A mother’s memoir

US-based author Amy Chua clears the air on her book,Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother.

Written by Pallavi Pundir | Published: January 23, 2012 3:22:39 am

Even though the West did not get the satire that 49-year-old author Amy Chua intended to share with her book Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother,there were many takers for the strict,“Asian” style of parenting she advocates,at the Jaipur Literature Festival. Many parents turned up for a rather therapeutic session on Saturday for Chua’s discussion on “Tiger Mothers”.

“This book is not an expose. It’s a family project,” said Chua,adding,“The book was more of a catharsis. I wrote it as a therapy. With my previous books,I would write,say,two sentences a day,and then I would read them aloud. But with this one,it took me just two months to complete two-thirds of it. In fact,most of it is not edited,” she said,as the audience,especially women,nodded with understanding. At her session on Saturday,her interaction turned out to be a candid confession on the making of her controversial book.

However,the US-based author is convinced that many do not get her humour,including Chinese parents. “I don’t think anyone gets it. My book is very popular in China as well and I don’t think they get the book either,” she said,gravely,adding that she was shocked by the controversy that her views triggered. Excerpts of her book published in a newspaper titled “Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior” was widely criticised in the blogosphere last year.

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