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Burnt Bread and Chutney: Growing Up Between Cultures - A Memoir of an Indian Jewish Childhood ✈ [PDF / Epub] ✅ Burnt Bread and Chutney: Growing Up Between Cultures - A Memoir of an Indian Jewish Childhood By Carmit Delman ✸ – Buyprobolan50.co.uk “From the outside no matter what the gradations of my mixed heritage the shadow of Indian brown in my skin caused others to automatically perceive me as Hindu or Muslim Still I trekked through life “From the outside no and Chutney: Kindle Ï matter what the gradations of my mixed heritage the shadow of Indian brown in my skin caused others to automatically perceive me as Hindu or Muslim Still I trekked through life with the spirit of a Jew fleshed out by the Burnt Bread PDF or uniue challenges and wonders of a combined brown and white tradition” In the politics of skin color Carmit Delman is an ambassador from a world of which few are even aware Her mother is a direct descendant of the Bene Israel a tiny ancient community of Bread and Chutney: MOBI ò Jews thriving amidst the rich cultural tableau of Western India Her father is American a Jewish man of Eastern European descent They met while working the land of a nascent Israeli state Bound by love for each other and that newborn country they hardly took notice Bread and Chutney: Growing Up PDF or of the interracial aspect of their union But their daughter Carmit growing up in America was well aware of her uncommon Bread and Chutney: Growing Up PDF or heritage Burnt Bread and Chutney is a remarkable synthesis of the universal and the exotic Carmit Delman’s memories of the sometimes painful sometimes pleasurable often awkward moments of her adolescence juxtapose strikingly with mythic tales of her female ancestors living in the Indian Jewish community As rites and traditions smells and textures intertwine Carmit’s uniue cultural identity evolves It is a youth spent dancing on the roofs of bomb shelters on a kibbutz in Israel—and the knowledge of a heritage marked by arranged marriages and archaic rules and roles It is coming of age in Jewish summer camps and at KISS concerts—and the inevitable combination of old and new ancient customs and modern attitudes Jewish Indian and AmericanCarmit Delman’s journey through religious traditions family tensions and social tribulations to a healthy sense of wholeness and self is rendered with grace and an acute sense of depth Burnt Bread and Chutney is a rich and innovative book that opens wide a previously unseen world From the Trade Paperback edition.


10 thoughts on “Burnt Bread and Chutney: Growing Up Between Cultures - A Memoir of an Indian Jewish Childhood

  1. Debbie Debbie says:

    I thought this book would be better than it was I like memoirs but this one just didn't hold my attention I didn't even finish it


  2. Gwen Gwen says:

    For the first few pages I kept on thinking of The Girl from Foreign but this was uite different a personal and compelling tale of the Bene Israel The difficulties fitting in were the same and different in the US and Israel Jewish? Indian? American? but you don't look JewishIndianAmerican In this memoir Delman finds herself and her identity while reminding us that our past intimately influences and constrains our present and our future That families can be so cruel should be no surprise and yet the reader is shocked dismayed and yes deeply saddened by what family can do to marginalize trivialize and deeply hurt others The power of connection of mother daughter and grandmother granddaughter relations of food of the land most potently Israel and of religion make for a melodic and fascinating memoir


  3. Nana Nana says:

    Whenever I read a good book I find myself amazed and a bit intimidated feeling like there is a clear difference between the writer and myself namely hisher storytelling skill Unfortunately this was not the case with this bookI was surprised by how awful this book was The subject matter caught my interest at first but I just kept waiting for the book to get better until at one point I realized that it was simply not well writtenI finished the book today and the biggest disappointment for me came at the end about Nana bai's tombstone I felt that if the author had managed to change it by herself out of sheer will and determination by moving to Israel and doing whatever it took to get it changed at least that could show the power of her love and respect for her grandmother It could have even made up for the terrible writing not completely but a small part However she seems to leave it up to her family to resolve To me THAT was the most heartbreaking part of the storyIt was also hard to understand the writer herself She wrote about her own life and childhood and kept trying to make her life seem so different from those of everyone else however that is kind of unnerving because it assumes that everyone else has had a normal family; white suburban with family dinners and holiday gatherings There was so much emphasis on her exotic background but I didn't find her experience interesting at all Perhaps it was due to the bad writingSo in a nutshell if this writer managed to find someone to publish her book maybe I should give writing a try


