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Uzma Jalaluddin's Ayesha at Last meets Jane Igharo's Ties That Tether in this own voices comedy of manners set in Mumbai where modernity jostles with tradition.
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, The Rules of Arrangement tells a powerful, irresistibly charming and oh-so relatable tale of a progressive life that won't be hemmed in by outdated rules.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.
About the Author
Born and brought up in Mumbai, India, Anisha Bhatia now lives in San Diego, California with her husband and their two children. She loves tea, biryani, books and beaches, not necessarily in that order. The Rules of Arrangement is her first novel.
Praise for The Rules of Arrangement:
“Prepare to laugh, cry, and petition that this book gets the Crazy Rich Asians-style rom-com treatment.”
"A heartfelt romp . . . [Bhatia's] characters exemplify what it means to be true to yourself no matter what others may think."
“The bustling city of Mumbai comes alive through Bhatia’s sparkling narrative of a young woman finding her place in the world and in her family while maintaining her identity.”
“Humor and introspection drive The Rules of Arrangement, a romance novel whose heroine contends with social expectations around marriage.”
“A boisterous family drama set in Mumbai, India, The Rules of Arrangement takes satirical aim at marriage-obsessed cultural norms.”
“Insightful, character-driven, and utterly unrestrained, The Rules of Arrangement is highly recommended.”
—Midwest Book Review
“Funny and charming . . . Beautiful writing, [a] gorgeously and lovingly depicted environment, and a heroine taking a terrific adventure of self-discovery.”
—All About Romance
“With writing that is witty and accessible, Bhatia tells an entertaining and delightful story about breaking tradition, creating your own path, and standing your ground.”
—Jane Igharo, author of Ties That Tether
"Anisha Bhatia crafts a heartwarming story of self-discovery filled with deep emotion. Hilarious and relatable, the effervescent main character captured my heart from the first page and wouldn't let go. I can't wait for Anisha's next book!"
—Sara Desai, author of The Dating Plan
“Anisha Bhatia had me hooked from the first few lines of this lovely, rollicking story. Zoya has a fabulous voice, funny and irreverent and instantly relatable…I loved every minute of this book. More, please!”
—Kathleen M. Basi, author of A Song For The Road