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Wise Enough to Be Foolish is a quick read - i spend about an hour on the exercise machines at the gym and within one week i was done reading it. the first chapter pulled me in - in a soap-opera sort of way - i took the bait the author dangled within the first few pages and knew i'd have to read the rest of the chapters in order to learn what happened. the main character pulled me in in those first few pages enough for me to want to find out.
i liked that it was a light story, based on the author's life events, which seemed atypical of the majority of young indian women of her time. right away, i understood that this woman was privileged and had access to opportunities that many do not. despite her family being somewhat traditional and rigid in their views, she still managed to utilize their socioeconomic standing to her own advantage and did so relatively unhindered and unscathed.
so, this is a glimpse of a young, privileged woman's life in india. if that aspect bothers you, find another book. if you can accept it for what it is - it's selling so inexpensively on amazon right now, you might as well snatch it up.
as an american from the united states currently living in india - i found the book to be an interesting reflection of something i continue to see in today's indian culture - the strange place in which young women find themselves in between traditional family values (many rooted in patriarchy) and western/global influences... on everything from sports, dating, education, travel and marriage.
i enjoyed reading about her life; it's not phenomenal or jaw-dropping, but she gets around and manages to involve herself in some interesting pursuits... some of which go against the grain of expectations for a young indian woman. i do wish that some of the characters (actual people in her life events) received more attention and depth. i also don't really feel like the author exposed her self as much as some of the other reviewers stated here. i felt like everyone's gritty details, feelings and thoughts (good and bad), were kept at a safe and appropriate distance. i learned some things about the author and those she crossed paths with, but not enough to feel like i got past their surface.
all in all - it's a sweet and touching story of how she found love and dealt with the norms of her culture balanced against her desire to get what she wanted out of life.
All in all, it is a light reading experience, do not expect some out of this world experience, it is as simple as a regular girl's life. The best part is it doesn't go explicit in description.
However, one of the very irritating things I found was repeated and desperate mention of the sun signs and how it assigns people a typical nature or mindset 'by default'. It has no takeaways as such. Good time-pass.
I started reading this book for two reasons: the author's name sounded like that of a South Indian and she is an alumna of IIM Bangalore (I am a South Indian and an alumnus of IIMB). There was, therefore, some interest in reading the book following a sense of affinity. I was not disappointed; on the other hand, I was pleasantly surprised at the author's candid and straightforward narration.
I am still at a loss to know why she had chosen the title "Wise Enough to be Foolish". Does the author consider her occasional foolhardy efforts as foolish, or does she feel she could have chosen the beaten track followed by the majority of people instead of her independent ways? She has been wise enough, but not foolish. A better title would have been "Wise Enough to be Daring" or "Wse Enough to be Defiant" or "Wise Enough to be Different".
I wish Gauri all the best!
A delight to read and a recommended read for any one who likes to follow their heart and everyone who want to but cannot gather enough courage to defy the society and follow their instincts.