Fire Girl: Essays on India, America, and the In-Between
Fire Girl: Essays on India, America, & the In-Between is a fascinating collection of essays from Sayantani Dasgupta, a women from India who studied creative writing in America and now teaches at the University of Idaho. She writes about living in Moscow, but the Moscow in Idaho. There is a wide range of essays collected here: some humorous, others critical. She is also political and a feminist. Here, we find her in Moscow struggling with whether she should stay in America or move back to India. She likes the smaller town America, but she also misses the cultural offerings of India. Some of the more fun offerings here are by her as a cultural adventurer and critic. There are homages to Bollywood and Captain Nemo, but this collection is not all about fun.
Dasgupta is a Fire Girl who rallies here to solve some of the problems that women face. She writes about some of the bad experiences women suffer at the hands of men in India. She worries about being bothered by these men if she returns to her place of birth. This book is, however, not solely about this sexism. She has not lost objectivity here, even if in a few places she is angry. All told, she is an interesting person to meet, especially on the page.
Two Sylvias Press