19. 5 out of 5

    Priyesh Gopalakrishnan

  20. 5 out of 5

    Gulmehak

  21. 5 out of 5

    Garvit

  22. 5 out of 5

    Akhilesh Kumar

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ishani Gupta

  24. 4 out of 5

    Josceph Ten

  25. 4 out of 5

    Deepak Chaudhary

  26. 5 out of 5

    Ashwani Kumar

  27. 4 out of 5

    Osama Khalid

  28. 4 out of 5

    Divya Agrawal

  29. 4 out of 5

    Gaurav Upadhyay

  30. 5 out of 5

    Wajeeha

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