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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,090 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kavita Daswani Narrator: Anne Flosnik Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2004 ISBN: 9781597103008
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Unmarried at 24—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 while husband-hunting isn’t any easier in New York City, at least she’s got company.

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 heart-warming, For Matrimonial Purposes proves that, while the search for love takes many forms, the heartbreak and exhilaration are universal.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Hilariously funny…A reader can’t help but end up rooting for Anju in her quest.”

    LA Weekly

  • “It’s Sex and the City where sex is replaced with saris and samosas.”

    Seattle Weekly

  • “My Big Fat Bombay Wedding…With a fine ear for dialogue and a tender wit.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 2/15/2014

    " I found this book fascinating. I've always loved women in saris and the henna work on their hands and couldn't wait to learn more about this culture! I have more appreciation for the lives of Indian women and what they go through to feel like they fit in. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jude | 2/2/2014

    " OK I'm not smarter or better for reading this but is was FUN! Refreshing to read about a culture with high respect for elders and family. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nata Lie | 1/30/2014

    " It's a great book, especially for the singles out there. It's really enlightens... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tina | 1/27/2014

    " Just so you don't think I like everything I read, I didn't even give this much of a chance. The main character takes a leave of absence from work in America to return home to native India "for matrimonial purposes." Actually, she returns home for something else that I've forgotten about, but sticks around longer than originally planned so her parents can find her a husband. Uugghh. I found it tiresome, but I would be interested in knowing whether it is true to cultural norms, or not. I suspect it is. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 1/25/2014

    " I liked the cultural, religious and tradition references. The end was a bit too abrubt and hollywood style. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Zenia | 1/22/2014

    " Read this book not for the title by any means but because the author was Sindhi (same community as me) and thought there might be something I could connect to. A couple of moments in the book were cute but not something I would recommend. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rahmadiyanti | 1/16/2014

    " Ordinary plot (like the other chick-lit, about a woman who find a prince. But indian culture makes this book different. I loved it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shaheena | 12/27/2013

    " OMG, this book was so hitting to home. I gave one as a present. If you are a single South Asian gal, you will identify. Funny, the line about 'The Producers' was right after I saw it with the original cast. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amardip | 12/20/2013

    " Chick lit - fast easy read without a lot of depth. It was funny in parts but I found parts repetitive and the main character a little whiny. It might be interesting to readers not familiar with Indian culture or arranged marriages. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Siswani | 12/20/2013

    " untuk ukuran chicklit, novel ini lumayan bermutu. Sekalian belajar tentang nasib perempuan berdarah india. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lane Wilder | 12/7/2013

    " Straightforward novel about an Indian woman who, after living abroad, returns to India in order to find a husband. Nothing wrong with it, but the book didn't sparkle for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeevat | 12/5/2013

    " i can really connect to anju and the arranged marriage thing..i felts so bad for her...but it turned out well for her in the end =) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steph | 11/30/2013

    " What a quick and delightful read this book was! Since I'd worked for a year with an Indian woman and we talked about arranged marriages, I enjoyed this fictional look at how intense the process can get. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anita | 11/25/2013

    " dumb book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Arsala | 3/11/2013

    " The author was too stereotypical in her characterizations. One would think this is how all Indians/Southeast Asians are! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sumiya | 1/13/2013

    " This novel is hilarious! Its definitely a good light read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kirsten | 11/3/2012

    " This is a re-read. I bought it at the library a few years ago after it was a reader's choice book. I love this one. A lot about Indian traditions, arranged marriages, but present day India/New York. Such a fun read with no smut. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenna | 8/26/2012

    " Read this in one day when I was in India. It was very light and enjoyable, it would definitely make good beach reading. I'd say it had a bit of a romance novel feel to it, but with a different cultural twist. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suezq | 7/28/2012

    " Fun, easy, light story. Perfect summer read, keeps you entertained without having to think too hard. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Khaya | 12/19/2011

    " Very much chick lit, but with a cute ethnic twist that makes it just a bit different. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Veronica | 9/16/2011

    " This was okay. I liked the story and could definitely relate to the main character, but then ending was kind of abrupt. I wish she had shortened the first 3/4s of the book and actually told more about the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda Thibert | 5/17/2011

    " I really liked this book. It's an interesting story about Indian culture. It's funny and NOT a mystery! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Roos | 4/30/2011

    " Ternyata gak cewek jawa aja yang ribet masalah jodoh, ternyata India lebih menyeramkan juga, untung dia tinggal di Amerika dan punya karir yang bagus jadi being single and happylah, ending novel ini memang membahagiakan kok. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keersten | 4/10/2011

    " I loved this, a great light read. Daswani's writing is interesting and while the culture is a world away, it is easy to be sympathetic to her plight. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sithara | 1/12/2011

    " One of the best I have ever read. Has a funny touch and throughly entertaining. I have read this book thrice and will love to red it all over again. Kudos to the author! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Prathna | 12/7/2010

    " Great concept, great characters but slightly draggy. Could have gotten to the point faster or had more twists and turns. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeevat | 11/10/2010

    " i can really connect to anju and the arranged marriage thing..i felts so bad for her...but it turned out well for her in the end =) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sanhita | 11/10/2010

    " May be good for some but not my kind of book! I think that she has described the situation and travails of an Indian girl of "marriageable" age quite perfectly! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 8/23/2010

    " I learnt more about the arranged marriage then any text books could ever teach me! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rawanie | 8/20/2010

    " This was really amazing...
    I cried and smiled a lot while reading it.. and I felt like if she is telling my story.. This book really touched my heart!
    P.s. I loved the cover a lot. [The Design:] It tells how important the graphics is. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 4/24/2010

    " fun chick lit - can be read in a day "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 3/12/2010

    " It took awhile to get into this book but once I did, I enjoyed it. A girl from Bombay, India is in her 30's and not married (and therefore a disgrace to her family). Although it's fiction, the novel explores the fascinating customs beliefs, rituals, etc of this country. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lane | 1/27/2010

    " Straightforward novel about an Indian woman who, after living abroad, returns to India in order to find a husband. Nothing wrong with it, but the book didn't sparkle for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rose | 1/21/2010

    " Interesting read about an arranged Indian marriage today. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 ?x ?p = ½ h | 1/15/2010

    " Setelah membaca kuintet penulis ngetop India A. Roy - J. Lahiri - C. B. Divakaruni - B. Mukherjee - K. Desai, membaca buku ini seolah "menodai" keanggunan karya-karya penulis perempuan India. hehe.. maklum, ciklit --no offense--:D "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda | 12/16/2009

    " I loved this book! It was a sweet book with no racy parts and it interesting to read about Indian culture. "

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About the Author
Author Kavita Daswani

Kavita Daswani has been a fashion correspondent for CNN, CNBC Asia, and Women’s Wear Daily, has written for the Los Angeles Times and the International Herald Tribune, among many other publications, and has been the fashion editor for the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong.

About the Narrator

Anne Flosnik, a seasoned audiobook narrator, has over four hundred titles to her credit and several awards and distinctions, including three AudioFile Earphones Awards, a USA Today Recommended Listening, and the American Library Association’s Special Services to Children Award. She has twice been an Audie Award finalist. She is an accomplished actress with lead credits on stage, on television, and in commercials and voice-overs.