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
Sangita Sinclair was not always this successful & passionate lady, heading the NGO “Penn Urimai” for downtrodden, abused and homeless women. When Sangita catches the eye of Gautam Sinclair she is a simple, homely girl; utterly unaware of her charms & capabilities. She has the devil’s own time in overcoming her inhibitions, hesitation, and her family’s orthodox and outdated rules before recognising her love for Gautam. Will Gautam be able to solve Sangita’s Dilemma or will she be forever trapped in her past?
Sangita has been battered by life. She’s been a victim of marital rape and is widowed after barely a year and a half of marriage. Though her husband’s death brings her relief from one end, it brings forth another set of problems. She’s a widow now and is made to suffer for it as if it’s her fault that her husband died in a drunken accident.
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.
The story revolves around Sangita, a widow in her early twenties, confined in the cruelties and extremities of her orthodox family. The handsome Gautam Sinclair falls in love with the sweet and innocent Sangita and is determined to marry her. Having been brought up abroad, he has a distinct view on life and do not believe in the atrocious norms and customs surrounding widows, prevailing in many parts of India. Having treated unfairly, the marriage had left a bad taste in Sangita’s mouth. With her extreme aversion towards men, will Sangita accept Gautam’s proposal? Despite all her efforts, will she be able to let go off her worries and accept true love?
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?
Do I recommend?
4.5 on 5
Thanks TBC and Sundari Venkataraman for the opportunity.
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Meet Sundari Venkatraman:
Growing up on a heavy dose of fairy tales and comic books, Sundari fell in love with the ‘lived happily ever after’ syndrome. It was always about good triumphing over evil and a happy end.
Soon, into her teens, Sundari graduated to Mills & Boon romances. And that got her thinking – how about such breezy romances in Indian settings? Her imagination took flight and she always lived in a rosy cocoon of romance over the years.
Then came the writing – a true bolt out of the blue! Sundari had just quit her job as a school admin and was taking a break. She was saturated with reading books. That’s when she returned home one evening after her walk, took some sheets of paper and began writing. It was like watching a movie that was running in her head – all those years of visualising a perfect Indian romance had to be put into words. The dormant romantic storyteller in her finally found its calling and The Malhotra Bride was born. While she felt disheartened when publishing didn’t happen, it was her husband who encouraged her to keep writing.
In the meanwhile, she landed a job as copy editor with Mumbai Mirror. After working there for two years, she moved to the Network 18 Group and worked with two of their websites over the next six years, as content editor.
Despite her work schedule, she continued writing novels and short stories and had them published in her blogs. She also started blogging voraciously, writing on many different topics – travel, book reviews, film reviews, restaurant reviews, spirituality, alternative health and more.
Her first eBook Double Jeopardy – a romance novella – was published by Indireads and has been very well received by readers of romance.
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.
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