BOOK: Love Marriage by Monica Ali (Virago).
Yasmin Ghorami is a young medical doctor with a promising
future in geriatrics while her gorgeous fiancé Joe Sangster is an obstetrician
in the same hospital in London. She is the daughter of Bengali-speaking Indian
immigrants whose union is not typical of their generation: theirs is a love
marriage. Furthermore, her father, Shaokat, also a medical doctor, was a poor
village orphan who was still working his way up from being a chai wallah (tea merchant) when he met
and fell in love with her mother, Anisah, a bright young woman from a
well-to-do family in Calcutta. He married “up”.