Burnt Bread and Chutney

by Carmit Delman | Biographies & Memoirs |
ISBN: 0345445945 Global Overview for this book
Registered by mojosmom of Chicago, Illinois USA on 10/9/2004
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Journal Entry 1 by mojosmom from Chicago, Illinois USA on Saturday, October 9, 2004
Subtitled Growing Up Between Cultures -- A Memoir of an Indian Jewish Girl

Delman's mother is a direct descendant of the Bene Israel, an ancient community of Jews thriving in Western India. Her father is an American Jew of Eastern European descent. They met in Israel, but their daughter grew up in America.

Journal Entry 2 by mojosmom from Chicago, Illinois USA on Thursday, May 26, 2005
This is a very interesting book! Talk about your culture clash and your family secrets! Like many children of mixed cultural backgrounds, Carmit found it a bit difficult to fit into either. But it was more difficult because she was a minority within a minority, a dark-skinned, South Asian who "didn't look Jewish", and an Indian whose family had a different religion and different traditions from the Hindu majority. As a child, her grandmother makes her promise that she will always return to the Bene Israel, and she does.

Her family history, too, set her apart. Her grandmother was betrothed to a man who turned out to be an alcoholic. This put an end to the engagement, but it also made her grandmother practically unmarriageable. Until her sister's husband offered to take her as his second wife. He treated her and her daughter very differently from the way he behaved towards his first wife, being abusive, forcing her to live in poverty while her sister lived in luxury. The family's condescension towards Nana-bai and her descendents continued into the author's generation.

While I wasn't terribly impressed with the author's writing style (I thought she jumped around a lot, among other things), the book is well worth reading for an understanding of the difficulties of growing up in a multi-cultural household, of being "odd girl out", as well as to learn a little bit about this small, perhaps dying, segment of Judaism. I would, in fact, have liked to have learned more about Bene Israel, its history, how its practices differ from mainstream Judaism, but I guess that would be another book!

Journal Entry 3 by mojosmom at Cosí, 116 S. Michigan in Chicago, Illinois USA on Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Released 16 yrs ago (7/26/2005 UTC) at Cosí, 116 S. Michigan in Chicago, Illinois USA



Taking to tonight's Meet-Up

Journal Entry 4 by lucyinchicago from Chicago, Illinois USA on Wednesday, July 27, 2005
Got it at the meet up. Thanks!

Journal Entry 5 by jmusselman8 from Chicago, Illinois USA on Tuesday, December 20, 2005
I am almost finished with it. Very good read!


Released 16 yrs ago (1/2/2006 UTC) at Caribou Coffee shop in the Golden Gate Plaza in Mayfield, Ohio USA



Journal Entry 7 by wingAnonymousFinderwing on Thursday, January 28, 2010
Bought at Half Price Books


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