If you’re looking for a diverse book about weddings, I’ve got you covered today. Look no further than Ritu Weds Chandni by Ameya Narvankar.
In this book we meet Ayesha, who is thrilled to attend her favorite cousin’s wedding. She is excited to dance in the baraat (a celebratory wedding procession) and celebrate the way she did last year at her older brother’s wedding.
But this wedding is different.
Ritu is marrying her girlfriend Chandni, and she will be the first bride in the Kapoor family to lead a baraat – a tradition that is usually reserved for the groom.
Ayesha’s family tries to explain to her that some people are not pleased with Ritu leading a baraat. When Ayesha wonders where her extended family could be, her aunt tries to explain that many of them are not attending because they do not approve of Ritu marrying Chandni. She even tells Ayesha’s father that some neighbors are so upset they plan to stop the celebration. Ayesha can’t understand why anyone wouldn’t be happy for Ritu and Chandni.
I love the way Ayesha loves her cousin in this book! Ritu Weds Chandni beautifully captures the unabashed affection that children show the people they love. There will be no spoilers here, but in the end, it is Ayesha’s love and joy that save the day, even when faced with the hatred of homophobia.
Ritu Weds Chandni is a beautiful celebration of love, and both South Asian and LGBTQ+ cultures. I would HIGHLY recommend picking up a copy. You can purchase it wherever books are sold, including Bookshop and Amazon. (Please note: These are affiliate links. I will receive a small commission of any sales made using these links. This commission allows me to maintain this site and continue bringing content to you.)
I would like to thank Yali Books for providing me with a review copy via NetGalley. This was an absolute joy to read!