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The Marriage Bureau for Rich People (The Marriage Bureau for Rich People #1)

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Bored with retirement, Mr. Ali sets up a desk, puts up a sign, and waits for customers for his new matchmaking business. Some clients are a mystery. Some are a challenge. Mr. Ali's assistant, Aruna, finds it a learning experience. But without a dowry, Aruna has no expectation of a match for herself. Then again, as people go about planning their lives, sometimes fate is mak ...more
Paperback, 293 pages
Published June 1st 2010 by Berkley Trade (first published January 1st 2008)
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Smita Beohar
This book topped the list of ‘Page Turners to pick up in 2009’, published by Hindustan Times. The article said ‘Set in an Indian Marriage bureau and billed as Jane Austen meets McCall Smith, the book is charming, funny and acutely observed.’

Author: Farahad Zama

Publisher: Abacus

Price: 295/-

I grabbed the book as soon as it was out, did it meet the hype & my expectations?

Read on!

Mr. Ali, freshly retired doesn’t know what to do with his time. He has been interfering with his wife’s daily routine
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Rhea
Ceritanya ringan dan datar, tapi cukup menarik. Kasta di India menurut saya seperti ibarat agama bila di Indonesia, bayangkan saja, untuk menikah kebanyakan dari mereka memilih jodoh dari kasta yang sama, sama seperti di negara kita, jika kita menikah bukankah kita juga menginginkan orang yang seiman. Hanya saja bedanya, agama bisa berpindah-pindah sesuai kehendak masing-masing orang, sedangkan kasta tidak bisa karena kasta diperoleh dari keturunan. Hah!!, betapa repotnya.

Bicara soal biro jodoh
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Buku ke-8993

Pertama, covernya cantik. meski warnanya (merah hati tua) kurang pas, seharusnya lebih cerah, tapi gambar dan lay out hurufnya ciamik banget. bahkan, jika dibandingkan dengan cover dr buku luar, kayaknya yg edisi terjemahan lebih maknyus.1 bintang

kedua, judulnya juga menarik. "Biro Jodoh Khusus Kaum Elite". Ternyata kesulitan mencari cinta tak hanya dialami orang miskin, orang kaya yang mestinya tidak mengalami kesulitan mencari cinta (baca: pasangan). kata siapa uang bisa membeli se
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Felice
The brighter than bright cover of The Marriage Bureau for Rich People caught my eye immediately. Look at it. It's lovely. You aren't going to stumble across colors like that in any ho-hum world. It was love at first sight and interest soon after as I read the description. It wasn't purchase at first sight though. My cash once again went to my local.

How wonderful when my instincts are right. The Marriage Bureau for Rich People is a delight with a conscience. Mr Ali has retired from the Indian civ
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Nilam Suri
Buku ini memberi saya cara pandang baru dalam melihat kebudayaan India, yang selama ini hanya saya lihat secara sekilas dari film-film Bollywood.

Masyarakat India memiliki pandangan yang cukup konservatif dalam memandang pernikahan, bahkan anak yang mencari sendiri jodohnya dianggap kurang ajar,dan melanggar tradisi.

Dan bagi mereka, jatuh cinta dilakukan setelah menikah. Menikah karena cinta dianggap sebagai sesuatu yang memalukan. Lucu juga ya.

Buku ini mengambil point of view Mr.Ali, seorang pe
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Mery
Jul 21, 2010 Mery rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Mery by: ☮E=mc²☮ htgkvkkviholmvobsvzighxofyyzmw
Shelves: punya
Bukankah kekayaan itu dengan banyaknya harta benda, akan tetapi kekayaan (yang hakiki) itu adalah kecukupan di dalam hati. -- Nabi Muhammad SAW (HR. Bukhari). pg. 5


Ini buku direkomendasikan oleh Qui :D
Tumben-tumbenan itu anak ngasih rekomen buku drama. biasanya Stephen King. =))

Beli sudah lumayan lama, tapi baru sempat dibaca sekarang. Jujur saja aku suka banget sama covernya. Unik. Warnanya juga bagus.
Buku ini ringan, bukan seperti drama-drama lain. Aku suka dengan jalan ceritanya, karakter t
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Jenny Brown
I have to say, the book fooled me a bit; I thought it would be more literary, but really, by the end, it was a basic chick lit romance. However it was so cleverly disguised in the society and cultures of India that I was seduced.

