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The Village Bride of Beverly Hills

3.36  ·  Rating details ·  1,091 Ratings  ·  142 Reviews
PbThe author of the ldquo;enchantingrdquo; and ldquo;delightfulrdquo; (iUSA Today/i) debut novel iFor Matrimonial Purposes/i returns with a romantic comedy about a new bride leading a secret double life./b P After an arranged marriage in her native India, Priya moves with her husband to California, where they share a house with his parents. Playing the traditional daughter ...more
Paperback, 271 pages
Published June 28th 2005 by Penguin Group (USA) (first published July 22nd 2004)
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Petra Eggs
Jun 20, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, reviewed
Frothy and light, the book reads as though Daswani hoped a producer would pick it up and turn it into a straight-to-tv movie. And it would make a good one. Its a modern day fairytale with a princess who has a secret, a handsome prince, a couple of ogre-ish in-laws and three, if not ugly, then at least awkward, sisters. If you enjoy chicklit, then this is prime reading.

'Everything Happens for a Reason' and 'The Village Bride of Beverley Hills' are the same book published under two different title
I should probably be embarrassed, but I happen to be in a chick lit mood right now and I was excited to see this at Sefer v'Sefel because I actually liked "For Matrimonial Purposes" (mostly for its interesting comparison possibilities with shidduch-dating) and was interested in reading more by the same author. I generally like Indian books, although Daswani's are admittedly a departure from the heavier ones I usually read. So far, this one is light and fun and meeting, but not exceeding, my expe ...more
Jessica Huwae
Finally, one book read in 2017. A pretty light reading after the rough two weeks dealing with work and some not-so-nice people. One thing I noticed about most Indian literature is how they bring up arrange married, devoted and unhappy wife, cruel family from husband's side. But if Chitra Divakaruni brings the topic in certain sad way, Kavia Daswani writes it more in popular style yet still delicate. Though I think it's better if the protagonist doesn't end up reuniting with the ex. [spoiler, I k ...more
Suraia Munia
a light heart reading. The book was like a fairy tale where you can predict the ending but still read it because it feels good.
Jul 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really liked this book...menghibur, kocak, pilihan katanya pas...tak berlebih-lebihan...ibarat teh manis, hangat dan gulanya pas..walaupun terkesan dihidangkan dengan ringan tapi unsur budaya dan kehidupan India cukup banyak memberikan informasi.

Berbeda dengan Jhumpa Lahiri yang lebih serius -favorit saya juga- Kavita Daswani menyajikan secara berbeda.

Pengantin baru dengan segala kekikukan menghadapi lingkungan baru dengan nilai-nilai dan cara hidup yang berbeda. Kesan saya dari beberapa buku y
Mar 12, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
קשקוש מיותר. חלקו מעצבן ושוביניסטי להחריד, חלקו האחר מעורר פיהוק. לא שווה את המאמץ.
Sinta Nisfuanna
Cerita yang menarik. Kisah Priya, wanita India yang harus terbang ke Amerika demi mengikuti sang suami yang baru dikenalnya seminggu. Segala imajinasinya tentang kisah pernikahan yang indah, harus runtuh saat berhadapan dengan keluarga suami yang sangat cerewet dan konservatif. Tapi anehnya, keluarga yang sangat taat adat India ini malah menyuruh Priya untuk bekerja, yang pastinya sangat bertolak belakang dengan adat India yang mewajibkan istri hanya sebagai pengurus suami dan rumah tangga.

