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BOOK Parul A. Mittal’s book Arranged Love is a humorous take on love versus arranged marriage

Adding to the love debateParul Mittal
Adding to the love debateParul Mittal

In a generation brought up on a cocktail of eastern and western influences, love is all about that warm mushy feeling, dates over coffee, hair-raising phone bills and the fear of an aunt or uncle catching the love-birds red-handed. Parul A. Mittal’s second book, Arranged Love , is about the ‘forbidden love’ and the ‘arranged marriage’ syndrome affecting the lives of India’s youth. A distinct shift from her first book documenting the lives of girls at the coveted IITs, Heartbreaks & Dreams!: The Girls @ IIT , Parul feels her writing has matured over time. This one had her researching and talking to 200 people in her quest to find the solution to the quandary of love versus arranged marriage.

“I have not given any answers in the book because there is no one size that fits all. I am a strong believer in love. You get to know the person but in an arranged marriage you get to know the background. So it’s a debate that can go on,” says Parul, who refrains from turning her writing into preachy literature.

Parul says humour and the Facebook connection are the USP of this novel. “Travelling on the metro one day, I overheard two girls discussing guy trouble. One told the other to keep posting on his Facebook wall till the problem was sorted out. This is exactly what I wanted to capture. Nothing is private now. Every relationship goes through ups and downs and it is all flashed in public,” sighs Parul.

The book’s protagonist Suhaani, in a long-distance relationship with her Indian-American boyfriend, suffers the online humiliation of a publicised break-up, against the backdrop of trying to figure out her own feelings towards her boss who accidentally happens to be a suitor of her parent’s choice.

BIDISHA MAHANTA

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