Mr. Ali is retired and decides to supplement his pension by opening a marriage bureau for arranged marriages. His assistant is a young woman whose family is unable to afford a wedding for her, so she must remain unmarried. Mr. Ali has a son who is involved in protests, c
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Debbie
The Marriage Bureau for Rich People was a welcome breath of fresh air.
Thoroughly enjoyable and pleasant read. There wasn’t anything that I didn’t like about this book. This was just a nice quaint story and exactly the right fit for my mood right now.

Mr. Ali has retired from his first career and has hung a sign outside the door of his house and started a second one. Mr. Ali has opened a marriage bureau. What is a “Marriage Bureau” you ask? In the Ali’s South East India community most marriages,
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Lena
May 05, 2009 Lena rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lena by: Goodreads first reads
Shelves: fiction
Mr. Ali is a bored retiree in a coastal Indian town who decides to open a matchmaking service to keep himself busy. The Marriage Bureau for Rich People paints a slow-paced but engaging portrait of the lives of Mr. Ali and his family, their assistant Aruna, and the clients who come to seek out their services.

What I enjoyed most about this book was the access it offered into the exotic complexities of Indian culture. The rituals of marriage arranging provide a fascinating window into the lives of
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Sheela
This novel, which is about an old man in India starting a marriage bureau to keep busy in his retired life, was bland and boring. Though set in modern day, the story and the plot lines were old-fashioned and didn't keep up with the current times. The one story line that illustrated the emergence of a new generation of Indians was not explored well enough. The writing was repetitive and written as if the story was translated from another language into English. The author was trying to focus on th ...more
Uci
Untunglah saya tidak lahir dan hidup di India! Itu pikiran pertama yang melintas saat membaca buku ini. Kenapa? Duh, mau kawin aja ribet banget! Nggak heran jika Biro Jodoh Khusus Kaum Elite yang didirikan Mr. Ali setelah dia pensiun, laris manis.

Bayangkan, menikah atas dasar cinta itu tercela hukumnya! Jadi kalau mau menikah, jodohmu harus dipilihkan oleh keluarga atau mak comblang atau yah...pemilik biro jodoh. Karena banyak sekali yang harus dipertimbangkan. Kasta, penghasilan, jumlah anggota
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K
Sep 26, 2010 K rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of "The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency"
Shelves: southasia
I finished this book yesterday afternoon and have already begun forgetting it.

Not that this was an awful book. In fact, fans of The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency and its oeuvre would probably find this book's simplistic writing, facile plot, and exotic setting charming and quaint. For a curmudgeon like me, though, books like this are way too lightweight. I felt like I was reading a children's book.

"The Marriage Bureau for Rich People" basically offers up a slice of life in an Indian village. Mr
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Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
I wasn't sure what to expect when I picked up this book. The title does sound very "McCall Smith"-ish, or even Vish-Puri-ish, but fortunately it was not written by a Westerner winking over the heads of his characters to the Western reader, saying, "Aren't these people cute?" The characters don't speak pidgin English, either, which is a relief--and makes sense since they are speaking to each other in their own languages.

It's not a mystery novel, just a life-novel with a light touch--which touche
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Miz
When Mr. Ali finds retirement to be less than thrilling, he decides to fill his days by running a matchmaking service to help arrange marriages. As the service grows, so does the breadth of the story. Whether helping a clueless client understand how best to present himself or arguing with his wife over the behavior of their activist son, Mr. Ali's finding retirement less than relaxing.

Though the book is an easy read with a happy ending, it touches on a number of interesting themes in an easy ha
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Retnadi Nur'aini
Rezeki, jodoh, maut ada di tangan Tuhan. Tentu saja, ini merupakan aksioma--suatu kebenaran yang tak terbantahkan. Namun, karena dalam agama Islam Allah juga menganjurkan umat-Nya untuk berikhtiar, maka kita juga harus berupaya menemukan jodoh kita dan tidak duduk duduk diam saja berpangku tangan.

Salah satu bentuk ikhtiar yang diyakini Mr Ali, seorang pensiunan Muslim di India, adalah dengan membuka biro jodoh. Dengan memanfaatkan ruang iklan surat kabar, setumpuk kartu pos, dan beranda rumahnya
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Truly

Semoga perkawinanmu langgeng!
Chiranjeeva soubhagyavatee bhava

Ucapan dan doa yang selalu diberikan bagi pengantin baru

Pada awal cerita hingga setengahnya buku ini masih bercerita mengenai hal-hal yang ringan juga lucu. Hal-hal yang sering terjadi disekitar kita. Setelah setengahnya, baru hal-hal yang serius muncul.

Kisahnya sebenarnya sederhana saja, mengenai bagaimana sebuah keluarga muslim di India membuka biro jodoh dalam usaha mengisi waktu luang setelah pensiun. Cerita sederhana ini diramu de
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Mia Queen
Pinjaman dari Momo, rekomendasi oleh Qui.
Yang pasti saya suka banget dengan covernya. Lebih bagus ketimbang versi barat sana.

Masalah cerita ternyata cukup ringan, membahas tentang seluk beluk perjodohan ala India. Sempet bingung sih awalnya, ini buku mau dibawa ke mana ya arahnya?
Konfliknya cukup datar dan ga sampai bikin hati deg-degan. Yang ada sih saya ngeces terus. Bagaimana tidak? Setiap adegan yang berurusan dengan makanan diuraikan cukup detil oleh sang pengarang. Pengen makan manisan ja
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Endah
Farahad Zama, satu lagi penulis India yang sukses setelah hijrah ke Barat (London). Pria kelahiran Vizag, India, ini sewaktu masih di tanah airnya bekerja di bank. Lalu, kariernya membawanya mendarat di London yang kemudian menjadi tanah airnya yang kedua.

Tampaknya, pergi dan menetap di Barat, merupakan impian kebanyakan orang India, seperti digambarkan dalam film/novel The Namesake karya Jhumpa Lahiri, penulis India lainnya yang telah lebih dulu menuai sukses di Barat (Amerika).

Tetapi, walaup
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Angie
I picked up this book expecting it to be a bathtub read, and it was. It was also angering in a way I can't quite put my finger on.

For one thing, it would have made a better play than a novel. Half the book takes place in one of three main scenes, and with the focus being on relationships, the play format would have done the topics presented a great service.

Secondly, the characters are seriously two-dimensional and I can't bring myself to care about them at all.

This goes doubly for the Activist!S
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Tze-Wen
Zama's debut novel reads like a modern day version of Pride and Prejudice, but he takes us to the thriving East-Indian town of Vizag instead of a more Western setting. Although there is plenty of romance to go around, many other issues are slipped into the narrative to keep it from becoming just another chick-lit. And believe me, it really is more than that. Granted, the book doesn't offer any serious in-depth discussions of controversial (?) topics, but the clash of the traditional and the mode ...more
Geetha
A delightful book ! Mr. Ali, having recently retired, starts a marriage bureau to keep himself busy and out of his wife's way. His assistant is Aruna. The story revolves around the marriage bureau, Mr. Ali's family and Aruna's family. The book has a simple plot and is an easy read. There is plenty of humour. But the book, I found is deceptively simple. There is so much wisdom in the book about life, and relationships in general but marriage in particular. The message of the book about marriage i ...more
Cathleen
A charming village story, one that hits the right notes of character and setting. No big surprises, but the experience is so engaging I can't imagine any real complaints. A sincere recommendation.


Marriage is a most sacred relation...Remember the verse in the Quran: Your wives are a garment to you as you are a garment to them. The garment is worn next to our bodies; so should a husband and wife be. Just as a garment hides our nakedness and defects, so should the husband and wife keep each other's
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Jen
I really liked this story. It was a gorgeous and fascinating slice of South Indian life. Particularly focusing on marriage and family relationships. I feel like I got a glimpse into what it would be like to be a woman in India. There were stories of hope and also some sad pictures of the harsh realities many face there, but overall an uplifting experience. The narration couldn't have been better. The musical lilt of Indian-accented English was so beautiful to listen to--it even seeped into my ow ...more
Damaskcat
Mr Ali is getting under his wife's feet now he is retired and he decides to set up a marriage bureau for rich people to help with arranged marriages. Soon he is so busy he needs an assistant whom Mrs Ali finds for him. Aruna is a charming girl who needs to earn more money than she can at the local department store because her father's pension has been reduced. Mr Ali offers her commission for each new member as well as a salary.

Everyday life in India makes a fascinating background to the story a
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Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
I'd like to see a complete review of this book. Snippets of a review? That doesn't cut it. There's no doubt in my mind that I have positive things to say about it. I loved the way the author put me inside life in India today. Little conversations between people in India. Little trips to weddings. Little visits with people seeking a husband or a wife. I loved that.

But there are, also, for me, the negative things I must say about it. Most of the negative things can be summed up in one sentence: I
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indri
Feb 15, 2010 indri rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ayu yudha
Recommended to indri by: lulu rahman
Shelves: asia-land, a-gift
#2010-13# hadiah dari lulu

Bagaimana mencari jodoh yang sesuai dengan keinginan anda?

Salah satu caranya adalah melalui biro jodoh. Di India, untuk agama Hindu dengan sistem kastanya, agak sulit menemukan calon mempelai yang benar-benar sesuai. Perjodohan untuk menemukan kompromi yang terbaik. Humor-humor cerdas yang diungkapkan dalam buku ini datang dan pergi, dijalin dalam sudut pandang keluarga Muslim India yang memiliki biro jodoh ini, namun mereka sangat berpikiran terbuka terhadap perbedaan
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Tiffany
The story itself is very simple, it plods slowly along, character and story arcs are set up slowly and only start to get interesting about halfway through. I have a feeling it would have worked better as a series because the business at the marriage bureau felt very episodic in nature, we work through various grooms one by one. It can get tedious if you don't have patience for slice-of-life stories.
The writing itself is also very straightforward, I would beach or airplane reading at best. The
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Niratisaya
Opiniku...

Halaman pertama cukup menyita konsentrasi. Maaf sebelumnya, tapi pada saat membaca halaman-halaman pertama, saya langsung menutupnya dan membatalkan niat membaca. Baru seminggu kemudian saya memutuskan untuk meraih novel yang tersimpan manis di tumpukan buku baru ini. Bertekad melanggar kebiasaan saya untuk membaca dengan tertib, dari halaman pertama sampai akhir secara berurutan, jari-jari saya langsung membuka Bab Satu dan membacanya pada saat itu juga hingga halaman terakhir. Pagi-p
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Milli Thornton
This book started out feeling like a disappointment. The exotic and colorful cover illustration, plus a blurb that implies Mr. Ali of the marriage bureau will be "intrepid" and "engaging," led me to expect a book with lots of spice. However, the author's writing style was so restrained and sedate, it took a long time for me to feel like the story had even started. For quite a ways into the book it was more like reading an account of the daily activities of a household that happens to have a litt ...more
Gypsi
With The Marriage Bureau for Rich People, Mr. Zama brings the reader into the colorful world of present-day India, where some marriages are still arranged and caste and/or religion can still be a factor in deciding a good match.

Our protagonist, Mr. Ali is retired and his retirement has begun to weigh on both him and his wife. To fill out his free time, he opens a marriage bureau. This will function as a time saver and be more discreet for those who would like to advertise for a match for themsel
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Farahad Zama was born in Vizag on the Eastern coast of India in 1966. After obtaining a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Engineering at Kharagpur, near Kolkata, he moved to Mumbai to work for an investment bank. An arranged marriage to a Vizag girl soon followed. His career took him to New York, Zurich and Luxembourg and finally brought him to London for six m ...more
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“There is no point in getting rich if we lose our soul along the way.” 21 likes
“We struggle so much for money, power and love, but the world doesn't care. It just goes round and round in its own circle” 11 likes
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