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For Matrimonial Purposes

3.31 of 5 stars 3.31  ·  rating details  ·  1,620 ratings  ·  153 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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Amanda
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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Mummy
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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Tea Jovanović
Zabavna knjiga... indijske autorke... chick-lit...
Violet Crush
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
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.
Robbin
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 2 of 5 stars
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
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
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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Mathis
A very enjoyable read. It is fast paced, light, and entertaining. If you are into Indian-American literature, you will certainly like this one.
Ika Diyah
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 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: chick lit lovers
Shelves: meh
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
Madeline
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
Diana
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
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
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
Bereft of substance, crammed with stereotypical situations, and filled with nothing but schizophrenic caricatures mouthing overwrought dialogue.
Amy Yazdani
Sweet and funny look into another culture.
Purlewe
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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Susan Afra
Oct 02, 2007 Susan Afra rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Jomblo :-)
Baca novel ini gak bisa berhenti baca, karena alur ceritanya bikin penasaran. Nama-nama tokohnya udah agak lupa sich.. Di novel ini kita bisa memasuki budaya masyarakat india, lebih detail dari film2 india yg sering kita tonton..
This novel is about believe that we will find someone someday although it is late... So don't be hurry :-)
Novel ini juga tentang kebingungan antara mengikuti budaya pemikiran yg masih tradisional ttg perempuan atau budaya modern sbg wanita karier, hampir sama dgn budaya
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Nayana Ramesh
Factual and funny.
Debick
I liked The Village Bride of Beverly Hills so I thought, well this books is rather the same type of book so why not see what else this author has done. While a good fluff beach read, there is not much of a plot and what little there is can be hard to follow since she keeps flashing back. I don't understand the purpose of how it was arranged. I'm glad they kept referencing her age so I could remember what period I was flashed back to. But again, not deep thought provoking literature but a fun boo ...more
okyrhoe
Deswani's first-person narrative presents a rather predictable but humorous chick-lit story. Many of the scenes are straight out of a romantic comedy film or sitcom episode.
Half the fun of reading this is figuring out which facts Anju is not revealing about her self and her past, until she can't avoid it any more.
Overall I felt the book dragged on for too long, and then when Mr. Right eventually is found, everything wraps up nice and tightly very quickly without any humorous situations from th
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Tina
Just so you don't think I like everything I read, I didn't even give this much of a chance. The main character takes a leave of absence from work in America to return home to native India "for matrimonial purposes." Actually, she returns home for something else that I've forgotten about, but sticks around longer than originally planned so her parents can find her a husband. Uugghh. I found it tiresome, but I would be interested in knowing whether it is true to cultural norms, or not. I suspect i ...more
Anna
...to use a quote from within itself "fluffy and pink like a marshmallow, full of nothing but air"
Easy fluffy FLUFF quick read, but damn annoying with its "happy ending outta nowhere" end ...oh wait, its chick-lit. duuuh!
The only difference of this is the main chara is Indian girl. So there are all sorts of lovely sari and silks descriptions, but her "Sex and The City" version of NYC was a boooooooooore. Read like what a 14-year-old thinks life in The Big City should sound like or something
Navya
hahaha! a casual read..but there are many instances which any independent working Indian girl will relate to and have an enjoyable time!
Yolanda
Hampir semua chicklit berlatar belakang negara Barat. Sedangkan buku ini, sebagian besar bercerita kehidupan tokoh utamanya di Bombay, India. Kehidupannya jelas sangat jauh berbeda dengan orang Barat sana. Di setiap awal bab, penulis mengutip buku-buku yang membahas kebiasaan dan kebudayaan di India terutama mengenai perjodohan dan pernikahan. Seolah-olah penulis ingin menyatakan bahwa chicklit juga bisa "berisi". Tidak sekedar imajinasi si penulis.
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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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