  4. Sarah Sammis Sarah Sammis says:

    I feel rather split brained about Burnt Bread and Chutney the memoir by Carmit Delman Her book is both a biography that of her maternal grandmother's life as a Bene Israel Indian Jew and a memoir of growing up poor in the United States and Israel I enjoyed the bits about the grandmother but was bored by the rest of the bookCarmit Delman tries to show how exotic her own life was growing up in the United States being not uite Indian American and not uite Jewish American but her descriptions of life here are banal and ordinaryHer choice of subjects are universal conflict between older and younger generations blending of cultures between families and between country of birth and adopted country the embarrassment of being poorer than friends and so forth Whenever the memoir seems to be stalling in one of these ever so ordinary passages Delman would throw in a reminder that her life was fundamentally different because of her Indian ties and that by itself was not enough to make this memoir interesting or all that memorable


  5. Ana Ana says:

    MehThis started out really well and then kind of descended into a bit of nonsense 'Oh look at me and my adolescent broodiness' Yeah that's just adolescence full stopBut the first half is rich in smells and sights the story of an Indian Jewish girl half American Jewish half Indian Jewish and her lovely and close family life The story alternates between her own tale and tales from her Nana bai's early life And while she's writing about her childhood or her Nana bai's life she held my interest But then she enters late adolescence and college and just really lost me Flowery language that described nothing in the end relationships only alluded to when before everything was very fleshed out This would've made a very good book if only she'd stuck to her childhood and her Nana bai's life Instead it became a padded and somewhat self indulgent memoirwhich i realize can be a bit redundant when it comes to memoirs ;o


  6. Susannah Skyer Gupta Susannah Skyer Gupta says:

    If you push past the painfully self conscious look I'm writing literature moments this is an interesting biographyautobiography Delman retells her own life story thus far; she is young as a Bene Israel descendant with roots in Israel India and the US interspersing it with that of her maternal grandmother who faced much graver challenges in a far different time It's difficult to say how much insight one gains into India's ancient Bene Israel Jews as opposed to into this particular life story In contrast much of what she shares about being Jewish plus Jewish as well as another minority is important reading for synagogue leaders committed to keeping the tent of welcome wide openAs the non Indian spouse in a HinJew marriage I was excited to find this book on our temple library shelves


  7. Holly Holly says:

    I slogged through this book disappointed in what I read I had high hopes of what I thought would be an interesting dialogue of a culturally rich lifeupbringing Instead I found a rather uninteresting story of growing up doesn't much matter if you're Indian or Israeli or American or Jewish when your parents embarass you as a teenager The portions that told the story of her elderly relative gave the reader insight into the Indian mindset but overall this is one book that does not reward the reader with much


  8. Paula Paula says:

    Carmit Delman tells her story of coming of age as an Indian Bene Israel Jewish girl moving around and living in Ohio Upstate New York and Israel and never uite fitting in Delman's memoir is also the story of her maternal grandmother who was born and raised in Bombay under less than fortunate circumstances The family saga and the brief history of the Bene Israelis was fascinating but I had some trouble with the narration and writing style Nevertheless the book was well worth the read


  9. Liana Liana says:

    There were parts of this book that I liked tremendously and parts that were harder to get into I loved the sections that dealt with Nana bai and the old world and the sections in which Delman delved into cultural difference I was a bit less taken by some of the sections on teenage angst and rebellion I also found Delman's writing style a little bit choppy at times Overall though I did like it and I think the interesting parts were worth the read


  10. Rachel G. Rachel G. says:

    While this book has a totally fascinating subject the life of an American girl of Jewish Indian descent it's not told very well Instead of piecing together anecdotes there's a whole lot of sweeping overviews of telling I was hoping for stories rather than Eat Pray Love style inner thoughts I guess it reads like a diary than a memoir in that respect But the story itself is very interesting especially the parts about India


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