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(un)arranged marriage - an honest, touching book,
This review is from: (Un)arranged Marriage (Paperback)I've never really thought about arranged marriages in depth. I'm Catholic, so i've never had to deal with the thought of marrying someone i didn't love, or even like. In this autobiography, Bali is told by his father that he will have an arranged marriage at 17. His world falls apart. His education, his girlfriend, (who undersatands him more than any of his family have ever done), his mate Ady. They were the only things he cared about, but as soon as school finished he lost them all to 'a nice Indian girl.' A marriage that he didn't want, that his future wife wouldnt want. And why? To keep up the family's honour of being a proper Punjabi family. Before reading this book i never realised how many lives have been ruined for the sake of tradition.
This book shows how much a person can do if they set their mind to it. But it also shows how hard it is to make something of yourself when your parents don't believe in YOU. This book gives us a chance to have a look in at a different culture, and it's marvellously written. This book is one of those books which is completely UNFORGETTABLE!