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The Village Bride of Beverly Hills: A Novel
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Binding: Paperback
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Number Of Pages: 288
Publication Date: 2005-06-28

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After an arranged marriage in her native India, Priya moves with her husband to California, where they share a house with his parents. Playing the traditional daughter-in-law role, she's expected to clean, cook, and-because she doesn't immediately get pregnant-find a job as well!

But the job Priya lands isn't at all what her in-laws had in mind for a traditional Indian wife. She soon finds herself with a secret life that she must hide from her disapproving new family.

All the while, she is growing into a marriage to a man whose loyalty is decidedly torn between his parents and his bride. This is hardly surprising, given that he met his wife only a week before their wedding. The question is, can this fragile new love survive the pull between tradition and ambition?


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Summary: I call this book...
Comment: ...Brain Candy. It's a fun little story that, while enjoyable to read, still leaves you thinking about your relationships with those you love. I'm so glad I picked this one up at my library book sale! I will pass this one around.


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Summary: Cute Desi Chick Lit
Comment: I like reading Chick Lit when I'm looking for a relaxing read and I thought this book was pretty cute. Of course it's predictable, but it's a good poolside or beach book. It was funny how the author described the Indian families because it was pretty spot on. Even if you can't relate to Indian culture, I think you'll like this book because of the quirky story.

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Summary: I loved it
Comment: I am not from India, and I loved this book so much. I could not put it down. I laughed, and cried. The author is outstanding.


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Summary: A great read.
Comment: I am not much of a novel reader. But just the title of the book enchanted me. Just the title reminded me of myself - a village bride; educated, yet subdued by traditional believes and customs; educated yet afraid to expose those knowledge.

The author has written it with simplicity, humor, and a touch of suspense, which gave me the enthusiasm to read it in almost one sit. I liked her courage to stand up until her husband realized the true meaning of marriage - it is not one subduing the other; it is not one giving `permission' to the other; marriage is indeed sharing, respecting and giving the space for each other. I liked the way Priya did not fall for the roses, rosy words, nor the diamond ring.

When Priya picked up and went back to India, it sunk my heart. I was so angry with her as I usually am angry with women who are so smart and intelligent but yet break down and fall apart to `keep up with stupid family traditions'.

The part that was unbelievable for me was how Priya could keep the salary from her husband. In Indian marriages, in general, it is the husband who takes the paycheck from his wife and banks it. Priya, especially the Village bride that she claims she was, being under the control of her in-laws, how did she manage to do that? Also when she went back to her parents, it was especially her grandmother who supported her and stood up against Sanjay from taking her back. Normally, a family of such `village' tradition would encourage their daughter to obey and just follow and do whatever their husband tells them, even if the `jerk' abused her physically and mentally. Having brought up in a traditional family - village girl - these things were unbelievable. Anyway, it is a novel. So I guess I can't ask too many questions. But it indeed was a great read.

I would recommend this book not as a novel but as an inspirational book for the many `Village Brides' to come out and stand up for what they believed and be themselves.

The Author did a great job.



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Summary: Funny and well written, but shallow
Comment: Priya is a very sheltered young woman and naive about the world as shown in the story--yet she is credited for her ability to draw celebrities out. She asks vapid interview questions and does no research on her subjects. But the way the big-time (fictitious) celebrities laud and brown nose this young girl who really isn't a good writer after all, seems well...silly. Then as the magazine editors try to encouage her and help her perfect her craft, she scraps her thriving career and runs like a little girl back to her parents in India.

Also I was disappointed that she didn't consider a future of part time freelance journalism and gave up. She could have looked into writing a few articles from home (Ok not for a high profile biz like Hollywood Insider, but something to keep her brain working). Her willingness to end it at, "there was a baby in a golden carriage" saddened me. Priya's destined to turn out like a servile Hindu wife, once Sanjay kisses her feet, and says the right thing to her, in the right way. Making it seem having a life and thoughts of your own are only good for single women. Give it all up completely (including your brain) once you have the man of your dreams.


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