Sunday, 25 January 2015

Extract from "To Find A Bride"



I remember the first time I had seen a girl chosen by my family in the elusive ‘Samoosa Run’. Before going further, I’ll explain what a Samoosa Run is all about.”

This is a tale that begins with arrogance, judgement and an extreme amount of humour that highlights quirks and predicaments in Indian Muslim communities. After a good few chapters into the read, a notable change is seen in the central character as he begins to gain a wealth of wisdom and inspiration as he goes along this journey.

I’m terrified of marriage. Afraid of what may happen after I marry her, afraid of her parents, afraid of this major change in life. There are so many rules, so many opinions and so many options. Don’t get me wrong, I’m ready for marriage, ready for the actuality of marriage and not the perceived views of stereotypical communities regarding the sacred ritual.
This is a tale that begins with arrogance, judgement and an extreme amount of humour that highlights quirks and predicaments in Indian Muslim communities. After a good few chapters into the read, a notable change is seen in the central character as he begins to gain a wealth of wisdom and inspiration as he goes along this journey.


Entering the home, the smell of ‘aggar-batti’ reaches the nose as though we were evil spirits that needed to be cleansed - so much for my Dunhill Desire cologne that emanated from just beneath my suit. We greeted in low voices and were directed to the lounge. This being my first, I had no idea what to expect. My eyes scanned the room and I saw ornaments from the 1800’s, flowery plates in the cabinet wondering if these people wash their dishes and then proceed to highlight their utensils in the lounge.
This is a tale that begins with arrogance, judgement and an extreme amount of humour that highlights quirks and predicaments in Indian Muslim communities. After a good few chapters into the read, a notable change is seen in the central character as he begins to gain a wealth of wisdom and inspiration as he goes along this journey.


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