Book Review: Love and Marriage in Mumbai

Title: Love and Marriage In Mumbai
Author: Elizabeth Flock 
Genre: Contemporary, Fiction
Source: Review Copy
Publisher: Bloomsbury India

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I received this book from #BloomsburyIndia and oh my my! When you want to pick up an interesting read, this is the one. Read on and see what I think about! 😀


In twenty-first-century India, tradition is colliding with Western culture, a clash that touches the lives of everyday Indians from the wealthiest to the poorest. While ethnicity, class, and religion are influencing the nation’s development, so too are pop culture and technology-an uneasy fusion whose impact is most evident in the institution of marriage.
Love and Marriage in Mumbai introduces three couples whose relationships illuminate these sweeping cultural shifts in dramatic ways: Veer and Maya, a forward-thinking professional couple whose union is tested by Maya’s desire for independence; Shahzad and Sabeena, whose desperation for a child becomes entwined with the changing face of Islam; and Ashok and Parvati, whose arranged marriage, made possible by an online matchmaker, blossoms into true love.
Elizabeth Flock spent close to a decade getting to know these couples-listening to their stories and living in their homes, where she was privy to marital joy, inevitable frustration, dramatic upheaval, and whispered confessions and secrets. The result is a phenomenal feat of reportage that is both an enthralling portrait of a nation in the midst of transition and an unforgettable look at the universal mysteries of love and marriage that connect us all.


How would you like to read a book where you will feel being a part of it? A story of three couples, Maya and Veer, Sabeena and Shahzad, Parvati and Ashok whose life surrounds the various hardships dealt with in a marriage. Even though the stories are not interlinked, still you will find a lot of subtle links between them. The book includes a few important topics of Social and Political issues that relate to the couple’s situation, making the book all the more realistic. Reading this book actually makes you feel like you are traveling with each of the couples, being a part of the story, their lives.

The basic background of the couples is that Veer and Maya, they try to accept the modern world while trying to keep their relationship going on strong. Ashok and Parvati, they met online and realized their love for each other through their arranged marriage, rather unusual don’t you think! And last but not the least, Shahzad and Sabeena their desire to bear a child gets entangled with the religious complexion and innovation. When you think about these characters, you can absolutely assume that the author, Elizabeth Flock has totally gone out-of-the-box thinking about such unique characters and creating them in such a way you are bound to feel a part of the book.

The book is very well paced and the best part, the writing style is so simple that it makes it very easy to complete the book in one go. There are a lot of aspects about the storyline that makes you think about “love” and “marriage” and what exactly happens when you fall into the hands of these two situations. I really liked reading the book because of its entire concept. This is a book for those who want to get into a serious relationship or the ones who are looking forward to getting married.

Ratings: star-512star-512star-512star-512

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