MY INDIAN SON-IN-LAW by Hilda Wernher


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A direct successor (not chronologically) to My Indian Family, this takes up where that book left off, at the marriage of Miss Wernher's son-in-law, Rashid, to a modern Muslim girl-after the death of her own daughter, Mary Ann. And it is Rashid who is insistent that Miss Wernher stay on with them, that she should occupy a position of priority and seniority in their home, although she succeeds in making the young bride, Maryam, take over the household. And there are other personal involvements; Miss Wernher's reluctance to marry Sir Arthur Ridgeway, who dies on his way from England to see her; her participation in the romance between highborn Savitri and the man she loves, a tubercular; her genuine affection for Maryam, for whom she holds no resentment as her daughter's successor, although Maryam cannot be persuaded that this is so. And there is something of India in transition; the contrast between east and west; the prevalence of purdah and prejudice; while Miss Wernher both practices and preaches tolerance to all around her... On the whole though this is a personally derived, sentimental, sometimes effusive, account of her relationships with her Indian friends and family.

Pub Date: Sept. 22nd, 1949
Publisher: Doubleday