Selections from Mother India by KATHERINE MAYO Book Summary:
Dismissed by Gandhi as a 'gutter inspector's report, Katherine Mayo's Mother India created a strom of controversy when it was first published in the late Twenties. The controversy over the book not only facilitated the passage of the Child Marriage Restraint Act in 1929, but also contributed, in the respnse of Indian women themselves, to emergence of a so-called 'authentic voice of Indian womanhood.' (Edited with intoduction by Mrinalini Sinha)
Mother India (BFI Film Classics) by Gayatri Chatterjee Book Summary:
This book is a careful analysis of a film that was originally released in 1957 and remained constantly in distribution until satellite television changed viewing habits. Chatterjee outlines the film's eventful production history and the ambitious vision of its director.
Mother India at Home: Recipes Pictures Stories by Monir Mohammed Book Summary:
Mother India at Westminster Terrace in Glasgow, has been an institution since 1996 and specialises in dishes such as ginger and green chilli fish pakora, seasoned Scottish haddock with Puy lentils, and Delhi-style Scottish lamb, all cooked fresh to order, reflecting Mother India owner Monir Mohammed’s commitment to cooking quality Indian food without pandering to the British taste for inauthentic korma or masala. The strategy has been hugely popular, allowing expansion to five outlets, including tapas, take- aways and a Mother India Cafe in Edinburgh. Mother India is regularly ranked in Herald restaurant critic Ron MacKenna’s top 10 Scottish restaurants.The book will incorporate a first person account of Monir’s personal culinary journey, with a photo essay of the life of one of the world's great Indian restaurants as an integral cog in the cultural melting pot of a modern British city. Alongside this will be a collection of recipes, some of which are signature Mother India dishes, and others designed specifically for home cooking. Each recipe will draw upon Monir's story: his beginnings as a boy from a British Asian family who started working in restaurants at 14 and his pivotal stay in the Punjab in his late teens where he learned the ancient principles of Indian home cooking from scratch. The book will tell the story of the risks he took to build a personal, authentic style of Indian cooking. There are human stories running through the recipes as well: Hajra Bibi's Salmon was inspired by a dish his mother (Hajra Bibi) used to make them as children.
The Goddess and the Nation: Mapping Mother India by Sumathi Ramaswamy Book Summary:
Making the case for a new kind of visual history, The Goddess and the Nation charts the pictorial life and career of Bharat Mata, “Mother India,” the Indian nation imagined as mother/goddess, embodiment of national territory, and unifying symbol for the country’s diverse communities. Soon after Mother India’s emergence in the late nineteenth century, artists, both famous and amateur, began to picture her in various media, incorporating the map of India into her visual persona. The images they produced enabled patriotic men and women in a heterogeneous population to collectively visualize India, affectively identify with it, and even become willing to surrender their lives for it. Filled with illustrations, including 100 in color, The Goddess and the Nation draws on visual studies, gender studies, and the history of cartography to offer a rigorous analysis of Mother India’s appearance in painting, print, poster art, and pictures from the late nineteenth century to the present.By exploring the mutual entanglement of the scientifically mapped image of India and a (Hindu) mother/goddess, Sumathi Ramaswamy reveals Mother India as a figure who relies on the British colonial mapped image of her dominion to distinguish her from the other goddesses of India, and to guarantee her novel status as embodiment, sign, and symbol of national territory. Providing an exemplary critique of ideologies of gender and the science of cartography, Ramaswamy demonstrates that images do not merely reflect history; they actively make it. In The Goddess and the Nation, she teaches us about pictorial ways of learning the form of the nation, of how to live with it—and ultimately to die for it.
Mother India: A Political Biography of Indira Gandhi by Pranay Gupte Book Summary:
Mother India is the fascinating story of independent India's most complex GUPTE political figure: Indira Gandhi, the enigmatic and solitary daughter of the country's first prime minister, who rose to become prime minister herself.
This is India!: Mother India is the Mother of Us All. by Niranjan N Shah Book Summary:
India has given much more to the world, other than zero, numerals, rice, sugar, spices, and mathematics. Book shows how India gave mango, oranges, lemons, tea, milk, pepper, cardamom, cotton, indigo, planned city, comfortable houses, domestication of elephants and chicken, gold, diamond, alphabet, language, literature, epics, fables, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, astronomy, western medicine, surgery, materia medica, first city, river engineeringg, spinning wheel, steel, dams, irrigation, music, shipping, games like chess, and chutes ans ladders, first university, military science, and self-government.
Stepping Into the River: An American Psychologist in Mother India by Marc Nemiroff Book Summary:
INDIA: Home to the greatest beauty and most appalling poverty in the world. Come on a journey with American psychologist Marc Nemiroff and meet saints and sinners, the poor, Untouchables, and many others who are a part of the Indian tapestry, and discover the soul and of this deeply moving country. Nemiroff and his Indian colleague, Asha Dutia, spent one month each winter for 9 years working with the disenfranchised of India: abandoned elderly blind, children and their families in the Mumbai slums, street children, young adults kidnapped as children for the sex trade, parents of deepest poverty living in hospital with their very young children receiving cancer treatment, students and teachers in Bombay's slum schools, the inhabitants of a remote tribal village, etc.Nemiroff intersperses the biography of his relationship with his deeply abusive mother, as it relates to his Indian story. This book is also the story of the development of a deep cross-cultural relationship between an Indian and an American, with ever-increasing trust, warmth, and humor.Using an engagingly objective-yet-poignant, sometimes impressionistic style, Nemiroff passionately uncovers the spirit of India and its greatest strength: the women and men of poverty, poor mothers caring for their children under impossible circumstances. India's soul ultimately brings inspiring personal healing to the author in a concluding dream sequence.
