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For Matrimonial Purposes by Kavita Daswani
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Aug 06, 2010

it was ok
bookshelves: audiobooks, 2010, fiction-2010, desi-romance
Read in July, 2010

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 names properly. Ultimately, both the content and delivery of this audiobook require not a suspension of disbelief but an absolute rejection of it, along with the acknowledgement that it does not truly reflect the reality of modern Indian women’s lives whether desi, NRI, or foreign-born.

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