For Matrimonial Purposes [Kavita Daswani] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Anju wants a husband. Equally important, her entire family. Buy *For Matrimonial Purposes* online, For Matrimonial Purposes Kavita Daswani Plume Paperback pages. June rated 4 1/2 of 5 possible stars . Spirited, elegant, fun, with an enchanting authorial voice, For Matrimonial Purposes – a first novel which was the subject of a fierce international auction – is a.

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Novel ini cukup unik, walau tak bisa dibilang benar-benar bagus. Sometimes, she seemed to hate India, seemed to want to be an independent, modern Western woman who drank cosmopolitans at cocktail parties and wore stylish designer clothes.

To me, Anju sends mixed signals and is not sure why she wants to get married other than to appease her parents. Apalagi kedua adik lelakinya akan segera bertunangan dan akan segera menikah melangkahinya, membuat sang Ibu dan sanak-familinya berlomba-lomba mencarikan dasqani untuk Anju.

What will it take for Anju to meet the man that others assure her has been born for her and, in the meantime, how can she balance her traditional Indian life with her increasingly independent American one? Jan 28, Rosemean Hussain rated it it was ok.

Hello hello – what happened to intersectionality and feminist commitment to not hegemonically representing patriarchy exclusively as the kind that is suffered by elite women?

Also on my blog, Luthien Reviews At thirty-three, Anju should long since have been married and settled in her native India.

For Matrimonial Purposes

Tapi ketika kita meneri Setelah begitu rumitnya perjalanan mencari suami bukan cinta yasetelah beberapa pria yang singgah, setelah beratnya beban menjadi perempuan di pertengahan tiga puluhan yang belum menikah, bagaimana akhir kisah Anju? Nobody marries out of love. She’s fasted, she’s prayed, she’s presented herself as meek and submissive. Kavita Daswani has a taken a simple story about an unmarried Indian girl and told it with mesmerizing intensity.


The heroine, Anju, belongs to a wealthy Sindhi family in Bombay and apparently sees nothing problematic about caste endogamy and class daswanu I knew right away that if I liked the book, it wouldn’t be for the brilliance of the writing.

The only flaw in this heady, cardamom-flavored confection is the rushed happy ending, which leaves readers hankering for more details. In short, I’m not trying to poo-poo Indian culture or traditions. It is fast paced, light, and entertaining. Anju is born in a family in Bombay-India, phrposes girls are supposed to get married the moment they cross their teens. I hoped it would have more taste and colors, i hoped it would be funnier, wittier, more engaging, with a better rhythm I didn’t hate the characters; I just couldn’t care less about them.

Not all the efforts of numerous swamis or countless fortune-tellers or famous matchmaking gurus in the world can help Anju snare a bridegroom.

The problem comes when the latter are represented as being part of the exotic Indian package.

Daswani’s effervescent handling of a classic plot is perfect for the hectic summer wedding season. Feb 26, Janice rated it liked it.

In fact, very little details are given at all about Anju’s prince charming. This in turn highlights the concept of arranged puurposes – something which has the power to shock Westerners and yet remains an ordinary, taken-for-granted occurrence in Indian family life. Cinta mengambang di udara setiap kali kita mengkadiri pernikahan.


The overall take-away is that this is a completely worthwhile book that I would recommend to almost anyone. The perfect boy is the one who has a good job, good family, does not have any bad habits, is rich and yes, is obviously an Indian.

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Second is the classification of the novel as iavita chick lit. And she stays on after studies to work and finally becomes a fashion publicist. Only then is she able to persuade her parents to allow her to move to New York, where, she hopes, she will not be viewed as a failure.

Consider this gem on p. I liked this feroine but I just could not love this book, as much as I tried.


Published June 29th by Plume first published Thanks for telling us about the problem. One of the more wonderfully subtle examples of casteism is contained in this exchange, when Anju calls her mother to tell she’s found the One: Anju knows she is not just a disappointment because of her inability to marry; she knows it goes back to the day she was born: Not that there is anything wrong in an arranged marriage.

Amusing and sweet, but also kinda boring.