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  • Published: 18 October 2012
  • ISBN: 9781742751566
  • Imprint: Bantam Australia
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • RRP: $34.99

Deranged Marriage




An affectionate, often hilarious, memoir of growing up in London in the 1970s in an Indian household, and avoiding an arranged marriage.

An affectionate, often hilarious, memoir of growing up in London in the 1970s in an Indian household, and avoiding an arranged marriage.

‘From the age of fourteen, I was aware my parents expected me to have an arranged marriage, a big Bollywood wedding. There was just one hitch: nobody asked me.’

Sushi Das grew up in 1970s London - a culturally messed-up time. Feminists were telling women they could be whatever they wanted, skinheads were yelling at foreigners to go home and punk music was urging revolt.

Amid the social upheaval, Sushi was trapped by Indian tradition - and a looming arranged marriage she would do almost anything to avoid. But how do you turn your back on centuries of tradition without trashing your family’s honour? How do you escape your parents’ stranglehold without casting off their embrace? And how do you explain to your strict dad why there’s a boy smoking in his living room and another one lurking in the garden?

Breaking free meant migrating to the other side of the world, only to find life in Australia was just as culturally confusing. This insightful, often hilarious memoir lifts the curtain on one of the oldest traditions of Eastern culture – a custom which aims to join two families in economic prosperity, though the reality is not always so blissful.

  • Pub date: 18 October 2012
  • ISBN: 9781742751566
  • Imprint: Bantam Australia
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • RRP: $34.99

About the Author

Sushi Das

Sushi Das is an award-winning British/Australian journalist of Indian origin who worked for The Age newspaper for 22 years. She held various roles including news editor, columnist and opinion editor. Educated and raised in London, she migrated to Australia in 1991 and began her career as a news reporter at Australian Associated Press. Her work, which often focuses on race relations, culture clash and equality for women, has been recognised with two Melbourne Press Club Quill awards, including Best Columnist. She is an experienced public speaker and currently works as a freelance columnist and writing consultant and as a researcher for RMIT ABC Fact Check. Her memoir Deranged Marriage has been taught as a school text at Victorian secondary schools.
Twitter: @SushiDas1


Praise for Deranged Marriage

“This is a very funny and touching read that gives a frank insight into one of the planet's most fascinating cultures.”

Rebecca Marshall, Sunshine Coast Daily, QLD


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