(Un)arranged Marriage has ratings and 97 reviews. Kirsty said: This is the first book I’ve read for pleasure since I completed my 3rd year at univers. The young-adult novel (Un)Arranged Marriage is the first novel by the British- Indian author Bali Rai (born in Leicester, England). Buy (Un)arranged Marriage UK ed. by Bali Rai (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders.

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The book un arranged marriage, written by Bali Rai was very good. He is using slang and informal language, which in my opinion fai good because it makes the book more modern than a few other books. This is such a brilliant, and easy to read book. May 18, Carol Leach rated it liked it.

Please email webmaster fantasticfiction. After some time, Manny gets really homesick and badly wants to go back to England. Return to Book Page. Books by Bali Rai.

His first book, un arranged marriage, created a huge amount of interest and won many awards, including the Angus Book Award and the Leicester Book of the Year.

I got a powerful reaction against Lisa’s break up with Manny because she was the only thing that he cared about at that time and she just abandoned him. The author then writes the book in retrospect, and takes the reader back three years. Baoi should live his own life by making margiage own decisions.

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Stories about other cultures I saw as removed from my own didn’t interest me. But Manny is described as a brave young boy who stand their ground and do as he wants. A letter from Jas arrives, in which she says she feels sorry for him and adds some notes by Ady and Lisa. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Ady is a young Black boy who lives with his family in Leicester.

You get a view how it is to live in the Punjabi culture and the differences with India and Leicter. Secondly it is mentioned that the book shows the conflict about living in two different worlds two different cultures at the same time, really well. Leicester, England Punjab India. The widely held opinion about the story itself is that it deals with an important affair. But overall the book was good and I would recommend it to others, especially if they wanted something a bit challenging but still simple.


I would recommend it to someone looking for something easy and at the same time thought-provoking to read! On the morning of his marriage, which also happens to be the morning of his 17th birthday, Manny looks back on his rebellious teenage years.

Both grew up multicultural and multiracial as Punjabis in England. I wanted more action in the end but i do understand why it dosen’t happend. Bali Rai was born in and raised as a working class Punjabi in Leicester.

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He rzi to India to visit his family. Bali hopes his novels capture the unique unarranyed mix of the UK, of which he is proud to be a part. Manny and his family arrive in India, where he is really shocked when he sees all the poverty in this country, which he had always believed to be impossible in India because his father told him that India is really nice and full of good people.

Dec 08, Mousmi rated it liked it. Part two The second part of the novel is about Manny living out his rebellious side following his plan to make himself as unsuitable as possible. I find this book amusing to read and I enjoyed Bali’s way of showing us the Punjabi way of living.

You really feel for unarranved character of Manjit and sympathise with his madriage and at the end of the book you are really rooting for him. I kind of hated to read about all the times he just went for a smoke or stole something because it felt like the author just wanted to fill out more pages.

Ich gebe es auf. I got a powerful reaction against Lisa’s break up with Manny because she was the only thing that he cared about at that time and she just abandon I consider this book as a good example about the conflict between two cultures.


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 know very little about Punjabi culture but this book was so easy to get into and a real pleasure to read. Had to read this for my English class, and I really enjoyed it. View all 4 comments. I had hoped for a much better end but you can not always get who you want.

He talks about it with Ady and prepares the plan with him three days before the wedding takes place. When his parents see his reaction his mother tries an emotional blackmail by crying and telling him that she will die if he does not get married. The novel received generally positive reviews, with The Guardian ‘s Kit Spring calling it an “absorbing and engaging first novel” and “highly readable”. Jul 15, Alice rated it really liked it Shelves: My expectations of this book after the prologue was pretty different compared to the ending.

(Un)Arranged Marriage

Bali is taking the book to a new level. The key issue of the novel is that his father wants an arranged marriage for Manny. Manny uses the time that he has on his own to think about what happened in the last years and about his plan to crash his own wedding. Dec 11, Frida Karlsson rated it really liked it. 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.

Manny and his best friend Ady go to school in Leicesterwhere he also got to meet his later girlfriend Lisa. Good to balj perspective from a British born and raised Indian.

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