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For Matrimonial Purposes

3.33  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,822 Ratings  ·  165 Reviews
Anju wants a husband. Equally important, her entire family wants Anju to have a husband. Her life in Bombay, where a marriage can be arranged in a matter of hours, is almost solely devoted to this quest, with her anxious mother hauling her from holy site to holy site in order to consult and entreat swamis and astrologers. As Anju’s twenties slip away, she’s fast becoming a ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published June 29th 2004 by Plume (first published 2003)
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Tea Jovanović
Zabavna knjiga... indijske autorke... chick-lit...
Amanda
Jul 12, 2013 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: blog
Entering her mid-thirties, Anju has proven to be a failure as a daughter. Sure, she's well-educated. Sure, she has a successful career as a fashion publicist. Sure, she has remained a "good girl" despite living by herself in that den of iniquity known as New York City. 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: she still hasn't married.

And it's not Anju's fault. She's fasted, she's prayed, sh
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Petra X
May 05, 2015 Petra X rated it liked it
An Indian girl from a very wealthy family inherits a curse and no one wants to marry her. The story is about how the very rich spend money on impressing other people with clothes, jewellery and parties, and the importance of a good ( meaning expensive) astrologer in getting an arranged marriage.

But when you are cursed, it doesn't matter how much money your family has and how desperate they are to marry you off, no one presentable will present themselves. The mothers (for it is they who decide w
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Trupti Dorge
Jan 09, 2009 Trupti Dorge rated it it was ok
really cannot describe the story or plot of this book. There really isn’t any. So here’s the blurb from behind the book.

Anju wants a husband. Equally important, her entire family wants Anju to have a husband. Her life in Bombay, where a marriage can be arranged in a matter of hours, is almost solely devoted to this quest, with her anxious mother hauling her from holy site to holy site in order to consult and entreat swamis and astrologers. As Anju’s twenties slip away, she’s fast becoming a spi
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Marcia
Jul 06, 2013 Marcia rated it liked it
Lots of great visuals in this one, as if it were written for a future Single Girl Comedy, but the storytelling is much more telling than showing: This happened, and then this happened, and then this happened.
Sweetdhee
Setelah begitu rumitnya perjalanan mencari suami (bukan cinta ya), setelah beberapa pria yang singgah, setelah beratnya beban menjadi perempuan di pertengahan tiga puluhan yang belum menikah, bagaimana akhir kisah Anju?


Chicklit banget.
Tapi worth to read.
Sebenarnya 3.5 bintang, tapi saya bulatkan ke bawah karena banyak bagian yang saya skip.

Tapi perjalanan Anju membuat saya berpikir.
Bahwa kebahagiaan itu bukanlah ketika kita mendapatkan yang kita inginkan atau kita impikan.
Tapi ketika kita meneri
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Robbin
Oct 17, 2012 Robbin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very quick, easy-read, but the main character, Anju, got on my last nerves. Approaching 40, Anju flits back and forth between "Umrica" and her parents in India, looking for the perfect mate. The potential suitors found by her family aren't up to her standards, but she's not having much luck on her own, either. First and foremost, he has to be Indian.
Toward the end of the book, Anju finally gets her man, but is disappointed that he wants to get to know her and fall in love before marriage. She si
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The Baking Bookworm
Note: This review, as well as many others, can also be found on my blog, www.thebakingbookworm.blogspot.ca.


Synopsis: Anju is a 33 year old young woman who has been raised in a traditional Indian family in Bombay. Unlike all of her girlfriends and female cousins, Anju isn't eager to settle down. Unfortunately Anju's mother (and every other female she knows) isn't on the same page as Anju and insist on constantly finding suitable mates for her.

