Book Reviews of For Matrimonial Purposes

For Matrimonial Purposes
For Matrimonial Purposes
Author: Kavita Daswani
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ISBN-13: 9780452285521
ISBN-10: 0452285526
Publication Date: 6/29/2004
Pages: 277
Rating:
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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3.8 stars, based on 41 ratings
Publisher: Plume Books
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 3
I really liked this book. It made me laugh so hard as well as feel some pain for the heroine. It's an interesting book that gives some insight in to the Indian culture without making it seem like a cultural lessons. I really reccomend it for the beach this summer!!!
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Helpful Score: 2
Hilarious. The audio version is really good. A lady with a Brittish accent reads, and just make's the characters come alive. Chick Lit, that is modern. I really loved it.
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Helpful Score: 1
Matchmaking Indian-style collides with love "Umrican"-style in Daswani's giddy debut featuring a privileged but rebellious young woman who moves to New York after her family fails to secure a marriage for her by the time she turns an elderly 26. While pursuing a graduate degree and career, Anju embraces the idea of "falling in love," a phrase that doesn't exist in the Indian language-("we say pyar hogaya-love has happened")-but the Prada-loving 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." She's also eager to please a mother who won't address her husband by his first name and tells her daughter, "I don't want you to be happy. I want you to be married," after Anju announces her desire for true love. Torn between the freedom of her American life and the responsibility of being a dutiful daughter, Anju travels to Bombay, "the matrimonial melting-pot," where she endures a ceaseless and often hilarious parade of potential suitors, flamboyant family weddings, consultations with assorted astrologers, professional matchmakers and family priests, all in the hopes of achieving marital nirvana. Daswani's effervescent handling of a classic plot is perfect for the hectic summer wedding season. The only flaw in this heady, cardamom-flavored confection is the rushed happy ending, which leaves readers hankering for more details.
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This was a cute book. It is about a modern day woman named Anju who struggles between the western world culture and her native Indian culture. Specifically, she is feeling pressured to get married. When her parents struggle to find a suitable husband for her, she comes to the US. Interesting, eye opening book for me showing some of the Indian cultural aspects of finding a mate.
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I loved this book. For her first book, it was funny, sad, and had a wonderful ending.
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A cute easily read chick-lit novel. While not particularly funny, it is heartwarming and adorable. The book leaves you hoping for the best for Anju, a young 33 year old Indian woman raised in Bombay and living in New York City, as she searches for a husband with the pressure of her family and community mounting. The book not only provides a cute story, but an interesting look at Indian society. Although some terms are used which could be unfamiliar, they're not important to the story and add some flavor to the book. Overall, its cute and not too corny.
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Very nicely written. I could relate to the fact of moving out for the first time. Life experiances, family obligations and expectaions all with a woman finding her place in the world and "the one".
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Matchmaking Indian-style collides with love "Umrican"-style in Daswani's giddy debut featuring a privileged but rebellious young woman who moves to New York after her family fails to secure a marriage for her by the time she turns an elderly 26. While pursuing a graduate degree and career, Anju embraces the idea of "falling in love," a phrase that doesn't exist in the Indian language-("we say pyar hogaya-love has happened")-but the Prada-loving 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." She's also eager to please a mother who won't address her husband by his first name and tells her daughter, "I don't want you to be happy. I want you to be married," after Anju announces her desire for true love. Torn between the freedom of her American life and the responsibility of being a dutiful daughter, Anju travels to Bombay, "the matrimonial melting-pot," where she endures a ceaseless and often hilarious parade of potential suitors, flamboyant family weddings, consultations with assorted astrologers, professional matchmakers and family priests, all in the hopes of achieving marital nirvana. Daswani's effervescent handling of a classic plot is perfect for the hectic summer wedding season. The only flaw in this heady, cardamom-flavored confection is the rushed happy ending, which leaves readers hankering for more details.
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We see Anju, a young Hindu woman of high caste ande wealth, who has somehow been left out of the traditional Indian marriage game. Feeling excluded and somewhat awkward as her friends marry and start families, she convinces her highly traditional family to let her go to New York for continued studies and then work as a fashion publicist. She is under intense pressure to find a mate and this creates a psychological burden but she begins to create her own life.
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Very, very enjoyable story - full of both cultural history and fun!
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Lots of fun, very Bridget Jones-like. I loved it.
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I really enjoyed reading this book!
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Very entertaining, especially if you are familiar with Indian culture.
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Brilliant and intimate.
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This author is hilarious. I loved how she explained her upper class East Indian family and the resulting cultural clash she experienced in New York City. Also found her own coming to terms with her heritage to be very interesting. Now reading her second book.
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gOOD BOOK
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Good book!