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Daughters of the Red Light: Coming of Age in Mumbai's Brothels (Kindle Single) by [Seervai, Shanoor]
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  • File Size: 227 KB
  • Print Length: 44 pages
  • Publisher: DAWNS Digest (August 16, 2015)
  • Publication Date: August 16, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0141DKB96
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Shanoor Seervai has written a book that shares with us a very personal story about her life and the lives of the oppressed women she wants to help.
The writing is powerful because it is thoughtful and authentic. I didn't feel like I was being preached to, sold to or coerced. The women in these stories face enormous challenges and in my mind are heros and champions of the human spirit. They face tremendous adversity and yet they meet the challenges and strive to overcome them for themselves and their children. The stories reveal some hard truths about the human condition and the horrible things we do or let happen to each other but it also shares some truths about our potential to be amazing and do great things. The setting is India but the scope of the lessons and insights for me were much bigger.
We can and have to do a better job caring for, respecting and helping each other!
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This is a well-written portrait of the lives of sex workers and their families caught up in India's infamous and ubiquitous sex trade. Shanoor Seervai, a young Indian writer, definitely has a bright future. Her ability to find and describe determination and triumph in a backdrop of hopelessness and despair is uplifting. This is a very compelling humanitarian story. I eagerly anticipate more works coming from the new powerhouse publication arm of DAWNS Digest.
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In Daughters of the Red Light, author Shanoor Seervai investigated Mumbai's brothels, focusing not so much on the women who worked in the thriving sex industry, but on their children, especially the daughters who were in most cases fated to end up in the same business as their mothers. At first, the author, who was born in Mumbai and educated in the United States, was naïve enough to think she might singlehandedly rescue India from its age-old societal problems. Coming to grips with reality, however, she concentrated on the story of organizations that provided a refuge for the children of sex workers. Some of these organizations - one in particular - were successful, but the number of children who were helped was dwarfed by the number who received no help. Many of these children were facing starvation, with their mothers' salaries in the sex trade barely being enough to feed their children. In the end, the author realized that her role was to talk to people in her native country who might not otherwise be able to command an audience, and find an honest way to tell their stories.

It's a powerful story about a side of Indian life that most outsiders are unaware of.
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Shanoor Seervai's book deals with an issue that is all too easy for most Bombay residents to ignore. Seervai's courage in defying the expectations of her privilege to hear and share the women's stories is hugely admirable, as is her unique ability to tell their stories in simple and unpretentious language, without a trace of pity or condescension.

I especially enjoyed reading about her own journey of personal growth, and was left wanting to know how a similar journey might develop for the young women at Kranti. Perhaps we will find out in her next book? Either way, no matter what she chooses to write about next, we can be certain that Seervai has a promising and exciting literary career ahead of her!
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A beautifully written account of Seervai's experience volunteering, and then reporting, in Mumbai's red light district. Seervai's tone is sensitive and honest, giving a glimpse not only of the lives of sex workers and their children but of her own journey from naievete to nuance. Her portrait of the women honors their agency, dignity and humanity in the face of the systemic forces and personal tragedies that have led them to Kamathipura. This is a fantastic debut from a writer whose passion is to give voice to the voiceless.
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When you read a Kindle single, you know they are going to be short and easily digestible stories - but usually they tell one fleshed out story. This tells many partial stories that just cry for even a few more details. It also is really only about the daughters of the women in the brothels - if you are looking for insight into the brothels themselves, you will be disappointed. Overall it is worth getting to learn about a subset of a subculture.
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My one complaint is....it was much, much too short. I felt like I got a tiny peek into the lives of these children vs a full account of their lives. I did appreciate the authors efforts & experience tho.
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This is a beautifully written and introspective story of exploration and self-discovery. Shanoor Seervai is incredibly self-aware on her journey through Mumbai's red-light district; she recognizes the ways in which her presence affects the residents of Kamathipura, and is deeply aware of the ways in which stepping into their lives impacts her. What makes this book unique is how she tells her own story in tandem with the stories of the people of Kamathipura. Her vulnerability helps her to expose their struggle to survive and make a better life for their families. In this way, she humanizes people who are so easily ignored. She doesn't preach to the reader that they should try to change the world and she works to understand their lives through her own experience, while helping the reader to do the same. She empathizes, which is something we should all try to do.
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