Monday, 9 May 2011

Book ~ "On the Outside Looking Indian: How My Second Childhood Changed My Life" (2011) Rupinder Gill

From Amazon ~ "There's a phenomenon in Amish culture called Rumspringa, where Amish adolescents are permitted to break free from their modest and traditional lifestyles to indulge in normally taboo activities. They dress how they want, go out if and when they please, smoke, drink and generally party like it's 1899. At the end they decide if they will return and join the Amish church.

"I am 30 years old. I wore my hair in two braids every day until I was 12. I dressed more conservatively than most Amish, barely left my house until I was 18 and spent the last 12 years studying and working hard on my career like a good little Indian girl. The time has come; you are witness to the dawning of my Indian Rumspringa, a Ram-Singha if you will. But instead of smoking and drinking Bud Lights in a park while yelling 'Down with barn raising!' I plan to indulge in a different manner — by pursuing everything I wish had been a part of my youth. Things I always felt were part of most North Americans' adolescent experience. I will learn to swim, go to summer camp, see Disneyworld, take dance lessons, have sleepovers and finally get the pet I longed for my whole life.

"This is the story of the ultimate New Year's resolution, more akin to a new life resolution. Will it all be fun? Will my friends and family support my walk down memory-less lane? Will it all matter in the end? I don't know yet but much like my young Rumspringaed-out counterpart, I will decide whether or not there is any going back."

I had read about this book a couple weeks ago and I thought I'd check it out.

I enjoyed Gill's writing style. It was funny and quick paced. I found the stories she told amusing, especially with her parents' reactions. It was interesting insight for her to finally realize as an adult why her parents had said "no" to things when she was a child. And it was nice to see her appreciate her culture and embrace it.

It's a good reminder to fulfill your dreams and resolutions and to live life to the fullest.


Cindy said...

Sounds interesting, I would enjoy that, I think.

Feisty Crone said...

Agreed! Sounds interesting.

Heather said...

Each review I have read of this book has been postive. I will have to find a copy and read it. Thanks.