Imagine your whole life being determined by the elders in your family. While many young adults feel like this is always the case, they may not be part of a cultural and religious society that demands this determination as social norms. In Love Comes Later by Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar, the idea of arranged marriages and the struggle against modern culture is explored. Abdulla, a young Qatari man who has already experienced one arranged marriage, is struggling against the loss of his wife, Fatima and their unborn child. He feels as if he could never marry again, but is chosen to marry his cousin, Hind.
Hind does not like the idea of getting married, and especially not to Abdulla. Her stipulation to marry him is that she is allowed to earn her master's degree in London. She wants one year before the marriage is to take place. During that year, she befriends Sangita, an American born woman with Indian ancestry. They get along great until Sangita's brother Ravi shows up. His kind free spirit rubs off on Hind and she leaves on an adventure in which she is not allowed to partake. That's when Sangita must cover for her friend when Abdulla unexpectedly shows up in London.
This is a book that explores the clash between new and old, country and culture, religion and spirtuality. Not everyone understands what it is like to live in this type of culture, but the author does an excellent job of giving the reader a first-hand account of what it is like to struggle for freedom while still wanting to fall onto tradition.
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