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The Rules of Arrangement

The Rules of Arrangement

Author(s): Anisha Bhatia

Location(s): Mumbai (Bombay)

Genre(s): Fiction, Romance

Era(s): Current

Zoya Sahni has a great education, a fulfilling job and a loving family (for the most part). But she is not the perfect Indian girl. She’s overweight, spunky and dark-skinned in a world that prizes the slim, obedient and fair. At 26 she is hurtling toward her expiration date in Mumbai’s arranged marriage super-mart, but when her auntie’s matchmaking radar hones in on the Holy Grail of suitors–just as Zoya gets a dream job offer in New York City–the girl who once accepted her path as almost option-less must now make a choice of a lifetime.

Big-hearted with piercing social commentary, it’s a powerful, irresistibly charming and relatable tale of a progressive life that won’t be hemmed in by outdated rules. But not without a few cultural casualties, and of course, an accidental love story along the way.

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A story in which the location plays as important a role as the rest of your words.

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