The Heart is a Shifting Sea

Love and Marriage in Mumbai
CD - unabridged
Audio (10 discs)
Product Number: DD35108
Released: Feb 06, 2018
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ISBN: #9781538498521
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In the vein of Behind the Beautiful Forevers, an intimate, deeply reported and revelatory examination of love, marriage, and the state of modern IndiaA??as witnessed through the lives of three very different couples in todayA??s Mumbai. In twenty-first-century India, tradition is colliding with Western culture, a clash that touches the lives of everyday Indians from the wealthiest to the poorest. While ethnicity, class, and religion are influencing the nationA??s development, so too are pop culture and technologyA??an uneasy fusion whose impact is most evident in the institution of marriage. The Heart Is a Shifting Sea introduces three couples whose relationships illuminate these sweeping cultural shifts in dramatic ways: Veer and Maya, a forward-thinking professional couple whose union is tested by MayaA??s desire for independence; Shahzad and Sabeena, whose desperation for a child becomes entwined with the changing face of Islam; and Ashok and Parvati, whose arranged marriage, made possible by an online matchmaker, blossoms into true love. Though these three middle-class couples are at different stages in their lives and come from diverse religious backgrounds, their stories build on one another to present a layered, nuanced, and fascinating mosaic of the universal challenges, possibilities, and promise of matrimony in its present state. Elizabeth Flock has observed the evolving state of India from inside Mumbai, its largest metropolis. She spent close to a decade getting to know these couplesA??listening to their stories and living in their homes, where she was privy to countless moments of marital joy, inevitable frustration, dramatic upheaval, and whispered confessions and secrets. The result is a phenomenal feat of reportage that is both an enthralling portrait of a nation in the midst of transition and an unforgettable look at the universal mysteries of love and marriage that connect us all.

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Author(s): Elizabeth Flock
Product Number Z100124262
Released: Feb 06, 2018
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Publisher: HarperAudio
ISBN: #9780062799470
Author(s): Elizabeth Flock
Product Number EB00704704
Released: Feb 06, 2018
Business Term: 26 Circ
Publisher: Harper
ISBN: #9780062456502

Professional reviews

"Two experienced narrators, Sunil Malhotra and Nicol Zanzarella, deliver this extended reportage about modern love in Mumbai, India. Zanzarella gives voice to the author, American Elizabeth Flock, and her explanatory comments about the story behind this collection. Malhotra then takes us into the lives of three real-life couples: Veer and Maya, Shahzad and Sabeena, and Ashok and Parvati. In alternating sections of each chapter, he retells the intimate details of how these couples come together and how hard they have to work to hold onto their relationships. Malhotra's delivery is steady and firm, like a father telling his children the stories of days gone by--except these tales could be of any two people passing on Mumbai's busy streets. M.R. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine"

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