Koyal Dark, Mango Sweet is the story about Indian arranged marriages, written by Kashmira Sheth. It is the story of how Jeeta’s family is caught up in the mayhem of arranging weddings for Jeeta’s two older sisters. Jeeta is the only one in the family who doesn’t feel the excitement and joy her family and sisters feel to get married at a young age. She is anxious about her turn on the matrimonial circuit and as she spends more time with her educated and liberal friend’s parents, she begins to question the traditional ways of the family expectations. Everything changes when she falls in love with her best friend’s cousin- Neel… Jeeta realizes that she must strike a balance between independence and duty and follow her own path. It is a well-written book filled with humour and is set in modern Indian city- Mumbai.
I really liked this book a lot because it shows perfectly well how marriages in Indian society run and though India is changing now and slowly becoming more modernized… it is still a lovely book to read!
Other books by Kashmira Sheth include: