With A Suitcase of Saris: From India to Aotearoa Stories of Pioneer Indian Women

Author(s): Compiled by Vasanti Unka

NZ Biographies | NZ History/Society

Stories of some of the first Indian women in New Zealand. Written by their daughters and granddaughters.

These women left the warmth of their close-knit village communities to live in these faraway, isolated, alien-cultured islands. Many of them came—often with young kids in tow—to live with husbands they barely knew. They arrived with nothing but a suitcase of light cotton saris and a ton courage. 

The evocative stories within this book celebrate and honour these women.


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  • : 9780473376260
  • : My Sunroom
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  • : Compiled by Vasanti Unka