4 Books for fans of Indian Matchmaking
Have you binged all of the episodes of “Indian Matchmaking” and need more stories about arranged marriages? Look no further! I have you covered with these 4 books about arranged marriages in the Indian/Indian American community. Didn’t watch the show? No worries. You’ll still enjoy these #ownvoices romances.
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The Marriage Game by Sara Desai. Layla’s parents run a Michelin starred Indian restaurant. Traditional in their ways, they believe in arranged marriages. Without Layla’s knowledge, her father signs her up for IndianGirlMatch.com and sets up a series of dates without telling her…Layla is moving back to San Francisco to start her own business and her father’s agreed to let her use the office above the restaurant. Except he’s already rented out the space to Sam, also the child of first-generation immigrants.
Before Layla’s father can sort out who gets the office space, he’s hospitalized and Sam and Layla are battling it out for possession of the office space when Sam comes up with a proposition. Layla goes out on the dates her father arranged. If she accepts one of the suitors, she gets engaged and Sam gets the office. If Layla rejects all of the men, she gets the office. Nothing could possibly go wrong with that plan, right? Fun descriptions of Bollywood movies and delicious descriptions of Indian food
The Trouble with Hating You by Sajni Patel. Liya Thakkar is a successful biochemical engineer, takeout enthusiast, and happily single woman. The moment she realizes her parents’ latest dinner party is a setup with the man they want her to marry, she’s out the back door in a flash. Imagine her surprise when the same guy shows up at her office a week later — the new lawyer hired to save her struggling company. What’s not surprising: he’s not too thrilled to see her either after that humiliating fiasco.
Jay Shah looks good on paper…and off. Especially if you like that whole gorgeous, charming lawyer-in-a-good-suit thing. He’s also infuriating. As their witty office banter turns into late-night chats, Liya starts to think he might be the one man who truly accepts her. But falling for each other means exposing their painful pasts. Will Liya keep running, or will she finally give love a real chance?
The Marriage Clock by Zara Raheem. Given three months by her traditional parents to find a husband or agree to an arranged marriage, a Muslim-American woman with dreams of Bollywood romance starts dating in hopes of finding love on her own terms.
The Matchmaker’s List by Sonya Lalli. One devoted modern girl + a meddlesome, traditional grandmother = a heartwarming multicultural romantic comedy about finding love where you least expect it. Raina Anand may have finally given in to family pressure and agreed to let her grandmother play matchmaker, but that doesn’t mean she has to like it–or that she has to play by the rules.
Nani always took Raina’s side when she tried to push past the traditional expectations of their tight-knit Indian-immigrant community, but now she’s ambushing Raina with a list of suitable bachelors. Is it too much to ask for a little space? Besides, what Nani doesn’t know won’t hurt her… As Raina’s life spirals into a parade of Nani-approved bachelors and disastrous blind dates, she must find a way out of this modern-day arranged-marriage trap without shattering her beloved grandmother’s dreams.