Marrying Anita

Author(s): Anita Jain


Anita Jain, a New York-based Indian-American journalist, is single. For years she has trusted the Western way of finding a husband, but maybe there's something in arranged marriages after all. So she's traveling to India in search of a perfect husband, the old-fashioned way. Will she find a suitable man? If so, will he please her interfering family? Is the new urban Indian culture all that different from New York? And is any of this worth the effort? Marrying Anita is a refreshingly honest look at the modern search for a mate set against the backdrop of a rapidly modernizing New India.


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The Namesake meets Sex and the City in this funny, revealing account of the author's madcap journey through Manhattan bars and Kashmir war zones in search of a husband Jain's April '05 article in New York Magazine about her decision to try arranged marriage was among the most read and e-mailed of that month. As one reader put it, this topic is of interest to 'anyone who has ever been in, wanted to be in, or knows someone who's been in a relationship' For fans of Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

'A moving portrait of a woman between cultures and also the holy grail of women's writing: entertaining, meaningful and important' Evening Standard 'Marrying Anita is frank and witty and taps into four different genres. It's a 'desperate singleton' book, all irony and farce like Bridget Jones' Diary; it's an exotic travelogue, obliquely referencing Vikram Seth's A Suitable Boy and Ruth Prawler Jhabvala's Heat and Dust. It's also a kind of fairytale, in the Blue Bird vein rather than Cinderella' Irish Times 'Of course, there's nothing new in the story of a woman seeking a husband. What's new here - and stunningly so - is Jain's engaging, intelligent voice, at turns wry and provocatively curious a thoughtful, incisive exploration of the nature of connection' New York Times

Anita Jain has worked as a journalist in a number of cities, including Mexico City, London, Singapore, New York and New Delhi, where she currently lives. She graduated from Harvard University and grew up in northern California.

General Fields

  • : 9780747596158
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • : July 2009
  • : 198mm X 129mm X 20mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Anita Jain
  • : Paperback
  • : 1
  • : 306.7092
  • : 320
  • : Biography & autobiography; Family & other relationships