On the Outside Looking Indian

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On the Outside Looking Indian

How My Second Childhood Changed My Life

By Rupinder Gill

Riverhead Books, Paperback, 9781594485770, 277pp.

Publication Date: May 1, 2012

A memoir of a young woman, the product of a strict upbringing by conservative Indian parents, who decides to go on a Ram-Singha, her Indian version of the rumspringa, and learns how to dance, swim, drive, travel, and play in order to be happy.
Rupinder Gill was raised under the strict rules of her parents' Indian upbringing. While her friends were practicing their plies, having slumber parties, and spending their summers at camp, Rupinder was cleaning, babysitting her siblings, and watching hours on end of American television. But at age 30, Rupinder realized how much she regretted her lack of childhood adventure.
Stepping away from an orderly life of tradition, Rupinder set put to finally experience the things she missed out on. From learning to swim and taking dance lessons, to going to Disney World, her growing to-do list soon became the ultimate trip down non-memory lane. What began as a desire to experience all that had been denied to her leads to a discovery of what it means to be happy, and the important lessons that are learned when we are at play. Reminiscent of Mindy Kaling, this is a warm funny memoir of the daughter of Indian immigrants learning to break free and find her own path.
when we are at play.

About the Author
Rupinder Gill's writing has been published in the National Post and the McSweeney's website. She has written for CBC Radio and Canada's This Hour Has 22 Minutes.