Cartwheels in a sari : a memoir of growing up cult / Jayanti Tamm.

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    • Publication Information:
      1st ed.
    • Content Notes:
      Prologue -- The myth begins -- Because guru says so, that's why -- The divine cage -- The supreme is your boyfriend -- Miracles of faith -- Amore at the United Nations -- Exiled to France -- Born again, again -- This is heresy -- Cartwheels in a sari.
    • ISBN:
      9780307393920 : HRD
      0307393925 : HRD
    • Accession Number:
      2008036450
    • Accession Number:
      BK0007879241
    • Accession Number:
      fay.276854
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      TAMM, J. Cartwheels in a sari : a memoir of growing up cult. [s.l.] : Harmony Books, 2009. Disponível em: . Acesso em: 23 maio. 2019.
    • AMA:
      Tamm J. Cartwheels in a Sari : A Memoir of Growing up Cult. Harmony Books; 2009. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.276854. Accessed May 23, 2019.
    • APA:
      Tamm, J. (2009). Cartwheels in a sari : a memoir of growing up cult. Harmony Books. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.276854
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Tamm, Jayanti. 2009. Cartwheels in a Sari : A Memoir of Growing up Cult. Harmony Books. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.276854.
    • Harvard:
      Tamm, J. (2009) Cartwheels in a sari : a memoir of growing up cult. Harmony Books. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.276854 (Accessed: 23 May 2019).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Tamm, J 2009, Cartwheels in a sari : a memoir of growing up cult, Harmony Books, viewed 23 May 2019, .
    • MLA:
      Tamm, Jayanti. Cartwheels in a Sari : A Memoir of Growing up Cult. Harmony Books, 2009. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.276854.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Tamm, Jayanti. Cartwheels in a Sari : A Memoir of Growing up Cult. Harmony Books, 2009. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.276854.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Tamm J. Cartwheels in a sari : a memoir of growing up cult [Internet]. Harmony Books; 2009 [cited 2019 May 23]. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.276854

Reviews

Booklist Reviews 2009 April #2

In this frank, clear-eyed memoir, Tamm recounts her youth as the chosen disciple of Sri Chinmoy, the wildly charismatic leader of a New York–based spiritual sect that counts celebrities and heads of nations among its millions of followers. "All of my childhood memories involve trying to obey and please guru," Tamm writes, and with concise, absorbing detail, she describes her early years, spent playing board games such as "Disciple Chutes and Ladders" ("Did not meditate soulfully—Go back ten spaces"); her chaste but forbidden teen encounters with guys, after which the Guru reminds her, "The Supreme is your eternity's boyfriend"; and a young-adult crisis that leads to a suicide attempt and, ultimately, her break with the cult. Tamm never sensationalizes the facts, and her narrative restraint only intensifies the emotional impact of each incident. Witty, compassionate, and often heartbreaking, Tamm's story offers crucial insight into a cult's inner workings and methods of indoctrination. All readers, though, will recognize universal coming-of-age themes as Tamm discards unwanted childhood lessons and begins to shape an independent adult life. Copyright 2009 Booklist Reviews.

PW Reviews 2009 January #3

Tamm's parents met in the Manhattan apartment of the guru Sri Chinmoy and quickly married each other at his insistence; when they violated his commandment not to have sex with each other, however, he regrouped by declaring that their daughter, Tamm, would become his greatest disciple. The cult leader was a skilled manipulator, and Tamm's descriptions of her internalization of his predation, constantly blaming herself for not feeling worshipful enough, are wrenching. The outward pressures were equally difficult: she was forbidden a college education and sent abroad when she was caught violating the cultwide ban on dating—and the first time she was banished from the group, she begged for readmittance. Tamm, now in her late 30s and a professor at Ocean County College in New Jersey, is unsparing in her account of the psychological damage Sri Chinmoy inflicted on her and her family, from her parent's loveless marriage to her half-brother's gleeful acceptance of the role of the guru's enforcer. She reveals the difficulties in shaking off the guru's influence—under which she had spent literally her entire life before her final expulsion—and though readers might wish to hear more about how she eventually regained her identity, the harrowing details of her story create a sense of emotional devastation that will linger. (Apr.)

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