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The Marriage Bureau for Rich People by Farahad Zama
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Jul 31, 2009

did not like it
bookshelves: south-asian

This novel, which is about an old man in India starting a marriage bureau to keep busy in his retired life, was bland and boring. Though set in modern day, the story and the plot lines were old-fashioned and didn't keep up with the current times. The one story line that illustrated the emergence of a new generation of Indians was not explored well enough. The writing was repetitive and written as if the story was translated from another language into English. The author was trying to focus on the characters and making them relatable, but he was not successful. The main character was supposed to be well-liked, but in a lot of the scenes, he came across narrow-minded, even till the end of the novel. I think the novel caters to older, more orthodox Indians who enjoy reading conservative, traditional literature, and they can find more relevance with the characters and the story lines.

Since my family is conservative, I could relate to some parts of the book and I enjoyed learning about the meaning of the rituals behind the wedding scenes. I liked how Hindus and Muslims can co-exist in the novel, which is not usually touched upon in most books. This story is just a glimpse into a small aspect of Indian culture, but if you are looking for a contemporary novel about the rich culture of modern-day India, then this book is not for you.

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Reading Progress

July 31, 2009 – Shelved
July 31, 2009 –
page 30
August 1, 2009 –
page 60
Started Reading
August 2, 2009 – Finished Reading
November 13, 2009 – Shelved as: south-asian

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