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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 May 1st 1996 by Anchor (first published 1991)
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Aug 01, 2008 ExistenGuy rated it 1 of 5 stars
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...more
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.
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...more
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...more
Punit Soni
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
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...more
May 18, 2014 Sunil rated it 4 of 5 stars
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...more
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
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,...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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
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...more
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
Fe Tri
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
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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...more
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...more
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
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.
Marina Zala
** Books 187 - 2014 **

Buku ini berisikan tentang 11 kisah pernikahan yang dijodohkan entah itu hidup di negeri india ataupun di Amerika. kisah suka duka wanita dalam pernikahan intinya. Lagi-lagi saya dibuat kecele berharap karya yang satu ini seindah seperti The Palace of Illusions tetapi kenyataan pahit yang saya terima isinya setipe mirip dengan The Unknown Errors of Our Lives

Dari beberapa kumcer didalamnya hanya beberapa saja yang saya sukai dan saya pahami. cerita2 di buku ini hanya sepert...more
Recommended to me based on my liking for Jhumpa Lahiri, and it did not go amiss. While different stylistically, from Lahiri, there is certainly a similarity in theme.

This series of short stories left me wondering about what happened next to these women. Women with dreams, hopes, values, disappointments expectations, and the costs of those expectations, from family and society, that define the roles and behaviours expected of them from birth to death.

The men are not so well-developed, but I susp...more
Kris Dinnison
This collection is old, published in 1995, but I was struck how Divakaruni's characters seem both traditional and modern. Almost all the stories deal with Young Indian women who are in relationships that either aren't what they thought they would be or aren't what their families think they should be. Divakaruni successfully mines the tension between conflicting cultural expectations, often those of Indian society and American society. Her writing is beautiful and evokes both cultures with grace...more
I am a fan of short stories and I enjoyed these. I also usually like a collection of short stories centered around a theme OR from a single author. In this case, the stories were both and, in the end, that led to too much of a repetitive feeling although the stories one-at-a-time were fairly unique. I guess it's kind of a balancing act, but I think I would have liked the collection better if it would have included stories by Divakaruni approaching wider emphases or themes, or a collection of sho...more
Ronya Misleh
So I'm really into short stories lately. And "foreign" authors. This book brought the two together...

I had already read the author's book "Sister of my Heart," and you could tell that it was heavily based on one of the stories (with just a few differences...which, honestly, was kind of annoying, since this was also the longest of the stories). I will say that, unlike Jhumpa Lahiri, Divakuni does not develop her characters very well...they all seem to look and act just like each other. In fact,...more
This is a collection of short stories focusing on Indian women written by a professor at our local JC Foothill College. I don't remember why I picked up the book, but I'm glad that I did. Many of the stories are about difficulties that arise at the intersection between the Indian and American cultures and what these women expect from their men and their lives. Some were heartbreakingly sad, and others were empowering. Some women in the stories were naive traditional brides brought from India and...more
A. Gulden
That’s our dream (mine more than his, I suspect) –moving out of this two-room apartment where it seems to me if we all breathed in at once, there would be no air left.

But, here my imagination, conditioned by a lifetime of maternal censorship, shuts itself down.

So I knew mother-love was real. Real and primitive and dangerous, lurking somewhere in the female genes –especially our Indian ones–waiting to attack.
Many of my women friends considered me strange. The Americans were more circumspect...more
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Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is an award-winning author and poet. 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 anthologies. Her works have been translated into 20 languages, including Dutch, Hebrew and Japanese.Her newest novel is Oleander Girl (Simon and Schuster, 2013) http:...more
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