Jun 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quite a different perspective on arranged Indian marriages. Sanjay, raised in America, returns to India to find and marry Priya. Priya returns to America with Sanjay but lives in a joint household which is strict, conservative and overbearing. By sheer luck, Priya lands a job through which she gets several promotions, but her husband's family is dead set against the final outcome of what is leading to a career so she hides it from them, including Sanjay. Of course, the caca hits the fan, Priya a ...more
Feb 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Village Bride of Beverly HillsKavita DaswaniNice, light read for those looking for a slight upgrade on traditional chick lit --- definitely from the female perspective and light enough to read on a Sunday afternoon, but with heavier themes woven throughout including the challenges of being a female within the Indian diaspora, the balance between family honour and individual goals, and the absurdity of arranged marriages and living with in-laws, particularly when set within a Western context. ...more
Apakah ada cerita tentang mertua India yg nggak menyebalkan terhadap menantu perempuannya? Habis tiap kali baca novel India (terutama yg chicklit gini atau sinetron India) selalu ada mertua dengan stereotip sifatnya: maunya punya menantu yg patuh dan mengabdi pada suami serta keluarga sang suami sepenuh hati, pintar masak, ngurus rumah dan dilarang memiliki keinginan apa-apa. Kalo melanggar salah satu dari itu aja, silakan pulang sebagai janda cerai. Semoga yg kayak gitu cuma di cerita aja.

Nov 24, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-books
oh good lord, talk about an ornery book - not very well written, predictable storyline, over the top obvious dramatics for the sake of over the top dramatics. The only saving grace is that it is written by an Indian-American, so this shows that we have really made it. When an Indian-American can write such rubbish and get it published so beautifully, our time has come.
Natalie Monroe
Cute, but I have a hard time believing Indians who have lived in America for some time are still that conservative.

Indri Juwono
Dec 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lovelit-abroad

karena cinta menuntutmu untuk berpikir dewasa, bukan cuma bersenang-senang..
This is a highly entertaining book and a great transition if you have read a serious book and just need some mindless entertainment.
Alicia (PrettyBrownEyeReader)
I was an enjoyable light read. The ending wasn't satisfying for me. But the book did pique my curiosity about arranged marriages.
Sep 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'd file this author under "Indian ChickLit", but that is not really describing what a fun read she is. She has great characters and she has a very poignant sense of humor. You might also like Wendy Holden's books, too. Both great (and humorous) character studies of societies.
Mathis Bailey
This reminded me of The Devil Wears Prada with an Indian Twist. Fun and light read.
Jan 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love it to bits!
Molly Healey
Oct 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In The Village Bride of Beverly Hills the main character Priya is sent away from her home in India to the U.S.A. with her new husband Sanjay. Once there Priya must move in with Sanjay and his family. Priya’s new in-laws decide she must get a small job, so she gets a job as a receptionist at a magazine company. However she is quickly promoted to the job of reporter. As far as Priya’s new family is concerned this job is off limits to her, but she takes the job anyway, but now she has to try to kee ...more
Aug 31, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Chick Lit Fans
Chick Lit

I adore books set in India or featuring Indian characters, and this lighthearted book is a very nice chick lit read.

Priya's arranged marriage is to a young man who lives in Los Angeles, so after the wedding in India, she is suddenly taken out of the only culture she has known. Priya must adjust to life in the U.S., life as a wife, and is virtually a full-time servant to her in-laws, as Indian culture dictates.

