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The Perils of Penelope Pitstop

Growing up, there weren't too many female cartoon icons. The evil witch was always evil, so was the evil stepmother, and Cinderella, frankly, was just too much of a Goody Two-Shoe. Everyone, from Snow White to Rapunzel to Red Riding Hood was a damsel in distress, and who could blame them, considering the patriarchal set-up they were born into. Then, there was Penelope, who drove a chic pink car and sported a sexy pink blouse with leggings, a scarf around her head that hugged her neck and was kept in place by a pair of glasses that always hung on her forehead. "Hayalp" she would say in a thick Southern accent each time "The Hooded Claw," kidnapped her, which was at least three or four times each episode. Only the audience knew that The Hooded Claw was actually her legal guardian who was attempting to murder Penelope in order to get her inheritance.

Penelope had style. She was suave, she was rarely ever frazzled, even if she was tied to a railway track, silent-movie style, or to a torpedo headed for China. Her 'seven-dwarfves' like protectors would come to her rescue, more often than not, she'd end up rescuing them.

Was Penelope Pitsop  a 'Damsel Undistressed?'

Leave us a comment. We'd love to know what you feel. And let us know who's your favourite feminist-leaning cartoon character.

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Is she funny, annoying, sharp, quiet, bold, what? Say something interesting about good Indian girls in the comments section below this review (link provided) and win a free copy of The Bad Boy's Guide to the Good Indian Girl or The Good Indian Girl's Guide to Living, Loving and Having Fun.

"According to the authors of The Bad Boys’ Guide To The Good Indian Girl, Annie Zaidi and Smriti Ravindra, the Good Indian Girl, or the GIG, is a ‘condition’ and the word ‘good’ isn’t the opposite of bad. The good Indian girl is one who has managed to find a way around social restrictions by pretending to conform and doing what it takes to survive. Zaidi and Ravindra identify certain situations and analyse them through illustrative stories that, as they point out in their preface, are not quite fiction. “About 80% is fact. Most stories are drawn from our own experiences, or that of our schoolmates or college friends, or friends of friends,” Zaidi said in a recent interview."

Another review for "A Bad Boy's Guide to a Good Indian Girl"

Another review by a reader, though her take on the title is not quite how it happened :).  Here is what she has to say about the book.

"If I were asked to name this book, I would have called it “Splendid Stories of Good Indian Girls, Which Can Be Enjoyed By All.” And man, what classy stories they are. Some of them are not more than two pages long and some run to ten pages or more. Each of them is about an Indian girl, mostly good, a few bad and many who are not so good, but manage to get away with it. Zaidi and Ravindra write in excellent unobtrusive prose which is akin to high quality corn flour used in good chicken soup. You don’t really get to taste the corn flour and don’t even think of it much as you gulp down the soup, but without the quality corn flour, the soup wouldn’t be half as enjoyable. Another very good thing about the prose is that though jointly written, it is seamless. If the joint authorship hadn’t been proclaimed on the cover, I would have thought the entire collection was written by a single very good writer."

 Read the full deal at       http://winnowed.blogspot.com/2011/08/book-review-bad-boys-guide-to-good.html

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