For Matrimonial Purposes

For Matrimonial Purposes

Book - 2003
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Penguin Putnam
In this sparkling debut, an unconventional heroine defies tradition by making a marriage between the strict customs of India and the wild freedoms of America to find her own happy ending.

Hilarious and heartwarming, For Matrimonial Purposes proves that while the search for love takes many forms, the heartbreak and exhilaration are universal. In a sensual whirl of silk and spices, Kavita Daswani takes us from Bombay to New York and back again-in what is sure to be one of the most welcomed debuts of the summer.

Unmarried at twenty-four-and with no prospects in sight-Anju is a great source of worry to her family. Despite the best efforts of relatives, fortune-tellers, and matchmakers to arrange a marriage, she can't seem to find a husband-or at least one she's willing to marry.

Quickly becoming a spinster by her culture's standards, she is eager to escape the community that views her as a failure. After pleading with her parents for permission, she boards a plane bound for the United States and a dream of a career. And although husband-hunting isn't any easier in New York City, at least she's got company!

Baker & Taylor
Unable to find a man who she is willing to marry despite the efforts of friends, fortune-tellers, and matchmakers, twenty-four-year-old Anju, confronted by her family's shame, obtains their reluctant permission to travel to the United States, where husband hunting proves no easier, but where unmarried women are much more commonplace. A first novel. 35,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
Anju has grown up in upper-middle-class Bombay, where even in the twenty-first century, arranged marriage is the norm. Her parents have been trying to find a suitable man for her since her late teens, but they keep turning up types who - shudder - wear shiny disco-era shirts, or want to carry her away to their family compound in Ghana, or are otherwise equally hopeless. The ones she likes, well, they just don't seem to fall for her.
In her mid-twenties, Anju is quickly becoming a spinster by the standards of her culture. Her parents, ever more anxious, bring in the big guns: an army of fortune-tellers, matchmakers, holy men, and a vast extended family eager to help. Yet despite their best efforts, Anju remains single.
Only then is she able to persuade her parents to let her move to New York, where, she hopes, she will not be viewed as a failure. Making a new life, alone, in the dangerous "Umrica" is a great risk, but Anju also longs for independence and a career. And if the stars align, perhaps she might even find love - on her own terms.

& Taylor

Unable to find a husband despite the efforts of friends, fortune-tellers, and matchmakers, thirty-three year old Anju, confronted by her family's shame, obtains their permission to leave Bombay to look for a husband in the United States.

Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, c2003.
ISBN: 9780399150708
Characteristics: 277 p. ; 22 cm.


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