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The marriage bureau for rich people / Farahad Zama.

By: Zama, Farahad [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: [Bath?] : Windsor/Paragon, 2009Edition: Large print ed.Description: x, 321 p. (large print) ; 25 cm.ISBN: 9781408428535 (hbk.); 9781408428542 (pbk.).Subject(s): Interpersonal relations -- Fiction | Marriage -- India -- Fiction | Marriage counseling -- FictionGenre/Form: Large type books.Summary: Although Vizag is one of the most beautiful parts of India, Mr Ali finds himself bored in retirement and so decides to open a marriage bureau. Encouraged by the indomitable Mrs Ali, he has the good sense to appoint a local girl, Aruna, as his very able assistant. Under Mr Ali's and Aruna's imaginative care the marriage bureau flourishes, but things are not running so smoothly behind the scenes, as Aruna is nursing a secret that threatens to break her heart, while Mr Ali doesn't necessarily follow the wise advice he offers to those who come to him. And then love comes calling for Aruna, who finds herself facing an impossible dilemma.
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Bored with retirement, Mr. Ali sets up a desk, puts up a sign, and waits for customers for his new matchmaking business. Some clients are a mystery. Some are a challenge. Mr. Ali's assistant, Aruna, finds it a learning experience. But without a dowry, Aruna has no expectation of a match for herself. Then again, as people go about planning their lives, sometimes fate is making other arrangements.

Although Vizag is one of the most beautiful parts of India, Mr Ali finds himself bored in retirement and so decides to open a marriage bureau. Encouraged by the indomitable Mrs Ali, he has the good sense to appoint a local girl, Aruna, as his very able assistant. Under Mr Ali's and Aruna's imaginative care the marriage bureau flourishes, but things are not running so smoothly behind the scenes, as Aruna is nursing a secret that threatens to break her heart, while Mr Ali doesn't necessarily follow the wise advice he offers to those who come to him. And then love comes calling for Aruna, who finds herself facing an impossible dilemma.

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Mr. Ali, a retiree in a city in southern India, decides he needs something to do and opens a marriage bureau. He is soon so swamped with business that to assist him he hires a young woman named Aruna, whose Brahmin family has fallen on hard times. Zama is an admirer of Jane Austen, and though his debut does not exactly parallel one of her novels, there is a Mr. Darcy figure in the person of a handsome young doctor. The author also touches upon such pertinent topics as the caste system, the perils of political protest in India, and how the ordinary Indian is at the mercy of corrupt officials. But mostly this is a delightfully exotic love story (to Western readers anyway) with engaging characters and a happy ending. Mainly appealing to readers with some interest in Indian culture and customs.-Leslie Patterson, Brown Univ. Lib., Providence, RI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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