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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The ability to connect this to physics and chemistry just heightens the experience.

It’s probably never going to win any awards but I enjoyed it. Anamika uses sex as a means to investigate life’s chemistry and her autonomy outside of rigid Brahmin mores.

Return to Book Page. It was not permissible. A bi-curious lesbian, perhaps. She currently lives in New York City. Overall, a very impressive book. Then I bit her cheek as if I were biting an apple. Dec 29, Robin rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Only when Anamika goes too far and forces herself on Sheela does the latter reject her, dswesar least for the time being.

My excuse is that I was very ill with a serious flu at the time. Dawesar writes for the every-audience, explaining Indian traditions and expectations as observational thoughts, leaving bbayji to assumption of understanding.

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About Abha Dawesar

Views Read Edit View history. This is not a book most American publishers would accept! Intense, funny sometimes laugh-out-loud funnyeven a little harrowing at times. It refreshed me after reading a few glum books.


Anamika is in her final year at school, where she is Head Prefect, a position of honour and responsibility. Babyji was such a contradiction in terms, conveying too much respect that the age of a child doesn’t warrant. At the same time her moral relativism is of a youthful kind, where every new experience she has is likely to trigger a change in her outlook on the human condition.

Free of the burden of knowledge and therefore of any morality that proceeds from knowledge. But she squealed, so I stopped. Yet, emotionally, I felt dissa Great writing!

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

Oct 16, Adi Halo rated it really liked it. Jun 11, Leela rated it it was ok. A Novel An Anchor Books original.

From a literary standpoint, I get it. I noticed that my biting had caused her to start breathing heavily, eawesar I replaced my teeth with my lips. Jun 18, Sarah babyju it really liked it Shelves: I rolled over forcefully so that she was on her back and I was on top. Who talks like that? A kind of Catcher in the Rye goes to India, you have to love a grouchy protagonist; unlike Holden Caufield, she lacks the charm to go with the griping.

Anamika is the 16 yo that I wish I was. All these are serious banyji in the story. Dawesar is a talented and brave writer to tackle some quite controv Intense, funny sometimes laugh-out-loud funnyeven a little harrowing at times.

Your email address will not be published. This, of course, provides the girl with ample opportunity to explore submissive Rani’s perfect body, in spite of the servant’s occasional tentative protestations that “Babyji”, for her own good, should seek the love of a boy her own age.


Jess reviews Babyji by Abha Dawesar

Delhi University has thirty-five thousand applicants for fifteen hundred seats. Excellent story with lots of unexpected twists. Hinduism ] as a crutch for the masses, so abah wasn’t even a consideration. I was scandalising myself. So, to sum it all up, this is not a good book.

She has passion for her studies, particularly physics, and draws analogies between her growing self-awareness and quantum physics. Babyji is like a cross between Judy Blume and the Far Pavillions minus the plus extra pages! Apr 29, Sally rated it really liked it Shelves: Anamika is confident that she will be able to get in, but feels conflicted about contributing to the abah brain drain; ultimately, she concludes that it would be best to return to her native country after the completion of her studies to contribute to the modernization of traditional Indian society and breaking down the rigid caste system.

She does question whether her intimacies with another girl are morally okay but does not recognize the seriousness of Anamika’s endeavours. I picked this book up at a local bookstore on a whim.