Reading Aisha Oops Emma

Aisha Review – Lost in Translation Piece of Shit

As the Abhay Deol-Big Mouth a.k.a Sonam Kapoor film Aisha is nigh upon us, we picked up Jane Austen’s Emma at our local library yesterday.

Unless you are a complete Bollywoodphobe, you do know that Aisha is an adaptation of Emma, set of course in these current wretched times in India.

Emma is one of only four books by Austen that were published in her lifetime (the others were Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice and Mansfield Park).

We’ve read a little over a fourth of the 396-page book and find it fairly engaging charming.

As some of you might be aware, Emma is a glimpse of country life as viewed from the vantage-point of the upper class rural gentry in early 19th century England. Needless to say, that is as distorted as the view Isha Ambani gets when she looks out of her family’s gazillion dollar Mumbai home.

In a Bollywood stuffed to the gills with incompetent actresses, it’s hard to think of anyone save Sonam Kapoor or Vidya Balan to essay the role of Emma with some degree of elan, even if it’s a desi version.

We’re wont to think this short passage is a succinct summary of Aisha:

Her father fondly replied, “Ah! my dear, I wish you would not make matches and foretel things, for whatever you say always comes to pass. Pray do not make any more matches.”

“I promise you to make none for myself, papa: but I must, indeed, for other people. It is the greatest amusement in the world! And after such success you know! [p.12]

While we still have many more pages ahead of us, we must acknowledge the vein of sly, impish humor that courses through the portions we’ve finished.

For our readers belonging to the distaff sex, here are a few pearls of wisdom, courtesy Emma of course:

I lay it as a general rule, Harriet, that if a woman doubts as to whether she should accept a man or not, she certainly ought to refuse him. If she can hesitate as to ‘Yes,’ she ought to say ‘No’ directly. It is not a state to be safely entered into with doubtful feelings, with half a heart. [p.46]

A woman is not to marry a man merely because she is asked, or because he is attached to her, and can write a tolerable letter. [p.47]

Oh! to be sure…it is always incomprehensible to a man that a woman should ever refuse an offer of marriage. A man always imagines a woman to be ready for anybody who asks her. [p.52-53]

Whether we like Aisha or not, it’s fair to say that we find Emma an extremely interesting character.

We hope to complete the book in the coming days and will do an update to this post at the time.

By the way, our Mensaic mind has already guessed the ending although we have a lot of field still left to plow.

Is Emma the most delicious character that Austen wrought up in her rich imagination?

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7 Responses to "Reading Aisha Oops Emma"

  1. Twig   August 5, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    @SI: “set of course in these current wretched times in India.”

    Bull! I bet the story is not set in india. It must be somwhere, england, australia, canada or some other Caucasian country. Responds:

    The story is likely set in India (Durgapur, Tarapore, Alipore, Sirpur or one of the other dusty towns in the hinterlands) although a few songs might have been filmed in Iceland or Namibia or any of the places in between.

  2. kreacher   August 5, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    Jane Austen had a very engaging style of writing. Personally one of the quotes I found most interesting were the opening lines of Pride and Prejudice:

    IT is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.

    However little known the feelings or views of such a man may be on his first entering a neighbourhood, this truth is so well fixed in the minds of the surrounding families, that he is considered as the rightful property of some one or other of their daughters. Responds:

    1. The first sentence of the above quote is truly classic. We’ve seen it before but it still does not diminish the joy each time we encounter it.

    2. Here are some more good lines from Emma:

    Vanity working on a weak head, produces every sort of mischief. p.55

    One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other. p.70

    It is poverty only that makes celibacy contemptible to a generous public! A single woman, with a very narrow income, must be a ridiculous, disagreeable, old maid! the proper sport of boys and girls; but a single woman, of good fortune, is always respectable, and may be as sensible and pleasant as anybody else. p.73

    (All page nos from the Penguin Edition of Emma, 1996.)

  3. iamsumu   August 5, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    For all the heartache over Endhiran’s music, it appears the album is doing well in the international market. Its in the Top 2 in both US and UK in the world album section.
    Not bad for an Indian album πŸ™‚ Responds:

    You write: Not bad for an Indian album

    With 60 million Tamils drinking the Rahman Kool Aid, it’s hardly surprising.

    Also noticed that it’s now available on iTunes instead of a separate application that you can listen to only on iPhone/iPod Touch.

  4. pippa   August 5, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    Emma is my favourite Jane Austen character.

    i’m re-reading the book as well to prep for Aisha tomm. Responds:

    You write: i’m re-reading the book as well to prep for Aisha tomm.

    That makes two schmucks.

    99.9% of Bollywood fans couldn’t care less if it was an adaptation of Marquis de Sade’s Les 120 JournΓ©es de Sodome.

  5. raghavendrav   August 6, 2010 at 12:06 am

    hey SI.. off topic I found an hilarious video on youtube about the bathroom video fame horror show Trisha.. check it out.. Responds:

    Ruined our day. πŸ™


  6. aditya_k   August 6, 2010 at 7:17 am
    came across this on FB…….. Responds:

    Watched the above video. Thanks.

    But Chutiyas can profit from theft.


  7. Twig   August 6, 2010 at 11:45 am

    On another crappy and interesting note, Julia Roberts said she is a practicing Hindu. She must be on a high when she took that decision.
    Are Americans really in awe of Hinduism or what?
    It’s as shitty as (may be perhaps less shitter. bah! it doesn’t matter anyway)
    than the other violent Abrahamic cults. Responds:

    1. You write: On another crappy and interesting note, Julia Roberts said she is a practicing Hindu.

    And we’re practicing Satanism. πŸ˜‰

    2. You write: Are Americans really in awe of Hinduism or what?

    The only thing Americans are in awe of is the $$ bill.

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