Monday, September 9, 2013

Book Review: Hitched by Nandini Krishnan

On the jacket:

If you are an Indian woman and old enough to legally bear children, chances are that an overweight relative has asked you, while fondly stroking their pot belly, 'When am I going to eat at your wedding?' The modern Indian woman's attitude to marriage and especially to arranged marriage is a confused one. As traditional matchmaking methods and internet chat rooms come together to build matrimonial websites, our parameters have changed, but the time-honoured practice of arranged marriage sticks. Hitched explores in depth the considerations matrimony should involve and the issues that can crop up at different stages of an arranged marriage. A cross-section of women those who married young, married late, married the first man their parents parked before them or married out of caste in an arranged setup open up about experiences ranging from the frightening to the hilarious and the aww-inspiring.

Review:

I have always been very curious about arranged marriages, I have never quite understood how anyone can decide if the person is the one with just a couple of meetings, sometimes just one. When I picked up Hitched, I loved the cover, to begin with. I was also expecting it to be a book of funny and scary experiences of arranged marriages.

I am not sure if I loved the book, or didn't like it much, so I would give it a three. It's got nothing one wouldn't know, I am talking about married people here. Every marriage needs a lot of work, be it arranged or love - when you start living with a person, you are starting from the scratch anyway. The book begins on a slow speed, the first few stories are a bit boring, if I may use the adjective. But, it gets better. If you are about to get into an arranged marriage, you might want to pick up a point or two. Or if you are already in one, you might identify with the stories. You might want to go by, and follow some of the rules a few of the writers have mentioned, in terms of how their won marriages have worked, but rest assured, you will still need to make up your own rules. What works for one couple doesn't necessary need to work for another.

So, don't treat it as a bible, I would say. Treat Hitched as a book, a collection of short stories about experiences of people in arranged marriages.

Rating: ***/5

[This review is for Random House India. The opinions are strictly my own and not been written under any obligation.] 

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