A very happy and prosperous new year to all my dear readers. Hope you are all up in bed after a terrific new year’s party. Or may be, a few of you would have had a silent dawn to 2016, just like me.
So, today I have decided to introduce a great book to you all which I had the chance of reading during the vacation I had last month. Also starting today, I will share with you book reviews every Wednesday, at least on alternate weeks. So gear up!
Title: The Madras Affair
Author: Sundari Venkataraman
Number of Pages: 284
But does this situation faze Sangita? Not at all! With a three-month-old son to bring up and with her mother howling her heart out at every opportunity, Sangita braves her way through life until Gautam walks into the hospital she works in.Young and beautiful, Sangita catches Gautam’s eye from the first moment. She isn’t averse to him either. But will her extreme aversion to men let her find new love?Read The Madras Affair to find out if Sangita gives up her inhibitions to get together with Gautam.
I was among the lucky few to have received a paperback copy of the book. However, since I was on the move, taking a marvelous vacation with my husband, the book was sent to my home in Kerala, delaying the entire process of getting the book in hand.
This is the first book that I have read of Sundari, though I follow her blog quite diligently. So I knew I shouldn’t expect nothing less than a great story, strong characters and impeccable writing. The story was so gripping that I finished reading the book in two sittings despite my busy schedule. Hi five for the sizzling chemistry and the strong characters portrayed in the book.
I could feel the pain and agony Sangita suffered and the beautiful feelings which Gautam and she shared. A mother with a bad mouth and a dad and brother who can be as vile as one could get, Sangita’s child,sister-in-law Rekha and of course Gautam’s grandparents support the story foolproof.
The story begins with a glimpse of the present where she is also the head of Penn Urimai – an NGO for homeless and abused women. With the happy ending revealed at the beginning of the story, I had my fair share of doubts on how engaging the story would be. But Sundari has etched the story to perfection.
The emotional tension and how Sangita handles it was rather cute if not entertaining. The story left a smile on my lips at the end.
The old fashioned customs and traditions
prevailed prevailing in many parts of our country with regard to widow remarriage plays an important aspect in the book.
I can’t find any because the flashbacks weren’t too many, the language error-free, clean and crisp and the story moved about without any sudden drama. Somewhere in the middle, I found the story turning a little slow. But may be because I was all nerves for Sangita. What else can you ask for in a good book?
Meet Sundari Venkatraman:
In 2014, Sundari published The Malhotra Bride (2nd Edition); Meghna; The Runaway Bridegroom; Flaming Sun Collection 1: Happily Ever Afters From India (Box Set) and Matches Made In Heaven (a collection of romantic short stories) in form of ebooks.
Tweet The Pic Contest using #TMA
Check out The Book Club Tour Schedule