Priya's prickly mother-in-law prods her into getting a job until she becomes p
Michiyo 'jia' Fujiwara
Setelah perjodohan di India, Priya pindah bersama Sanjay, suaminya, ke Los Angeles dan berbagi rumah dengan keluarga suaminya. Peran sebagai menantu tradisional mengharuskan Priya melakukan semua tugas rumah tangga, memasak, membersihkan rumah, dan--karena tak kunjung hamil--juga mencari pekerjaan. Tapi pekerjaan glamor yang Priya dapatkan tidak sesuai dengan harapan mertuanya. Priya pun menjalani kehidupan ganda yang harus ia rahasiakan. Repotnya, Priya menikah dengan laki-laki yang terlalu men ...more
Dini Puspitarini
Nov 30, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Saya nggak tahu pasti bagaimana cara orang India memilih pasangan hidupnya. Tapi kalau di film-film atau buku yang pernah saya simak, sejauh apapun mereka berkelana ke berbagai penjuru dunia, mereka akan menikah dengan orang satu bangsa (maksudnya sama-sama orang India). Topik ini sebenarnya kurang menarik buat saya. Lagipula saya bukan penggemar film India. Dua film India yang saya gemari adalah Bend It like Beckham dan Kisna: the legend of Bird. Saya sangat suka dua film itu karena menggambark ...more
Feb 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult, chick-lit, comedy
Questo libro l'ho trovato per caso in una bancarella di libri "a peso". Non mi aspettavo tanto, anzi, subito mi ero quasi pentita di averlo comprato, (perché, mi dicevo: se un libro nuovissimo, con copertina rigida, edito nel 2006 e che costava 15 euro, lo svendono a 2 euro, forse il motivo sarà che è una vera ciofeca!). Invece sono rimasta sorpresa: è davvero carino!
E' una specie di chick-lit orientaleggiante, la protagonista è molto simpatica e cerca di cavarsela tra il matrimonio combinato,
Jul 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great chick-lit with an Indian taste to it.
Priya the youngest daughter in her family is married off to a boy Sanjay in Los Angeles. After moving to L.A Priya realizes that she has to be a good Hindu bride who respects her husband and his family. Priya's mother-in-law prods her to find a job until she can bear a baby so that she can help with the expenses of the family. Soon Priya lands as a receptionist at Hollywood Insider, but she is still not relieved with every day household chores-cooking
Priya is a newlywed who has just moved from Dehli to Los Angeles. Her arranged marriage has brought her across the globe and into very unfamiliar territory. She's trying to get to know her new husband while taking care of the entire family. Not only do her in-laws expect Priya to do all of the cooking and cleaning, but now they expect her to get a job as well--she's not pregnant, after all. A tall order for a woman who has never had a job before. After a while she finally lands one: a receptioni ...more
Jul 28, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just what I needed after some somber themed novels - chic lit for the Bindi set! I love learning more about the whole east Indian culture & this was a perfect summer escape. Essentially the plot is arranged marriage; bride moves to the San Fernando Valley from Delhi & amid being almost an indentured servant to her in laws & not getting pregnant right away, she's told she might as well get a job & earn some money. Fantasy kicks in & after a few months as a receptionist for a H ...more
Stephanie Western
Indian-born Priya's marriage to Los-Angeles-dwelling Sanjay is arranged and she flies to CA to live with him, his parents, and his sister. As tradition dictates, she does all the cooking, cleaning, serving, and on top of this is told to go out and find a job. She begins as a receptionist for an entertainment magazine but is quickly promoted to journalist (unlikely but whatever). She has to keep her glamorous job a secret from disapproving in-laws while trying to improve her marriage to a handsom ...more
Kris - My Novelesque Life

"After an arranged marriage in her native India, Priya moves with her husband to California, where they share a house with his parents. Playing the traditional daughter-in-law role, she's expected to clean, cook, and-because she doesn't immediately get pregnant-find a job as well!

But the job Priya lands isn't at all what her in-laws had in mind for a traditional Indian wife. She soon finds herself with a secret life that she must hide from her disapproving new family.

All the while, she
Riawani Elyta
May 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Semua bilang padaku untuk tidak berharap terlalu banyak dari pernikahan. Mereka bilang semakin sedikit yang kuharapkan, semakin bahagia aku, karena dengan demikian semua hal yang positif menjadi harta. tetapi, maaf, aku tidak bisa seperti itu. Aku ingin merasa bahagia dan gembira. Aku ingin merasa dekat denganmu. Aku ingin kita punya privasi. Tetapi, keluargamu ikut campur dalam segala hal dan kau selalu memihak mereka. Sudah hampir setahun kita bersama, kita masih seperti orang asing, " Ucap ...more
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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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“Semua tahu, Sayang...agar nasib baik tetap langgeng, kerendahan hati harus selalu dipelihara. Tidak peduli keajaiban apa yang dihadiahkan hidup padamu, jangan pernah membual tentang itu.” 3 likes
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