The Marriage Bureau for Rich People

The Marriage Bureau for Rich People

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Driving his wife crazy after his retirement, Mr. Ali is persuaded to open a marriage bureau, and when his business becomes a success he decides to hire an assistant, Aruna, who, hiding a tragic past.

Blackwell North Amer
When Mr. Ali retires, he thinks he will take it easy. But soon his constant presence in the household starts to drive his wife crazy. She wants him out of her hair. So what does an Indian man with a wealth of common sense do when his retirement becomes too monotonous for him to stand it? Open a marriage bureau, of course!
Business gets off to a slow start. But soon there is a steady stream of clients to keep Mr. Ali busy. Business becomes so good that he is even forced to hire an assistant, Aruna, a beautiful young woman with a past she'd rather not discuss.
Mr. Ali's clients are as colorful and varied as India itself. There's the man who wants a tall son-in-law because his daughter is short; the divorced woman who is not necessarily over her ex-husband; a salesman who can't seem to sell himself; and a wealthy young doctor for whom no match is ever perfect. Although his clients go away happy, little does Mr. Ali know that his esteemed Aruna hides a tragedy in her past - a misfortune that the bureau might serendipitously be able to fix.
Whether it be an arranged match or not, The Marriage Bureau for Rich People examines what constitutes the perfect match. It shows how some people refuse to make compromises, with themselves and with others, when it comes to matters of the heart. Readers will be transported to India - they will smell the sweet mangoes, feel the languid heat - as Farahad Zama's effortless style reveals a country still grappling with the politics of caste, religion, and civil unrest, all the while delivering a page-turning, delightful read.

Publisher: New York : Amy Einhorn Books, 2009
Edition: First American edition
ISBN: 9780399155581
Branch Call Number: FIC Zama, F 2009
Characteristics: 293 pages ; 22 cm


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Apr 12, 2017

I really enjoyed this book. It has the same way of immersing one in a calm social world of the Ladies Detective Service series. Interesting characters and a sweet spirit.

Apr 01, 2014

Very cute look at life and marriage in modern India. Interesting to learn about arranged marriages, caste, wedding ceremonies, parent-child relations, and some of the challenges of living in a semi-corrupt state. Many of the Indian ideas about marriage seem very practical (mutual respect, compromise, relationships changing over time), and perhaps more realistic than some of the Western ideas of marriage and romantic love solving all problems. Still, I'm glad to live in the US where customs are less rigid, and, you know, I'm more likely to have met my potential husband before the day of our wedding. It reminded me a little bit of "The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency" series.

skylars Mar 27, 2014

Another great novel that gives you a peek into Indian culture/customs. This one enlightens mostly on how marriages are arranged, and how women are treated.

ChristchurchLib Feb 19, 2014

"Bored of retirement, Mr. Ali opens up a matchmaking service for the well-to-do of Vizag, a town in southern India. Successful beyond his expectations, he is soon required to hire an assistant, Aruna, whose high-caste family has fallen on hard times. With no dowry, Aruna has little hope of finding a match herself, but an attractive walk-in suggests that sometimes fate has surprising things in store -- even for those busy negotiating the love lives of others. With shades of Jane Austen, this debut touches on modern-day India's class inequalities and colourfully depicts the ins and outs of successful matchmaking." Fiction A to Z February 2014 newsletter

Jun 24, 2012

very sweet, upbeat but realistic book set in modern India but showing the traditional values/system that still exist and how people work within them.

Feb 23, 2011

could not put this book down..
loved the part where Aruna says 'YES' to Ram

WendyLibrarian Oct 23, 2009

I was drawn to this book by the great cover! A very nice read.


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