‘Chick Pea Curry’ Lit, Chick Lit with an Indian twist
started ended with that box…
Aashi’s life was all set.
Or so she thought.
Like in the Bollywood films, Ravi would woo her, charm her family and they’d get married and live happily ever after.
But then Aashi found the empty condom box...
Putting her ex-fiancé and her innocence behind her, Aashi embarks upon...more
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When I got my copy, I do what we all do went on to Goodreads and marked it as Currently Reading and I checked out how many pages and then I panicked! Because I thought that is a lot! Will I like it? Will it drag? Because according to Goodreads it’s nearly 400 pages!
However!!! And it is a HUGH HOWEVER!! Do not ...more
This is a romance and an exploration of life in families where parents are striving to maintain cultural traditions, as the younger generation adapt and engage in the environment they were born into. For Aashi's parents and those of her fiancee Ravi, the drama that unfolds is unthinkable, but love and a realisation that losing face in the community is not the end of the world, opens the door to a new beginning.
With the support of her brothers Sunny ...more
I read it for the first time as a beta reader with an ARC and then again for this review. Everything about this engaging romance appealed to me: the characters, the cultural aspects, the little touches of humour, the Asian family dynamics, the beautiful and informative descriptions of India, (I’ve never been, but it has always been forever on my bucket list,) This story ...more
In Bhathal's 'Marriage Unarranged', re ...more
Ritu Bhathal's debut novel is flavorful, spunky, and smart. You're bound to identi ...more
Aashi is a lovely young woman, the kind any man would be thrilled to marry. She’s a bit naïve, but still gives Ravi, the man of her dreams, the benefit of the doubt… until she discovers the empty condom box. His betrayal is a stab to her ...more
The romantic story is fairly straightforward, and it unfolds at a leisurely pace. What held my attention ...more
If you follow my reviews, you know I rarely give a 5* but this book has earned it.
Aashi has burrowed into my heart with her excellent, demure grace.
Where do I begin? The end!
Oh, that Ravi!!! (*boo hiss*)
Aashi's family are wonderful. I adore her daddy-ji - such a lovely teddy bear of a man.
Mummy-ji is quite traditional but no less lovely.
And her brothers? Nobody could want better - overprotective with love.
And, as if that wasn't enough, Kiran, her best friend, is wonderful if not slightly k ...more
The story was captivating, contemporary and realistic with the characters well drawn. I wasn't prepared for how m ...more
If you are looking for an uplifting romance plot, a great cast of characters, a good sprinkling of humour and a glimpse of true India – this book is for you!
My heart went out to the main character Aashi. Her broken engagement is heartbreaking to read and I wanted to reach inside the book and hug her.
The trip to India with her best mate and her brothers is inspired as its during this trip Aashi starts to find herself. This book is crammed with vivid descriptions of true India and I thou ...more
After a shock discovery and a broken engagement Ashi and her two brothers and her best friend set off to India on a life changing holiday. They meet a really ...more
The story begins with Aashi and Ravi looking forward to wedding plans. Not everything goes to plan and Aashi joins her brothers and best friend Kiran on a trip to India. Sunny (brother) has business to discuss in India. While they’re away Ravi has a lot to think about and Aashi’s good name is dirtied.
I love Aashi’s best friend Kiran a ...more
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This book was a perfect mental getaway amidst the COVID lockdown. If you're looking for a fun read that isn't too heavy, definitely take a lot at this one. I learned a ton about India as the story was a mixture of romance and travel. The writing style was well-done. I'll be on the lookout for more books by this author! ...more
Aashi is living in London, but her family is from India. At the beginning of the story, she is engaged to Ravi, also an Indian living in London. But Ravi doesn’t appear to be as committed to the relationship as Aashi. When she discovers he is seeing somebody else, she freaks out and breaks off the engagem ...more
This book was amazing. I felt transported into this amazing story. I do not have any experience with India besides Indian food in America and interactions with wonderful people from there. With that said, I feel immersed in the culture. I could almost smell the incense, taste the tea, and see the sights of not only Birmingham but India. All of the characters felt real. I want to be friends with Aashi and Kiran, I want older brothers like Bali and Sunny... Arjun is a dreamboat. ...more
It’s a clean romance which the author herself describes as “'Chickpea Curry' Lit — Chick Lit with an Indian twist.”
The story follows Aashi, just prior to her dream wedding, when she finds out she’s being cheated on.
Not content to totally abandon all of her plans, she, her best friend, and two protective older brothers go to India to holiday, shop, pay respects at th ...more
Thank you to the author, Ritu, for opening up her world to me, as a reader.
This beautifully written story is infused with the author's rich culture. She sprinkled behaviours, beliefs, food, and parts of the world into the story that opened my eyes up to a completely new experience. The story is endearing. I was pulled into a delightful journey with a set of lovely characters.
Aashi bothered me in the beginning, but in a good way. If I had to guess (and i know nothing about this but I’ll say it anyway), I’d say that her character was on-par with someone of that background. ...more
When the bride finds out the truth, all bets are off. But it gets better! I'm a trip to India she meets the man for her. This is a romance that will really hold your interest. Not only because of the relationship aspect but because of the background of Indian customs and scenery. I really enjoyed it. ...more
From childhood, she always enjoyed reading. This love of books is mostly credited to her mother.
The joy of reading spurred her on to become creative in her own writing, from fiction to poetry.
Winning little w ...more