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“In 2005, Jain announced in a New York magazine article that she was tired of American dating and would consider an arranged marriage, an Indian tradition she had always resisted. Only mildly piqued by her parents' endearing obsession with brokering a shaadi, she had ribbed her father for writing her profiles on Indian matchmaking Web sites. In a radical return to tradition, she decides to move to her native India in search of a husband. Pondering the foibles of American dating strengthens her resolve to embrace life in Delhi, even as she adjusts to its new cosmopolitan energy and Western attitudes. Jain struggles to negotiate the security of tradition with the allure of modernity. She is flummoxed by the caste system as well as the stigmas attached to single women. Torn between ‘old-world' suitors and the confident, latter-day Indian male, she concedes, ‘Dating in Delhi is no less complicated, perplexing and ego-deflating than in New York.' Even the ad her father places in the Times of India matrimonial pages (‘thirty-three years old, Harvard graduate . . . looking for broad-minded groom') fails to arouse much interest. With her world-weary yet earnest voice that finds humor in humiliation, Jain is sure to delight readers.” ―Publishers Weekly
“In a charmingly wry voice, [Jain] deftly interweaves the stories of friends, relatives and suitors, each tale illuminating another twist of the labyrinthine path to happiness offered by life in a subcontinent saturated by both tradition and technology...Jain's assured, insouciant intellectualism is as engaging to the reader as it is problematic in her search for a mate...A sparkling, enjoyable look at how globalization affects love.” ―Kirkus
“Written in a literary yet compulsively readable voice and with remarkably fresh and merciless analyses of dating trends in both New York City and the curiously liberated "New India" social climate of Delhi. Believe it or not, there are new things to be said about love and friendship, and Jain covers them.” ―Library Journal
The reviewers who gave this book one star seem to fall into two groups--those who were disappointed that the novel does not explore more of "traditional India," and those... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Sabbatical
I was rather disappointed with this book. The author finds fault with everyone. Perhaps she should look in a mirror.Published on February 18, 2013 by Montana
Found this book odd and unsure it had too much of a purpose. The author seems to be lost in a string of drinking, dating, and relations with mostly strangers or near strangers. Read morePublished on January 29, 2012 by pt
This was a fun book, and I enjoyed reading it. However, you might be disappointed if you were hoping to find a deeper connection with the author and her life. Read morePublished on May 26, 2011 by Lily Leaf
I read this book for an Anthropology class, expecting to get something out of it. This was probably my biggest problem.
I didn't. Read more
The author (an American Indian) uses this book to belittle Indian cultures and traditions, and highlight the progress of the nightlife of a country whose beauty she forgets to... Read morePublished on August 14, 2010 by TheReader
First, what I liked: it's honest, it's illuminating (hopefully not just because I'm male), it's timely (I know a lot of single people in their thirties), and it's a page... Read morePublished on January 9, 2010 by I. M. Idle
You've written a good book when you can hold the interest of someone who shares little in common with you. Read morePublished on August 28, 2009 by jonbodhi