Teaser Tuesday – For Matrimonial Purposes


That is, I’m not doing this Teaser Tuesday for matrimonial purposes – heaven forfend! That’s the name of the book. 😀

But anyway, I’m back after a bit of a hiatus. Let’s see if I can manage not to drop out again for a while.

You probably really know the drill by now. This is a meme hosted by MizB over at the Should Be Reading blog. Go over there to see other people’s Tuesday Teasers, and leave a link to your own as well.

You take your current read and more-or-less randomly open it to a page. Take two (2) sentences from that page to quote as a teaser for the book, but being careful not to choose sentences that will give too much away.

This is a book I just grabbed, that someone had sent me. So I have no idea about how good it is, or what. But I seem, lately to be encountering books about young women from the Indian culture, and their matrimonial prospects. Must be something in the air.

Anyway, here’s my teaser, from the opening scene in Bombay, when the narrator is attending her younger cousin’s wedding:

Nina was about to become a wife in the presence of three hundred people, most of whom she had never met. I felt self-conscious standing there on the sidelines, the older, unmarried cousin, aware that people were glancing over at me – yes, to see what I was wearing, but mostly to detect any hint of pain or jealousy on my face as yet another younger cousin married.

For Matrimonial Purposes, by Kavita Daswani, p. 5

I have a feeling this is going to be entertaining. Perhaps another relatively light summer read?


    1. This does sound very intriguing…I’ll be watching for your review.

      Thanks for visiting my blog, and I like what you said about the validity of exploring the soap opera genre. I have one blog (of many!) in which I do post about soap operas; mostly to rant and dish about stuff I found annoying, but also about what I like. It started out as a place to blog about dreams and fairytales, but morphed into an exploration of the “modern day fairytale,” the soap opera.

      It’s called Moonbeams and Rainbows (http://moonbeams-rainbows.blogspot.com/)

    2. Nise' says:

      At first I thought that Nina was marrying the cousins old boyfriend. Great tease.

    3. Beverly says:

      Great teaser! Stop by and check out my teaser at The Wormhole.

    4. Thank goodness guys don’t have to worry about people staring at them at weddings to see what they’re wearing.

      Nice teaser.


      • Phyl says:

        Heehee! Oh, but you didn’t see the scene, later at the same wedding event, where a particular gentleman was suggested to the narrator as a potential bridegroom, and he was proudly wearing some totally 1980s clothes that were ridiculous. So… 😀

    5. Violet says:

      Weddings are such interesting events for people-watching. Hope this narrator is not feeling any of the jealousy and pain the guests are expecting to find in her expression. And hope you enjoy reading ‘For Matrimonial Purposes.” 🙂

    6. Staci says:

      She should be glad…marriage isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be!! LOL 😀

      • Phyl says:

        Heehee! As someone who is not married, but has watched friends and relatives marry and (usually) divorce for many years, I tend to agree with you. I gave up the Great Hunt years ago, and have never once regretted it.

    7. faye says:

      I too have run across several books and movies about marriage in Middle Eastern cultures and have found them to be quite eye-opening, especially in attitudes toward women.

      My TT is up a bit late because I tackled three novels, Stieg Larsson’s Millinnium trilogy, beginning with Girl with Dragon Tattoo. Also discussed the movie of same name briefly. My link: Summit Musings .

      • Phyl says:

        By coincidence, just last night I finished another book about a young Indian woman looking for marriage, and it got even more detailed about the associated customs. It’s fascinating, but so foreign to those of us raised in a really different culture.

    8. Laura says:

      I can definitely use a light summer read!

      Thanks so much for coming by my blog a couple of days ago. It’s taken me a while to catch up.

      This book sounds good; I hope it is.


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