The Armchair Critic

The Wedding Season – by Su Dharmapala

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Meet Shani – she’s 32, single and has a job to die for and is very happy with her life. So why does everyone insist on trying to convince her that the only way to the true happiness is meeting the perfect man?

When Shani’s horoscope miraculously reveals that now is the best time of her life for marriage, her mother decides to take control. As the Sri Lankan wedding season opens she arranges a parade of suitors, in the hope that her unmarried daughter will salvage the family honour by finally finding Mr Right. But true life, like true love, can get very complicated.

Amidst a riot of hilarious dates with would-be husbands, a stressful job and a neurotic mother with serious cultural baggage, her best friend is sliding into depression and Shani seems powerless to help.

Through a flurry of curry, cricket, sarees, and weddings, Shani comes to learn that love comes in many guises – and that life is a one-shot game, even if you do believe in reincarnation.

Paberback 337 pages

Published May 2012 by Simon & Schuster Ltd

ISBN –9780731815609

My Review:

I loved this book which was laugh out loud funny, anyone with a managing mother is going to bond with the lovely Shani.  With characters you can really care about and some great tips about where to find Melbourne’s best spices stores,  Ms Dharmapala weaves a story filled with colour, curry and astrological charts.

While poor Shani is trying to maintain the tenuous control over her single status she is ambushed by potential suitors and unscrupulous colleagues alike.  Within no time both Shani’s control and her home are tumbling down.

Only the support of Shani’s friends can see her through this crazy and often comical time, so when tragedy strikes it is all the more shocking.  A story of love, tradition and more than a touch of Bollywood in suburban Melbourne.

With Australian/Sri-Lankan culture painted in vivid and enchanting colour, you will find yourself wondering if you too would look good in a Sari.


Written by Ranting Ruth

May 24, 2012 at 10:08 am

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  1. Reblogged this on thebookshackblog.


    May 24, 2012 at 11:26 am

  2. I enjoyed this one, too, and found some bits a bit disturbingly familiar!

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