Posted by: Through the Eyes of Women | May 23, 2011

May 23, 2011 Host Corinne Frugoni Interviews Author Miranda Kennedy.

About the Author

For five years, Miranda Kennedy reported from across South Asia for National Public Radio and American Public Media’s Marketplace Radio. From her base in New Delhi, she covered the conflicts in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and other major stories across Asia, including the Asian tsunami, the Kashmiri insurgency in the mountains on the India-Pakistan border, and the Tamil Tiger separatist movement in Sri Lanka.

She wrote extensively about women, caste, and globalization in India, and her stories have appeared in publications like The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Nation and Slate Magazine. Before she moved to India, Miranda was a magazine editor and a public radio reporter in New York, where she covered the September 11 attacks. On returning to the US, she moved to Washington D.C. to work as an editor at National Public Radio’s Morning Edition.

About the Book

Part memoir, part in-depth reporting about women’s lives in a very foreign culture, this first book by a young NPR reporter closely examines the lives of six women – some of them privileged, some very poor.

Its title – Sideways on a Scooter: Life and Love in India – refers to the modest way in which Indian women are expected to sit on the back of scooters and motorcycles. And indeed, the place Miranda finds, through the lives of her employees and friends, is a complex and traditional place. Women now have more choice than ever before in India when it comes to education and work, yet few are allowed to make what may be the most important decision in their lives: who they will marry.


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