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For Matrimonial Purposes

3.34  ·  Rating details ·  2,112 ratings  ·  184 reviews
Unmarried at 24—and with no prospects in sight—Anju is a great source of worry to her family. Despite the best efforts of relatives, fortune-tellers, and matchmakers to arrange a marriage, she can’t seem to find a husband—or at least one she’s willing to marry. Quickly becoming a spinster by her culture’s standards, she is eager to escape the community that views her as a ...more
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Jul 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: blog
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
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
Robbin Melton
Oct 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Trupti Dorge
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
Rosemean Hussain
I haven't read more superficial book than this one in ages! The feminist in me was cringing while reading this book. it was a quick read but I kept waiting and hoping she will do something with her life that will make her not obsess over getting married but ugh! Also, I absolutely hated the way she put muslim countries down in this book. Saying stuff about Pakistan and other muslim countries like India is any better I literally rolled my eyes when she mentioned in passing how her parents were no ...more
Moshe Mikanovsky
Jan 05, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: india
Unlike the promises on the back, I didn't laughed out loud when reading this book. Maybe one small smile, but that was it. Easy read though not much of a plot. Always interesting to read about Indian culture, and in this one, the marriage institution, not as in what happens after the wedding but as in what happened before and during the wedding.
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.
Saajid Hosein
Jul 05, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Arushi Bhaskar
Mar 27, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
Would have given a lower rating if I could, because this book just might be the worst book I have ever read. It was so preposterous, a lot of the times I had to put the book down just to wonder what could have possibly driven a person to write this insanely.

Be warned: this book is glaringly casteist, racist, sexist (duh), homophobic and Islamophobic. The protagonist, Anju, who is also the narrator, is a neurotic 33-year old unmarried orthodox Indian woman- this character could have had so much
I knew right away that if I liked the book, it wouldn't be for the brilliance of the writing. Consider this gem on p. 14: "And with her soft, fair, plump complexion, she was every Indian male's dream-wife." Wait, did I just read plump complexion? What does that mean? And I also knew right away that it wouldn't be for the political views endorsed by the author. The heroine, Anju, belongs to a wealthy Sindhi family in Bombay and apparently sees nothing problematic about caste endogamy and class pr ...more
Aug 11, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: india, chick-lit, fiction
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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"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
Mathis Bailey
A very enjoyable read. It is fast paced, light, and entertaining. If you are into Indian-American literature, you will certainly like this one.
Elisheva Rina
May 26, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Boring and stupid. There's no plot.
Moushine Zahr
This is the first novel I've read from Indian author Kavita Daswani. Like the title says, the main theme of the novel is marriage in India, which I've already read another book about it from the perspective of a matrimonial agency.

In this book, readers admires the beauty of sumptuous wedding ceremonies in India of the wealthy families in contemporary and modern Mumbai. However, behind these phenomenal wedding festivities, there are thousands of years of traditions coming together to get 2 peopl
Vivi Yunika

At first, I bought it because I had never read an Indian novel. After I read it, I was shocked because the writer describes how Indian people think about marriage. All of them look like they are in a hurry to get married. Don't expect this novel tells a romantic story between the main character with someone. Just like the title, this novel turns out to be truly a struggle for Anju looking for a husband (who always fails). This novel is quite unique, eve
I really enjoyed this book until about the 80% mark — I guess around the point where the flashback ended. It was a very cute time capsule story — pre-9/11 but right around the time when “Sex and the City” started airing. Cell phones weren’t a thing and dating sites seemed totally bizarre.

Honestly, the whole “Happily ever Rohan” ending killed it for me. It felt very tacked on and rushed. Like, one day he was like, “Let’s not rush into anything,” and then a week later he’s proposing over the phon
May 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the premise of this book; Anju searches for a husband in all aspects of her life, with her families' pressures mounting as she ages. I really enjoyed how Anju decides to start her life anew and do something that many single Indian women wouldn't do. In the end, Anju realizes all along how she should have approached finding a husband. I won't spoil it for you but there is definitely a life lesson to be learned! A great all-around read!
May 20, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amusing and sweet, but also kinda boring. The happy ending romance also seemed a bit perfunctory, as we didn't really get a chance to know the guy. Also I get that his attitude was meant to show how compatible he is with her way of thinking, but I thought he was a bit dismissive about her desire to let her parents know about him.
Jan 01, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
For me, the book didn't live up to the hype. I think that if the writer delved deeper into the family's life, I might have felt something for any of the main characters--positive or negative. Though, I wasn't expecting the ending, it didn't ring true to me no matter how anguished the mother was about her son.
Sometimes humorous look at what it looks like when the character is 35 and not married; how she dealt with not meeting Indian cultural norms.
This book has a wonderful build up but ends too quickly.
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think it is a really good book.
Judi Maylone
Easy read. Chick lit set in India with lots of details about Indian culture and weddings. How much is truth?
Debbie Guild
Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it! Was hard to put down. I wish this author would write more books.
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At thirty-three, Anju should long since have been married and settled in her native India. Instead, she works in the fashion industry in New York City, where she makes only half-hearted attempts to solve her marriage woes. Anju, faced with yet another unsuitable suitor at her cousin's wedding, recalls the ups and downs of her "Great Husband Hunt" and her struggle to find her place in her society.

Chick lit should be, at heart, fun. It shouldn't leave me as sad as t
Feb 26, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an interesting read due to the content. I wasn't sure whether I would like this or not as I find the idea of arranged marriage so far out there but I did come to appreciate the narrative, the story. I personally can't imagine what it is like to grow up with that expectation and all the other feelings that come along with not being "successful" in the required time period. A great book to read if you are looking to read a different culture perspective.
Nov 25, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: chick lit lovers
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
Michelle Robinson
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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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