I will admit that this next book review might be a little biased because I for one am interested in Indian culture and everything related to it. "The Marriage Bureau for Rich People" by Farahad Zama takes readers to Vizag,India and into the world of Indian wedding customs, matchmaking, and arranged weddings.
After a long historical read (Forever Amber) I decided to pick up an easy read. And this book was it. Our main characters are Mr.Ali who just opened a matchmaking service after retirement, one way for him to get away from boredom and his secretary Aruna who is in search for love as well. But can someoe like Aruna ever find love when Indian culture expects traditional girls like her to be wed to someone within her caste (Hindu) and to be wed to someone arranged by her parents. The Indian culture is somehow so diverse and interesting in a lot of ways that this book will keep you hooked into it. Mr.Ali gives advices to his clients as much as he gives advices to his secretary Aruna on how to find love. Whether LOVE found after being wed from the conventional arranged wedding or LOVE found before being wed, which is very liberal for Indian culture. Readers will have to find out if Aruna will marry someone for LOVE or marry someone for culture sake?
It is an interesting book. Readers will be drawn to Indian culture,religion,castes, and how the modern world and culture shape their lives as well.
I give this book a four out of five.
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