A Good Indian Wife by Anne Cherian

A Good Indian Wife via Love at First BookA Good Indian Wife by Anne Cherian is a fictional book about an “accidental” arranged marriage.

Suneel (Neel, as he’s known in America) is an American doctor, who has shunned his Indian roots since coming to the states for school.  He’s been having a mainly sexual relationship with a blonde, all-American secretary at the hospital where he works.

When his grandfather’s sickness propels him to India to visit, Neel is kind of tricked into accepting a wife.

He tries to get out of it, in many ways, but seems to be stuck and has to bring his new wife back with him to America.

Neel’s a jerk, cheating on Leila (the new wife) and treating her badly.

Will he change his ways and appreciate his Indian wife?  Or is the relationship going to crash and burn?

This isn’t a love story.  Even though there’s an arranged marriage, it’s more about relationships, friendships, adapting to new situations, and being true to yourself.

A Good Indian Wife was a quick read for me, because of the interesting storyline and because of the culture exploration.  I’m a sucker for books set in other cultures!


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26 thoughts on “A Good Indian Wife by Anne Cherian

  1. This looks like a good one. I love books set in other cultures too and have been doing the Around the World in 80 books challenge. Probably half the books I’ve read though are set in India, since that is where my family is from. Marriages of my parents generation are typically arranged with only a couple of love marriages. It is certainly a different dynamic in the relationship in the arranged marriage, the sense of duty and the greater hurdles the couple must face as they get to know their spouse better. What amazes me still is how those marriages do work and my parents have always had a love and respect for one another that you don’t see in too many marriages today. When I was of marrying age, my parents gave me a choice and while they hoped it would work out for meand a brilliant, nice Indian man, I chose love in the end and got my happily ever after.


    • I think it seems strange to Americans that there are still arranged marriages, but at the same time, sometimes it works well. Do you think it’s the arranged marriage part of the culture part that leads to better working marriages and perhaps less divorces than when people choose on their own?


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  3. I love learning about new cultures and I find the Indian culture to be interesting. The arranged marriage thing is something I don’t think I would ever accept and I don’t always understand it, but the rest of their culture is so interesting and colourful! I’m making a note of this book.


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