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Born Confused [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Tanuja Desai Hidier
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Juni 2003
Dimple doesn't know what to think. Her parents are from India, and she's spent years rebelling against their traditions. Now everything Indian is suddenly hip - even her best friend Gwyn has a bindi as an accessory. Dimple doesn't feel either Indian or American, she feels both. Mainly, she just feels confused...To make matters worse, Dimple's parents are trying to set her up with a "suitable boy." Their first meeting is a disaster, but then she bumps into him again at a club - where he's the DJ. Suddenly he becomes suitable because of his sheer unsuitability. Trouble is, Gwyn seems to think so too...Born Confused is a touching and funny novel about family, friendship and love, and about bringing together two cultures without falling apart yourself in the process.
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  • Taschenbuch: 500 Seiten
  • Verlag: Scholastic; Auflage: Scholastic Pbk. (Juni 2003)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0439510112
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439510110
  • Vom Hersteller empfohlenes Alter: Ab 12 Jahren
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 17,8 x 12,7 x 3,6 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 5.0 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (1 Kundenrezension)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 513.245 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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Dimple doesn't know what to think. Her parents are from India, and she's spent years rebelling against their traditions. Now everything Indian is suddenly hip - even her best friend Gwyn has a bindi as an accessory. Dimple doesn't feel either Indian or American, she feels both. Mainly, she just feels confused...To make matters worse, Dimple's parents are trying to set her up with a "suitable boy." Their first meeting is a disaster, but then she bumps into him again at a club - where he's the DJ. Suddenly he becomes suitable because of his sheer unsuitability. Trouble is, Gwyn seems to think so too...Born Confused is a touching and funny novel about family, friendship and love, and about bringing together two cultures without falling apart yourself in the process. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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lala dimple sees a lot of things through her third eye - her camera. her best friend gwyn, her parents and their decision to find a nice indian boy for their daughter. Karsh is the suitable candidat and this fact alone drives Dimple far away from him.With time though she sees that he is indeed very suitable and everything is changing.The problem is that her best friend shares this opinion very much and transfers into a semi-Indian making Dimple realize that being Indian is desirable - something she has never seen before when laughing about her fathers addiction to his collection of Lata Mangeshkar records and her mothers constant preparing of Indian snacks for visitors. As the story unfolds she realizes how lucky she is, blessed with a loving family and a real talent and passion for something. Will Karsh separate the two best friends forever? And will Dimple find her soulmate in the end? The classic tale of finding out who you are and want to be interwoven with a wonderful lovestory - a truly beautiful and humorous book starring a "heroine" u will love!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A great slice of youthful cultural confusion 8. Juni 2004
Von D. Movahedpour - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This book is a rare treat, in that it presents the life of a typical American teenager with an atypical life, is honest, but doesn't stoop to cliches and stereotypes to tell its tale. This is the story of Dimple Lala, a young woman, born and raised in New Jersey of Indian immigrant parents, who is turning 17 at the beginning of summer. Dimple rejects her parents old-world culture and wants to be an All-American girl, but everyone else sees her as Indian. For her parents, Dimple getting drunk once while out with friends on her birthday is cause for a silent treatment and punishment of international proportions. In one of my favorite lines from the book, Dimple's mother says, "Giving birth to you was easy. It is now that I am needing the epidural!"
Dimple, in comparison to her childhood friend, Gwyn, is positively a model child: a good student, a virgin who has only dated two boys, she doesn't do drugs or do anything out of the ordinary to cause her parents to worry. It turns out that both Dimple and her parents are failing to realize what they have: a caring, lovely family unit and a strong cultural background in Dimple's case, and a very good daughter, in the case of her parents. Dimple's friend, Gwyn, is beautiful and blonde and slim and the center of attention, but she comes from a home where she was abandoned by her father and ignored by her mother, and she craves the stability of Dimple's family unit, which, of course, Dimple does not understand, since she longs to be beautiful and blonde and free of parental restrictions.
