ARC Review: Love and Marriage in Mumbai by Elizabeth Flock

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.

Disclaimer: I was provided with a Physical copy of the book by Bloomsbury India in exchange for an honest review. However, all the thoughts, feelings and opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Mumbai is the city of dreams; a city that never sleeps and the city that never stops – and I do not know if the author could have picked another city to be the foundation of the book that is all about the hopes and dreams of human beings!

As soon as you start off the book, its easy to see the hold the city has on the author & the love that the author has given back to it!

Love and Marriage in Mumbai talks about three different couples, in quite different stages of their relationship, their lives and their marriage – and weaving across their stories, are the different aspects of relationships that will endear themselves to you!

Here’s the God’s honest truth – every aspect of love and marriage, relationships that you will, is something that you will yourself experience – if not now, then one day – that’s the universal truth of the words written on the pages.  

But what sets this book apart from so many others about India is that there is no judgemental attitude towards the customs and traditions of our colourful culture that has been given its due and for that I am very thankful to the author. 

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ .5



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