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Marrying Anita


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A funny, revealing account of the author's madcap journey through Manhattan bars and Kashmir war zones in search of a husbandJain's April '05 article in New York Magazine about her decision to try arranged marriage was among the most read and e-mailed of that month. As one reader put it, this topic is of interest to 'anyone who has ever been in, wanted to be in, or knows someone who's been in a relationship' For fans of Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

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Anita Jain has worked as a journalist in a number of cities, including Mexico City, London, Singapore, New York and New Delhi, where she currently lives. She graduated from Harvard University and grew up in northern California.


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. (Aug.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

'Written in a literary yet compulsively readable voice remarkably fresh Believe it or not, there are new things to be said about love and friendship, and Jain covers them' Library Journal

What if Bridget Jones had taken more drastic measures to find true love? At 32, Indian-born American journalist Jain realized that New York bachelors could project witty and cultured personae over drinks or online but then fell short on personality or commitment. After years of having her relatively progressive California family suggest an arranged marriage, or at least a serious boyfriend, Jain decided to return to India (which her family had left in her infancy) to find a loving and committed man. This is her story, 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. Her friends in both countries reveal an array of nontraditional--and occasionally shockingly traditional--approaches to making a living and building a family in strained and colorful global cities. Believe it or not, there are new things to be said about love and friendship, and Jain covers them. Librarians should note the pervasive sexual and drug-related content. Recommended for academic and large public libraries.--Karen Sobel, Univ. of Colorado Lib., Denver Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

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