Stepping Into the River: An American Psychologist in Mother India by Marc Nemiroff Book Summary:
INDIA: Home to the greatest beauty and most appalling poverty in the world. Come on a journey with American psychologist Marc Nemiroff and meet saints and sinners, the poor, Untouchables, and others who are a part of the Indian tapestry, and discover the soul of this deeply moving country. Nemiroff and his Indian colleague, Asha Dutia, spent one month each winter for 9 years working with the disenfranchised of India: abandoned elderly blind, children and their families in the Mumbai slums, street children, young adults kidnapped as children for the sex trade, parents of deepest poverty living in hospital with their very young children receiving cancer treatment, students and teachers in Bombay's slum schools, the inhabitants of a remote tribal village, etc. Nemiroff intersperses the biography of his relationship with his deeply abusive mother, as it relates to his Indian story. This book is also the story of the development of a deep cross-cultural relationship between an Indian and an American, with ever-increasing trust, warmth, and humor. Using an engagingly objective-yet-poignant, sometimes impressionistic style, Nemiroff passionately uncovers the spirit of India and its greatest strength: the women and men of poverty, poor mothers caring for their children under impossible circumstances. India's soul ultimately brings inspiring personal healing to the author in a concluding dream sequence.
Specters of Mother India: The Global Restructuring of an Empire (Radical Perspectives) by Mrinalini Sinha Book Summary:
Specters of Mother India tells the complex story of one episode that became the tipping point for an important historical transformation. The event at the center of the book is the massive international controversy that followed the 1927 publication of Mother India, an exposé written by the American journalist Katherine Mayo. Mother India provided graphic details of a variety of social ills in India, especially those related to the status of women and to the particular plight of the country’s child wives. According to Mayo, the roots of the social problems she chronicled lay in an irredeemable Hindu culture that rendered India unfit for political self-government. Mother India was reprinted many times in the United States, Great Britain, and India; it was translated into more than a dozen languages; and it was reviewed in virtually every major publication on five continents.Sinha provides a rich historical narrative of the controversy surrounding Mother India, from the book’s publication through the passage in India of the Child Marriage Restraint Act in the closing months of 1929. She traces the unexpected trajectory of the controversy as critics acknowledged many of the book’s facts only to overturn its central premise. Where Mayo located blame for India’s social backwardness within the beliefs and practices of Hinduism, the critics laid it at the feet of the colonial state, which they charged with impeding necessary social reforms. As Sinha shows, the controversy became a catalyst for some far-reaching changes, including a reconfiguration of the relationship between the political and social spheres in colonial India and the coalescence of a collective identity for women.
City of Joy: An Epic of Love Heroism and Hope in the India of Mother Teresa by Dominique Lapierre Book Summary:
It is the bestseller that has lifted the hearts of millions, the true stories of living saints and heroes in one of the most crowded places on earth, the sector of Calcutta they call "the City of Joy". Here, amid terrible poverty, youll share teh joy and pain of everyday men and women who abandoned affluent and middleclass lives to dedicate themselves to the poor. And you'll be moved by the people of the City of Joy themselves...Not only by their tragedies, but by the faith, generosity and most of all, boundless love that will touch you, bless you and possibly change your life.
Mother India: Selections from the Controversial 1927 Text, Edited and with an Introduction by Mrinalini Sinha by Katherine Mayo Book Summary:
Mother India, a polemical attack against Indian self-rule written by U.S. historian Katherine Mayo, was met with a storm of controversy when it was published in 1927. The controversy generated still reverberates and thus is still worth revisiting, some fifty years after Indian independence. In responding to Mayo's argument laid out in Mother India, the leaders of the national movement and the independent women's movement in India laid the foundations of an alliance that gave modern Indian nationalism its distinctive character.Mrinalini's Sinha's edition provides selections of this controversial book and commentary on the Mother India phenomenon. It also reprints a range of responses from Mayo's contemporaries. Sinha's edition works to locate the book and the controversy it incited in the context of U.S. domestic, British Imperial, and Indian nationalist politics. Unlike previous editions, Sinha's examines the history of cultural feminisms and the relations between women's movements in the United States, Britain, and India; the examination of these different movements reveals intriguing insights into the nature of the varied reactions to Mayo's book. The edition includes several formerly obscure contemporary responses to Mother India from representatives of the women's movement and of the anti-caste movement in India.Intended as a tool for students and teachers alike, this book will be an important text in the field of women's studies, cultural studies, political science, history, and religion, among others.Mrinalini Sinha is Associate Professor of History, Southern Illinois University. She is the author of Colonial Masculinity: The 'Manly Englishman' and the 'Effeminate Bengali' in the Late Nineteenth Century.