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“A masterful study of the Indian-American wedding rich with insights

into how cultures meet, mix, and merge in our era of airplanes and the

Internet.  Scholars will learn much from the arguments about symbolic

ethnic capital and general readers will delight in the details of online dating and the wedding dress. Bollywood Weddings is full of surprises, not least the fact that the matchmaker here seems to be the Bollywood film, which has just enough America and just enough India in it to keep everyone at these weddings dancing.”

Dr. Stephen Prothero

Author of Religious Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know—And Doesn’t


“Kavita Ramdya has given readers an excellent, empathetic window into second generation Indian-American Hindu couples who are navigating multiple ethnicities through this major life rite of passage, marriage. She argues that second generation weddings are not simply about negotiating two cultures, but three—the third being modern-day Bollywood culture. It is a brilliant observation and a sign of a new generation of scholar who knows how important consideration of the popular is in terms of one's research and findings among contemporary topics and when doing ethnographic work.”

Dr. Donna Frietas

Author of Sex and the Soul


Bollywood Weddings is one of those books that is hard to put down! With her lively and accessible prose, Kavita Ramdya has written a wonderful account of second-generation Indian-American lives and the sometimes joyous and sometimes vexed negotiations of identity and intimacy that run through them. I highly recommend this book to those who are interested in better understanding South Asian diasporas and global culture in the world today.”

Dr. Nazli Kibria

Author of Becoming Asian American: Second-generation Chinese and Korean American Identities