I really enjoyed this book. It has the same way of immersing one in a calm social world of the Ladies Detective Service series. Interesting characters and a sweet spirit.
Very cute look at life and marriage in modern India. Interesting to learn about arranged marriages, caste, wedding ceremonies, parent-child relations, and some of the challenges of living in a semi-corrupt state. Many of the Indian ideas about marriage seem very practical (mutual respect, compromise, relationships changing over time), and perhaps more realistic than some of the Western ideas of marriage and romantic love solving all problems. Still, I'm glad to live in the US where customs are less rigid, and, you know, I'm more likely to have met my potential husband before the day of our wedding. It reminded me a little bit of "The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency" series.
Another great novel that gives you a peek into Indian culture/customs. This one enlightens mostly on how marriages are arranged, and how women are treated.
"Bored of retirement, Mr. Ali opens up a matchmaking service for the well-to-do of Vizag, a town in southern India. Successful beyond his expectations, he is soon required to hire an assistant, Aruna, whose high-caste family has fallen on hard times. With no dowry, Aruna has little hope of finding a match herself, but an attractive walk-in suggests that sometimes fate has surprising things in store -- even for those busy negotiating the love lives of others. With shades of Jane Austen, this debut touches on modern-day India's class inequalities and colourfully depicts the ins and outs of successful matchmaking." Fiction A to Z February 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/5fdf91da-47ce-498a-9809-d124d568f696?postId=8c92a5c1-369b-4131-85d1-534a1bd46a6b
very sweet, upbeat but realistic book set in modern India but showing the traditional values/system that still exist and how people work within them.
could not put this book down..
loved the part where Aruna says 'YES' to Ram
I was drawn to this book by the great cover! A very nice read.
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