Anju dreams of moving to the US and having a life and
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Jennifer
Aug 11, 2008 Jennifer rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Quick & easy read that's thicker than a magazine
Is this considered YA fiction? It should be. It reads easier than the latest issue of Cosmo. There isn't much to recommend this simple and rather boring story about a young woman who is pitied by seemingly everyone in her native India for not being married at a ripe and tender age. She feels pressure to follow the Indian customs regarding marriage, but doesn't actually want to do things as they have traditionally been done. The book spans many years in her life without showing much personal grow ...more
Sasha Strader
Mar 29, 2012 Sasha Strader rated it really liked it
Shelves: india, chick-lit, fiction
Daswani does not disappoint: the first book I read from her was Village Bride of Beverly Hills and it got me interested in what all else she had done.

While it starts off 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 affect your life. There were some moments where I wanted to smack the heroine, but-objectively, at least-
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Kris - My Novelesque Life
4 STARS

"Anju wants a husband. Equally important, her entire family wants Anju to have a husband. Her life in Bombay, where a marriage can be arranged in a matter of hours, is almost solely devoted to this quest, with her anxious mother hauling her from holy site to holy site in order to consult and entreat swamis and astrologers. As Anju's twenties slip away, she's fast becoming a spinster by her culture's standards, so she moves to New York City to work in fashion." (From Amazon)

I loved this n
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Darnia
Jan 27, 2016 Darnia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: india, chicklit, borrowed, 2016
Pertama kali baca chicklit India. Apa ini karena judulnya atau kenyataannya emang gitu, perempuan India (terutama dari keluarga kaya) itu seolah-olah dilahirkan HANYA untuk menikah. Kerempongan mulai acara temu jodoh, pembacaan astrologi yang bersangkutan, lingkaran comblang (yg biasanya dalam lingkungan keluarga besar), sepertinya wanita dilahirkan di India hanya untuk itu doang. Sampai anak perempuan mau sekolah ke luar negeri tapi belum menikah aja dianggep aib.

Buat gw nggak ada yg wah dalam
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Mathis
Oct 13, 2013 Mathis rated it liked it
A very enjoyable read. It is fast paced, light, and entertaining. If you are into Indian-American literature, you will certainly like this one.
Luthien
Also on my blog, Luthien Reviews

At thirty-three, Anju should long since have been married and settled in her native India. Instead, she works in the fashion industry in New York City, where she makes only half-hearted attempts to solve her marriage woes. Anju, faced with yet another unsuitable suitor at her cousin's wedding, recalls the ups and downs of her "Great Husband Hunt" and her struggle to find her place in her society.

Chick lit should be, at heart, fun. It shouldn't leave me as sad as t
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Anna Fillaah
Jun 15, 2015 Anna Fillaah rated it liked it
Kata orang kau akan menemukan cinta yang kau cari ketika kau berhenti mencarinya. Kata orang, begitu kau sibuk dengan pekerjaan, teman-teman, atau kegiatan lain selain kisah cinta, pria atau wanita impianmu akan datang memasuki hidupmu. Aku bilang mereka keliru. Kenyataannya, bila kita mencari cinta, kita tidak bisa benar-benar berhenti. Kemungkinan muncuknya cinta selalu ada disetiap makan malam, disetiap pesta koktail......... Cinta mengambang di udara setiap kali kita mengkadiri pernikahan, . ...more
Ika Diyah
Mar 25, 2009 Ika Diyah rated it really liked it
Shelves: literacy
Kenapa perempuan di usia tertentu "harus" menikah? Kenapa pernikahan seorang wanita harus jadi penentu kehormatan keluarga? Dan mengapa pernikahan nggak bisa jadi kebahagiaan personal yg hanya si empunya yg bisa menentukan bagaimana dan kapan dia mendapatkannya? pertanyaan2 seperti itu menggelisahkan banyak perempuan di Asia termasuk aku.so thanks God,ada Kavita Daswani yg berhasil menuliskan kegelisahan kita dalam gaya yg lucu banget di for Matrimonial purpose ini.
Anju, wanita yang hampir berus
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Sharon
Jan 15, 2015 Sharon rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: chick lit lovers
Mmmh, honestly i would have given it a 1.5 star, if i could have.

