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Everything Happens for a Reason - Kavita Daswani

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Genre: Fiction / Author: Kavita Daswani / Paperback / 304 Pages / Book is published 2004-07-05 by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

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      25.08.2009 17:13
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      A story about a girl who moves from India to LA

      "Everything happens for a reason" by Kavita Daswani is not your average chick lit novel. For a start the heroine of the story is an Indian girl who marries and moves to America with her new husband. That might sound like a fairytale but for Priya the main character in the story it is a bit more like a nightmare. Priya finds herself far from her family and friends and instead thrown into a new family. Priya not only has to contend with getting used a husband she does not know but also has to get used to the in-laws who treat her like a maid rather than a beloved daughter-in-law.

      Although very traditional Priya's mother in law decides that as she has not produced a child yet she might as well go out and get a job to earn some money in the meantime. Priya manages to land a role as a receptionist for a showbiz magazine. After a little while in the job Priyas good nature and hard working finds her being offered a job as a showbiz reporter, not something that the in-laws would approve of. And so Priya finds herself living a secret life as the hottest showbiz reporter in LA complete with new stylish wardrobe and a big fat salary. However when she returns home she has to return to wearing saris and cooking and cleaning for the in-laws.

      Will Priya be able to keep up this double life? Will Priya decide that she wants more? You have to read the book to find out the answers?

      Kavita Daswani is not an author I had heard of before although she has written another book called "For Matrimonial Purposes." She was born in Hong Kong and her parents had emigrated from India. She has worked as a journalist and fashion editor and now lives in L.A. I wonder how much of this book is taken from her experiences or stories from her friends and family.

      I enjoyed the book and read it on holiday in just over a day so its quite a quick read if you have the time. The story is interesting, I liked reading about the arranged marriage and what was expected of the new wife. The author manages to write about Priyas new life in a way that both makes you laugh at the situation but also feel empathy with her for her loneliness and her desperate longing to actually make the marriage work. I found it interesting to read about a different culture and customs from my own and I think this added something to the story. I think it works well because the author is writing about customs and traditions that she knows about rather than something she has read about in a book.

      It was an enjoyable holiday read and the story kept a good pace throughout. Without revealing too much I have to say the ending was very very cheesy and I think this slightly spoilt what was in fact a fairly good story. In the last chapter I felt the author just wanted to tie up all the loose ends and I think it could have done with a much stronger ending.

      So to summarise it's a nice holiday read but the ending could have been a lot better.

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