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For Matrimonial Purposes — book review

While it starts purposss short of fluff-brained and as the back cover stated “Like Sex and the City with saris and mimosas”, it quickly evolved into some serious self-examination and exploration of just what cultural values are and how they should dassani your life.

The unthinkable had happened” But this was a little too over the top. But it could be argued that dasswani accustomed to having a voice or at least not confident enough to always use itAnju is using fashion to communicate her values matrimoonial her inner life to others.

Refresh and try again. It got old fast. First and foremost, he has to be Indian. The overall take-away is that this is a completely worthwhile book that I would recommend to almost anyone. However, arranged marriages—certainly as presented in this novel—are usually obligatory for young Indians rather than voluntary, and they’re all tied up with the ever-growing, seriously problematic dowry system. I read it 10 years ago and – though i don’t remember too much of the plot itself – i do remember that i had a lot of mixed feelings about it.

She’s fasted, she’s prayed, sh Entering her mid-thirties, Anju has proven to be a failure as a daughter. She’s allowed her mother to drag her to every dsswani, fortune teller, and holy man she can find. Kerja kerasnya di Amerika membuahkan hasil dan ia menjadi seorang pekerja dengan jabatan tingkat atas di sebuah perusahaan.


In fact I think Kavita Daswani is a good writer with a good sense of humour. The potential suitors found by her family aren’t up to her standards, but she’s not having much luck on her own, either. It’s wasn’t particularly bad, but it also wasn’t particularly good.


Aku bilang mereka keliru. At home in Bombay, Anju tries to look the part of the fashionable and worldly expatriate, eager to show that she has become more independent, less constrained by social mores. Nov 10, Katherine rated it liked it. Sometimes humorous look at what it looks like when the character is 35 and not married; how she dealt with not meeting Indian cultural norms.

I want to preface the review by saying that, while I am quite interested in Indian culture, I can’t claim a lot of knowledge about it. I really enjoyed how Anju decides to start her life anew and do something that many single Indian women wouldn’t do.

In short, I’m not trying to poo-poo Indian culture or traditions. First, the issue of Anju’s personality, which to me is not a misstep on the part of the author, although it could seem that way to an American audience who would prefer a headstrong and fiercely independent protagonist eager to break the shackles enslaving her to a patriarchal society.

I wanted to love this book, I purposea.

I really admired how she did not allow for her life to only be defined by her desire to be married I love that she buily a life for herself in a way that was foriegn and uncomfortable for the people she loved most. She feels pressure to follow the Indian customs regarding marriage, but doesn’t actually want to do things as they have traditionally been done.

May 09, Maria rated it really liked it.

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The book makes clear the importance of marriage and getting married at a young age, a basic fact of life for most Indians, whether boys or girls. I enjoyed the premise of this book; Anju searches for a husband in all aspects of her life, with her families’ pressures mounting as she ages.

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But she’s failed to do the one thing that would define her worth and ease the anxiety she’s causing her ultra-conservative, ultra-orthodox parents: Oct 13, Mathis Bailey rated it liked it.

Just like the title, this novel turns out to be truly a struggle for Anju looking for a husband who always fails. So the girl leaves India to strike out on her own and goes to New York where she ends up in a glittering job as a fashion publicist Paris, Concorde, Blahnik as everyone does in a chicklit novel, and eventually finds a man to marry.

For Matrimonial Purposes

While pursuing a graduate degree and career, Anju embraces the daaswani of “falling in love,” a phrase that doesn’t exist in the Indian language— “we say pyar hogaya —love has happened” —but the Kavta fashion publicist still finds herself “oddly drawn to the age-old system of arranged marriage” and stubbornly believes “observing the tradition” will elevate her “to the highest ranking on the scale of social conduct. Seriously keep your political agenda to yourself when writing a novel.

Anju knows she is not just a disappointment because of her inability to marry; she knows it goes back to the day she was born: She lived in Hong Kong before moving to Los Angeles. She needn’t have bothered, it was a fairly enjoyable piece of fluff anyway. Discover what to read next. I didn’t hate the characters; I just couldn’t care less about them.

All the girls want to marry her handsome brothers because they are rich and good looking. I want you to be married,” after Anju announces her desire for true love. Ya, tentang pencarian cinta sejati ditengah kepatuhan terhadap budaya India ditengah modernisasi. Jan 09, Trupti Dorge rated it it was ok. Feb 18, Ika Diyah rated it really liked it Shelves: