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Media Un arranged Marriage. Required Cookies These cookies allow you to explore OverDrive services and use our core features. Performance and reliability cookies These cookies allow us to monitor OverDrive's performance and reliability. Research and analytics cookies These cookies help us understand user behavior within our services. May 20, Baljit rated it liked it.

The writer is trapped in a very orthodox traditional family which is totally at odds with the anglo cultural influence on the younger generation. Dec 19, Evelina rated it liked it. Had to read this for my English class, and I really enjoyed it. Was a bit uncertain on it when I first began reading it but quickly got caught up in the story.

Don't think I ever would've read it on my own, but safe to say it wasn't a complete waste of time. Feb 12, Molly rated it it was amazing. Great book can't stop reading! May 18, Carol Leach rated it liked it. Made me re think about the whole culture from a different angle. We all assume that it's only girls that get forced into marriage. View 1 comment. Aug 04, Merel rated it it was ok.

It seems taht the author didn't want to be either, which made the story quite underdeveloped. If more context and explanation was added this would have been wonderful. May 07, Lukrezia Cosimo rated it liked it Shelves: punjab , india , fiction , uk. This is probably aimed at teenagers, but - even so - is a pretty good read. Some of it is set in the Punjab, which as I've been to Jalandhar, which also features made it particularly interesting to me. It made a change to see the problems of growing up in the UK in a traditional Punjabi family from a boy's point of view. Definitely worth reading.

Jan 26, Surabhi Miah rated it did not like it Shelves: reading-challenge , coming-of-age. Very poorly written. The premise of the book is compelling and I tried to sympathize with the character throughout the book but just could not. I was deferment to finish the torture as soon as possible so that I could reward myself with a decent book after this. Very disappointed. Nov 15, Julie Vance rated it it was amazing. Great insight into Indian culture and customs. Good to see perspective from a British born and raised Indian.

Met author yesterday, book is now twenty years old. Aug 03, Jawad Sefo rated it it was amazing. A great book that is full of funny, though heartbreaking events. Jul 15, Alice rated it really liked it Shelves: young-adult. I'd been wanting to read a book by Bali Rai for such a long time but never got around to it.

I'd always heard great things, my sister is a fan and I was really impressed when I met him on an author visit a couple of years ago. I understand why I didn't, at the time I wanted to read about magic, witches and love stories. Stories about other cultures I saw as removed from my own didn't interest me.

This is such a brilliant, and easy to read book. It is written in an extremely accessible way, and the characters talk like realistic teenagers which is really refreshing. It was also interesting to hear the story of arranged marriages told from the perspective of a teenage boy. That is a shame that I dismissed it though, because Un arranged marriage tells a compelling and believable story of a teenage boy's fight for his individuality and freedom.

Manjit, or rather Manny, has grown up in a strictly traditional, and abusive, Punjabi family in Leicester Bali Rai's home town and not far from where I live. He is the youngest son, and feels isolated from the rest of this family because he has grown up influence by the more liberal and 'Western' values. He finds the ignorance and racism of his family difficult to bear, particularly as his best friend is black and he falls for a white girl.

Once it is announced that his father plans to wed him to another Punjabi girl Manny has four years to find a way to un-arrange the marriage and live out his life the way that he wants to. I liked Manny a lot. I liked his independent spirit, and his thoughtful and tolerant attitude. I really felt for him as he struggled against the oppressive nature of his family life; and at the hands of his father and brother's fists, along with his otherwise silent mother's emotional manipulation.

I got frustrated with him, as I always go, when he went of the rails a little and messed up his school career but I could understand why he acted that way. I loved his relationship with Ady, they were both funny together and so supportive it was sweet. I was rooting for Manny until the end, I believe that he will make something good out of his life.

His family were a mixed bag. His mother may as well have been absent, as he noted that she barely ever even spoke to him. Presumably silence makes a good Punjabi wife, as we hardly hear from any of the women besides Manny's sister-in-law Jas. His father is a small-minded drunk who is obsessed with the traditional idea of what a good Punjabi is do as a you are told and stick to your own basically. Alcoholism is apparently fine, as hard drinking is part of what makes you a "real man. There is balance given to this by other members of Manny's extended family who have much more liberal, tolerant views.

I know very little about Punjabi culture but this book was so easy to get into and a real pleasure to read.

The writing is so accessible, you could pick it up and be sucked in within pages. I now feel a little more informed about what is a complex and sometimes contradictory in the case of Manny's family set of traditions. Bali Rai makes it very clear that these traditions are cultural, economic and political the caste system that is alive and well in India have nothing to do with the religion of Sikhism. And that indeed Manny does not view himself nor any of his family has being real Sikhs in the religious sense as they uphold none of the core values of tolerance and equality.

It's a great story, and surprisingly easy read which might actually make you think a little bit, and learn something if you're like me! Brilliant YA literature. Give it a read! May 13, Fanny Svensson added it. We've recently read this book in school and my personal opinion about the book is that it's a really good book for people in our age You really learn about different cultures and how the world can be for some people.

This is happening all around the world, even in Sweden. For most of us Swedish people this is a weird truth. Getting forced into a marriage when your seventeen is something we could never imagine, and by your parents. The only thing that I thought was bad about the book is its ending.

The end now leaves you with so much unanswered questions but not in a good way. I strongly recommend it! Mar 02, Julie rated it really liked it. I really liked this book I found it quite an unusual twist on the general picture we have in the west of girls being forced into an arranged marriage.

This book was about a young man Manjit who is told that on his 17th birthday he will follow the example of his elder brothers and have an arranged marriage. Manjit has no intention of getting married until he is ready, and to a girl of his choice but he is being badly bullied by his brothers and his father, his mother is an expert in the art of em I really liked this book I found it quite an unusual twist on the general picture we have in the west of girls being forced into an arranged marriage.

Manjit has no intention of getting married until he is ready, and to a girl of his choice but he is being badly bullied by his brothers and his father, his mother is an expert in the art of emotional blackmail, he seems to have no one, or where to turn to and the thought of getting married weights heavy on his mind, he stops concentrating at school and starts to get into bad ways, which obviously then gives his family more ammunition to get him married off.

He starts to see an English girl, Lisa in secret and she tries to support him to stand up against his family. He thinks he is getting somewhere when the whole family go on holiday to their family village in the Punjab and assure him that there is no trickery or ulterior motive, he starts to relax and enjoy a holiday meeting different relatives, but is this really just a holiday? You really feel for the character of Manjit and sympathise with his predicament and at the end of the book you are really rooting for him.

This book shows how difficult it is for some young people who are caught in the crossfire between tradition and culture according to their families and the tradition and culture of the country in which they have grown up and spent all their lives. Jun 13, Pam added it Shelves: fiction , uk , india. I'm not getting married.

Manny Manrit is 13 yrs old and is dreading his 17th birthday. The day he will be married -- prearranged by his parents in the Punjabi way. They all seem to have more ties to the Indian culture than he does. Manny, wants no part of this and rebels. However, still an enjoyable read and was happy to see Manny ultimately accepted more responsibility for his decisions, even if in hindsight -- his choice for independence was positive but he lacked senstivity for some of the innocent future inlaws, etc.

Dec 03, Hampman added it. The book was easy and interesting to read as it describes the Punjabi culture and what traditions they have.


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I thought it was good to see the perspective from I man who has got forced into an arranged married. When I had read the book it changed my opinion for them who is really into their religion, the book showed that the religion and traditions is actually really impo un arranged marriage is really a fun and interesting book, it has everything from happiness to sadness, tragedy to humorous. When I had read the book it changed my opinion for them who is really into their religion, the book showed that the religion and traditions is actually really important for some people and you need to respect that.

I would like to believe that the author Bali Rai actually is the main character Manny. I really liked him, I like the way he acts, his attitude against the family and the way he sees the religion and the traditions. But I also feel sorry for him. He is 15 years old, He lived with violence his whole life and he does everything to avoid his home and his family. You should live your life when your 15 years old.

I hope people who have the same problem as Manny really become influents and do something about it. Something that I reacted on was that the book only described the Punjabi culture like the worst culture you could live in. Dec 02, Jenniesven rated it liked it.

The book un arranged marriage, written by Bali Rai was very good. I find this book amusing to read and I enjoyed Bali's way of showing us the Punjabi way of living. It was well written and easy to understand, even though there were many names that were quite similar to each other. From a readers perspective it is very good that the book is divided into four parts, making it easier to fallow the course of the book.

When there were dialogs it was sometimes hard to understand because he wrote them The book un arranged marriage, written by Bali Rai was very good. When there were dialogs it was sometimes hard to understand because he wrote them with dialect, which I find harder to read because of my lack of knowledge with the Punjabi way of speaking.

The general theme in the book, I think, is respect and the fact that it is hard to change someone even if they are raised traditionally but do not feel the traditions. Throughout the book respect is the main thing that causes all the conflicts. Manny, as the main character is called, shows us how hard it can be to break free from religion, tradition and your own family. In general the book was very good, but I would have liked if there would have been less names, more details in the end and a more detailed explanation on why Manny and Lisa broke up.

But overall the book was good and I would recommend it to others, especially if they wanted something a bit challenging but still simple. May 04, Daniel Nestor rated it really liked it. Un arranged marriage is a great book created by Bali Rai. The book is really fun to read and is rally easy to get in to. The language is easy which makes it makes it even easier to understand. And the books subject is really modern and if you read it you will learn a lot about religion and arranged marriage. You also get to know how it is to be a Punjabi boy. Even if they wouldn't agree at least he would have tried to reason.

And then he could go on with his own life. My other issue was the ending.

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How more ridiculous can you get than him moving in with his ex-'s family staying in his ex-'s room! I understand Lisa is off abroad or something, but still. Please buy your own home, is that necessary even if they are so welcoming? Talk about creepy. Otherwise, it was an ok read. I don't think I'd read it again if I realized more of what it was like Read for school over a few weeks. Dec 05, Cim rated it it was ok. Un arranged marriage by Bali Rai was not a book I enjoyed reading. The lack of descriptions both environmental but also when it comes to the characters is what this book falters in.

Otherwise, like I said, it had a good story and some good themes like love, the importance of free will which I connected with quite well , and standing up for yourself and so on. I got quite irritated with the language in the book because even though I know he used slang as a way for the reader to connect with youths he went over the top with it at some points. Dec 02, Meyganphanngam rated it really liked it Shelves: adasd. I think the book was really good. Because the book its funny but also serious. Bali is taking the book to a new level. He's taking up the Punjabi culture and how it's to be a Punjabi man and a different kind of view about unarranged or arranged married when you are a boy.

Because when you think about someone that is force to get married you often think about a girl. But Bali decide to write about a boy and I think that was really clever thing to do. As i said the book is also serious because Bal I think the book was really good. As i said the book is also serious because Bali takes up a serious subject about marrige in young age. I also like this book because is was modern, fresh and so easy to read if you're not good at reading, especially if you don't like to read in english.

I like how the time in the book were built and how Bali brought it togheter at the end. I don't like the ending so much but that is up to you how you wanted to end. I wanted more action in the end but i do understand why it dosen't happend. But the book is really worth reading and it will give you thoughts about marriage and culture that you never had before! View 2 comments. Jul 18, Ilonita50 rated it really liked it Shelves: indian , culture. Super good book. It has new modern English slang and Punjabi Indian strict old fashioned family. To a young teenage boy Munny, who has born in England and so far is totally different from the rest of his family who prefers Punjab culture most, not like Munny - modern England's culture.

He prefers to hang out with his best mate who is denied by the rest of Munny's family-cos they dislike anyone whos white, brown and no Punjubi. The story is about inner fight and struggling within your own family Super good book. The story is about inner fight and struggling within your own family and when the boy think he is stuck with family rules, blacmailing and theres no way out-not to be unwillingly married by arranged marriage to grl who he has never ever met..

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May 20, Baljit rated it liked it. The writer is trapped in a very orthodox traditional family which is totally at odds with the anglo cultural influence on the younger generation. Dec 19, Evelina rated it liked it. Had to read this for my English class, and I really enjoyed it. Was a bit uncertain on it when I first began reading it but quickly got caught up in the story. Don't think I ever would've read it on my own, but safe to say it wasn't a complete waste of time.

Feb 12, Molly rated it it was amazing. Great book can't stop reading! May 18, Carol Leach rated it liked it.

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Made me re think about the whole culture from a different angle. We all assume that it's only girls that get forced into marriage. View 1 comment. Aug 04, Merel rated it it was ok. It seems taht the author didn't want to be either, which made the story quite underdeveloped. If more context and explanation was added this would have been wonderful. May 07, Lukrezia Cosimo rated it liked it Shelves: punjab , india , fiction , uk. This is probably aimed at teenagers, but - even so - is a pretty good read. Some of it is set in the Punjab, which as I've been to Jalandhar, which also features made it particularly interesting to me.

It made a change to see the problems of growing up in the UK in a traditional Punjabi family from a boy's point of view. Definitely worth reading. Jan 26, Surabhi Miah rated it did not like it Shelves: reading-challenge , coming-of-age. Very poorly written. The premise of the book is compelling and I tried to sympathize with the character throughout the book but just could not.

I was deferment to finish the torture as soon as possible so that I could reward myself with a decent book after this. Very disappointed. Nov 15, Julie Vance rated it it was amazing. Great insight into Indian culture and customs. Good to see perspective from a British born and raised Indian. Met author yesterday, book is now twenty years old. Aug 03, Jawad Sefo rated it it was amazing. A great book that is full of funny, though heartbreaking events. Jul 15, Alice rated it really liked it Shelves: young-adult.

I'd been wanting to read a book by Bali Rai for such a long time but never got around to it. I'd always heard great things, my sister is a fan and I was really impressed when I met him on an author visit a couple of years ago. I understand why I didn't, at the time I wanted to read about magic, witches and love stories. Stories about other cultures I saw as removed from my own didn't interest me.

This is such a brilliant, and easy to read book. It is written in an extremely accessible way, and the characters talk like realistic teenagers which is really refreshing. It was also interesting to hear the story of arranged marriages told from the perspective of a teenage boy. That is a shame that I dismissed it though, because Un arranged marriage tells a compelling and believable story of a teenage boy's fight for his individuality and freedom.

Manjit, or rather Manny, has grown up in a strictly traditional, and abusive, Punjabi family in Leicester Bali Rai's home town and not far from where I live. He is the youngest son, and feels isolated from the rest of this family because he has grown up influence by the more liberal and 'Western' values. He finds the ignorance and racism of his family difficult to bear, particularly as his best friend is black and he falls for a white girl. Once it is announced that his father plans to wed him to another Punjabi girl Manny has four years to find a way to un-arrange the marriage and live out his life the way that he wants to.

I liked Manny a lot. I liked his independent spirit, and his thoughtful and tolerant attitude. I really felt for him as he struggled against the oppressive nature of his family life; and at the hands of his father and brother's fists, along with his otherwise silent mother's emotional manipulation. I got frustrated with him, as I always go, when he went of the rails a little and messed up his school career but I could understand why he acted that way. I loved his relationship with Ady, they were both funny together and so supportive it was sweet. I was rooting for Manny until the end, I believe that he will make something good out of his life.

His family were a mixed bag. His mother may as well have been absent, as he noted that she barely ever even spoke to him. Presumably silence makes a good Punjabi wife, as we hardly hear from any of the women besides Manny's sister-in-law Jas. His father is a small-minded drunk who is obsessed with the traditional idea of what a good Punjabi is do as a you are told and stick to your own basically. Alcoholism is apparently fine, as hard drinking is part of what makes you a "real man. There is balance given to this by other members of Manny's extended family who have much more liberal, tolerant views.

I know very little about Punjabi culture but this book was so easy to get into and a real pleasure to read. The writing is so accessible, you could pick it up and be sucked in within pages. I now feel a little more informed about what is a complex and sometimes contradictory in the case of Manny's family set of traditions. Bali Rai makes it very clear that these traditions are cultural, economic and political the caste system that is alive and well in India have nothing to do with the religion of Sikhism.

And that indeed Manny does not view himself nor any of his family has being real Sikhs in the religious sense as they uphold none of the core values of tolerance and equality. It's a great story, and surprisingly easy read which might actually make you think a little bit, and learn something if you're like me!

Brilliant YA literature. Give it a read! May 13, Fanny Svensson added it. We've recently read this book in school and my personal opinion about the book is that it's a really good book for people in our age You really learn about different cultures and how the world can be for some people. This is happening all around the world, even in Sweden. For most of us Swedish people this is a weird truth. Getting forced into a marriage when your seventeen is something we could never imagine, and by your parents. The only thing that I thought was bad about the book is its ending.

The end now leaves you with so much unanswered questions but not in a good way. I strongly recommend it! Mar 02, Julie rated it really liked it. I really liked this book I found it quite an unusual twist on the general picture we have in the west of girls being forced into an arranged marriage. This book was about a young man Manjit who is told that on his 17th birthday he will follow the example of his elder brothers and have an arranged marriage. Manjit has no intention of getting married until he is ready, and to a girl of his choice but he is being badly bullied by his brothers and his father, his mother is an expert in the art of em I really liked this book I found it quite an unusual twist on the general picture we have in the west of girls being forced into an arranged marriage.

Manjit has no intention of getting married until he is ready, and to a girl of his choice but he is being badly bullied by his brothers and his father, his mother is an expert in the art of emotional blackmail, he seems to have no one, or where to turn to and the thought of getting married weights heavy on his mind, he stops concentrating at school and starts to get into bad ways, which obviously then gives his family more ammunition to get him married off. He starts to see an English girl, Lisa in secret and she tries to support him to stand up against his family.

He thinks he is getting somewhere when the whole family go on holiday to their family village in the Punjab and assure him that there is no trickery or ulterior motive, he starts to relax and enjoy a holiday meeting different relatives, but is this really just a holiday? You really feel for the character of Manjit and sympathise with his predicament and at the end of the book you are really rooting for him.

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