|Pages/Publication Date:||384 / 2018|
In 21st century India, traditions of ethnicity, class, and religion collide with Western culture and modern technology, creating an uneasy fusion that shapes the lives of everyday Indians. PBS NewsHour reporter Elizabeth Flock profiles three marriages in Mumbai that illuminate these sweeping cultural shifts: Veer and Maya, a forward-thinking professional couple whose union is tested by Maya's desire for independence; Shahzad and Sabeena, whose desperation for a child is entwined with the changing face of Islam; and Ashok and Parvati, whose arranged marriage, via an online matchmaker, blossoms into true love.
"A multifaceted portrait … steering clear of caricature and sentiment, and letting each of [Flock's] subjects emerge in the details of his or her own circumstances."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)