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From Motherhood’s Trenches

Lacks the warmth of a memoir, which is a pity, given the choice of subject.

From Motherhood’s Trenches
From Motherhood’s Trenches
outlookindia.com
2016-07-09T10:53:36+05:30

Pallavi Aiyar’s story is a familiar one to any career woman and feminist. She is an independent, successful woman and an award-winning journalist when the story begins, newly-wed, and reporting out of China from her hipster, hutong residence. A chapter in, she is pregnant and horrified as the life and career she’d carefully built up are dismantled, brick by brick. The rest of the book catalogues the birth of her two children, her adjustment to motherhood and an examination of the gendered nature of parenting. In spite of a rather absent husband and a tough first year or two of parenting, she soldiers on, dusting herself off after a fall, rising higher each time. So that by the time she writes this book, she already has two successful books under her belt. Her grit, determination and intelligence are apparent in the way each obstacle is handled and she is extremely fair, some might even say generous, in the credit she gives her husband for his support.

Aiyar is a minute observer, and her app­roach a methodical one. She has done a lot of research, and...

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