The Marriage Bureau for Rich People

The Marriage Bureau for Rich People

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Mr. Ali, a retiree in a city in southern India, decides he needs something to do and opens a marriage bureau. He is soon so swamped with business that to assist him he hires a young woman named Aruna, whose Brahmin family has fallen on hard times. Zama is an admirer of Jane Austen, and though his debut does not exactly parallel one of her novels, there is a Mr. Darcy figure in the person of a handsome young doctor. The author also touches upon such pertinent topics as the caste system, the perils of political protest in India, and how the ordinary Indian is at the mercy of corrupt officials. But mostly this is a delightfully exotic love story (to Western readers anyway) with engaging characters and a happy ending. Mainly appealing to readers with some interest in Indian culture and customs.Leslie Patterson, Brown Univ. Lib., Providence, RI Copyright Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Publisher: New York : Amy Einhorn Books, 2009.
Edition: 1st American ed.
ISBN: 9780399155581
Branch Call Number: FICTION Zama Farahad 07/2009
Characteristics: 293 p. ;,22 cm.


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Apr 12, 2017

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.

Apr 01, 2014

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.

skylars Mar 27, 2014

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.

ChristchurchLib Feb 19, 2014

"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

Jun 24, 2012

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.

Feb 23, 2011

could not put this book down..
loved the part where Aruna says 'YES' to Ram

WendyLibrarian Oct 23, 2009

I was drawn to this book by the great cover! A very nice read.


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