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by Lynne Cargill (subscribe)
I'm a grandmother, a retired teacher, an avid reader who loves historical re-enactment, English Country Dance, writing and Op Shopping. My business is designed to help children experience history through school incursions.
Published February 8th 2014
Would you let your parents choose your spouse?
If you enjoyed Alexander McCall's 'No1 Ladies Detective Agency' series, you will like "The Marriage Bureau for Rich People' by Farahad Zama.

book review, Indian culture, Farahad Zama, arranged marriage
A fascinating look at arranged marriages.
It is a similar type of genre, even though this story is set in contemporary India. I felt if Precious Ramotswe and Mr Ali ever met, they would get on very well. They have similar attitudes and values and are both people I felt I'd rather like to meet myself.

As the name suggested Mr Ali, who is bored with retirement, fills a need in the marriage market and does it very well. Along the way we met Aruna, who has no dowry and the Ali's son and other likeable characters.

It is an interesting insight into many aspects of Indian culture, beliefs ... and recipes.

The book is a light-hearted read - perfect for learning something new with entertaining ease.

I was delighted to discover that the series continues in "Many Conditions of Love", which follows the characters and of course, introduces a new list of clients. A third book "The Wedding Wallah" is on my bedside table waiting to be enjoyed. After that I'll be borrowing "Mrs Ali's Road to Happiness"

book review, Indian culture, Farahad Zama, arranged marriage
The Wedding Wallah in the second book in the series.
book review, Indian culture, Farahad Zama, arranged marriage
The follow on book to Marriage Bureau for Rich People.

Mr Zama lives and works in London with his wife and 2 sons. His marriage was an arranged one.
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Thanks so much for publishing this article. I love the Alexander McCall Smith series, with the No 1 Ladies Detective Agency, so am delighted to read your recommendation.
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