The Dancing Girls of Lahore: Selling Love and Saving Dreams in Pakistan's Pleasure District (P.S.)
The Dancing Girls of Lahore Selling Love and Saving Dreams in Pakistan's Pleasure District - P.S. Author:Louise Brown The dancing girls of Lahore inhabit the Diamond Market in the shadow of a great mosque. The twenty-first century goes on outside the walls of this ancient quarter but scarcely registers within. Though their trade can be described with accuracy as prostitution, the dancing girls have an illustrious history: Beloved by emperors and nawabs, their s... more »ophisticated art encompassed the best of Mughal culture. The modern-day Bollywood aesthetic, with its love of gaudy spectacle, music, and dance, is their distant legacy. But the life of the pampered courtesan is not the one now being lived by Maha and her three girls. What they do is forbidden by Islam, though tolerated; but they are gandi, "unclean," and Maha's daughters, like her, are born into the business and will not leave it. Sociologist Louise Brown spent four years in the most intimate study of the family life of a Lahori dancing girl. With beautiful understatement, she turns a novelist's eye on a true story that beggars the imagination. Maha, a classically trained dancer of exquisite grace, had her virginity sold to a powerful Arab sheikh at the age of twelve; when her own daughter Nena comes of age and Maha cannot bring in the money she once did, she faces a terrible decision as the agents of the sheikh come calling once more.« less
Amy B. reviewed The Dancing Girls of Lahore: Selling Love and Saving Dreams in Pakistan's Pleasure District (P.S.) on + 43 more book reviews
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This book was educational and moving. I loved it and could barely put it down. The book tells the story of the pleasure district of Lahore, Pakistan. The author becomes friends with Maha and her daughters over a period of years. Maha, a former prostitute, survives the only way she can. When she is no longer young enough and thin enough to earn money her daughters support the family. While it is unthinkable for me, in the Midwest, to see a mom pimping her daughters out, it is a way of life for Maha and her family. It isn't a choice, it's just the way things are. The author also makes friends with different transvestite prostitutes as well. This book shows the human spirit, the good and the bad, in Lahore.
Hope K. reviewed The Dancing Girls of Lahore: Selling Love and Saving Dreams in Pakistan's Pleasure District (P.S.) on
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This book is really heartbreaking. It's is similar to a journal, written during Brown's visits to Lahore, Pakistan. It tells some of daily life of several specific "dancing girls." It's a raw look at the horrifying reality of these women's lives. If you want to open your mind to be aware of other countries, cultures, and struggles of women, read this book. But also prepare to be disturbed.