I picked up the book because it looked interesting. The cover page with its bright pink and orange hues appealed to me and the title looked interesting. I quickly glanced through it on my way to the checkout stand. It had a $3.99 sticker on it, compared to the list price of $24.95, so I picked it up thinking it couldn't hurt to buy it even if I never read it. I have paid much more for books that are still gathering dust.
This book was a delightful read. I wasn't sure what to expect when I started reading it but I can tell you that I enjoyed it from start to finish. It begins with a retiree starting a marriage bureau to assist people looking for partners. It feeds the readers delectable bits and pieces of the Indian culture as we get to know each family member and the people that come through the bureau. It highlights how matches are made according to caste and religion and surprisingly ends with a sweet romance... Although the characters and setting are based in India, the stories are universal, which makes this book all the more relatable.
I found myself googling some things mentioned in the book to get a visual of what they were (like the style of clothing), and also thought about trying to make some of the dishes mentioned - I like to try out new things/experiment in the kitchen. There's a recipe on the back for an Indian Pudding, Halwa... I may try to make it one day.
So if you're looking for a summer read... I highly recommend this!
Just found out there is a book 2 (The Many Conditions of Love) already out, and a book 3 (Not All Marriages are Made in Heaven) soon to be released in 2011. It appears book 2 is not available in the U.S. bummer! So if any of my UK friend wants to get me an early birthday/Christmas/just because present.... :-)
Have a lovely and safe 4th of July weekend!
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click HERE to purchase the book through Amazon