When Shelina Janmohamed, an Oxford-educated Muslim residing within the effervescent ethnic mixture of North London, opted for the conventional “arranged” path to discovering a companion, she by no means suspected it'd be the adventure of her life.
Through ten lengthy years of matchmaking buxom aunties, numerous mismatches, and outrageous relationship mess ups, Shelina discovers extra approximately herself and her religion. alongside the best way, she learns that typically being real to her faith capability hard culture, whereas readers research a lot approximately Islam that can shock them.
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