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Although Chitra Divakaruni's poetry has won praise and awards for many years, it is her "luminous, exquisitely crafted prose" (Ms.) that is quickly making her one of the brightest rising stars in the changing face of American literature. Arranged Marriage, her first collection of stories, spent five weeks on the San Francisco Chronicle bestseller list and garnered critical ...more
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Published September 15th 2009 by Anchor (first published 1995)
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Brazil2009
Jan 16, 2009 Brazil2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Explanation of Rating: A captivating and emotional book of, at times funny, at times sad, but always profound. Composed of short stories, where no two are alike but together give an incredible sense of harmony and leaves every reader with a deep impression. With all these short stories Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni wants especially Indian women to be strong and conscious of the values each and every one of them has and wants to evoke the possibility of change, of starting anew.

Recommendation: First
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ExistenGuy
Aug 01, 2008 ExistenGuy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Western Audiences Seeking a Stereotypical View of Indian Marriages
Shelves: fiction
Another derivative piece of literature from another unoriginal South Asian (female) author. Frankly, I wasn't really surprised by the unoriginality of the writing and the stories. You can smell the plot from miles away. Mostly they are about the oh-so oppressed females, hailing from traditional Indian backgrounds, stuck/duped/coaxed/forced in loveless arranged marriages (because that's what good Indian women do, as Mrs. Divakaruni repeats incessantly).

And then the stereotypes pour in: the nosta
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Noor
Apr 17, 2007 Noor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The words “arranged marriage” conjure images of brides with their faces covered, tyrannical husbands and oppressively large families. Chitra Banerjee-Divakaruni in her book, Arranged Marriage, portrays this entity within India or Indian Diaspora in a variety of manifestations that build and then destroy these stereotypes. Like Indian marriages the stories in this collection are tied on many levels. Throughout her book, Divakaruni weaves themes of family honor and woman in bad relationships.
The
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Uci
Jan 07, 2014 Uci rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beberapa waktu lalu saya menonton salah satu episode My Grandmother's Ravioli, acara kuliner yang menampilkan resep-resep tradisional dari para nenek dan kakek dari berbagai negara yang tinggal di Amerika. Dalam episode tersebut, giliran dua nenek dari India yang didatangi Mo, host acara tersebut.

Seperti kisah-kisah dalam kumcer Arranged Marriage, dua wanita berusia 60-an ini juga diboyong ke Amerika setelah dijodohkan dengan pria yang sudah lebih dulu tinggal di sana. Sebagai wanita muda yang
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Punit Soni
Jul 12, 2012 Punit Soni rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: anthologies
There is not one Indian male character who is shown in a positive light in this book. Well maybe one, but that's pretty much it. However there is a reason for this and I must say it is rightly so. We regularly tend to assume that times have changed for women in India and we are making progress. However, for most of us, our idea of these changing times dwells from the narrow view of the upper middle class society that we live in. For most of the small town and rural women (which is where most peo ...more
okyrhoe
Jul 27, 2009 okyrhoe rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bookcrossing, india
Very readable selection of stories, but overall I don't feel that they touched me in a lasting way.
I can't quite pinpoint what's lacking here, except by attempting a comparison between this collection and Jhumpa Lahiri's "Interpreter of Maladies." The subject matter is identical, and yet these two writers have different approaches. Divakaruni's writing is more literal, as if she is reciting stories to an audience. Lahiri's style is more cerebral, the stories are to be read for hidden nuances in
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Terri Jacobson
This collection of 11 short stories explores the lives of Indian women both in their home in the Subcontinent and in the U.S. The stories are quite interesting and there are lots of insights about Indian women and how they perceive their lives. There is a strong current among the stories exploring the Indian belief that men are superior to women, and a woman's life should be spent in service and obedience to her husband. The writing is dynamic and powerful. The characters are realistic. These st ...more
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In her debut collection of short stories, Divakaruni explores the ways in which women raised with traditional values try to balance the realities of a new existence in America.

I love short stories and there are some really great ones in this collection. Most deal with the push/pull a woman experiences when she feels honor bound to long-held traditional beliefs, yet tempted to break free in a new country with very different rules. The women in these stories struggle to find their place, sometime
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Gorab Jain
Mar 03, 2016 Gorab Jain rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: indian, 2016
2.5 rounded up to 3.
A collection of 11 short stories. Most all of them about an Indian bride's arranged marriage to a native US guy or guy settled in US.
Hence the name for the collection. Light and readable, with a gloomy and depressing undertone, but only a couple of stories that touched my heart (The Maid Servant's story, Doors and Meeting Mrinal)
Nay
Jan 02, 2015 Nay rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Aku selalu percaya bahwa dalam setiap buku selalu ada hal yang bisa dijadikan pelajaran. Bagi penulis, bisa saja sebuah pelajaran agar bisa menulis sebaik buku yang dibacanya atau mencegah diri menghasilkan tulisan seburuk buku yang dibacanya. Keduanya adalah cara belajar yang baik, bukan?

Sambil mengambil pelajaran dari buku tersebut, ada beberapa kondisi yang biasanya muncul dalam batin seorang pembaca. Apakah ia merasa terhibur dengan pengetahuan barunya, atau merasa tertekan dengan pengetahu
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Tejaswini
Arranged Marriage: Stories by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Sometimes it so happens that when you read too many books from the same author, you begin to easily feel too comfortable with the theme and you can end up even predicting the end and can easily sniff what is happening after having just read a few pages. I had the same feeling with this book. After having read atleast four books prior to reading Arranged Marriage, I was not quite impressed with the theme and emotions as there was nothing ne ...more
Sunil
May 18, 2014 Sunil rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, 2014
I had been wanting to read this book for ages, but when Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni engaged in conversation with Geoffrey Chaucer on Twitter, I knew It Was Time. Chaucer appears nowhere in this short story collection, though.

As the title implies, the stories revolve around arranged marriage, an issue I have been dealing with since puberty. The stories resonated with me deeply, not only because of their portrayal of Indian culture but also because they deal with the particular challenges of growin
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Ria
Buat saya, Divakaruni bisa dibilang storyteller. Terlepas bagus atau tidak isi ceritanya, tapi rasanya sangat nyaman membaca buku beliau, seperti sedang diceritakan, atau mendengarkan cerita dari pihak ketiga. Tidak ada cerita yang berlebihan, atau berkesan tidak mungkin. Yah, semua terlihat seperti kehidpan sehari-hari yang sangat mungkin terjadi. Tentunya dengan latar belakang budaya India dan benturannya ketika wanita-wanita dalam cerita ini tinggal di Amerika.

3,5 bintang, dibulatkan jadi 4,
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Dhani
Setelah membaca Revolution 2020 karya Chetan Bhagad dan suka, saya memutuskan untuk membaca buku yang ditulis oleh penulis India. Dan sampailah saya pada sebuah buku kumpulan cerita pendek karya Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni berjudul Arranged Mariaged(Perjodohan). Tak terlalu berharap banyak pada mulanya, karena ini buku terjemahan, tapi setelah membaca halaman- halaman awalnya, langsung suka.
Dan tak mau berhenti sampai tuntas.

Ada 11 cerita yang terdapat di buku setebal 370 halaman yang punya kav
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Shipra
Jul 21, 2011 Shipra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book is easy to read and difficult to put down. The characters are real and face common struggles, yet they emerge hopeful and strong, which makes the stories a pleasure to read.

Arranged Marriage is a collection of 11 short stories based on marriage and relationships. ‘The Maid Servant’s Story’, though not exactly based on marriage, is my personal favorite. The story is about a woman who treats her maid servant with respect and dignity unlike her family members who ill-treat her. Despite he
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Rachel
Sep 16, 2010 Rachel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Divakaruni's first collection of short stories reveals the literary strength of a much more seasoned writer. This isn't to say that Divakaruni doesn't have her fair share of writing experience -- indeed, she is an accomplished poet and novelist, and has won numerous awards. But the short story genre is a different beast, and requires different techniques for a writer to truly succeed.

This collection of short stories focuses on (as the title suggests) arranged marriages, specifically the traditi
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Simona
Apr 20, 2012 Simona rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ho iniziato a leggere questo libro su consiglio della mia bibliotecaria che mi ha detto: "Leggilo, è molto bello, ti piacerà". L'ho letto e devo ammettere che è carino, ma non mi ha regalato particolari emozioni.
"Matrimonio combinato" è una serie di racconti, per la precisione, 11, in cui le protagoniste sono donne che dall'India, dominata dalle leggi patriarcali sperano di trovare il loro posto al sole, la loro "Eldorado" in California. Sono donne che lottano con una legge fondata sugli uomini
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Janelle
Jan 12, 2011 Janelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love short stories and the stories in Chitra Divakaruni’s Arranged Marriage were perfect. They were short, but not too short and didn’t end too abruptly, leaving me wondering what happened.

I came across this book after I read another one of Divakaruni’s books, One Amazing Thing, a novel of connected short stories (I really liked this book also. I highly recommend!) while searching GoodReads for some of her other works I found Arranged Marriage.

Each story except for one was narrated by a female
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Aparna
Aug 26, 2012 Aparna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Stack of short stories... and the problem with short stories is that you need to escape the trap of stereotyping the characters, which sadly Chitra has fallen into.... Characters like the Indian male, Indian household, arranged marriage, immigrant life, Bengali women etc... I definitely resent how she has cast all Indian husbands as sadistic, sex- maniacal, over indulgent and all Bengali women as docile,helpless and utterly disappointed with their immigrant life. I know and have learnt about a l ...more
Aditi
Nov 25, 2012 Aditi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The writing is not bad; good even. It's the stories that pull the book down to two stars. I found most, if not all, of the stories really depressing, and hard to connect to. It was more like an observation. The one that I possibly enjoyed the most was the one with the maid servant - not because the story was uplifting but because it was an engaging and relatively "lively" story.

I also found that the book lacked to make a statement. Both arranged marriage and "love" marriage situations are shown
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Catherine
Mar 08, 2009 Catherine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bookcrossing
I enjoyed this collection of stories focusing on the experiences of women between America and India, even though in some ways it felt rather dated. This is because most of the 'Indian' women I know are second-generation and it is their mothers who might have had experiences similar to those described. Although set in this context, several of the stories could have worked equally well against another background: the Affair could have 'happened' in a marriage unequal by other means and Doors has t ...more
Pooja Dimba
Pooja Dimba rated it it was ok
Jul 11, 2014
Indira Iljas
cinta bukanlah hal yg mendasar dalam kehidupan perkawinan... :(
Dr.J.G.
Even without checking with the date of publication, this seems to be an early work by the author, going by content and the raw quality, and the germs of later works of hers one finds here. At that, the themes she explores later with a more wide canvas in other works are worth it, and some others one wishes as one reads she would revisit and explore more. The latter fits for example the separations and self discoveries that women come through, which might be a description of more than one or two ...more
Fetri
Jun 26, 2014 Fetri rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, literature
Selesai juga baca buku satu ini. Bagi saya buku ini menggambarkan dua kata, bikin depresi. Begitulah, ternyata buku yang berisi sebelas cerita pendek ini masing-masing menggambarkan nasib wanita India tentang pernikahannya. Walaupun ada beberapa cerita yang tidak terlalu bikin depresi, tapi tetap saja buku ini termasuk cerita yang suram. Kesebelas cerita menggambarkan pendekatan terhadap wanita India yang sebagian besar berasal dari Calcutta kemudian mereka pindah ke Amerika, kehidupan pernikaha ...more
Yuska Vonita
Feb 20, 2014 Yuska Vonita rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Judul: Arranged Marriage (Perjodohan)
Seri: Brotherhood of The Conch #2
Penulis: Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Penerjemah: Gita Yuliani K.
Penerbit: Gramedia Pustaka Utama
Terbit: Januari 2014
Tebal: 376 halaman
ISBN: 978-602-03-0135-8
Kategori: Novel Fiksi
Genre: Sastra India, Sosial Budaya, Kumpulan Cerita
Beli di: Mbak Maria
Harga: Rp. 51,000 (Pre-order)
Kalimat pembuka:
Tahun itu Ibu sering menangis, di malam hari.

Koleksi cerita pendek Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni kali ini merekam jejak perjalanan para gadis
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Shweta Ganesh Kumar
I really wanted to like this book.
Especially because, I love The Palace of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni.
However, though well-written (hence the three stars), I felt this collection of short stories were on the whole depressing.
Most of the stories portrayed the women protagonists as victims of their circumstances and fate and overbearing Indian Men.
Also, though the blurb says Indian-Born women it is all about Bengali women and therefore is a little limited in terms of setting and g
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Stephanie
Jul 08, 2007 Stephanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This collection of short stories is a look into various walks of life from the eyes of several young Indian women. One of my favorite stories in here is about a lady who finds a young boy virtually on her doorstep and takes him into her household in the same way one would bring in a stray animal, much to the chagrin of her boyfriend- who doesn't want children. Themes include assimilation, love, separation, power, tradition, culture, piety, and much more.
Shanila Ahmed
May 17, 2008 Shanila Ahmed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An anthology of short stories about the arranged marriages of young, Indian women. Not all marriages are made in heaven and end up being blissful and this is exactly what this book tells us. It's always good to take the risk keeping in mind that what lies ahead can never be foreseen. This belief will help us to be prepared for the hardships that come by.
Saray
Mar 20, 2016 Saray rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Book, Her words flutter turning her prose almost into poetry. You can relate to the characters even though your background has nothing to do with theirs.
It's definitely a page-turner, but only at the beginning, as you start to ration each story as you approach the end of the book.
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Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is an award-winning author and poet. Her themes include the Indian experience, contemporary America, women, immigration, history, myth, and the joys and challenges of living in a multicultural world. Her work is widely known, as she has been published in over 50 magazines, including the Atlantic Monthly and The New Yorker, and her writing has been included in over 50 ant ...more
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