Dimple's parents seek to control their daughter by introducing her to a "suitable boy" meaning, of course, another Indian boy, an NYU computer major, and the son of her mother's best friend. Dimple rejects the boy on principal, but then discovers that he is a slightly unsuitable boy, and begins to fall in love with him, along with her friend, Gwyn. Dimple spends the bulk of the novel discovering herself and her life, and realizing that what she has is really a gift. She is exposed to the temptations of teenaged life, she has her heart broken and she rebels against her parents, but it takes a long summer for her to see that everything she has really is something to be envied.
The book is written in a charming, witty style, and, except for a few sort of "romance novel" plot twists, it is very engrossing. It is perfect for both adults and teens, and really should be read by parents and their teenagers.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen much more than culture barrier issues 29. September 2002
Von R. T. French - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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When I first glanced at the summary of this amazing book, I thought that it was going to be another sappy teen romance with a twist of culture talk. A few short pages into the book, I was both surprised and hooked. The book focuses on the story of Dimple Lala, American born but with deep Indian roots. Her best friend is the "Marilyn Monroe for this generation" and each has something that the other finds irresistable. When Dimple's parents decide to find her a suitable Indian boy, it all goes downhill- not only is the boy suitable for Dimple, but her best friend sets her sights on him also. What is surprising about the book is that it is more about Dimple realizing that it is wonderful for her to be photo-taking self, expressing herself through her insightful photography. The story is as much about cross gender issues, cross-generational issues, how to deal with family and friends that seem both to close and to far away. It also exposes the insatiable american craving for the cultural traditions of other countries. While some parents might find certain elements unattractive, its difficult issues are presented with care and truth. I certainly would encourage both those who have difficulty fitting in, whatever culture they may hail from, as well as those who seem to find their place so easily because it truly is a book for everyone.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Interesting..touching at times, overly flowery at others. 30. April 2005
Von V. Nakra - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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The Indian American theme is one I find particularly fascinating, since I can relate periods of my own upbringing to it. Born Confused is worth a read. The author clearly has a way with words, and illustrates the main character, Dimple's, situation very well. At the same time, this is clearly a book that will resonate more strongly with girls than with boys. The language can often get overly flowery, and I found myself skipping whole pages when the character analyses seemed to be dragging on and on. Read it if you have time, but be prepared to be dropped a little deeper into a teenage girl's mind than you were prepared for.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Highly Recommends to every Indian 28. November 2002
Von "vishnugsharma" - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I enjoyed reading this book of drama, confusion, enigma and struggle of a teenage Indian girl growing up in West. This book deals with a lot of issues such as teen romance, family dynamics, cultural clashes, and lesbianism. On one side heroine Dimple, wanted to follow the traditions of his parents and on other side she wants to follow what her peers in schoolcand college do. There are clash of ideas and concepts, which is very common in the life of every Indian child born and raised in the west. Indians born and raised in the west, see everything as mirage. Like Dimple, they wanted to follow parents' beliefs and at the same time, they are bombarded with beliefs totally contrary to what they are taught to home. May be one of the answers to the confusion young Indians face, is books like Am I A Hindu? which describes every minute details of eastern culture or precisely Hindu culture in Question & Answer format. Indian parents have to understand that their children are growing up in a world of thousand thoughts and ideas, different from what they believe. So ignoring the problems will only make matters worse. Born Confused? baffles and intrigues as you read through the pages. I highly recommend this book to every Indian who lives in the west young and old like.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Captivating read! 27. August 2003
Von Maryam - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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17-year old Dimple Lala is confused. She doesn't know where she belongs; with the Indian society, or with the American society. To all of the Indians she is too American and vice versa with America. Her best friend Gwyn has been getting on her nerves lately. Gwyn (who can pull off any fashion statement) is basically a taller version of Marilyn Monroe in appearance. She's been getting everything she wants, saying things before Dimple has an opportunity to say anything. The only consolation that Dimple has is her beloved camera, Chica Tikka. When Dimple's parents set up a meeting with a friend who has a son, Karsh, (hint:hint) Dimple doesn't give the meeting a chance. She says it is bound to be a complete disaster. Later when Dimple goes to a Desi club,(haha) she finds out that Karsh is better than she judged him for. Dimple goes through relationship issues with Gwyn, Karsh, and even her parents. Throughout all of this with humor, Dimple learns several intense lessons on life. Excellent read for teens~
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