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. It's wasn't particularly bad, but it also wasn't particularly good. It's not like the plot wasn't interesting enough, but, on the other hand, it wasn't too interesting either. A simple quest about a girl who is looking for love and struggles between what she'd like and what her origins, cultu
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Michelle Robinson
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Tasmia
Lovely as a series of sketches, absolutely abysmal as a novel. A chronology horribly distorted for no good reason, no plot, honestly just a shambles. Inconsistent characterization made it hard to stay in sympathy with the protagonist, and while I did notice many instances of beautifully detailed, accurate background information, some things just rang false. While the narrator was more than competent, I think it would have been preferable to choose someone who could pronounce the Hindi words and ...more
Fira
Nov 15, 2015 Fira rated it liked it
Gila banget perjuangan Anju buat dapat suami yg perfect bobot-bibit-bebet nya, bikin malu sendiri karena gua ga ada usaha apa-apa di usia yg udah segini #curcolberlanjut

PS: Barang siapa yg merasa pinjem novel ini dari gue, plis balikin woy!
Babs
Sep 21, 2015 Babs rated it liked it
This is a good, escapist, chick-lit read. It's a light and fluffy ""girl meets boy"" story with an Indian twist which made it more interesting that your usual chick-lit book (and gave me a craving for Indian food *g*)

A good book for escaping with for a few hours on a cold wintry night.
Madeline
Jul 24, 2008 Madeline rated it liked it
Yes, it's fluffy, undeveloped chick lit with no real literary value or interest. Yes, the protagonist doesn't really have a personality, and none of the characters manage to progress beyond 2-dimensional stereotypes. But it takes place mostly in India, and I have a weakness for Bollywood movies, so it amused me. Endless stories of horrible dates and weddings where our Dateless Wonder Protagonist stands on the sidelines become a lot more interesting when the dates are arranged and chaperoned by t ...more
Gineke
May 13, 2015 Gineke rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is interesting to read about the marriage market in India. The book is written with respect for the culture, whilst keeping the tone light. A beach read with something extra.
Diana
Jan 31, 2015 Diana rated it did not like it
The book is easy to read, and the beginning impressed me more than the later parts of the book. Nothing too special, though.
Metia Harris
Jan 15, 2015 Metia Harris rated it it was amazing
I love books like this! I was getting sad about how she felt pressure to marry and then happy that she ended up with someone. I would have loved if the epilogue had her with a child or something instead of them doing their marriage ceremony.
Smitha
Sep 27, 2012 Smitha rated it it was ok
Shelves: indian-author
Anju, an independent, single woman of 33, living in New York. Brought up in a conservative, traditional family where the daughters are expected to be 'married off' at an early age, she is an aberration, but not because she wants to be. Trying hard to get married, she is even ready to meet up with grooms who she would never consider getting married to. A woman's struggle to get married in the 'right way'.

An alright read, but the characterization is not quite up to the mark. Anju's motivations see
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Krithika
Oct 25, 2014 Krithika rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Bereft of substance, crammed with stereotypical situations, and filled with nothing but schizophrenic caricatures mouthing overwrought dialogue.
Ssuzieee
something you want to read with hot choco on rainy day
Amy Yazdani
Dec 22, 2014 Amy Yazdani rated it liked it
Sweet and funny look into another culture.
Purlewe
Dec 29, 2009 Purlewe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed listening to this book. It is about a woman's journey from Bombay to America as she searches for a husband. While trying her family tries to help arrange a marriage for her she decides to start taking classes in NYC. Time passes, she gets older, but the prospects of marriage look less and less likely. All while trying to reconcile herself to the fact that Americans date while good girls from India don't.

I loved the person who read this. She did an amazing job both with the accent
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Kavita Daswani is an American author who started her career as a journalist for South China Morning Post when she only seventeen. She lived in Hong Kong before moving to Los Angeles.

Now in her thirties, she has written several novels for grown-ups and young adults that represent her passion and love for the Indian culture. In her books, we see how young Indian girls are trying to break away from t
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