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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,880 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Farahad Zama Narrator: Tania Rodrigues Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2009 ISBN: 9781440761553
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Farahad Zama’s debut novel transports listeners to faraway India for a story brimming with endearing characters, homespun wisdom, and blossoming love. After Mr. Ali retires, he launches a matchmaking service that helps an array of clients arrange marriages. But he’s unaware of his able assistant’s dire need for his marriage bureau. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A lilting, funny, warmhearted book.”

    Sophie Kinsella, New York Times bestselling author

  • “A charming novel, fascinating in its depiction of a rich and exotic texture, yet filled with characters as familiar as your next-door neighbors.”

    Ann B. Ross, New York Times bestselling author of the Miss Julia novels

  • “Farahad Zama’s thoroughly entertaining debut novel captivates and delights. In marrying a uniquely Indian tale of culture and tradition to a universal story of family bonds tested and love triumphant, Zama has arranged a perfect match.”

    Jennifer Chiaverini, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Zama’s strength is in showing the love that makes the matchmaking system possible, looking at the reciprocity, trust, and devotion that underlie marriage…Zama’s delightful world of mid-morning tea breaks, afternoon siestas, picnics in mango groves, and meddlesome aunties is a pleasant place to hang out.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Zama’s debut novel captivates the reader as an entertaining chronicle of a contemporary Indian matchmaking service and as insightful commentary on the lingering dictates of religion and class in modern India…Zama sprinkles his lively narrative with morsels of everyday life and age-old traditions, from marriage and burial rituals to the making of mung-bean crepes—all of which enrich and enliven his simple and engaging plot.”

    Booklist

  • “Charming…Fans of Alexander McCall Smith’s intrepid Precious Ramotswe are likely to find an equally engaging protagonist in Mr. Ali.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Danielle | 2/11/2014

    " Interesting insight in a different culture. Loved the funny mister Ali and his sweet employee Aruna. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Yael Shaner | 2/11/2014

    " Hindu and Muslim customs and traditions in India. A light reading, fun book. "

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

    " 3.8... SIMPLE READ... VERY FUNNY... DIDN'T LIKE THAT THE ENDING WAS TOO FAIRY TAILISH "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eve | 2/5/2014

    " What a delightful little gem of a book! It reminded me a lot of the "No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency" books. Well written and charming, I can't wait to get my hands on number two of the series! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 J.F. Jenkins | 2/3/2014

    " This book is clean and super sweet. I recommend it for anyone who likes a light, fluffy, romance, and exploring new cultures. :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Denise | 1/20/2014

    " didnt really get started with this book.........quite simplistic "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tami | 1/20/2014

    " I can't remember when I read this or where I got it, but I really enjoyed this book. The story was funn light, and I learned about a different culture. For some reason it is a story that has stuck with me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Miko Lee | 1/14/2014

    " Reminded me of Baking Cakes in Kiligari. Focused on a young unmarried woman in south Indian who works with a retired couple to open up match making business. There they meet many different characters and learn about love and acceptance. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 1/11/2014

    " Good read but predictable ending. Enjoyed the insight into Indian culture. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Clara | 12/18/2013

    " This is a very sweet book that provides a glimpse into another culture, but ultimately it's not terribly deep. Good summer reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cristy | 12/11/2013

    " Thought this book had great insite to the Indian culture. Slow paced, but nice to know more about a country so different from my own. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Valerie | 12/8/2013

    " very funny. very sad. very entertaining. bit of cookery thrown in. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Claire | 6/25/2013

    " since I enjoy (1) books about India and (2) books about arranged marriage, I found this enjoyable. Bonus--apparently there's a sequel! It was an enjoyably light read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 4/18/2013

    " Deceptively simple, and utterly charming tale of arranged marriages and a threatening love match in India. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashley | 3/28/2013

    " Gives interesting insight on modern Indian culture and the differences between religions and classes. Cute story, but lacks a little depth. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tessa | 12/19/2012

    " I thought this was a really interesting book. It is about a matchmaking business in India and it gave a lot of insight into the culture there. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 9/23/2012

    " I loved this book so much, and I am buying several copies for friends as Christmas books. I just found out there is a sequel! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 9/21/2012

    " I really liked this book. It was interesting learning a little bit about Indian society. Marriage customs are very interesting, and this book had both a Hindu and a Muslim wedding described. Along with wisdom such as "a daughter without a mother in law is a happy daughter indeed." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Merrill | 9/7/2012

    " A simple tale with all the emotional peaks (both high and low) removed. Exactly what I was looking for. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 9/3/2012

    " The best way to describe this book: it was perfect before bed reading. I always wanted to pick it up but after about 1/2 hour, I was ready to put it down and go to sleep. It was okay but not great. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 11/4/2011

    " This was a fun read! Basically along the lines of chick lit, but with insights into Indian culture. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cathrine | 5/23/2011

    " Loved it! Very gentle and delicious! An uplifting read, very much a similar genre to the wonderful Mma Ramotswe series by Alexander McCall-Smith. I am so glad that Farahad Zama has developed the characters and story lines in two more books! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tennys | 5/23/2011

    " I liked it very much. I recommend it. Cute story. Clean. I learned a little about the culture in India. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tara | 5/18/2011

    " Picked it off the Borders shelf. Arlene liked it "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Arlene | 5/17/2011

    " 3.8... SIMPLE READ... VERY FUNNY... DIDN'T LIKE THAT THE ENDING WAS TOO FAIRY TAILISH "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bibliophile | 5/12/2011

    " A quick and charming read, though ultimately doesn't stick with you afterwards. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 5/9/2011

    " A fun lend from Marie. Just as the reviews said, a cross between Ladies #1 detective agency and chick lit. No mystery in this book. Interesting insight into Indian culture and traditions. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 5/8/2011

    " A fictionalize look at arranged marriages brokered by a marriage broker in a modern India that still follows the old customs. Entertaining but also eye opening. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sherestha | 5/8/2011

    " Did not enjoy this book at all. It seemed to drag on and on. Also thought that the writing style was very amateur! Kept waiting for something interesting to happen and unfortunately nothing did. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenny | 5/6/2011

    " This book was a good poolside read. A little predictable but I liked all the information about Indian traditions and customs. It's definitely a different dating world over there and I'm glad I was able to find my own mate over here in the U.S.! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna | 5/2/2011

    " Very sweet book....fun and easy read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Johanna | 5/1/2011

    " Thoroughly entertaining read, a glimpse into Indian village life, light-hearted, gentle, absolutely charming little book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kasturi | 4/26/2011

    " Tedious and very conventional for an Indian reader.. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa T | 4/22/2011

    " I was intrigued by the idea of this book, and it was fun to read. It rather reminded me of the #1 Ladies Detective Agency. It was full of small stories, with nothing huge happening. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristin | 4/11/2011

    " I enjoyed this book but strangely am not completely sure why
    It was more a glimpse into lives rather than a deeply compelling story - the decriptions painted a very clear picture without being overdone or distracting "

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

    " This book was a fantastic look into Indian culture, with likable characters and an interesting storyline. "

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

    " This was such a fun book. "

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About the Narrator

Tania Rodrigues is a London-based actor and voice artist. She brings a unique cultural perspective to her work, coming from a family with roots in India, Portugal, and Britain. She grew up in Hong Kong and has since lived in both the UK and US. She trained at the Drama Studio in London and completed a BA degree with Honors in English and drama. She has always had a passion for reading and has narrated many award-winning audiobooks, including the Booker Prize winner The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai.