BY Harsimran Kaur ON Aug 02 , 2022 IN BOOK REVIEW, LOVE MARRIAGE BY MONICA ALI-FICTION
Marriages are made in heaven—a theory that seems a bit convoluted, for favorability may not last long and disengagement on a human turf is a devoured feast. Love is permissible as long as it suits one’s sense of direction; any deviation presumably means ‘all that glitters is not gold.’ It can turn out to be silver, bronze and if luck is a nocturnal beast that all you get are granulated pebbles bearing an infringement of plasticity.
Yasmin Ghorani is in love with Joe; luck has been a siphoning cloud of unbridled affection and a staccato of harmonious tunes. Marriage is on the cards and excitement has ballooned up in the entire Ghorani family. It’s a marriage of two different cultures and perceptual thought process. The Ghoranis is a puritanical Muslim household that draws a clear distinction between the forbidden and the sanctioned. Baba is a conscientious doctor and Ma has impeccably taken care of her home. Yasmin, a junior doctor, is a protégé of her father and invasively critical of her mother. Arif is the fault line in the family of being too obstinate and foolhardy.
Life is a steady companion for them till the arrival of Harriet whose feminist Panjandrum is an aberration to the Ghoranis but acceptance is the virtue as she is Joe’s mother. In the midst of these conflagrations, Yasmin and Joe about to enter into a nuptial arrangementdiscover a sense of self, oblivious to them and how past has a decisive role in etching a personality we might began to loathe. It’s a story of how love is transformed into deceit, unapologetic vulnerabilities and an indelible outrage of your insecurities, thus redefining the concept of love marriage.
It’s not because two people are misgoverned in their actions but are pusillanimous to accept their faults which eventually create differences and make hearts fall apart.
Joe is chaperoned by his mother’s inclinations, who is a feminist shadowed by a tumultuous marriage. Her obsession to protect Joe and a childhood he still feels imprisoned in becomes a cause of his irrevocable addictions. Yasmin is no harridan but is profoundly impacted by how life unfolds—an irrefutable desire to break all barriers as if tearing yourself is a way to gather what you are about to lose.
It’s in their imperfections they discover that marriage is not just about inclinations but a responsibility to be truthful and transparent.
A story of intricately woven relationships…