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Who’s afraid of relationships?

I’m often asked – usually by men who are hitting on me, but also sometimes by interviewers – what I think of polygamy or polyamory versus exclusivity in relationships. The question leaves me a little…stuck, perhaps is the word. I

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Not-a-review of Miss Laila, Armed and Dangerous (but perhaps a review of its author Manu Joseph, and of misogynists, liberals, and reviewers)

The first thing I did after finishing Manu Joseph’s Miss Laila, Armed and Dangerous, was send him an email, in which I said: “I don’t know how you make your readers laugh and cry at the same time, and I don’t

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Time Out Delhi’s review

Sadly, this magazine has now shut down and the website is not accessible, but here's a photograph from the print copy I have:  

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Transcript of Online Launch

This is the transcript of Nandini Krishnan’s conversation with bestselling author Ashwin Sanghi, at the launch of the former’s first book, Hitched: The Modern Woman and Arranged Marriage, published by Random House India. Ashwin Sanghi (AS): Nandini, honestly speaking, this is one of the most enlightening books that I

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For whom the bell peals

(Published in the July 2014 issue of Shubh Yatra magazine, retrieved from​) It’s rather awkward when one is deemed an expert on a subject one has no practical experience of. Since Hitched was released, I’ve been accosted by journalists, young men

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Interview with Bharat Matrimony: ‘Arranged Marriages are here to Stay’

(Published in Bharat Matrimony's blog, on February 21, 2014, retrieved from Are arranged marriages still relevant? I’m assuming we are talking about their relevance in urban, westernised India. That is the milieu that was my concern for the book,

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Nai Duniya does a feature on Hitched

And so, I make my appearance in Hindi media.   

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Interview with – A suitable girl: How young India perceives arranged marriages

(A shorter version of this appeared here.) There is, as far as I know, no book of the kind written on the topic. With no precedent, what was it like approaching the subject? Well, it was lovely, because I didn’t

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Interview with The National, UAE: The modern take on marrying a stranger: arranged marriages in the 21st century

(A shorter version of this interview was published here.) What were some of the big surprises for you from your research and interviews? The biggest surprise for me was how willing people were to share their personal stories. I felt

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Beyond pesky in-laws and other nuptial stereotypes (Review in The Sunday Guardian)

(Reproduced from the original.) There's a bit in Nandini Krishnan's book Hitched, a series of tell-all essays on the arranged marriage circuit that sums up India's attitude to marriage perfectly. In a chapter where brides reveal what to expect at

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