Nalini Limaye grew up in Korle, a village located in the coastal Konkan region of India. There was no electricity, tap water, paved roads, or means of transportation. She attended school only through the seventh grade. Most girls in the region were married off at a very young age of early teens. But Limaye’s brothers wanted more out of life for their beautiful sister.
In Down Memory Lane, Limaye narrates her varied experiences, telling stories of everything from her family, to village life and its people, to day-to-day chores, social customs, her move to a larger city, her marriage, her immigration to the United States, and how she adapted to a new country and new culture.
Originally written and published in her mother tongue of Marathi, this English-translated memoir shares the transformation of one Indian village girl, who did not wear shoes until age eighteen, and how she became an American citizen in her seventies.