Book Competition: The A-Z Guide to Arranged Marriages


Fancy settling down with a sassy novel in the run up for Christmas, or looking for some spirited chick lit as a present? Then comic tale The A-Z Guide to Arranged Marriages is the book for you. It centres on 28-year-old Maya Malik, a successful second generation British Bengali woman who wants tradition, culture and a glamorous Bollywood style wedding. But how hard can that be with arranged marriage?

Maya embarks on six family introductions, three blind dates, two speed dates, and one internet date but is still missing her half carat princess cut diamond set platinum wedding ring. Facing a lifetime of Clooney complimented spinsterhood, the last thing Maya expects is a Bollywood style love story. From bastard bridegrooms, interfering auntijhis’s to wedding weepers, we follow Maya’s charming roller coaster ride through singledom.

…exposing the intricacies of cultural fusion…

The A-Z Guide to Arranged Marriages celebrates the realities of an age-old tradition for the new generation, written by upcoming novelist Rekha Waheed. She has a sharp eye for Brit-Asian fusion, exposing the intricacies of cultural fusion. Born and raised in West London and of Bengali origin, Rekha challenges stereotypes and cultural boundaries by mixing the contemporary with the traditional, and the East with the West. She writes for the urban-savvy, and cosmopolitan cultural connoisseurs of the new generation.

The A-Z Guide to Arranged Marriages is available to buy – head over to www.monsoonpress.co.uk/buy.htm now! However, if you fancy your chances of winning a signed copy, zap! bang! Magazine has two to give away! Simply answer this question to be in with a chance of winning:

What style wedding does Maya Malik dream of having?

Email your answers to zapbang@zapbang.org with your zapbang username, real name and a delivery address. Make sure you put the subject title ‘A-Z Competition’. The closing date for entries is midnight on Friday, 23rd December. Winners will be picked at random from all entries sent in before then. Only one entry per registered user, the editor’s decision is final. Good luck!

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