In the book, The Paths to Marriage, Mala Kumar examines different thematic areas related to Indians in general and then specifically the diaspora. The novel’s first scene begins with Lakshmi in a South India village. Lakshmi is a smart young girl who is hell bent on improving her life situation. Some of the things that are a hurdle to her dreams include the fact that she lives in abject poverty and that the Indian caste system is quite rigid; a fact that feel like an immovable mountain and cruel at the same time.
By sheer will, through her supportive family and sheer will, Lakshmi manages to overcome the obstacles in front of her and gets through high school. She is almost halfway …… continue reading
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