A determined mother using blatant emotional blackmail to inveigle her NRI son into a marriage with the right sort of desi girl; a reluctant groom with a live-in girlfriend following him all the way to India; a bride on the rebound from a disastrous liaison with a married man; skeletons rattling in old family cupboards; an aunt on the vengeance trail ? and we have a heady cocktail of an arranged wedding that morphs into a love marriage with quite the wrongest possible girl?with a little tactical help from long-dead ancestors. Written in a refreshingly original style, Marry Go Round is one quaint combine of today?s merrily irreverent humour and a staid Hyderabadi milieu with its Nawabi hangover from grandiose times long past.
*NOTE: We (The Readdicts) received a copy of Marry Go Round by Sadiqa Peerbhoy from Leadstart Publishing in exchange for an honest review. We thank the publishing house for the book!
Marry Go Round sounded like a fun and frilly read and that's exactly how it turned out to be. Obviously, that means that there are possibilities of a cliché, but honestly, this book was anything but that. I was at the edge of my seat till the very end, thinking about which girl our hero Riaz would end up with and I was quite happy with the ending. I do enjoy these kind of chick lit and girly reads once in a while- once in a while being the most important part of the sentence.
Marry Go Round is set in the charming city of Hyderabad, and the story takes place in a typical Hyderabadi Muslim home. Fortunately for me, I go to Hyderabad quite often so I know almost everything about the city. Although I've never really visited a Muslim home there, I've heard tons of stories about it.
Riaz's mom wants her only son to get married as soon as possible for reasons only she knows. Working in New York, Riaz has a hip life going on there and he even has a White girlfriend Sarah. To make her son come visit, Sartaj Jehan makes drama that could beat any of those ridiculous soaps they air on TV. On Riaz's return, the drama takes a whole new turn and it's a silly but enjoyable ride.
Each character in the book added their own unique personality to the whole story in general. Sartaj's inner dialogue and English were funny and her husband's Shakespeare obsession and quotes and hunger pangs added more humour. From Riaz's girlfriend to his suitors to his suitors' parents to his cousins to his relatives to his friends, everyone made this book a joyful ride.
Author Sadiqa Peerbhoy's writing was charming and kind of reminded me of Salman Rushdie. She has written an absolutely enjoyable book that captures the charm of a hearty Muslim household and of the Nizam's bejewelled city of Hyderabad.
Marry Go Round had many aspects relating to marriage that I don't quite like or even understand for that matter but the book ended with a type of marriage I love so I can oversee all the other flaws. The book can be read like a romantic comedy Bollywood movie where you don't really need to use your brain. All you gotta do is read and enjoy the ride.