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When Shelina Janmohamed, an Oxford-educated Muslim dwelling within the effervescent ethnic mixture of North London, opted for the conventional “arranged” path to discovering a associate, 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 courting failures, Shelina discovers extra approximately herself and her religion. alongside the best way, she learns that typically being precise to her faith potential not easy culture, whereas readers study a lot approximately Islam which could shock them. 

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